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Position G
Catch L
Weight 136lbs
Height 5'7"
Date of birth October 21st, 1897
Place of birth Newton, MA, USA
Deceased on April 12th, 1973
Seasons - MTL 2
Other numbers 10,11
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
MIN Minutes on ice - Total number of minutes the goaltender has been on the ice
W Wins - Games the goaltender has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the goaltender has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
GA Goals against - Number of goals scoared against the goaltender
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
TOTALS 5 280 1 4 - 0 16 0 3.43
1925-1926 5 280 1 4 0 0 16 0 3.43
Born in Newton, MA, to French-Canadian parents, young Alphonse Albert Lacroix picked up the nickname “Frenchy” in his childhood and carried it with him as he rose through the amateur ranks in the Boston area. A high school standout who made the jump to the senior amateur level, he backstopped the Team USA to a silver medal at the 1924 Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix.

Lacroix became the first American-born goaltender to stop pucks in the NHL on November 28, 1925, but this milestone often goes unnoticed, overshadowed by the sombre circumstances surrounding his big league debut.

The Canadiens opened their 1925-26 schedule in Pittsburgh with an obviously ailing Georges Vézina between the pipes. Collapsing in the dressing room following the scoreless first period, Vézina had blocked his final shot and was replaced by Lacroix, who allowed a single goal the rest of the way as the Pirates emerged with a 1-0 victory.

The 5-foot-7, 136-pound netminder saw action in four other games that season, winning one before Herb Rheaume took over for the remainder of the campaign. Lacroix was the team’s alternate goalie in 1926-27 but didn’t see a minute of ice time outside practice as George Hainsworth laid claim to the crease for the next several seasons.

Returning to his native New England, Lacroix played on for the next several years, most notably with the Providence Reds and Boston Tigers of the Canadian-American Hockey League, before hanging up his gear for good after the 1930-31 campaign.
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, November 10, 1925.