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RW, Steve Larmer

1006 GP, 1012 points
140 playoff GP, 131 points, 1x Stanley Cup (1994)

Hart Trophy Voting: 5
Selke Trophy Voting: 3, 8, T10
Calder Trophy winner (1983)

Point Finishes: 10, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27
Top 10 Goals: 10th (1985)
Top 10 Assists: 9th (1987)
Team Scoring Placements: 1st (1989), 1st (1990), 1st (1991), 2nd (1983), 2nd (1984), 2nd (1985), 2nd (1987), 2nd (1988), 2nd (1992), 3rd (1993), 4th (1986), 5th (1994), 5th (1995)

Playoff Scoring Point Finishes: 6th (1990), 8th (1985), 12th (1989), 12th (1992), 12th (1994)
Playoff Team Scoring Placements: 1st (1990 - 20GP), 1st (1993 - 4GP), 2nd (1989 - 16GP), 2nd (1985 - 15GP), 2nd (1984 - 5GP), 2nd (1988 - 5GP), 2nd (1986 - 3GP), 3rd (1992 - 18GP), 3rd (1983 - 11GP), 3rd (1991 - 6GP), 6th (1994 - 23GP), 9th (1995 - 10GP), scoreless (1987 - 4GP)

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Right-winger Steve Larmer was a classy goal scorer who led by example on the ice during his 1,006 games in the NHL. His excellent on ice vision and quick hands made him a dangerous foe around the net as well as pesky defensive player.

Throughout the 1980s and early '90s, Larmer was a reliable goal scorer on the Hawks who could also check and provide leadership. In addition to his rookie year, he topped the 40-goal mark four more times.

One of the league's most durable competitors, the crafty forward set the Chicago "iron man" record by playing 884 consecutive games between October 6, 1982 and April 15, 1993.

The crafty forward was also an asset on the international stage. In 1991 he helped Canada win the silver medal at the World Championships and capture the fifth and last Canada Cup. Early in the 1993-94 season, he was traded to the Hartford Whalers. He was then flipped to the New York Rangers a few minutes later. The veteran notched 21 goals, killed penalties, and helped the Blueshirts win their first Stanley Cup since 1940. He brought his fine career to a close after playing 47 games for New York and helping the team reach the second round of the playoffs in 1995.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends
Larmer, a superb two-way forward, didn't miss a game in 11 years with Chicago and his 884 consecutive regular-season games is the third-longest durability streak in NHL history behind Doug Jarvis (964) and Garry Unger (914). Nine times in those 11 years, Larmer scored 30-plus goals and he broke Jim Pappin's club record for points by a right winger with 101 in 1990-91. The same year, he was honored as The Hockey News/Inside Hockey "Man of the Year" and his breakaway goal against Mike Richter was the decisive marker in Team Canada's victory over Team USA in the final of the Canada Cup tournament.

Injuries to the rugged Secord prevented that line from staying together much after that season, but Larmer was always a fixture on Savard's right wing. He played a two way role which complimented the offensive wizard Savard very well. He allowed Savard to "cheat" offensively by playing sound defense, yet at the same time provided Savard with the matching skill to finish off the scoring chances Savard created.

Larmer' was incredibly consistent over his years with the Hawks. He was a constant 35-40 goal scorer and 85-90 point man. And he never missed a game in a Hawks uniform.

Originally Posted by Chris Chelios - 2/15/2012
You couldnít really do anything to Savy or Larms because of Secord Ė he was always there protecting them. My role at that point was to go against the teamís top players, try to intimidate them, but you couldnít do that to any of them, especially Larms. You could run him, slash him, hit him, but he just kept coming back at you and never stopped.

He played without fear, and you respect guys like that.

He was really a tough, consistent player at both ends of the ice. He was always a threat in the offensive zone, and you could always count on him to backcheck and play consistent defense. In a word, he was solid.

Everything about him was team-first, with no thought to his own stats or personal fame. The way he went about his business was professional. You were always going to get 110 percent out of him every shift, and thatís all you can ask from your teammates.

He was a big part of a lot of Stanley Cup-caliber teams, and he played an important role when the Rangers won in 1994.

Print Sources
Originally Posted by Reading Eagle - 3/26/1990
Savard said his winning goal was made possible by Steve Larmer. "Larmer knocked (Bernie) Federko off the puck after going behind the net and getting it to Goulet," said Savard. "It shows how much team work pays off, especially down the stretch."
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated - 5/14/1990
Rookie Jeremy Roenick of the Blackhawks had two first-period goals, and Steve Larmer tied a Chicago playoff record with five points.

