Francis Lessard

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 230
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec
Draft: 1997 3rd round (80th pick) by the
Shoots: R
  • Here’s the 2017 Stanley Cup Final schedule
    On the Forecheck

    Here’s the 2017 Stanley Cup Final schedule

    The Nashville Predators made history on Monday night, beating the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals and advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final in team history. It’s a momentous occasion for the franchise and for the City of Nashville, but the work isn’t done just yet. With four more wins, the Preds can bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to Tennessee with a parade down Broadway. They learned their opponent on Wednesday night after a thrilling Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. The Pens won the East for the second straight year, and they’ll continue their Cup defense against the Preds in the Final. Nashville will wait a full week between games, as the 2017

  • Penguins, Crosby refuse to lose

    Penguins, Crosby refuse to lose

    Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine Wrote for Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wrote for The Sporting News Follow on Twitter PITTSBURGH -- It's a play they've made so many times together that Sidney Crosby didn't need to see much to know Chris Kunitz wanted the puck. There was brief eye contact, but the way Kunitz was holding his stick signaled he was ready. Crosby had just retrieved a pass from along the boards and was skating toward Kunitz when he started to raise his stick slightly in anticipation. "He wanted the puck," Crosby said. "He stopped in that area. He wanted to let one rip. I don't know how much he got on it, but he put it in the right spot."

  • USA Today

    Ott goes from player to coach, joining Blues as assistant

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have hired Steve Ott to be an assistant coach on Mike Yeo's staff. General manager Doug Armstrong announced the move Thursday, a little over a month after Ott's final game as a player with the Montreal Canadiens. Ott had not even announced his retirement. The 34-year-old moves immediately from the ice to the bench after playing 848 NHL games with Dallas, Buffalo, St. Louis, Detroit and Montreal. The hard-nosed forward played parts of three seasons with the Blues, and Yeo says he expects Ott to bring the same competitiveness he showed as a player to his coaching career. Ott joins former defenseman Darryl Sydor as new additions to Yeo's coaching staff. The Blues