Andre Lacroix was the all-time scoring leader in the World Hockey Association with 798 points on just 551 games. Nicknamed the "Magician," Andre averaged nearly an assist per game throughout his WHA career.
After a 147-point season with the San Diego Mariners in 1974-75, Andre was named the French-Canadian Athlete of the year, besting Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne and Gil Perreault, among others.
Andre also had the distinction of playing for five different WHA franchises without ever being traded during his seven years in the rebel league, a journey that began as a Philadelphia Blazer in 1972.
Prior to joining the WHA, Andre was a dominating player in the OHA with the Peterborough Petes and in the AHL with the Quebec Aces. He joined the NHL Philadelphia Flyers in 1967-68 and was twice the leading scorer for the Flyers before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1971.
After his career concluded in 1980, Andre embarked on a successful radio broadcasting career with the Hartford Whalers, where he teamed with legendary broadcaster Chuck Kaiton.
Andre was a huge part of the Hartford hockey community. Personally I spent a lot of time with Andre, Gordie Howe, Mike Veisor, Doug Roberts, Garry Swain and many more Whalers Alumni as we barnstormed through Connecticut to play games for charity.
Now residing in Ohio, Andre remains one of the most popular personalities in Hartford hockey circles and every other stop along his 60-year hockey journey.
In this podcast Andre discusses his career and gives insights on various ex-teammates such as Johnny McKenzie, Bobby Hull, Bernie Parent and more.
We could have talked with Andre for hours — and perhaps we will do that soon. But for now, here’s a great discussion with a true hockey legend.
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The Podcast is hosted by Mark Willand and produced by Willand Media