The Rick LaPointe Memorial tournament was first hosted by Victoria Racquet Club in 1982 to honour this outstanding alumnus.
Lapointe started minor league in Victoria where he played rep hockey for Esquimalt and then joined the Victoria Junior Cubs. He became a defencemen for the WHL Victoria Cougars at the age of 18.
Lapointe went onto play 11 seasons in the NHL. In 1974 he represented Canada at the World Junior Championships and was taken fifth overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the amateur draft and later traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. In 1979 LaPointe played for the St. Louis Blues. He also went onto play with the Quebec Nordiques and LA Kings. After 750 games in the NHL, LaPointe retired.
Away from the ice, LaPointe was a dedicated family man to his wife Rhonda and children Tara, Andrea and Danny.
Lapointe passed away in 1999 as the result of a heart attack. He is fondly remembered by friends, family and the community of Victoria.
Victoria Racquet Club honours Rick LaPointe for his dedication and passion to the sport of hockey. Without a doubt, LaPointe's legacy includes inspiring young minor league hockey players to dream big, work hard and believe that all is possible.