Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Bolonchuk
Larry Bolonchuk played his junior hockey with his hometown Winnipeg Jets of the WCJHL for two years in the early 1970's. He gained the respect of those on his team an other opponents as a strong defensive player who took care of business in his own zone.

The Vancouver Canucks selected him in the fifth round, 67th overall in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft. He did dress for 15 games with the Canucks that fall but the majority of his season was spent in the minors with the Seattle Totems.

In the summer of 1974 Bolonchuk was claimed by the Washington Capitals in the Expansion Draft. But in his first three years in the Capitals' organization he was called up for only ten games. He finally had a breakthrough season in 1977-78 when he suited up for 49 games with Washington but still seemed to be a fringe player at best. Given the fact the Capitals were still one of the worst teams in the NHL at the time, it was clear if Bolonchuk couldn't make it in Washington he was not going to be picked up by any other team.

Bolonchuk played another two years in the minors but was never called back to the NHL. He retired after the 1979-80 season at the age of 28.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Winnipeg Jets WCJHL 66 4 31 35 140 12 1 1 2 66
1971-72 Winnipeg Jets WCJHL 67 7 32 39 175
1972-73 Vancouver Canucks NHL 15 0 0 0 6 -11
1972-73 Seattle Totems WHL 59 2 9 11 97
1973-74 Des Moines Capitols IHL 71 6 27 33 166 10 2 4 6 37
1973-74 Seattle Totems WHL 3 0 2 2 4
1974-75 Dayton Gems IHL 58 9 21 30 139 14 0 13 13 31
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 1 1 0 -1
1975-76 Dayton Gems IHL 77 4 39 43 174 15 0 11 11 59
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 9 0 0 0 12 -12
1976-77 Dayton Gems IHL 71 2 21 23 124 4 0 2 2 6
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 49 3 8 11 79 -19
1977-78 Hampton Gulls AHL 14 1 1 2 38
1977-78 Hershey Bears AHL 19 0 7 7 12
1978-79 Binghamton Dusters AHL 75 2 28 30 108 10 0 1 1 18
1979-80 Cincinnati Stingers CHL 1 0 0 0 4
1979-80 Dayton Gems IHL 73 7 32 39 139
NHL Totals 74 3 9 12 97


IHL Second All-Star Team (1977) Claimed by Washington from Vancouver in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974.
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