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08-15-2012, 05:24 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Orillia, Ontario
Wildor Larochelle !!!
Awards and Achievements:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1930, 1931)
Originally Posted by
Legends of Hockey
Right-winger Wildor Larochelle was a fine goal scorer and checker who played nearly 500 games in the NHL during the 1920s and '30s. He spent the majority of his career with the Montreal Canadiens where he won two Stanley Cups.
Born in Sorel, Quebec, Larochelle played 33 games as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens in 1926. The stocky forward played a regular shift for two years before spending most of the 1928-29 season with the Providence Reds of the Can Am League. The next year he returned to Montreal and was a fixture in the line up for six and a half years.
Larochelle's timely scoring helped the Canadiens win consecutive Stanley Cups in 1930 and 1931. In 1931-32, he scored a career high 18 goals playing with Pit Lepine and Armand Mondou. In December 1935, he was shipped to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash. The veteran forward was a useful worker for a year and a half in the Windy City before sitting out the 1937-38 season. He returned to play one more year with the AHL"s New Haven Eagles before retiring for good in 1939.
Originally Posted by
Montreal Canadiens historical website
TOUGH AND STRONG DESPITE HIS 5-FOOT-8 FRAME, FORWARD WILDOR LAROCHELLE APPEARED IN MORE THAN 400 GAMES WITH THE CANADIENS, WINNING TWO STANLEY CUPS.
Wildor Larochelle, a 19-year-old Sorel, Quebec native, cracked the Montreal Canadiens’ lineup for the first time in 1925-26. He proudly wore the Habs jersey for 11 seasons with the club, one of the longest tenures of his era.
In his first three seasons, Larochelle saw limited ice time and as a result, was assigned to the Providence Reds of the Canadian-American Hockey League for the bulk of the 1928-29 campaign. There he developed a scoring touch and after a season in the minors, he returned to the Canadiens in 1929-30 a changed player.
More aggressive and with a nose for the net, he entered the most productive phase of his career, playing alongside Pit Lépine and Georges Mantha. Upon his return to the club, Larochelle easily eclipsed his output of five goals in his previous three-season stint with the Habs. Finding the twine 14 times during the 1929-30 season and twice more in the playoffs, Larochelle helped lead the team to the franchise’s third Stanley Cup.
Tough and strong despite carrying less than 160 pounds on his 5-foot-8 frame, Larochelle missed very few games in his second stint with the Habs, successfully holding his own against bigger, heavier opponents. The Canadiens repeated as Stanley Cup Champions in the spring of 1931 with the stocky right winger contributing three points to the team’s postseason success.
Larochelle, who scored a career-high 18 goals in 1931-32, finished 1933-34 with 27 points, second only to Howie Morenz. He peaked the next year, notching 28 points. On March 8, 1934, the Habs recorded a 3-0 victory over the New York Americans on a night that saw the veteran forward score all three markers.
Thirteen games into the 1935-36 campaign, Larochelle was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he wound down his NHL career. He spent a season and a half in the Windy City before retiring rather than reporting to St. Louis of the American Hockey Association for the 1936-37 schedule.
Wildor Larochelle died in 1964. A street in his hometown bears his name.
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