Joseph Jean Louis "Jackie" LeClair - Born May 30, 1929 in Quebec City, Quebec – Died June 14, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida was a Canadian ice Hockey right winger.
LeClair started his junior Hockey career in Ottawa, Ontario with the Ottawa St. Pats (St Patricks High School) of the Ottawa City Junior Hockey League, helping the St. Pats with the league championship in 1947, and the team then made it to the Ottawa District Junior Playoffs final, losing to the Inkerman Rockets. LeClair scored a whopping 21 goals, 11 assists in just 7 playoff games.
LeClair then signed with the Lethbridge Native Sons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the 1947-48 season, helping the Native Sons reach the Abbott Cup final in 1948.
LeClair then headed back east to Quebec for the 1948-49 season, signing with the Quebec Citadelles of the Quebec Junior Hockey League. LeClair was named assistant captain on a team that featured Jacques Plante, Jean Beliveau, and J.C. Tremblay to name a few. This was LeClair's last season as a junior.
LeClair signed with the Ottawa Senators of the Quebec Senior Hockey League / QSHL for the 1949-50 season, and LeClair was named QSHL Rookie of the Year with 19 goals, 42 assists. The Senators then joined the Quebec Senior Hockey League / QSHL for the start of the 1950-51 season. LeClair then played 1 season (1951-52) for the Quebec Aces which had Jean Beliveau, Herb Carnegie and Punch Imlach on the team, helping them win the Alexander Cup Championship in 1952 before going back to the Senators for the 1952-53 season.
LeClair then turned pro with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League for the 1953-54 season, scoring 14 goals, 17 assists during the season. LeClair was then traded to the Buffalo Bisons with Dusty Blair and Frank Sullivan for Brian Cullen, May 4, 1954. And traded again, this time to the Montreal Canadiens by Buffalo (AHL) with cash for Gaye Stewart, Ed Slowinski and Pete Babando, August 17, 1954.
In Montreal, Leclair scored 11 goals as a NHL rookie while playing on a line with Floyd Curry and Dickie Moore. He also contributed five goals when the Canadiens reached the 1955 Stanley Cup finals and lost to the Detroit Red Wings. LeClair spent most of the next season in Montreal, but was sent to the QHL Montreal Royals for 12 games to help with his scoring slump in the NHL. LeClair returned to the Canadiens in time for the 1956 NHL playoffs, helping the Montreal Canadiens win the 1956 Stanley Cup championship. LeClair also played in the 1956 NHL All-Star Game.
After playing 47 games for Montreal in 1956-57 season, Leclair was sent down to the Quebec Hockey League / QHL Chicoutimi Sagueneens before the NHL playoffs started - He never played other NHL game. LeClair's name was not included on the 1957 Stanley Cup, because LeClair was playing in the minors during the NHL playoffs. LeClair did help the Chicoutimi Sagueneens reach the 1957 QHL championship finals, losing to the Quebec Aces.
LeClair played 1 more season for the Sagueneens before joining the QHL Quebec Aces for the next 4 seasons.
LeClair played his final 6 seasons in the Eastern Hockey League / EHL - Charlotte Checkers 1962-64, New Haven Blades 1964-67 and the Florida Rockets 1967-68. LeClair never scored less then 20 goals a season while in the EHL.