Larry Mickey

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Larry Mickey
Born (1943-10-21)October 21, 1943
Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
Died July 23, 1982(1982-07-23) (aged 38)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1964–1975

Robert Larry Mickey (October 21, 1943 – July 23, 1982) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres. Mickey started his NHL career with the Black Hawks during the 1964–65 season.

While playing with the Omaha Knights, Mickey was named to the first team of the Central Hockey League All-Stars during the 1966-67 season, and his team advanced to the Adams Cup finals that same year.

On April 16, 1967, the night before the third game of the Adams Cup best-of-seven play-off series between the Omaha Knights and the Oklahoma City Blazers, Mickey was driving with his wife, Eleanor, on a country road near Seward, Nebraska late on Sunday night. The road's visibility was reduced to nearly zero as a result of blowing dust from a nearby field, and Mickey was involved in a two-car head-on collision. Mickey suffered cuts, bruises and a broken left arm, while Mickey's wife was killed in the crash.[1]

While Larry had many accomplishments in the NHL, he was also known for his community involvement with youth hockey and children with special needs. Larry is recognized as one of the early founders of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. This franchise was established in Buffalo, New York in 1975. During its history, a half-dozen former Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League served as head coach or assistant coach. Larry Mickey coached the team from 1975 to the end of the 1977 season.

Mickey committed suicide in Buffalo, New York on July 23, 1982 by sitting in his car with the engine running in his garage.[2][3]

Today, Larry's youngest son Cory is continuing his father's legacy in the Buffalo community by teaching hockey skills and training through


  1. ^ All-Star's Wife Killed: The Montréal Gazette, April 17, 1967, Page 33
  2. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide of Everyone Who Has Ever Played in the NHL. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. p. 584. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 
  3. ^ "After Hockey, Life was too Difficult", New York Times, 1982-09-08.

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