Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Giroux
Defenceman Larry Giroux played nearly 300 NHL games for four different clubs in the 70s and 80s. He was a decent positional player who could pass the puck to his forwards effectively. The hard working defender was also known as "Buffalo Head" due to his puffy hairstyle.

Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Giroux starred in junior with the local Red Wings and the Swift Current Broncos. He then spent a year playing senior hockey with the WIHL's Kimberley Dynamiters before signing as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues. He was assigned to the Fort Worth Wings of the CHL and recorded 47 points on the way to being named to the league's first all-star team.

After a solid rookie season with St. Louis in 1973-74, Giroux was traded to the expansion Kansas City Scouts. He only lasted 21 games there before he was sent to the Detroit Red Wings for Guy Charron. Giroux spent nearly four years as a useful farmhand with the Wings before returning to the Blues in 1978-79. Along the way he was named the CHL's top defenceman and a first team all-star in 1978. Following his return to St. Louis he played 73 games and played in all situations for the first time since his rookie season. After signing as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers, Giroux played 47 games in 1979-80 before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Weyburn Red Wings WCJHL 2 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL
1969-70 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 36 14 33 47 96
1969-70 Weyburn Red Wings M-Cup 22 5 16 21 31
1970-71 Swift Current Broncos WCJHL 62 14 28 42 173
1971-72 Kimberley Dynamiters WIHL
1971-72 Des Moines Oak Leafs IHL 5 0 1 1 6
1972-73 Denver Spurs WHL 2 0 1 1 2
1972-73 Fort Worth Wings CHL 72 5 42 47 130 4 0 0 0 24
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 5 17 22 59 -14
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 21 0 6 6 24 -20
1974-75 Denver Spurs CHL 10 1 6 7 37
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 2 20 22 60 -10
1974-75 Virginia Wings AHL 14 3 10 13 31
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 1 1 2 25 -10
1975-76 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 67 1 24 25 121 3 0 0 0 6
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 75 11 34 45 194 10 0 8 8 25
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 3 3 4 -5 2 0 0 0 2
1977-78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 73 11 49 60 256
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 5 22 27 111 -25
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 0 0 4 -3
1979-80 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 5 0 1 1 2
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 47 2 5 7 44 +1 3 0 0 0 2
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 5 0 1 1 14
NHL Totals 274 15 74 89 333 5 0 0 0 4


CHL First All-Star Team (1973, 1978)
CHL - Most Valuable Defenseman (1978)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, October, 1972. Traded to Kansas City by St. Louis for Chris Evans and Kansas City's 4th round choice (Mike Liut) in 1976 Amateur Draft, October 29, 1974. Traded to Detroit by Kansas City with Bart Crashley and Ted Snell for Guy Charron and Claude Houde, December 14, 1974. Claimed by St. Louis from Detroit in Waiver Draft, October 9, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, December 13, 1979.