Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Reed Larson
Reed Larson is the pure product of the Minnesota youth hockey program. High school hockey reaches a fevered pitch each year during their annual tournaments. It was in this context that Larson burst onto the high school scene as an all-city and all-state player. Three seasons under coach Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota molded the young defender into one of the steadier defensemen of his generation.

Larson broke into the NHL via the Detroit Red Wings where he was a runner-up for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. The acknowledgement was no fluke. In the ensuing years he recorded five 20-goal seasons and eight 60-point campaigns. He was the first American-born player and the sixth defenseman to score 200 career goals.

After ten seasons as a fixture on the Red Wings blueline, Larson became more nomadic, joining the Bruins for two and a half seasons before rounding out his NHL days with the Oilers, Islanders, North Stars and Sabres.

Larson then headed overseas to play and coach in Italy for four years. Afterwards, he returned to Minnesota to play nine games for the Moose of the IHL before hanging up his skates for good. The finishing touch to his career came with his election to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Roosevelt High School High-MN
1974-75 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 11 17 28 37
1975-76 University of Minnesota WCHA 42 13 29 42 94
1976-77 University of Minnesota WCHA 21 10 15 25 30
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 0 1 1 23 -2
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 19 41 60 95 -8 7 0 2 2 4
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 18 49 67 169 -20
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 22 44 66 101 -7
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 27 31 58 153 -35
1980-81 United States WEC-A 8 5 1 6 6
1981-82 United States Can-Cup 5 1 1 2 4
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 21 39 60 112 -17
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 22 52 74 104 -7
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 23 39 62 122 -10 4 2 0 2 21
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 17 45 62 139 +7 3 1 2 3 20
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 19 41 60 109 -36
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 13 3 4 7 8 +5 3 1 0 1 6
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 66 12 24 36 95 +9 4 0 2 2 2
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 62 10 24 34 93 +3 8 0 1 1 6
1987-88 Maine Mariners AHL 2 2 0 2 4
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 2 7 9 15 +1
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 33 7 13 20 35 -8
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 11 0 9 9 18 -3 3 0 0 0 4
1989-90 HC Alleghe Italy 34 17 32 49 49 9 7 18 25 2
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 +1
1990-91 HC Alleghe Italy 36 13 38 51 24 7 3 7 10 6
1991-92 HC Milano Saima Alpenliga 5 2 2 4 6
1991-92 HC Milano Saima Italy 17 5 11 16 6 12 4 10 14 8
1992-93 HC Courmaosta Italy-2 32 30 48 78 83
1993-94 HC Courmaosta Italy 19 6 20 26 18 12 5 7 12 7
1994-95 Minnesota Moose IHL 9 2 2 4 11
NHL Totals 904 222 463 685 1391 32 4 7 11 63


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1975)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1976) Lester Patrick Trophy (2006) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1978, 1980, 1981)
Traded to Boston by Detroit for Mike O'Connell, March 10, 1986. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, September 30, 1988. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, December 5, 1988. Traded to Minnesota by NY Islanders for Minnesota's 7th round choice (Brett Harkins) in 1989 Entry Draft and future considerations (Mike Kelfer, May 12, 1989), March 7, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Alleghe-Sile (Italy), August, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, March 6, 1990.
Played w/ RHI's Minnesota Artic Blast in 1994 (6-2-4-6-12).