Edgar Laprade

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Edgar Laprade
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1993
1954 Topps Edgar Laprade.JPG
Born (1919-10-10)October 10, 1919
Mine Centre, ON, CAN
Died April 28, 2014(2014-04-28) (aged 94)
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers (NHL)
Port Arthur Bearcats (TBSHL)
Playing career 1945–1955

Edgar Louis "Beaver" Laprade (October 10, 1919 – April 28, 2014) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League. The son of Thomas and Edith Laprade,[1] he was born in the New Ontario community of Mine Centre.[2] By age 4, he and his family moved to Port Arthur, Ontario.[2] He also spent time with the Port Arthur Bearcats of the Thunder Bay Senior Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Laprade pictured on the 1939 Port Arthur Bearcats composite photo

Laprade started his hockey career with the local Port Arthur Bruins in the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League. He was a prolific scorer with the team and he was frequently their best player. In 1938-39, Laprade joined the Port Arthur Bearcats in the Thunder Bay Senior Hockey League (TBSHL). Again, Laprade scored many times, and he was selected as the MVP of the TBSHL in 1938-39 and 1940-41. He also helped the team win the Allan Cup in 1939-40.

After the 1942-43 season, Laprade joined the army. While in the army, he still played hockey regularly with the Winnipeg Army. In 1944-45, he played one season with the Barriefield Bears before moving on to the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers. In his first season of NHL hockey, Laprade recorded 34 points in 49 games. His effort impressed the league and he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy. Laprade finished the 1946-47 NHL season with 40 points, and earned a spot in the first NHL All-Star Game. He also played in the 1948, 1949, and 1950 NHL All-Star Games.

During his career, Laprade played three full seasons without recording a penalty, and was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1949-50. In the same season, the Rangers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, the closest Laprade ever came to winning a Stanley Cup. The series went all the way to a Game 7 before Pete Babando of the Detroit Red Wings scored the game-winning goal in overtime. After that, Laprade played five more seasons with the Rangers before retiring. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.

Life after hockey[edit]

In 1939, he married Arline Whear, his coach's niece. The couple had three daughters.[1]

After retiring from hockey, Laprade went into a partnership with Guy Perciante in operating a sporting goods store, Perciante & Laprade Sporting Goods Limited, in Thunder Bay, Ontario for 30 years.[3] Perciante and Laprade also owned and managed an arena in Port Arthur.[1]

He served as a member of Port Arthur and then Thunder Bay city council from 1959 to 1970 and again from 1972 to 1973.[4] He also served on the board of governors for Confederation College and Lakehead University.[1]

Laprade died at home in Thunder Bay at the age of 94 on April 28, 2014.[5]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1935–36 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 14 13 10 23 6 4 4 2 6 2
1936–37 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 18 19 14 33 2 3 6 3 9 5
1937–38 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 18 23 11 34 9 5 6 0 6 0
1938–39 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 10 7 4 11
1938–39 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL 25 31 9 40 7 6 3 3 6 4
1938–39 Port Arthur Bearcats Al-Cup 13 22 4 26 6
1939–40 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL 22 20 15 35 8 3 5 1 6 2
1939–40 Port Arthur Bearcats Al-Cup 12 13 10 23 6
1940–41 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL 20 26 21 47 7 4 2 1 3 0
1941–42 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL 15 18 23 41 4
1941–42 Port Arthur Bearcats Al-Cup 17 12 21 33 6
1942–43 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL 8 7 10 17 0 3 7 4 11 4
1942–43 Port Arthur Bearcats Al-Cup 8 6 10 16 2
1943–44 Winnipeg Army WNDHL 6 10 3 13 0
1944–45 Barriefield Bears KCHL 19 28 47 2 4 5 8 13 0
1945–46 New York Rangers NHL 49 15 19 34 0
1946–47 New York Rangers NHL 58 15 25 40 9
1947–48 New York Rangers NHL 59 13 34 47 7 6 1 4 5 0
1948–49 New York Rangers NHL 56 18 12 30 12
1949–50 New York Rangers NHL 60 22 22 44 2 12 3 5 8 4
1950–51 New York Rangers NHL 42 10 13 23 0
1951–52 New York Rangers NHL 70 9 29 38 8
1952–53 New York Rangers NHL 11 2 1 3 2
1953–54 New York Rangers NHL 35 1 6 7 2
1954–55 New York Rangers NHL 60 3 11 14 0
TBSHL totals 90 102 78 180 26 16 17 9 26 10
Al-Cup totals 50 53 45 98 20
NHL totals 500 108 172 280 42 18 4 9 13 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mr Edgar Louis Laprade Obituary". Sargent and Son Ltd. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b Shea, Kevin. "One on One Edgar Laprade". Legends of Hockey - Spotlight. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Greats: Edgar Laprade". The Want List. 
  4. ^ "Hall-of-famer Edgar Laprade dies at 94". TBnewswatch. April 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  5. ^ Goldstein, Richard (April 28, 2014). "Edgar Laprade, Center and Gentleman on the Ice, Dies at 94". New York Times. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Frank McCool
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1946
Succeeded by
Howie Meeker
Preceded by
Bill Quackenbush
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1950
Succeeded by
Red Kelly