Induction year: 2023
Category: Hockey & Pro Sports
The longtime Town of Huntington resident is a Hockey Hall of Famer. He participates actively in local community advocacy, youth development, and fundraising, especially with his Champions, which connects hospitalized children with their families, friends, and heroes. LaFontaine played for the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, and the New York Rangers, scoring 468 goals and 1,013 points before concussions ended his career. His 1.17 points per game (1,013 points over 865 games) is the best among American-born ice hockey players, active or retired. In 2017, LaFontaine was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. LaFontaine also served as President of Hockey Operations for the Sabres. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.