He played 641 games in the National Hockey League from 1971 to 1982. During his career he accumulated 124 goals, 210 assists for a total of 334 points. He played for the Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins, and a short stint with the Calgary Flames until his eventual retirement due to a recurring knee injury.
Bobby Lalonde was listed at 5"5" and was the shortest player to play in the National Hockey League at that time.
He has two sons.
Lalonde"s amateur career began with the Ontario Hockey Association"s Montreal Junior Canadiens, for whom he played from 1968 to 1971, earning 255 points in combined goals and assists. Lalonde turned pro in 1971, joining the National Hockey League"s Vancouver Canucks as their number two draft choice.
He netted 1 goal and 5 assists in 27 games with the Canucks prior to being sent to their American Hockey League affiliate Rochester Americans for the remainder of the season. Lalonde skated with the Americans for 42 games, tallying 25 points in goals and assists.
The following season Lalonde skated with the Canucks, where he remained until 1977.
He spent nearly half of the 1973-1974 season out of play due to an ankle injury. During the 1975-1976 and 1976-1977 seasons, Lalonde briefly played for the Central Hockey League"s Tulsa Oilers. All told, Lalonde netted 189 points in combined goals and assists in 353 games with the Canucks.
In October 1977, Lalonde (then a free agent) was picked up by the Atlanta Flames.
Lalonde remained with the Flames through 1979, scoring 38 goals and 56 assists in 154 games. Lalonde was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for future considerations in October 1979.
He found himself playing for Fred Creighton, who had coached him previously in Atlanta. He spent the bulk of the 1979-1980 and 1980-1981 seasons in Boston, tallying 14 goals and 37 assists in 133 games.
In October 1981, the Bruins bought out the remaining year of Lalonde"s contract and released him as a free agent.
Lalonde returned to the National Hockey League on a minor-league contract with the Calgary Flames, playing 19 games with the CHL"s Oklahoma City Stars and 1 game with the Flames. He then moved to the European leagues, playing 15 games with The Human Context Davos of the Swiss National League A before retiring from professional hockey in 1982.