Thomas Larkin (ice hockey)
31 December 1990 |
London, England, UK
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|NHL Draft||137th overall, 2009
Columbus Blue Jackets
Thomas Larkin (born 31 December 1990) is a British-born Italian ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing within the KHL Medveščak Zagreb organization of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). 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. Internationally, Larkin has represented Italy at the world championships.
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). 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. 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.
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. Upon completion of his collegiate career, on 5 July 2013, Larkin was signed to a two-year entry level contract by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
At the conclusion of his entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets, Larkin was not tendered a new offer and was released to free agency. On 22 August 2015, Larkin signed his first professional European contract, agreeing to a one-year contract with Croatian KHL participants Medveščak Zagreb.
Larkin was born in London but grew up in Cocquio-Trevisago, Italy. His father is from Boston, Massachusetts while his mother is from Milan, Italy. 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. Larkin speaks four languages (English, Italian, French and Spanish).
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||KHL Medveščak Zagreb||KHL||34||2||3||5||56||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|All-ECAC Hockey Third Team||2011–12|
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- Merk, Martin (2009-06-29). "Against the current". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
- "Columbus Blue Jackets Depth Analysis, Fall 2011". Hockey's Future. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- "Blue Jackets sign defenseman Thomas Larkin". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "A great victory for the pre-season" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak Zagreb. 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
- Springfield Falcons (2013-03-14). "Falsons sign Larkin to ATO". FalconsAHL.com. Retrieved 2013-03-28.