Selected by New York Islanders, round 3 #33 overall in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.
Selected by Alberta oilers, round 3 #32 overall in the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft.
Defenceman Dave Lewis was a tower of strength in his own end and moved the puck over to his more talented teammates effectively during his 15 years in the NHL. He was an important member of the New York Islanders when they became competitive in the 1970s and later helped solidify the blueline on three other teams.
A few weeks before New York launched its Stanley Cup dynasty, Lewis was sent with Billy Harris to the Los Angeles Kings for Butch Goring. He was an important defensive component on a club which had a host of offensive-minded forwards. In 1982, Lewis was a member of the plucky squad that upset the heavily favoured Edmonton Oilers in the first round.
Lewis joined the young New Jersey Devils for three seasons beginning in 1983-84. He was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings in 1986 and helped the club reach the semi-finals that spring. He retired after playing six games for the Wings in 1987-88.
On June 7, 2011, Lewis was hired as the assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes
Received these blue ink signed cards TTM. (he signed the last two Detroit Red Wings cards with red marker). Like the Steve Shutt one a few days ago, I tried to get one of each different players card signed. I can't see doing that today, sending 13 or 20 cards to be signed. Those were the days.