Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Jeffrey
Larry Jeffrey was a solid two-way left winger who played nearly 400 NHL games despite chronic knee woes. His ability to soldier on was remarkable considering the relatively primitive sports injury treatments that were available forty years ago.

The native of Goderich, Ontario played three seasons with the OHA's Hamilton Red Wings. It was in junior that he suffered a severe charley horse that prevented him from bending his leg properly. He kept playing and ended up putting tremendous strain on his knee ligaments and joints in the ensuing years.

In 1961-62, he debuted with the Detroit Red Wings and looked fairly solid with eight points in 18 matches. He spent the bulk of the season with the WHL's Edmonton Flyers where he averaged nearly a point per game. He played 53 and 58 games for Detroit over the next two seasons. The highlight of his career in Motown was scoring seven points when the team reached the final in 1964.

Jeffrey was sent to Toronto in May 1965 in the same deal that involved Marcel Pronovost and Andy Bathgate. In 1966-67, he played 56 games for Toronto in the regular season then played six in the playoffs before getting hurt. The Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup that year and, fittingly, Jeffrey was on crutches for the team picture when they were presented their prize.

By the start of the 1967-68 season, Jeffrey was with the New York Rangers. Over the next two years he played his last 122 NHL games. He retired after suffering another injury at the training camp of the AHL's Cleveland Barons in 1970.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1957-58 Hamilton Kilty B's ON-Jr.B
1957-58 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 9 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 54 21 20 41 149
1959-60 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 46 14 24 38 84
1959-60 Hershey Bears AHL 5 0 3 3 2
1960-61 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 48 28 32 60 105 12 6 3 9 39
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 18 5 3 8 20
1961-62 Edmonton Flyers WHL 48 20 22 42 80
1962-63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 53 5 11 16 62 9 3 3 6 8
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 21 14 7 21 12
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 10 18 28 87 14 1 6 7 28
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 4 2 6 48 2 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 20 1 1 2 22
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 51 10 20 30 36 12 6 5 11 4
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 11 17 28 27 6 0 1 1 4
1967-68 New York Rangers NHL 47 2 4 6 15 -13 3 0 0 0 0
1968-69 New York Rangers NHL 75 1 6 7 12 0 4 0 0 0 2
1969-70 Detroit Red Wings NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 368 39 62 101 293 38 4 10 14 42


Traded to Toronto by Detroit with Marcel Pronovost, Eddie Joyal, Aut Erickson and Lowell MacDonald for Andy Bathgate, Billy Harris and Gary Jarrett, May 20, 1965. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh for George Konik, Paul Andrea, Dunc McCallum and Frank Francis, June 6, 1967. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers for Sandy Snow and Terry Sawchuk, June 17, 1969.
Suffered career-ending leg injury in automobile accident, October 5, 1969.