Curtis Leschyshyn (Thompson, MB) began his hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. During the 1987-88 season Leschyshyn would be selected to the East First All-Star Team. During Leschyshyn’ s Junior career, he collected 28 goals, 67 assists in 127 games. Following the 1987-88 season, Leschyshyn would go on to be drafted third overall by the Quebec Nordiques in that summers National Hockey League Entry Draft. Leschyshyn would remain with the franchise during relocation to Colorado in 1995-96. That season Leschyshyn was fortunate enough to capture the Stanley Cup in 1996. Leschyshyn would go on to play for the Washington Capitals in 1996-97 and the Hartford Whalers franchise, which relocated to become the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997-98. During the 2000 Expansion Draft, Leschyshyn would be claimed by the Minnesota Wild. Leschyshyn last stop would be playing for the Ottawa Senators, where he enjoyed 4 seasons from 2000 to 2003. In his 2003-04 season, Leschyshyn would go on to play his 1,000th NHL game. Following that season, he announced his retirement from the National Hockey League.
During Leschyshyn’ s professional hockey career, he racked up and impressive 1,033 National Hockey League games with 47 goals, 165 assists and 669 penalty minutes.
In retirement, Leschyshyn served as an Assistant Coach for the Saskatoon Blades for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Leschyshyn was also a member of the Colorado Avalanche radio broadcast team providing color commentary. Leschyshyn was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.