Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Garry Lariviere
Defenceman Garry Lariviere played parts of four NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques and Edmonton Oilers. He was also a successful competitor in the WHA and later served as an NHL assistant coach.

Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Lariviere was chosen 83rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1974 after a solid junior career with the hometown Black Hawks of the OHA. In 1975 he was named to the CHL first all-star team after recording 53 points for the Tulsa Oilers.

Lariviere joined the WHA's Phoenix Roadrunners on a full time basis in 1975-76 and later played an important playmaking role on the Quebec Nordiques. The clever rearguard remained with the Nords when they merged with the NHL in 1979-80 and was a decent two-way player though the club failed to make the post-season.

In March 1981 he joined the Vancouver Canucks for a few minutes before he was sent to Edmonton. Lariviere supplied savvy and accurate passes on the speedy Oilers and played one playoff game in 1983 when they reached the Stanley Cup final. Eventuallt he was relegated to the minors and starred for the AHL's St. Catharines Saints for three seasons before retiring in 1986. In 1984 the veteran blueliner was named to the AHL first all-star team, voted the league MVP and presented the Eddie Shore Award as the top defenceman in the AHL. After retiring Lariviere entered the realm of coaching and became a much-travelled assistant coach in the minors and NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 62 4 19 23 114 5 0 2 2 21
1972-73 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 55 5 32 37 140
1973-74 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 60 3 35 38 153
1973-74 St. Catharines Black Hawks M-Cup 3 0 1 1 21
1974-75 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 4 0 1 1 28 1 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Tulsa Oilers CHL 76 15 38 53 168
1975-76 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 79 7 17 24 100 5 0 2 2 2
1976-77 Phoenix Roadrunners WHA 61 7 23 30 48
1976-77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 15 0 3 3 8 17 0 10 10 10
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 80 7 49 56 78 11 3 2 5 4
1978-79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 50 5 33 38 54 4 0 1 1 2
1979-80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 2 19 21 56 -10
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 52 3 13 16 50 -2
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 0 2 2 6 +9 9 0 3 3 8
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 1 21 22 41 +27 4 0 1 1 0
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 0 2 2 14 +13 1 0 1 1 0
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 65 7 35 42 41 7 0 3 3 2
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 72 4 32 36 47
1985-86 St. Catharines Saints AHL 52 0 9 9 10 6 0 1 1 6
NHL Totals 219 6 57 63 167 14 0 5 5 8


CHL First All-Star Team (1975)
AHL First All-Star Team (1984)
Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding Defenseman - AHL) (1984)
Les Cunningham Award (MVP - AHL) (1984) (co-winner - Mal Davis)
Selected by Chicago (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1974. Traded to Phoenix (WHA) by Chicago (WHA) for future considerations, September, 1974. Rights traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo for the rights to Gerry Desjardins, February 19, 1975. Traded to Quebec (WHA) by Phoenix (WHA) for cash, March, 1977. Reclaimed by NY Islanders from Quebec prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed as a priority selection by Quebec, June 9, 1979. Traded to Vancouver by Quebec for Mario Marois, March 10, 1981. Traded to Edmonton by Vancouver with Ken Berry for Blair MacDonald and the rights to Lars-Gunnar Pettersson, March 10, 1981.
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