Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Leo Labine
For Leo Labine, the official NHL rulebook was little more than a list of bad habits to be avoided. An early pioneer of "trash talk," he used every trick, foul or tool available to terrorize and needle his opponents. He had an above-average scoring touch and a ferocious sense of team spirit that was not unlike his spiritual cousin, "Terrible" Ted Lindsay.

After brief stints with the St. Michael's Majors and the Barrie Flyers of the OHA, Labine cracked the Boston Bruins line-up in 1951. After a few trips to the minors, he settled in for the long haul, netting 24 goals in 1955.

The night after hurricane Hazel swept across the Great Lakes region in 1954, Labine went into Detroit's Olympia stadium and had a career night. "I had one of my better games," he stated with modesty. "I think I had three goals and three assists. I got five of them in one period! When the reporters wrote about the game the next day, they referred to me as the 'Haileybury Hurricane'."

In 1961, Labine was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he played briefly before heading west to round out his career with the Los Angeles Blades of the WHL in 1967.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 47 20 22 42 77 5 1 2 3 13
1950-51 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 52 32 46 78 143 12 13 13 26 36
1950-51 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 11 12 13 25 36
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 15 2 4 6 9 5 0 1 1 4
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 53 23 23 46 88 5 0 1 1 20
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 51 8 15 23 69 7 2 1 3 19
1952-53 Hershey Bears AHL 16 7 3 10 33 3 1 2 3 8
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 68 16 19 35 57 4 0 1 1 8
1954-55 Boston Bruins NHL 67 24 18 42 75 5 2 1 3 11
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 68 16 18 34 104
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 67 18 29 47 128 10 3 2 5 14
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 62 7 14 21 60 11 0 2 2 10
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 70 9 23 32 74 7 2 1 3 12
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 63 16 28 44 58
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 40 7 12 19 34
1960-61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 2 9 11 32 11 3 2 5 4
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 3 4 7 30
1961-62 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 9 10 10 20 18 5 0 4 4 4
1962-63 Los Angeles Blades WHL 68 30 47 77 90 3 1 0 1 2
1963-64 Los Angeles Blades WHL 70 31 46 77 56 12 10 12 22 10
1964-65 Los Angeles Blades WHL 58 16 37 53 42
1965-66 Los Angeles Blades WHL 71 33 30 63 33
1966-67 Los Angeles Blades WHL 70 18 29 47 24
NHL Totals 643 128 193 321 730 60 12 11 23 82


WHL First All-Star Team (1964) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1955, 1956) Traded to Detroit by Boston with Vic Stasiuk for Gary Aldcorn, Murray Oliver and Tom McCarthy, January 23, 1961. Traded to LA Blades (WHL) by Detroit for cash, July, 1962.
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