Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Larouche
Centre Steve Larouche was an offensive-minded player who made it to the NHL for a short time in the mid-90s. He was an explosive scorer in junior and followed through with equally prolific numbers in the minors.

The native of Rouyn, Quebec, was selected 41st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1989 after accumulating 153 points for the Trois Rivieres Draveurs. He returned to junior and counted 90 goals over his last two years and was a second team all-star in 1990. In 1991 he scored 33 points in 17 playoff games and helped the Chicoutimi Sagueneens reach the Memorial Cup tournament. Larouche joined the Fredericton Canadiens of the AHL in 1991-92 and was a solid player for a couple of seasons before suiting up for the IHL's Atlanta Knights in 1993-94.

The crafty pivot signed with the Ottawa Senators in September 1994 and went on to enjoy a sensational year with the club's AHL affiliate in Charlottetown, PEI. After leading the league with 53 goals, he was presented the Les Cunningham Award as AHL MVP, the Fred Hunt Memorial trophy as the league's most sportsmanlike player and was placed on the first all-star team. He also registered 15 points in 18 games after being recalled by Ottawa.

In 1995-96 Larouche was traded to the New York Rangers then the LA Kings. He played briefly for both clubs but was chiefly utilized on their respective farm teams. Beginning the next season he began a five-year run as one of the top scorers in the IHL. He was named to the league's first all-star team three times, finished tied for the scoring championship in 2001 and helped the Chicago Wolves win the Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000. Prior to the 2001-02 season he signed with the Berlin Polar Bears of Germany.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Rouyn-Noranda Citadels NOHA 9 4 5 9 15
1986-87 Richelieu Riverains QAAA 42 25 35 60 9 3 7 10 2
1987-88 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 66 11 29 40 25
1988-89 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 70 51 102 153 53 4 4 2 6 6
1989-90 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 60 55 90 145 40 7 3 5 8 8
1989-90 Canada Nat-Tm 1 1 0 1 0
1990-91 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 45 35 41 76 64 17 13 20 33 18
1990-91 Chicoutimi Sagueneens M-Cup 4 2 3 5 10
1991-92 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 74 21 35 56 41 7 1 0 1 0
1992-93 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 77 27 65 92 52 5 2 5 7 6
1993-94 Atlanta Knights IHL 80 43 53 96 73 14 16 10 26 16
1994-95 P.E.I. Senators AHL 70 53 48 101 54 2 1 0 1 0
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 8 7 15 6 -5
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Binghamton Rangers AHL 39 20 46 66 47
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 1 2 3 4 0
1995-96 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 33 19 17 36 14 4 0 1 1 8
1996-97 Quebec Rafales IHL 79 49 53 102 78 9 3 10 13 18
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 68 23 44 67 40 0
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 13 9 10 19 20 +6 22 9 11 20 14
1998-99 Chicago Wolves IHL 33 13 25 38 18 +16
1999-00 Chicago Wolves IHL 82 31 57 88 52 +7 16 6 8 14 22
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 75 31 52 83 78 +9 15 12 6 18 6
2001-02 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 58 18 29 47 40 4 1 0 1 2
2002-03 Nurnberg Ice Tigers Germany 20 7 12 19 22
2003-04 Nurnberg Ice Tigers Germany 50 10 26 36 52 6 3 1 4 12
2004-05 Lukko Rauma Finland 56 9 30 39 48 9 2 5 7 12
NHL Totals 26 9 9 18 10


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1990)
AHL First All-Star Team (1995)
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (AHL - Sportsmanship) (1995)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (1995)
IHL First All-Star Team (1997, 2000, 2001)
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (IHL - Leading Scorer) (2001) (tied with Derek King)
Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, September 11, 1994. Traded to NY Rangers by Ottawa for Jean-Yves Roy, October 5, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers for Chris Snell, January 14, 1996. Traded to Chicago Wolves (IHL) by Quebec (IHL) for cash, March 19, 1998.
Missed majority of 1998-99 due to knee injury vs. Detroit (IHL), December 29, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Eisbaren Berlin (Germany), April 17, 2001.
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