Originally Posted by Chicago Tribune - 10/18/1990
Larmer, in his option year, is sorely underpaid now at $265,000 a year. Compare that to other right wings, such as Philadelphia `s Rick Tocchet just signing for a deal that progresses from $800,000 to over $1 million in the fourth year of the contract, and Boston`s Cam Neely, starting at $750,000 and ending at $1 million in his fourth year.

``Tocchet has played six years to Larmer`s eight and averaged 60 points to Larmer`s 85,`` Kelly said, reading from charts he has prepared for the hearing.

``Stephane Richer makes $750,000 a year in Montreal. He`s averaged 33.25 goals in his five years to Larmer`s 37.2 goals. Cam Neely`s statistics aren`t as good as Larmer`s, either. Larmer`s worth $800,000, don`t you think?``

Kelly believes it`s significant that Larmer was voted club MVP by his teammates the last two seasons. ``The Hawks have to quit paying lip service to his leadership qualities and compensate him with the right salary.``
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated - 4/1/1991
Here's his list of the 10 toughest players to stop on a breakaway...
4. Steve Larmer, Chicago Blackhawks: You don't know where the puck is going.

Originally Posted by Chicago Tribune - 6/5/1991
Larmer and Hawks captain Dirk Graham are among the three finalists for the Selke Trophy. It goes to the league`s finest defensive forward.
Mike Keenan is among the three Coach of the Year finalists. Whether he wins or not Wednesday, he will definitely be named Coach of the Year at a Hockey News luncheon Thursday. At that event, Larmer will be honored as Man of the Year and Belfour as the top goalie and rookie.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated - 10/7/1991
Larmer, Chelios and Roenick are three of the premier two-way players in the league...

Originally Posted by Chicago Tribune - 11/15/1991
A story in the January Hockey Digest rates Jeremy Roenick and Steve Larmer as the fifth best forward pairing in the National Hockey League.

Vancouver coach/GM Pat Quinn said: ``I`m not taking anything away from Roenick, who is an outstanding young player, but I think the success of the unit is a real credit to Larmer. He seems to be able to position off those great puck carriers (Denis Savard before Roenick) and when they are ready to make the play Larmer is also ready.``

The four duos ranked ahead of Roenick-Larmer are Adam Oates-Brett Hull, St. Louis; Mario Lemieux-Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh; Wayne Gretzky-Jari Kurri, Los Angeles; and Craig Janney-Cam Neely, Boston.
Originally Posted by Chicago Tribune - 4/22/1992
``It happens every game,`` Roenick said. ``You guys just don`t see it all the time. `Larms` is a perfectionist, and when things don`t go the way he thinks they should, he lets you know about it.``
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated - 2/21/1994
Two weeks later Smith added 32-year-old Steve Larmer, a skilled, hard-nosed forward ...

Originally Posted by New York Daily News - 2/20/1995
One of the few bright spots has been the play of Steve Larmer, who keeps playing mistake-free, effective hockey in his 13th season.

Originally Posted by New York Daily News - 3/4/1995
Steve Larmer might not have the superstar skills of Eric Lindros, or the exciting future of Mikael Renberg, or the daunting strength of John LeClair, but he has the game of hockey just about completely figured out. And last night, he put on a textbook display of how a complete forward plays it. Scoring two goals, assisting on a third and preventing two others with the diligent backchecking that is as much a part of his varied repertoire as his renowned durability and statistical consistency, Larmer lifted the surging Rangers to a crackling 5-3 victory over the up-and-coming Flyers. "Steve Larmer is closing in on 1,000 points for a lot of reasons," Rangers coach Colin Campbell said after Larmer reached 998 NHL points in his 981st game. "He's not a big man in what has become a big man's game now. But he still finds a way to get there and do his job.

"I think you've got to take as much pride in stopping goals as in scoring them," said Larmer. "Both those things can swing a game either way.

"Larms is consistent not only in the way he plays but in playing every night," Graves said. "I think, when he reaches 1,000 games, he'll only have missed 13 games three from injury and 10 from his holdout last year in Chicago. "When you talk about that in combination with his numbers being only two points away from 1,000, it speaks volumes about him as a player, and we all know what kind of person he is.

