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Born October 11, 1968 (1968-10-11) (age 41),
Lachine, QC, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Pro clubs Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Calgary Flames
New York Islanders
Philadelphia Flyers
SC Bern (NLA)
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 234th overall, 1989
Quebec Nordiques
Career 1989 ‚Äď 2004: 2006

Claude Lapointe (born October 11, 1968 in Lachine, Quebec) is a Canadian former ice hockey player. In his career, Lapointe played for the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Early life

Lapointe grew up in the city of Lachine, Quebec, Canada. As a child all he did was play hockey. As a teenager his first job wasn't an average job. It was playing in the QMJHL. Players in this league got paid just like players in the NHL do, just not as much money. Other than this, Lapointe had no other occupations other than hockey. he did not finish high school. He was offered a scholarship by the University of Michigan but he refused it.

Playing career

He was drafted by the Nordiques (now the Colorado Avalanche) in the 12th round of the 1988 NHL Draft, with the 234th overall pick. Lapointe spent most of his NHL career with the New York Islanders. He was there from the 1996‚Äď97 season to the 2002‚Äď03 season. While with the New York Islanders, he received many honors such as many NYI Fan club MVP awards and three Bob Nystrom awards, which is for the player who shows the most leadership, hustle, and dedication. He also received awards for reaching the 800 game mark, (over 1000 NHL games including reg. season, playoffs, and pre-season), over 100 goals. Other achievements include actually being drafted,15 NHL seasons and having one of the NHL's highest face-off win percentage. In the 2002‚Äď03 season he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 5th round pick in the 2003 entry draft.[1] He played 1 and a half seasons with Flyers. In 2004, Lapointe retired from the NHL. In 2006, Lapointe was offered to play in the Nationalliga A in Switzerland with SC Bern and played four games for the team before he injured his knee during a practice and was let go by the team. He has not played hockey since. In early November, he came back to Canada where he resides now.

Personal life

Lapointe currently resides in Quebec. He has 2 sons: Kirk (17) and Kody (15). He is divorced and currently has a girlfriend. Lapointe is in the process of opening a hockey school at an arena 45 minutes from Montreal.

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