Brad Larsen

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Brad Larsen
Brad Larsen.jpg
Born (1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 37)
Nakusp, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Colorado Avalanche
Atlanta Thrashers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 1995
Ottawa Senators
87th overall, 1997
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1997–2010

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 a assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. He is the former head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Playing career[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]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Nelson Leafs RMJHL 42 31 37 68 164
1993–94 Swift Current Broncos WHL 64 15 18 33 32 7 1 2 3 4
1994–95 Swift Current Broncos WHL 62 24 33 57 73 6 0 1 1 2
1995–96 Swift Current Broncos WHL 51 30 47 77 67 6 3 2 5 13
1996–97 Swift Current Broncos WHL 61 36 46 82 61
1997–98 Hershey Bears AHL 65 12 10 22 80 7 3 2 5 2
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 18 3 4 7 11 5 0 1 1 6
1999–00 Hershey Bears AHL 52 13 26 39 66 14 5 2 7 29
2000–01 Hershey Bears AHL 67 21 25 46 93 10 1 3 4 6
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 2 7 9 47 21 1 1 2 13
2002–03 Hershey Bears AHL 25 3 6 9 25 4 1 1 2 8
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 6 0 3 3 2
2003–04 Hershey Bears AHL 21 4 13 17 40
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 26 2 2 4 11
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Chicago Wolves AHL 75 26 23 49 112 18 4 7 11 22
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 62 7 8 15 21
2005–06 Chicago Wolves AHL 6 1 0 1 8
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 72 7 6 13 39 4 0 2 2 0
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 62 1 3 4 12
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 55 13 14 27 40 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 294 19 29 48 134 25 1 3 4 13
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Under 17 Hockey Challenge
Bronze 1994 Amos
World Junior Championship
Gold 1996 Boston
Gold 1997 Geneva

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Canada Pacific WHC17 3rd 6 1 0 1 0
1996 Canada WJC 1st 6 1 1 2 4
1997 Canada WJC 1st 7 0 1 1 6
Junior totals 19 2 2 4 10

Career transactions[edit]

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
East All-Star Team 1997

References[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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