Larry Huras

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Larry Robert "Big Dog" Huras, (born July 8, 1955 in Listowel, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and a former professional ice hockey player. He last served as head coach of HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss top-flight NLA.

Playing career[edit]

Huras turned pro in 1975, the year when he was picked by the New York Rangers in the NHL draft (5th round, 84th overall). He spent some time in the IHL and AHL and made his debut in the National Hockey League on February 27, 1977 with the Rangers. He had two appearances for the Rangers. In the following three seasons, he strengthened the roster of CHL’s Salt Lake Golden Eagles and Dallas Black Hawks, followed by a stint with the Port Huron Flags in the IHL.

In 1980, Huras took up an offer from France, signing with Grenoble métropole hockey 38. He spent three years with the club, before heading to another French team, Gap Hockey Club. He transferred to the Dragons de Rouen in 1988 and would capture four French national championships in six years with the club, three of them as a player-coach.

Coaching career[edit]

After his tenure as a player-coach in Rouen that included three French championships, Huras was named head coach of Zürcher SC of the Swiss elite league NLA in 1994 where he remained at the helm for two years. During the 1996-97 season, he was hired by fellow NLA side HC Ambri-Piotta. Under his guidance, Ambri completed the 1998-99 regular season on top of the table and made it all the way through the finals that year where they fell short to Lugano. He received Switzerland Coach of the Year honors that season. Huras guided the team to semifinal appearances in 1997-98 and 1999-00 and also established the club on the international stage, winning two IIHF Continental Cup titles (1998 and 1999) as well as the 1999 IIHF Super Cup with the team. Ambri and Huras did not come to terms on a new contract in 2000, so he accepted an offer to return to Zürcher SC for a second stint in charge at the club.[1] At ZSC, he added to his title haul, winning the 2001 Swiss national championship and the IIHF Continental Cup. He was sacked in November 2001, after suffering defeat in eleven of 23 games since the beginning of the 2001-02 campaign.[2]

Huras stayed in the Swiss NLA and was appointed head coach of HC Lugano prior to the 2002-03 season. He led the team to the Swiss championship his first year and to the finals in 2003-04. Huras was relieved of his duties during the 2006 playoffs quarterfinals[3] and replaced by Harold Kreis who went on to win the title with the team.

For a second time in his career, he took over head coaching duties at HC Ambri-Piotta in November 2006. He pulled the team away from the bottom of the National League A and managed to keep Ambri in the league.

After stints with the Stavanger Oilers of Norway (2007–08) and Villacher SV of Austria (2008–09), Huras was back in Switzerland, taking the helm of SC Bern in 2009. He had immediate success, guiding SCB to the NLA title his first year.[4] In his second season, Bern reached the semifinals. Huras was removed from the position in October 2011, while being in his third year at the helm. The main reason for replacing Huras was that the club executives wanted a more attractive style of ice hockey.[5] Only a couple of days later, he returned for a second spell at HC Lugano.[6] His tenure ended at the end of the 2012-13 season.

In November 2013, Huras joined the coaching staff of EHC München of the German DEL, serving as an assistant to Pierre Pagé. He was named head coach of then reigning German champion ERC Ingolstadt for the 2014-15 season[7] and would guide the Panthers to another appearance in the DEL finals, where they fell short to Adler Mannheim.[8]

Huras parted ways with Ingolstadt after one year and took the head coaching job at Modo Hockey in Sweden's top-flight SHL. Following a bad start to the 2015-16 season, collecting ten points from the opening 15 games and losing seven straight games, Huras and his staff were sacked in November 2015.[9] In late September 2016, he was named head coach of HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss National League A (NLA), replacing Gerd Zenhäusern.[10] Huras guided Fribourg to a semifinal appearance in the Champions Hockey League in the 2016-17 season where they fell short to Frölunda HC.[11] In the NLA, his team did not qualify for the play-offs, Huras and Fribourg parted company after the season.[12]

Private life[edit]

Huras is married and has two sons and one daughter. His hobbies are Water skiing, Skiing, Golf, Fishing, reading and Music.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Kitchener Rangers OHA 60 0 7 7 55
1973–74 Kitchener Rangers OHA 67 4 22 26 83
1974–75 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 68 4 28 32 166
1975–76 Port Huron Flags IHL 17 3 9 12 49
1975–76 Providence Reds AHL 55 0 12 12 102 3 0 1 1 9
1976–77 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 48 0 6 6 82 4 0 0 0 0
1976–77 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1977–78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 52 5 7 12 55 1 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 32 1 9 10 52 -- -- -- -- --
1978–79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 6 0 1 1 21 -- -- -- -- --
1979–80 Port Huron Flags IHL 77 3 28 31 106 11 1 1 2 27
1981–82 Grenoble Franc 0 5 16 21 0
1989–90 Rouen Franc 25 1 5 6 18
1990–91 Rouen Franc 28 1 6 7 18 9 2 2 4 6

Successes[edit]

As player[edit]

  • France Championship: 1981, 1982 (Grenoble), 1990 (Rouen)

As coach[edit]

  • France Championship: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 (Rouen) (player-coach)
  • Switzerland Coach of Year: 1998–99 (HC Ambri-Piotta)
  • Winner of the Continental Cup and the Super Cup with Hockey Club Ambrì Piotta in 2000
  • Switzerland Championship: 2001 (ZSC Lions), 2003 (HC Lugano), 2010 (SC Bern) (as head coach)

References[edit]

  1. ^ AG, VADIAN.NET. "Larry Hurras wird neuer Löwenbändiger beim ZSC". www.eishockey.ch (in German). Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  2. ^ "ZSC: Rautakallio solls richten - SWI swissinfo.ch". SWI swissinfo.ch. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Hockey: Lugano limoge Huras". rts.ch. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Der nächste Coup von Larry Huras". bernerzeitung.ch/. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  5. ^ "SC Bern verliert gegen die Lions und entlässt Trainer Larry Huras". bernerzeitung.ch/. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Larry Huras à la tête du HC Lugano". rts.ch. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  7. ^ "Larry Huras wird neuer Cheftrainer bei Meister ERC Ingolstadt - 06 - DEL.org". www.del.org. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  8. ^ "Coach Larry Huras verlässt Vizemeister Ingolstadt - 04 - DEL.org". www.del.org. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  9. ^ "Larry Huras får sparken". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  10. ^ "LARRY HURAS NOUVEL ENTRAÎNEUR EN CHEF DE FRIBOURG-GOTTERON | HC Fribourg-Gottéron". www.gotteron.ch. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  11. ^ "Frolunda make third straight final eliminating Fribourg". www.championshockeyleague.net (in German). Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  12. ^ "LARRY HURAS NE SERA PLUS L'ENTRAÎNEUR DE FRIBOURG-GOTTERON | HC Fribourg-Gottéron". www.gotteron.ch (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-19. 

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