Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Playfair
Larry Playfair played his junior hockey for the Portland Winter Hawks of the WCJHL from 1976 to 1978. During that time, he established himself as a surly, bellicose, stay-at-home defender who made a big impression with his knuckles on the toughs of the league.

When the Buffalo Sabres went shopping during the 1978 Amateur Draft, they had a player such as Playfair at the top of their list, selecting him 13th overall. After a stint with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, he then settled into a role as the club's enforcer.

Playfair understood that his ticket to the NHL came via his ability to fight -- he was one of the best in the league. But he was also a hard-working consistent player who could pot the odd meaningful goal and play a defensively sound game.

He remained at the antagonistic centre of the Sabres' defense until midway through the 1985-86 season when he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Playfair put in parts of three campaigns before returning to Buffalo where, because of a ruptured disk in his back, he was forced to retire in 1989.

Since leaving the ice, Playfair has worked as a colour analyst for Sabres broadcasts.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Langley Lords BCJHL
1974-75 Kamloops Chiefs WCJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Langley Lords BCJHL 72 10 20 30 162
1975-76 Kamloops Chiefs WCJHL 3 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Portland Winter Hawks WCJHL 65 2 17 19 199 8 0 0 0 4
1977-78 Portland Winter Hawks WCJHL 71 13 19 32 402 8 0 2 2 58
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 26 0 3 3 60 +1
1978-79 Hershey Bears AHL 45 0 12 12 148
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 2 10 12 145 +13 14 0 2 2 29
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 3 9 12 169 +4 8 0 0 0 26
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 6 10 16 258 -5 4 0 0 0 22
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 4 13 17 180 +5 5 0 1 1 11
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 5 11 16 211 +4 3 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 3 14 17 157 -3 5 0 3 3 9
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 47 1 2 3 100 -8
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 0 1 1 26 -14
1986-87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 37 2 7 9 181 -1
1987-88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 54 0 7 7 197 -13 3 0 0 0 14
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 0 3 3 16 +3
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 42 0 3 3 110 -10 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 1 1 2 -2
NHL Totals 688 26 94 120 1812 43 0 6 6 111


Brother of Jim
WCJHL First All-Star Team (1978)
Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo with Sean McKenna and Ken Baumgartner for Brian Engblom and Doug Smith, January 30, 1986. Traded to Buffalo by Los Angeles for Bob Logan and Buffalo's 9th round pick (Jim Giacin) in 1989 NHL Draft, October 21, 1988.
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