Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Popein
Larry Popein was a pure Saskatchewan lad until he played his first game with the Vancouver Canucks of the PCHL in 1951. From that point on, no matter where he played or coached, Vancouver was the place he liked to be.

In 1954, while skating for the Canucks, the New York Rangers acquired Popein's contract. He was promptly brought to the Big Apple along with Gump Worsley, Lou Fontinato, and Andy Bathgate to spark a revival of the club's fortunes.

Popein, a man of few words and a grim facial expression, quickly established himself as a hustling, two-way centreman, flanked by Bathgate and Dean Prentice. The line became the Rangers' best although Prentice and Bathgate got the lion's share of points while Popein remained, as he often called himself, the scoreless pivot.

He stayed as a Ranger regular until 1961 when he was sent back to the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL. There he contentedly played for his adopted hometown for seven seasons. But in 1967, the NHL doubled in size, opening up a need for experienced vets like Larry Popein. The Oakland Seals made him a cash offer that was hard to refuse. He joined the NHL for one final run of 47 games before heading back to the minors where he rounded out his on-ice career with Vancouver and Omaha.

Since packing it in, Popein has coached in Omaha, Seattle, Providence, and New York. In 1974-75, he also served as director of player personnel for the Vancouver Canucks, this time, of the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1947-48 Moose Jaw Canucks SJHL 27 21 12 33 6 4 4 0 4 7
1947-48 Moose Jaw Canucks M-Cup 5 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Moose Jaw Canucks WCJHL 26 21 12 33 34 8 5 2 7 0
1949-50 Moose Jaw Canucks WCJHL 37 36 22 58 4 4 5 2 7 0
1950-51 Regina Capitals WCMHL 54 21 19 40 14
1951-52 Vancouver Canucks PCHL 69 32 36 68 14
1952-53 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 25 44 69 23 9 5 10 15 0
1953-54 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 34 32 66 22 10 4 7 11 4
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 70 11 17 28 27
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 64 14 25 39 37 5 0 1 1 2
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 67 11 19 30 20 5 0 3 3 0
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 70 12 22 34 22 6 1 0 1 4
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 61 13 21 34 28
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 66 14 22 36 16
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1960-61 Vancouver Canucks WHL 69 19 48 67 12 9 1 3 4 0
1961-62 Vancouver Canucks WHL 59 9 22 31 12 10 0 3 3 2
1962-63 Vancouver Canucks WHL 65 15 21 36 24 7 0 1 1 4
1963-64 Vancouver Canucks WHL 39 8 11 19 18
1964-65 Vancouver Canucks WHL 59 7 9 16 12 5 0 1 1 2
1965-66 Vancouver Canucks WHL 68 16 15 31 20 7 2 3 5 2
1966-67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 71 22 26 48 18 3 1 1 2 2
1967-68 Vancouver Canucks WHL 27 6 6 12 4
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 47 5 14 19 12 -17
1968-69 Omaha Knights CHL 57 1 4 5 16 7 1 0 1 0
1969-70 Omaha Knights CHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 449 80 141 221 162 16 1 4 5 6


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1950)
WCMHL Rookie-of-the-Year (1951)
Claimed by NY Rangers (Baltimore-AHL) from NY Rangers in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1966. Traded to Oakland by NY Rangers for cash, December, 1967. Traded to NY Rangers by Oakland for cash, May 14, 1968.
Named playing-coach of Omaha (CHL), August 29, 1968.
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