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Donald Audette (born September 23, 1969) is a Canadianmarker retired professional ice hockey forward who played fourteen seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers.

Playing career

He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, 183rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Despite his small stature, Audette became known for his gritty, feisty style of play and quickly endeared himself to Buffalo hockey fans with a 31 goal rookie season. However, his rough and tumble style of play led to lengthy trips to the injury reserve, including several knee injuries that ended his 1992–93 and 1995–96 seasons.

In 1998 Audette was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Two years later, as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers, he reached his career high in goals (32) and assists (45) and made it to the NHL All-Star game.

Audette was traded back to the Buffalo Sabres in March 2001, and signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Dallas Stars later that summer. In the middle of the 2001–02 season, Audette was traded again, this time to the Montreal Canadiens. In a game against the New York Rangers on December 1, 2001, Audette had the tendons of his forearm severed by an opponent's skate and required life-saving surgery to repair the extensive damage, but still managed to recover in time for the playoffs.

After struggling to make a mark with the Florida Panthers for half of the 2003–04 season, Audette stopped playing professionally.

Prior to playing in the NHL, Audette won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie in the American Hockey League (AHL), while playing for the Rochester Americans. However, he is most remembered, by some, for the spearing penalty he took the closing minute of the third period of game six of the '91 Calder Cup series which ended up costing the Americans the Calder Cup.

Career statistics

                                 Regular Season

Season  Team                    Lge   GP   G   A    Pts  PIM

1990–91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 4 3 7 41991–92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 31 17 48 751992–93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 12 7 19 511993–94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 29 30 59 411994–95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 24 13 37 271995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 12 13 25 181996–97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 28 22 50 481997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 24 20 44 591998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 18 18 36 511999–00 Los Angeles/Atlanta NHL 63 19 24 43 572000–01 Atlanta/Buffalo NHL 76 34 45 79 762001–02 Dallas/Montreal NHL 33 5 13 18 202002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 11 12 23 192003–04 Montreal/Florida NHL 51 9 12 21 38

                  NHL Totals         735  260 249  509  584

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Note: Donald Audette served as the Sabres captain during part of the 1997–98 season, while Michael Peca was injured & out of the line-up.

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