Reed Larson

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Reed Larson
Born (1956-07-30) July 30, 1956 (age 60)
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Minnesota North Stars
Buffalo Sabres
AHL
Maine Mariners
Italy
HC Alleghe
HC Milano
National team  United States
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1976
Detroit Red Wings
WHA Draft 220th overall, 1974
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Playing career 1976–1990

Reed David Larson (born July 30, 1956) is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman and former captain of the Detroit Red Wings who played 904 regular season games in the National Hockey League between 1976 and 1990. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Youth[edit]

Larson grew up in a working class neighborhood in south Minneapolis, playing hockey at outdoor rinks and practicing his shooting in his garage. In the off-season, he water skied and did gymnastics, developing his arm strength and powerful slap shot. He played for Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and was their leading scorer in the 1973-1974 season when they went to the state tournament.[1]

College career[edit]

Larson spent three seasons under coach Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Gophers before being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings with the 22nd pick of the 1976 NHL Entry Draft. He was named one of the 50 greatest players in University of Minnesota hockey history as part of the "Legends on Ice" tribute in 2001.

Professional and international career[edit]

Larson joined Detroit near the end of the 1976–77 season after Minnesota suspended him for assaulting an official during a WCHA game. He appeared in 14 NHL games that season and was also named to Team USA for the 1977 World Ice Hockey Championships but missed the tournament due to shoulder injury. His first full NHL season (1977–78) was highly successful as he was runner-up for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, scoring the most points (60) by a rookie defenseman. A tough, offensive defenseman, he was particularly well known for his hard slap shot. Larson became the first American defenseman to score 200 goals and he appeared in the 1978, 1980 and 1981 NHL All-Star Game as the Red Wings representative. He finally made his international debut for the United States national team at the 1981 World Ice Hockey Championships tournament and also represented the U.S. at the 1981 Canada Cup.

Larson spent ten NHL seasons in Detroit until the Red Wings traded him to the Boston Bruins for Mike O'Connell in 1986. He played another two seasons for the Bruins before ending his NHL career in 1989–90 with the Buffalo Sabres His professional career continued overseas in Italy where he was a player-coach for four seasons before returning to his home state for a final nine games for the International Hockey League Minnesota Moose in 1994–95. He also played six games in Roller Hockey International for the Minnesota Arctic Blast in 1994.

Post playing career[edit]

Reed Larson has mostly been working for the insurance business since his retirement. He has also been active in Oldtimers' charity hockey and has played in Heroes of Hockey games at several NHL All-Star weekends. He was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1975 [2]
All-WCHA First Team 1975–76 [3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 11 17 28 37
1975–76 University of Minnesota WCHA 42 13 29 42 94
1976–77 University of Minnesota WCHA 21 10 15 25 30
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 0 1 1 23
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 19 41 60 95 7 0 2 2 4
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 18 49 67 169
1979–80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 22 44 66 101
1980–81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 27 31 58 153
1981–82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 21 39 60 112
1982–83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 22 54 74 104
1983–84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 23 39 62 122 4 2 0 2 21
1984–85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 17 45 62 139 3 1 2 3 20
1985–86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 19 41 60 109
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 13 3 4 7 8 3 1 0 1 6
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 66 12 24 36 95 4 0 2 2 2
1987–88 Maine Mariners AHL 2 2 0 2 4
1987–88 Boston Bruins NHL 62 10 24 34 93 8 0 1 1 6
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 2 7 9 15
1988–89 New York Islanders NHL 33 7 13 20 35
1988–89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 11 0 9 9 18 3 0 0 0 4
1989–90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1989–90 HC Alleghe ITA 34 17 32 49 49 9 7 18 25 2
1990–91 HC Alleghe ITA 36 13 38 51 24 7 3 7 10 6
1991–92 HC Milano Saima Alpenliga 5 2 2 4 6
1991–92 HC Milano Saima ITA 17 5 11 16 6 12 4 10 14 8
1992–93 HC Courmaosta ITA-2 32 30 48 78 83
1993–94 HC Courmaosta ITA 19 6 20 26 18 12 5 7 12 7
1994–95 Minnesota Moose IHL 9 2 2 4 11
NHL totals 904 222 463 685 1391 32 4 7 11 63
ITA totals 106 41 101 142 97 40 19 42 61 23

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1981 United States WC 8 5 1 6 6
1981 United States CC 5 1 1 2 4
Senior totals 13 6 2 8 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reed Larson". Minnesota's 100 Greatest Hockey Players. Minneapolis StarTribune. Retrieved Jun 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dale McCourt
Detroit Red Wings captains
198082
with Errol Thompson, 1980–81
Succeeded by
Danny Gare