Originally Posted by New York Daily News - 3/9/1995
Steve Larmer was stuck at 998 points. There were 42 names on the list of people with 1,000 NHL points, but his name was on the way-longer list of those short of that figure. Then Larmer chopped at a puck in the slot; it glanced off Brian Noonan's skate, past Martin Brodeur's left foot, and the noise came back to the Garden at 18:10 of the second period. Nine-ninety-nine. At 4:50 of the third, Larmer just did one of his things in the corner, swirling around, keeping the puck alive so Petr Nedved could feed Noonan at Brodeur's right. One thousand. History.

"Last night, it was even money Larmer prevented at least as many as the four goals he helped the Rangers score in a 6-4 slugfest. He is one of the foremost two-way players in the league, even at 33.

At the Garden, quiet and uneasy not that much earlier, earplugs might have been helpful. The Devils may remember the noise. They heard it at the end of Game 7 last spring and they wanted, last night, to put it behind them. Steve Larmer would not let that happen. Not with time left on the clock and too much silence in the stands, not with a game on the line.

Originally Posted by New York Daily News - 3/10/1995
"When Larmer speaks, the words have impact. When he is silent, the noise can be deafening. He is a 5-11 player who thrives in a 6-2 hockey world. He is a left-hand shot who excels on right wing, even if that means doing everything backward. He is 33, yet there aren't many 23-year-olds outmuscling him. "A couple of games will go by, and he'll make a couple of mistakes," coach Colin Campbell says, "but I'm not going to go to Steve Larmer and say anything, because he's his own worst critic.

"Larmer may fret about a puck he did not win in a corner. Maybe a guy beat him back into the play from the sideboards and got off a good shot. Maybe he missed an empty net; he doesn't miss many. The thing he avoids best is typecasting. If Larmer were simply a standout defensive player, it would be easy to justify claims he gets overlooked as another "defensive guy who just doesn't get the credit he deserves.

"I'll tell you what else he does: He plays two-way hockey about as smart and about as well as it can be played. Assistant coach Dick Todd calls him "the consummate calm player under pressure," and that is about as close as anyone has come to making a label stick on Steve Larmer.

Originally Posted by New York Daily News - 4/21/1995
That Steve Larmer would win the race to the dump-in and then make the perfect pass out of the corner made perfect sense. Last night was Larmer's 1,000th game in the NHL, and you'd be hard-pressed to find an unintelligent performance out of his previous 999.

Originally Posted by New York Daily News - 4/13/1995
Stephane Matteau: "I look at a guy like Pat Verbeek around the boards, or Larmer: every time the puck is around the boards, the puck is going to come out on their side."

Originally Posted by New York Daily News 5/1/1995
Steve Larmer grabbed the puck behind the Philadelphia net and centered it as Leetch slithered down the left alley...

"It's not like we don't have the ability to play along the boards," Graves said. "We have Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan and Sergei Nemchinov and Steve Larmer . . . I could go on and on.

Scouting Reports
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1984
Strong skater, good puckhandler with scoring touch who teamed well on line with Savard and Secord...a young player who knows how to check
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1985
Good all-round player, the result of finishing his junior eligibility and playing season in AHL...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1987
Admonished himself after a disappointing season in 1985-86, calling it "one big nightmare of a year"...Claims he couldn't buy a goal, yet he scored 31 of them...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1988
The one who complements Denis Savard the most...Reacts smartly under hectic situations in the attacking zone...One-times shots out of the slot most effectively
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report - 1988-89
The Finesse Game
Smarts, instincts, anticipation - all the mental abilities for goal scoring that can't be taught - are the highlights of Larmer's game. It's a game that's easily explained: Larmer gets into position to shoot the puck before the puck gets to him. His tremendous sense of the game puts him in a prime scoring area, and when the puck gets to him his excellent shot does the rest.

His skating is nothing to write home about, and it is his skating that keeps him hidden from the general public. Because he doesn't have blazing speed or exceptional agility - and because his center does - Larmer can get lost in the shuffle. Which is precisely what happens until he pops up in the middle of nowhere to score.

The Intangibles
Larmer is the kind of player that even NHL coaches don't know how good he is - until they see him day in and day out. He'd carried a reputation for not being in good condition and he worked especially hard prior to last season's training camp to discard that label.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report - 1990-91
The Finesse Game
How does Larmer do that voodoo that he do so well? He's not an exceptional skater in terms of glamorous assets (speed, agility), but he does possess great strength and balance on his skates critical to his success because of the amount of work he does in the traffic areas near the net.

He does have excellent hands for receiving the puck, and he shoots very well off the pass. His hand skills would extend to puckhandling...but he shies away from handling the puck because his skating won't put him in the clear. When he does have the puck, Larmer passes extremely well, using his sense to find the openings.

