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07-11-2011, 07:20 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Behind A Tree
Pierre Larouche, Centre
Stats on Larouche:
- 395 Goals and 427 Assists in 812 games
- 3 Seasons of 40 or more goals
- 9 Seasons of 30 + Assists
For more on Larouche click the following link:
and this from the Montreal Canadiens site:
AN EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED CENTER, PIERRE LAROUCHE IS ONE OF SIX CANADIENS PLAYERS TO HAVE SCORED 50 GOALS IN A SINGLE SEASON.
Very few people in the history of hockey were as proficient at finding the back of the net as Pierre Larouche. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound center dominated the junior hockey world in his final year with the QMJHL’s Sorel Blackhawks, racking up 94 goals and 157 assists. That success earned him a first-round selection by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1974 Amateur Draft.
Larouche broke into the NHL in 1974-75 without playing a single game in the minors and quickly proved he was going to be a force to be reckoned with. His 68-point rookie campaign was a record for a first-year Penguin and good enough for fifth overall in team scoring.
At training camp the next fall, Larouche stated he would score 50 goals that season and then went about making his prediction become reality. Fast on his skates and an excellent stickhandler, Larouche was able to hold the puck for as long as he wanted to, threading his way through traffic until he used his quick release to baffle goaltenders around the NHL. When the curtain closed on 1975-76, Larouche had scored 53 times en route to a team-best 111-point season to finish fifth in the NHL.
Two months into the 1977-78 schedule, Larouche was sent to Montreal as part of a four-player deal in which all involved were named “Pierre”. He wasted no time proving his offensive worth to his new team, picking up 49 points in the last 44 games of the season and playing an important role in the Stanley Cup victory that spring.
Suiting up for only 38 games the following season, Larouche still managed to dress for six post-season contests, picking up four points on the way to having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for a second time. Despite his success, his best season with Montreal was yet to come.
Flanked by wingers Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt, Larouche began the 1979-80 season under Boom Boom Geoffrion’s charge and finished it under the guidance of Claude Ruel. Freed from having to put as much effort into his backchecking, the offensive center regained his scoring touch. Larouche ended the season tied with his right-winger for the team lead with 50 goals, becoming the only man in NHL history to reach the 50-marker plateau with two teams. He still holds the Canadiens record for the most goals in a season by a center.
After 236 regular season games in a Montreal sweater, Larouche was traded to the Hartford Whalers for a draft choice, used to select Petr Svoboda. Larouche picked up a point per game while with the Habs and added another 17 in 22 playoff games.
After two less-than-stellar seasons with the Whalers, Larouche was on the move again, this time to New York. He joined the Rangers to start 1983-84, had an explosive start and came within two goals of becoming the first player to score 50 with three different NHL teams. He scored at least 20 in each of the next three seasons before back injuries forced him to hang up his skates.
Having retired in his early 30s, Larouche still remains an active pro athlete. Trading in his skates for spikes, he has become one of the top-ranked golfers on the Celebrity Professional Tour.
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