Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Claude Larose
Claude Larose of St. Jean, Quebec played four years of major junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Drummondville Rangers and the Sherbrooke Beavers in the early 1970s. The speedy winger played a mostly defensive game in his rookie season with the Rangers, contributing nine goals and 19 points. It was in his second year with the club when Larose caught the attention of onlookers, including NHL scouts when he tallied 63 goals and 113 points in 61 games to lead the team. He followed that up with a 133-point season in 1973-74. Larose played his final year of junior in Sherbrooke where he notched 69 goals and 145 points in 74 games on a team that included Jere Gillis and Bobby Simpson.

Larose was selected in both the NHL and WHA drafts, although at noticeable different times. In the NHL Draft, Larose was taken in the seventh round, 120th overall by the New York Rangers but was taken as the number one pick overall in the 1975 WHA Draft by the Cincinnati Stingers. It was obvious that Larose had a much larger bargaining chip when going to the contract negotiating table with the WHA, so it was not surprising that he signed a deal to play for the Stingers for substantially more money than the Rangers were offering.

Larose skated with the Stingers for two-and-a-half years before being traded to the Indianapolis Racers in February, 1978 where he remained until the league folded after the 1978-79 season. Larose, whose NHL rights were still held by the New York Rangers, joined the blueshirts in the fall of 1979, but lasted just 25 games. Larose continued to play pro hockey in the minors through the 1985-86 season, retiring as a member of the Sherbrooke Canadiens.

In the fall of 1996 Larose came out of retirement at the age of 41 to play for the Windsor Papetiers of the QSPHL where he collected 25 goals and 44 points in 29 games. He returned with the club for another 35 games in 1997-98, scoring 20 goals and 49 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 61 9 10 19 2 9 0 2 2 0
1972-73 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 61 63 50 113 12
1973-74 Drummondville Rangers QMJHL 70 56 77 133 16
1974-75 Shawinigan Dynamos QMJHL 35 29 31 60 6
1974-75 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 39 40 44 84 4 13 12 16 28 2
1974-75 Sherbrooke Castors M-Cup 3 5 3 8 2
1975-76 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 79 28 24 52 19
1976-77 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 81 30 46 76 8 4 2 1 3 0
1977-78 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 51 11 20 31 6
1977-78 Indianapolis Racers WHA 28 14 16 30 12
1978-79 Indianapolis Racers WHA 13 5 8 13 0
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 42 25 25 50 7 10 7 5 12 2
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 25 4 7 11 2 -5
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 31 16 27 43 4
1980-81 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 80 30 27 57 12 4 1 2 3 0
1981-82 Springfield Indians AHL 76 30 36 66 12
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1982-83
1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 80 53 67 120 6
1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 77 36 43 79 4 17 10 6 16 8
1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 65 38 39 77 2
NHL Totals 25 4 7 11 2 2 0 0 0 0


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1973, 1974, 1975)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1975)
AHL First All-Star Team (1984)
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (Sportsmanship - AHL) (1984)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (1984)
Selected by Cincinnati (WHA) in 1975 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1975. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Cincinnati (WHA) with Rich Leduc for Darryl Maggs and Reg Thomas, February, 1978. Rights reclaimed by NY Rangers after Indianapolis (WHA) franchise folded, December 15, 1978.
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