Michel Larocque (ice hockey b. 1952)

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Michel Larocque
Born(1952-04-06)April 6, 1952
Hull, QC, CAN
DiedJuly 29, 1992(1992-07-29) (aged 40)
Hull, QC, CAN
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CaughtLeft
Played forMontreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft6th overall, 1972
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career1972–1985
 
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Michel Larocque
Born(1952-04-06)April 6, 1952
Hull, QC, CAN
DiedJuly 29, 1992(1992-07-29) (aged 40)
Hull, QC, CAN
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CaughtLeft
Played forMontreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft6th overall, 1972
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career1972–1985

Michel Raymond "Bunny" Larocque (April 6, 1952 - July 29, 1992) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit source | edit]

In his junior hockey days, he played with the Ottawa 67's of the OHA from 1968 to 1972. He led the league in shutouts for the last 3 of those years. He was also one of the most penalized goalies, and was regularly involved in fights. In 1973 he played with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL, his first taste of professional hockey. For his outstanding play, Larocque was awarded the Hap Holmes Memorial Award with teammate Michel Deguise and was selected to the Second All-Star Team. In 1972, he was selected 6th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft.

Larocque started his NHL career in 1974. He was mainly the backup for the Montreal Canadiens as Ken Dryden was one of the top goalies in that era. He dedicated himself to his role of back-up, although Larocque was considered a top backup and could have been the No.1 goalie for most NHL teams. Larocque would be co-winner of four Vezina Trophies. During that era, the trophy was given to the principal goalies on the team allowing the fewest goals in the regular season. The first three were largely because of the all-star play of Ken Dryden. In 1977, he led the NHL with a 2.09 goals against average, but with Dryden ahead of him in the Canadiens net, he only managed to play 26 games.

In 1980, Ken Dryden retired from hockey, which forced the Canadiens to find a new goalie. They picked Denis Herron and he shared his duties with Larocque. His fourth and final Vezina Trophy was shared with Denis Herron and Richard Sevigny in 1981. He won a total of four Stanley Cups with Montreal in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979.

Near the trade deadline in 1981, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenceman Robert Picard. Larocque played 50 games next season with a struggling Leafs team. Michel was in net when the Buffalo Sabres scored a NHL record of 9 goals in one period in a 14-4 loss. He was again traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1983, for goaltender Rick St. Croix and finished his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues in 1984 after being sold by the Flyers, who'd settled on Pelle Lindbergh in goal. Larocque finally retired from hockey in 1985 after playing 13 games with the Peoria Rivermen in the IHL.

Retirement and death[edit source | edit]

After his playing career ended, he served as general manager of the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) during the 1989–90 season and won QMJHL executive of the year for 1989–90. He was vice president of the QMJHL during the 1991–92 season and still held the position at time of his death.

He died of brain cancer at age 40 in his hometown of Hull, Quebec.

Awards and achievements[edit source | edit]

* Shared with Ken Dryden.

Career statistics[edit source | edit]

Regular season[edit source | edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLTMINGASOGAA
1967-68Ottawa 67'sOHA-Jr.42103209.14
1968-69Ottawa 67'sOHA-Jr.41902407.58
1969-70Ottawa 67'sOHA-Jr.51306018533.63
1970-71Ottawa 67'sOHA-Jr.56334518953.39
1971-72Ottawa 67'sOHA-Jr.55328718943.45
1972-73Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL47270511312.50
1973-74Montreal CanadiensNHL27158214316902.89
1974-75Montreal CanadiensNHL25175314807433.00
1975-76Montreal CanadiensNHL22161312205022.46
1976-77Montreal CanadiensNHL26192415255342.09
1977-78Montreal CanadiensNHL30223417297712.67
1978-79Montreal CanadiensNHL34227419869432.84
1979-80Montreal CanadiensNHL3917138225912533.32
1980-81Montreal CanadiensNHL28169316238213.03
1980-81Toronto Maple LeafsNHL83324604005.22
1981-82Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5010248264720704.69
1982-83Toronto Maple LeafsNHL163838356804.89
1982-83Philadelphia FlyersNHL2011120804.00
1983-84Springfield IndiansAHL55323012104.18
1983-84St. Louis BluesNHL50503003106.20
1984-85Peoria RivermenIHL137337864103.13
NHL totals312160894517,615978173.33

Playoffs[edit source | edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLTMINGASOGAA
1969-70Ottawa 67'sOHA-Jr.114616253633.46
1971-72Ottawa 67'sOHA-Jr.1887310295513.29
1972-73Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL137603602.84
1973-74Montreal CanadiensNHL6243641802.97
1978-79Montreal CanadiensNHL10020000.00
1979-80Montreal CanadiensNHL5413001112.20
1980-81Toronto Maple LeafsNHL20175806.40
NHL totals14667593712.92

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Preceded by
Steve Shutt
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
1972
Succeeded by
Dave Gardner
Preceded by
Ken Dryden
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Ken Dryden

1977, 1978, 1979
Succeeded by
Don Edwards and Bob Sauve
Preceded by
Don Edwards
and Bob Sauve
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Denis Herron and Richard Sevigny

1981
Succeeded by
Billy Smith