Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Claude Laforge
Left-winger Claude Laforge spent parts of eights seasons in the NHL with three different clubs beginning in the late 1950s. He was fine checker who could also set up his linemates with incisive passes.

Born in Sorel, Quebec, Laforge played two years with the Montreal Junior Canadiens before joining the senior Royals and Shawinigan Cataracts. He played five games with the powerful Montreal Canadiens as an injury replacement in 1957-58 but the club had too many qualified individuals. He spent the bulk of that season in the Quebec League where he scored 26 goals for the Shawinigan Cataracts and was named to the league's second all-star team.

In June 1958, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he was a reserve and farmhand for seven years. During the mid-'60s he was a proficient goal scorer in the AHL with the Pittsburgh Hornets and Quebec Aces. In 1967 his rights were transferred to the Philadelphia Flyers when they purchased the Aces. Laforge was a solid two-way performer on the first year club in 1967-68 but made it into only a couple of games the next year. He retired in 1973 after playing three years in the WHL with the Denver Spurs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1954-55 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 45 18 4 22 43 5 1 0 1 0
1955-56 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL
1955-56 Montreal Royals QHL 2 0 0 0 2
1955-56 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 10 1 4 5 11
1956-57 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 60 12 13 25 10
1956-57 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 8 5 5 10 2
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1957-58 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 52 26 27 53 45
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 14 7 6 13 10
1958-59 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 2 5 7 18
1958-59 Hershey Bears AHL 10 4 5 9 16
1959-60 Hershey Bears AHL 68 27 31 58 38
1960-61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 1 0 1 2
1960-61 Hershey Bears AHL 49 20 30 50 55 8 2 1 3 35
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 38 10 9 19 20
1961-62 Hershey Bears AHL 31 13 13 26 59
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 50 10 23 33 73
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 2 3 5 4
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 51 19 23 42 59 5 1 3 4 4
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 67 23 32 55 26 4 4 2 6 2
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 55 11 20 31 38
1965-66 Quebec Aces AHL 9 2 6 8 0
1966-67 Quebec Aces AHL 60 16 25 41 46 5 4 2 6 0
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 9 16 25 36 +8 5 1 2 3 15
1967-68 Quebec Aces AHL 8 5 4 9 2
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1968-69 Quebec Aces AHL 57 21 31 52 24 11 0 7 7 2
1969-70 Quebec Aces AHL 72 28 39 67 44 6 0 2 2 6
1970-71 Denver Spurs WHL 64 25 28 53 34 5 2 3 5 4
1971-72 Denver Spurs WHL 56 15 31 46 12 9 1 5 6 6
1972-73 Denver Spurs WHL 25 8 11 19 12
NHL Totals 193 24 33 57 82 5 1 2 3 15


QHL Second All-Star Team (1958) Traded to Detroit by Montreal with Gene Achtymichuk and Bud MacPherson for cash, June 3, 1958. Traded to Quebec (AHL) by Detroit (Pittsburgh - AHL) for Terry Gray, March 1, 1966. NHL rights transferred to Philadelphia after NHL club purchased Quebec (AHL) franchise, May 8, 1967. Traded to Denver (WHL) by Philadelphia for cash, August, 1970.