Brad Larsen

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Brad Larsen
Brad Larsen.jpg
Born(1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 36)
Nakusp, BC, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forColorado Avalanche
Atlanta Thrashers
National team Canada
NHL Draft53rd overall, 1995
Ottawa Senators
87th overall, 1997
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career1997–2010
 
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Brad Larsen
Brad Larsen.jpg
Born(1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 36)
Nakusp, BC, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forColorado Avalanche
Atlanta Thrashers
National team Canada
NHL Draft53rd overall, 1995
Ottawa Senators
87th overall, 1997
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career1997–2010

Brad Larsen (born January 28, 1977) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey left winger who played in the National Hockey League with the Colorado Avalanche and the Atlanta Thrashers. He is currently the head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Playing career[edit source | edit]

Brad Larsen was born in Nakusp, British Columbia, but grew up in Vernon, British Columbia. He played junior ice hockey for the Swift Current Broncos where he attracted NHL scouts' attention. Larsen was drafted in round 3, 53rd overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. He was not signed by the Avalanche by 1997 NHL Entry Draft day and subsequently re-entered the draft and was drafted 87th overall by the Avalanche.

His first four professional years were spent almost entirely with Colorado's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, before securing a full-time role as a member of the Avalanche in 2001–02. Blighted by persistent Back and Groin injuries in 2002–03, Larsen was unable to establish himself in the NHL. Brad returned in 2003–04 and spent time with both Hershey and Colorado before he was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers on February 25, 2004.

During the 2004 NHL Lockout, Larsen made a return to full health playing in a career high 75 games with the Thrashers AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Upon resumption of the NHL in the 2005–06 season, Larsen established a checking line role with the Thrashers and posted a career high 7 goals for 15 points. After playing in a NHL high 72 games and helping the Atlanta reach their maiden post season the following season, Brad was re-signed by the Thrashers to a two-year contract extension on June 22, 2007.[1] A mainstay on the Thrashers fourth line, Larsen's offensive contributions dipped in the 2007–08 season, scoring just 1 goal and four points.

On September 26, 2008, he was traded by Atlanta, along with Ken Klee and Chad Painchaud, to the Anaheim Ducks for Mathieu Schneider.[2] Brad's injury woes returned at the start of the 2008–09 season, after suffering a Sports hernia, he was then required to have hip surgery which consequently keep him sidelined for the entire season without debuting for the Ducks.[3]

A free agent, Larsen was invited to the Buffalo Sabres training camp for the 2009–10 season before signing with AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates on September 12, 2009.[4] As a part of the leadership group with the Pirates, Larsen made his return to the ice and posted 13 goals for 27 points in 55 games. Helping the Pirates reach the Quarterfinals in the Calder Cup playoffs, Larsen later announced his retirement to become an assistant coach with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL on August 20, 2010.[5]

Career statistics[edit source | edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit source | edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1992–93Nelson LeafsRMJHL42313768164
1993–94Swift Current BroncosWHL641518333271234
1994–95Swift Current BroncosWHL622433577360112
1995–96Swift Current BroncosWHL5130477767632513
1996–97Swift Current BroncosWHL6136468261
1997–98Hershey BearsAHL651210228073252
1997–98Colorado AvalancheNHL10000
1998–99Hershey BearsAHL183471150116
1999–00Hershey BearsAHL52132639661452729
2000–01Hershey BearsAHL6721254693101346
2000–01Colorado AvalancheNHL90000
2001–02Colorado AvalancheNHL50279472111213
2002–03Hershey BearsAHL253692541128
2002–03Colorado AvalancheNHL60332
2003–04Hershey BearsAHL214131740
2003–04Colorado AvalancheNHL2622411
2003–04Atlanta ThrashersNHL60002
2004–05Chicago WolvesAHL7526234911218471122
2005–06Atlanta ThrashersNHL62781521
2005–06Chicago WolvesAHL61018
2006–07Atlanta ThrashersNHL7276133940220
2007–08Atlanta ThrashersNHL6213412
2009–10Portland PiratesAHL551314274040000
WHL totals2381051442492331945919
AHL totals384961202164756214163073
NHL totals2941929481342513413
Brad Larsen
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Under 17 Hockey Challenge
Bronze1994 Amos
World Junior Championship
Gold1996 Boston
Gold1997 Geneva

International[edit source | edit]

YearTeamCompGPGAPtsPIM
1994Canada PacificWHC1761010
1996CanadaWJC61124
1997CanadaWJC70116
Junior int'l totals1922410

Career transactions[edit source | edit]

Awards and honours[edit source | edit]

AwardYear
WHL
East All-Star Team1997

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Thrashers re-sign Larsen and McCarthy". Atlanta Thrashers. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  2. ^ Cox, Damien (2008-09-26). "Schneider traded to Atlanta". Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Ducks make final salary cap move". ducks.freedomblog.com. 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Sabres sign Stafford to two year deal". Buffalo News. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2010-05-16. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Larsen named asst. coach in Springfield". American Hockey League. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  6. ^ Rights to Larsen were traded by Ottawa for Janne Laukkanen on January 26, 1996.

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