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10-21-2009, 05:23 PM
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A tremendous playmaking center and smooth skater, he was one of the NHL's best forwards during the late 1940s. Blessed with exceptional lateral mobility and an effortless skating style, he was a brilliant penalty killer and determined checker. Laprade could also score and was one of the league's most dangerous skaters on the counterattack-LOH
Known as "Beaver" because of his hustle and work ethic on the ice, Laprade was known as a aggressive but very clean player-Joe Pelletier
He was worth the wait and was quickly nicknamed "Beaver" by his colleagues as a tribute to his industrious work ethic-LOH
He was a tremendous defensive player as well, making him one of the greatest two way centers in NHL history. A strong back checker and prolific penalty killer, Laprade perfected the "poke check" as an effective strategy.-Joe Pelletier
An outstanding playmaker, he was the National Hockey League's premier checking centres during an era when defensive forwards were overshadowed by the exploits of the goal scorers.-LOH
He proved to be an excellent penalty killer and dogged checker. But the two-way centre could also score, contributing 108 goals and 172 assists for 280 points in 500 regular season games-LOH
With our 14th selection, the Cairo Desert Dogs proudly select, the man to centre our two-way third line...


Top 20's
Goals- 19th(1949), 12th(1950)
Assists- 14th(1946), 12th(1947), 3rd(1948), 13th(1952)
Points- 19th(1946), 20th(1947), 12th(1948), 17th(1950)

Playoff Goals- 8th(1950)
Playoff Assists- 6th(1948), 3rd(1950)
Playoff Points- 10th(1948), 5th(1950)

Before beginning his NHL career, Laprade would dominate the Thunder Bay Senior League during the war years. He would join the canadian forces in 1943 and would play for various millitary hockey teams.

Despite the efforts of both the Rangers and Canadiens. Laprade would not join the NHL until 1945-46, when he debuted with the Rangers. He would be worth the wait, and would not take long to make an impact, being awarded the Calder trophy.

Following the 48-49 season, he would share the Rangers MVP award with Chuck Rayner, and would win it outright the next year, when he led his team in scoring.

It was in the 1950 playoffs that the Rangers came closest to a Stanley Cup win. Facing a Detroit team minus star forward Gordie Howe, Laprade would score 3 goals in the series. But it would not be enough, as New York lost a heartbreaker in overtime in the 7th game.

Laprade would have a few more productive years before retiring in 1955, leaving behind a legacy good enough to geth im inducted to the hockey hall of fame in 1993 in the veteran categories, for his many years of great defensive and two-way play.

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