He was one of the most exciting players to watch. LaFontaine began his NHL career with the New York Islanders, scoring 19 points in 15 games in his first season. He only got better.
A few years later, LaFontaine caught his stride, scoring at least 40 goals in six consecutive seasons, two of those with Buffalo. None of those seasons were as big as the one he had during 1992-'93. During that year, at age 27, LaFontaine collected 53 goals and 148 points.
After that, it was downhill, and Sabres fans had to say goodbye to a legend. LaFontaine had to have knee surgery, causing him to miss almost all of the following season. He returned the next year with another 91 points, but was plagued by concussion problems.
LaFontaine was not cleared to play by the doctors, but still wanted to play. Then, he demanded a trade to a team whose doctors would clear him to play. That team was the Rangers. LaFontaine scored 62 points in 67 games, but suffered his 5th concussion after colliding with a teammate.
LaFontaine finished his career with 1,013 points in 865 games.