Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Carriere
A rare example of a modern player making it to the NHL out of a Canadian university--in Carriere's case, Loyola College for three years. He got his big break while playing on the farm for Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Cincinnati in 1972-73. Jim Schoenfeld and Mike Robitaille both went down with injuries on the Sabres blueline, so Carriere, a 1972 draft choice, was called up.

When the two regulars returned, he was relegated to spot duty, and soon was on the move to Atlanta, Vancouver, and L.A, three trades in less than one calendar year. At this point, Carriere got a good job offer in Toronto out of hockey, and asked the Kings to waive him out of the league with the purpose of signing his retirement papers. They waived him, but he didn't get around to signing off when Buffalo's GM Punch Imlach claimed him.

Carriere agreed to play with the Sabres, and the Kings filed tampering charges. Nothing came of this, and after nine games he retired, only to return for two games with the Leafs a year and a half later before quitting for good at age 27.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Loyola College QUAA 32 10 34 44
1970-71 Loyola College QUAA 27 8 24 32 72
1971-72 Loyola College QUAA 32 20 29 49 69
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 40 2 8 10 52 -1 6 0 1 1 8
1972-73 Cincinnati Swords AHL 30 7 11 18 54
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 6 24 30 103 +3
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 1 11 12 111 +12 17 0 2 2 32
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 75 4 15 19 96 +5 2 0 0 0 2
1976-77 Atlanta Flames NHL 25 2 3 5 16 +3
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 1 9 10 55 -11
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 0 3 3 11 0
1977-78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 6 0 1 1 12
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Springfield Indians AHL 40 2 14 16 33
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 0 0 0 18 -1
1978-79
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 1 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 367 16 74 90 462 27 0 3 3 42


Traded to Atlanta by Buffalo with Buffalo's 1st round choice (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Greg Carroll) in 1976 Amateur Draft and cash for Jacques Richard, October 1, 1975. Traded to Vancouver by Atlanta with Hilliard Graves for John Gould and Los Angeles' 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Atlanta selected Brian Hill) in 1977 Amateur Draft, December 2, 1976. Traded to Los Angeles by Vancouver for Sheldon Kannegiesser, November 21, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, March 12, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Toronto to five-game tryout contract, April 5, 1980.