Ah his sense. what Larmer does better than all but the NHL's best goal scorers is get into position and let the puck do the work...

The Intangibles
Like Ole Man River, Larmer just keeps rolling along. His consistency is so great that you can actually forget he's playing and at what level he's performing.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report - 1991-92
The Finesse Game
Steve Larmer is one of the best 'wrong-shooting' wings in the league...He also has the ability to accept a pass with his skates and kick it to his stick, which also comes in handy on the off-side.

He uses remarkable balance to slip checks; people get a piece of Larmer, but his vision of the ice allows him to see the man coming and roll with the impact.

He is especially skilled at deceiving goaltenders; they read the position of the puck on his stick and anticipate he will shoot toward one spot - only to have him open or close the face of his blade and shoot toward another hole.

A solid defensive player and a top penalty killer with great anticipation, Larmer reads the play, anticipates well and makes an extremely quick transition from defense to offense. This is especially true when he is killing penalties; Larmer intercepts a lot of passes and does smart things with them. He is always in an opponent's way, in position - between the Chicago goal and his man. Either his body or stick is always in the passing lane that forces the opposition to make a flip pass, which is much more difficult to one-time.

The Physical Game
He scraps efficiently for the puck, weasels away with it, brings it toward the net and gets off a strong snap shot.

The Intangibles
Larmer literally never takes a night off. And plays the same way every time, each game a virtual photocopy of its predecessor.

A durable, consistent player who works hard for his teammates, Larmer is the guy players listen to during the between-periods jaw sessions.

And he made it very clear, last season, that he was not a guy who simply lived off playing with Denis Savard; it is time, retroactively, to give him the credit he has deserved for years.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1992-1993
The Finesse Game
Larmer is intelligent away from the puck, which makes him an asset as a penalty killer. He reads, anticipates, uses smart positioning of body and stick to close the passing lane, then steals the pass and slices seconds off the clock.

The Physical Game
Larmer thrives in the corners and eagerly ties up a man so a teammate can get the puck. He dishes out solid, powerful hits and does a good job of making contact in the neutral zone. He is, simply, all-business, in the business of hockey, the business is contact and Larmer ably handles his share.

He also gets crunched a fair amount of the time because you can't always see who's coming when you're playing the off-wing. Larmer takes it in stride.

The Intangibles
Larmer perseveres, gets the most out of himself. If he is stopped by six good saves on six good scoring chances, he will turn that seventh shot into a critical goal instead of saying, "It's not my night' and going home early. He shows up for work, he competes efficiently and productively, and he expects to win.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report - 1993-1994
The Finesse Game
He has great one-step quickness, which he can turn into a rink-long rush, then stop and start and tie a defenseman into a knot. And he can do it all with a puck.

Larmer is honest offensively and reliable defensively. He is an intelligent player in all zones. His hand-eye-coordination is excellent. Not only is he quick enough to tip pucks, but he tips them as if he controls where they're going, which very few players can do.

The Physical Game
Larmer can get feisty and has earned himself some room through his career. He plays ever game hard, checking in the corners and making take-out checks. It's amazing that someone who plays as energetically does, shift after shift, has played so long without missing a game due to injury.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report - 1994-95
The Finesse Game
Larmer is always around the front of the net, poaching, lurking, looking for a rebound to convert or a shot to tip.

Larmer doesn't look out of place whether he's on the top line with Mark Messier or on a checking line. Not the world's fastest skater nor the prettiest one, he gets where he has to go.

The Physical Game
Larmer didn't just cruise through that 884-game streak. He is an extremely physical player, and is out and out fearless. He never hesitates to throw a check or take a hit. If he's the first man in the zone, he'll go to the boards against two opponents and scrap for the puck. If he's the puck carrier, Larmer has the hands for playmaking. If he's the third man, a superior hockey intellect always puts him in the perfect position to backcheck. He is one of the best in the game at cutting the rink in half lengthwise and blocking the cross-ice passes that most other players let go through.

He does an outstanding job of using his body to shield the puck. If you tie up his arms, he'll kick the puck. If you pin him on the boards, he'll wriggle his arms loose and get something done. He is relentless. He does not stop on offense or defense. If his second effort doesn't get the job done, he'll make a third try.

The Intangibles
Larmer is tenacious, courageous and smart. He is utterly devoted to his game, his job and his team. Larmer could not care less about publicity, which probably cost him unfairly in voting for the Selke, Masterson, or even the Lady Byng. He could an annual candidate for any or all of those trophies.

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