Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry DePalma
Larry DePalma broke in to the NHL as a free agent signing with the Minnesota North Stars in 1985.

At the age of 19, DePalma played major junior hockey in the WHL with the New Westminster Bruins. In 65 games, he scored 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points. Although his offensive numbers were nothing spectacular, his solid defensive play earned him a closer look from many NHL clubs.

DePalma played in one NHL game in 1985-86 for the North Stars. Realizing that he needed to prove he had a greater level of offensive ability, DePalma felt he would best be able to accomplish that by returning for another season in junior, as an overage player. The move paid off. In playing with the Saskatoon Blades, DePalma scored 61 goals and 51 assists for 112 points. But, perhaps just as big a turnaround was his propensity to mix it up. He collected a whopping 232 minutes in penalties.

DePalma's statistics clearly caught the eyes of Stars' GM Lou Nanne and the player was invited to training camp in 1986-87. DePalma made the squad and appeared in 56 games, scoring nine goals and six assists while spending 219 minutes in the penalty box. DePalma saw little playing time with the North Stars in the following season, which was split between the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL and the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL. In 1989-90, he got back to a semi-regular role with the North Stars, dressing for 43 games, scoring five times while assisting on seven others.

Midway through the 1992-93 season, his rights were dealt to the San Jose Sharks where he appeared in 20 games, scoring two goals and six assists. His last NHL season was in 1993-94 when he played in seven games for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

DePalma was a typical professional hockey journeyman, playing with 14 teams in the NHL, AHL, and IHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Redford Royals GLJHL
1984-85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 65 14 16 30 87 10 1 1 2 25
1985-86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 65 61 51 112 232 13 7 9 16 58
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 56 9 6 15 219 -7
1986-87 Springfield Indians AHL 9 2 2 4 82
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 7 1 1 2 15 -2
1987-88 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 16 8 10 18 121
1987-88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 22 6 11 17 215
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 43 5 7 12 102 -14 2 0 0 0 6
1989-90 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 36 7 14 21 218 4 1 1 2 32
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 14 3 0 3 26 -5
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 55 27 32 59 160 11 5 4 9 25
1991-92 Kansas City Blades IHL 62 28 29 57 188 15 7 13 20 34
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 20 2 6 8 41 -14
1992-93 Kansas City Blades IHL 30 11 11 22 83 10 1 4 5 20
1993-94 Atlanta Knights IHL 21 10 10 20 109
1993-94 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 34 4 12 16 125
1993-94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 1 0 0 0 17
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 1 0 1 5 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 9 4 1 5 49
1994-95 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 25 6 6 12 113
1994-95 San Diego Gulls IHL 38 14 8 22 86 2 0 0 0 20
1995-96 Minnesota Moose IHL 55 9 17 26 173
1996-97 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 68 13 13 26 131 3 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 148 21 20 41 408 3 0 0 0 6


WHL East Second All-Star Team (1986) Signed to an amateur try-out contract by Minnesota, February 17, 1986. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, May 12, 1986. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 30, 1991. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, November 29, 1993. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from NY Islanders, March 9, 1994.
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