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John LeClair, as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers legendary "Legion of Doom" line, was the first U.S. born player to ever record three consecutive 50-goal seasons in the National Hockey League.

After being the first American selected out of Bellows Free Academy (VT) High School by the Montreal Canadiens with the 33rd overall pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, LeClair put his NHL aspirations on hold to play at the University of Vermont. During his four-year stint with the Catamounts, LeClair twice competed with the U.S. National Junior Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship (1988, 1989). He was named a Second Team ECAC All-Star as a senior in 1991 after leading his team in goals (25) and points (45).

Less than a week after his final game at Vermont, LeClair joined the Canadiens, scoring in his first career NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks on March 9, 2001. He eventually earned a full-time spot on the team in 1993, and that year helped lead Montreal to a Stanley Cup championship, scoring consecutive game-winning overtime goals in the Stanley Cup finals.

Following a late-season trade to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1995, LeClair exploded, logging 23 points (12-11) in his first 13 games with his new club. Each of the following three seasons, he notched 50 or more goals to make history.

His offensive breakout earned LeClair a spot on the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where he finished second in goals (6) and points (10) in the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. He was also a member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, and accomplishment he repeated in 2002 and helped Team USA capture the silver medal in Salt Lake City, Utah.

LeClair continued his success with the Flyers from 1998-2004, breaching the 40-goal mark twice more and exiting Philadelphia in the franchise's top 10 in goals scored. In 2005, he finished his 16-year NHL career with a total of 406 goals and 819 points.