Dan Lambert

 

Dan Lambert

Dan Lambert
SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS (1986 to 1990)

Dan Lambert was born in the small French community St. Malo, Manitoba. It was always Dan's dream to play in the NHL and he grew up playing his minor hockey in St. Malo, Steinbach and St. Anne before moving onto high school hockey at Warroad Minnesota. After one year in Warroad, Dan was approached to join the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

Making the club as a 16 year old, Dan played through the horrific bus tragedy of 1986 which claimed the lives of four of his teammates, Trent Kresse, Chris Mantyka, Brent Ruff and Scott Kruger. Dan's proudest hockey memory remains overcoming the grief of that season and helping the Broncos reach the playoffs in their first season back in Swift Current. Dan's most successful season with the Broncos was 88-89 when, as captain, they won the memorial cup and Dan was named the tournament MVP. As a defenseman, Dan was fourth in team scoring with 102 points in only 57 games and an amazing 28 points in just 12 post season games. Dan also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Alaska and his incredible season culminated in being drafted 108th overall by the Quebec Nordiques. Dan finished his career with the Broncos leaving as the franchise all-time assists leader with 244, a record which still stands today.

Dan's professional career began in 1990, spending most of the year with Fort Wayne and Halifax before realizing his boyhood dream of his first NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens and alongside his boyhood idol Guy Lafleur, playing his final game. The following season was split between Halifax and Quebec where Lambert totaled six goals and nine assists in 28 NHL games. Dan's highlights including playing alongside good friend Joe Sakic and recording a two point game and being named second star in the famed Montreal Forum.

That summer Dan was traded to the Winnipeg Jets and spent the season with their AHL affiliate. He started the 93-94 season in Helsinki, Finland and moved back to Fort Wayne of the IHL in October. The next year he signed with San Diego of the IHL and it was this organization in which Dan would enjoy his most successful seasons as a professional. Although the team relocated from San Diego, to Los Angeles to Long Beach, Dan was a team captain, IHL all-star for 4 seasons, captured two defense scoring titles and was named the IHL's top defenseman in 1998. In 1999 Dan and his family headed for Germany where Dan had signed in the DEL (Deutsche Elite League) with Koln. Since then, Dan has also played for Krefeld, Hamburg and most recently Hannover. Dan helped Koln win the Spengler Cup in 1999 and enjoyed a championship season by helping Krefeld win their first DEL title in 51 years in 2003.

Internationally, Dan has represented Canada on several different occasions and has always been honored to wear the Maple Leaf. In 2005 Dan was bestowed the honor of Captain of Team Canada for the Deutschland Cup.

Dan has prided himself on a life in hockey built on passion, determination and skill which has kept him a perennial offensive threat and powerplay quarterback. Always a true professional, excellent teammate and leader on and off the ice, Dan has been a captain or assistant captain with eight different organizations throughout his junior and professional career and has always earned the respect of both teammates and opponents.

Dan's wife Melanie is from Swift Current and they will always consider it to be their €˜home away from home'. Together, they have three daughters in Melissa (12), Julia (10) and Brooke (5) and enjoy spending their off-season in Scottsdale, AZ.

WCHL STATISTICS

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

TP

PIM

1986-87

Swift Current

WHL

68

13

53

66

9

1987-88

Swift Current

WHL

69

20

63

83

45

1988-89

Swift Current

WHL

57

25

77

102

12

1989-90 Swift Current WHL

50

17

51 68 12