Thomas Larkin (ice hockey)

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Thomas Larkin
Born (1990-12-31) December 31, 1990 (age 23)
London, England, UK
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Columbus Blue Jackets
Springfield Falcons (AHL)
National team  Italy
NHL Draft 137th overall, 2009
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2011–present

Thomas Larkin (born December 31, 1990) is a British-born Italian ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL). Larkin was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 5th round (137th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the first Italian-trained player ever selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Larkin attended Phillips Exeter Academy and then spent four years at Colgate University, where he played for the Raiders ice hockey team, and served as the team's co-captain during his senior season. Internationlly Larkin has represented Italy at the world championships.

Playing career[edit]

In Larkin's final season at Phillips Exeter Academy he set a school record for most goals and assists by a defenceman in one season (14 and 38, respectively). He also had the school record for most career points by a defenceman (82).[1] Prior to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft Larkin was ranked 87th overall amongst North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. This was an improvement of 59 spots from his place three months prior.[2] He was selected in the fifth round, 137th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets, becoming the first Italian-trained player ever chosen in the NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Larkin had an impressive freshman season at Colgate University, playing in 33 games and registering 19 points with 32 minutes in penalties, but his production fell to just 11 points in 41 games played during his sophomore 2010–11 season.[3] Upon completion of his collegiate career, on July 5, 2013, Larkin was signed to a two-year entry level contract by the Columbus Blue Jackets.[4]

International career[edit]

Larkin competed at the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division I, 2012 IIHF World Championship and 2014 IIHF World Championship as a member of the Italy national ice hockey team.

Personal life[edit]

Larkin was born in London but grew up in Cocquio-Trevisago, Italy.[5] His father is from Boston, Massachusetts while his mother is from Milan, Italy.[2] When Larkin was four his family moved to Italy; it was there, at age 7, that he first began to play hockey, joining his older brother at the HC Varese's rink.[2] Larkin speaks four languages (English, Italian, French and Spanish).[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Phillips Exeter Academy NH-HS 29 6 17 23 30
2008–09 Phillips Exeter Academy NH-HS 31 14 32 46
2009–10 Colgate University Raiders ECAC 33 3 16 19 32
2010–11 Colgate University Raiders ECAC 41 5 6 11 41
2011–12 Colgate University Raiders ECAC 37 4 10 14 48
2012–13 Colgate University Raiders ECAC 36 3 11 14 55
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 7 1 0 1 2
2013–14 Evansville IceMen ECHL 33 3 17 20 60
2013–14 Springfield Falcons AHL 19 0 2 2 48 1 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 26 1 2 3 50 1 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Italy WJC18-D1 17th 4 1 2 3 6
2008 Italy WJC18-D1 16th 5 3 0 3 20
2011 Italy WC-D1 18th 4 1 0 1 0
2012 Italy WC 15th 7 0 1 1 4
2014 Italy WC 15th 7 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 9 4 2 6 26
Senior totals 18 1 2 3 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Third Team 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b NHL.com (2009). "Thomas Larkin Prospect Card". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d Merk, Martin (2009-06-29). "Against the current". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets Depth Analysis, Fall 2011". Hockey's Future. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets sign defenseman Thomas Larkin". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  5. ^ Springfield Falcons (2013-03-14). "Falsons sign Larkin to ATO". FalconsAHL.com. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 

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