Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Regan
Although born in North Bay, Larry Regan spent his youth playing hockey in Ottawa where he excelled as an outstanding stickhandler. It has been reported that many a kid quit to go home early over the frustration of being unable to wrestle the puck away from him for extensive periods of time.

Regan's flight to the NHL, however, looked more like a long, slow climb up a steep cliff. From the time he laced up for the Ottawa Junior Senators in 1946, it took him ten seasons of toil with the Toronto Marlies, Ottawa Senators, Shawinigan Cataracts, Quebec Aces, and Pembroke Lumber Kings before the Boston Bruins finally picked him up.

At age 27, Regan entered the big leagues as a seasoned pro who turned on his stickhandling and playmaking prowess to become one of the oldest winners ever of the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

Regan hung in with the Bruins for two and a half seasons before joining the Leafs where he lasted until 1961. He then put in one season with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL and then retired from on-ice duties to coach in Innsbruck, Austria. His stay was a success, as the club performed well and attendance for games exploded. With such popularity, Regan drew up plans to bring Gordie Howe and Terry Sawchuk among other NHLers over to Europe to teach at his proposed hockey school. But international hockey magnates threw up roadblocks that brought his enterprise to a halt. Regan finally threw in the towel and returned to North America.

Back in Canada, Regan coached the Etobicoke Indians Junior B club for a season and then made an on-ice comeback for one year with the Baltimore Clippers of the AHL.
His return to action, however, was short-lived. Jack Kent Cooke, the owner of the newly formed Los Angeles Kings, hired Regan as his new GM. Regan eagerly accepted and lasted through the club's formative years, being replaced by Jake Milford in 1973-74.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1946-47 Ottawa Jr. Senators OCJHL 24 22 18 40 2 2 0 2 2 0
1946-47 Ottawa Senators QSHL 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Ottawa Senators QSHL 41 17 14 31 35 5 0 2 2 0
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 40 19 15 34 25 10 4 2 6 0
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 48 38 36 74 22 5 1 3 4 0
1950-51 Ottawa Senators QMHL 52 14 31 45 28 9 0 3 3 0
1951-52 Ottawa Senators QMHL 50 11 10 21 27 7 0 0 0 8
1952-53 Shawinigan Cataractes QMHL 52 15 27 42 21
1953-54 Quebec Aces QHL 70 19 32 51 14 16 5 5 10 4
1953-54 Quebec Aces Ed-Cup 7 2 1 3 0
1954-55 Quebec Aces QHL 51 11 30 41 39 8 1 2 3 6
1955-56 Quebec Aces QHL 3 3 1 4 2 7 4 4 8 4
1955-56 Pembroke Lumber Kings NOHA 22 5 14 19 10
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 69 14 19 33 29 8 0 2 2 10
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 59 11 28 39 22 12 3 8 11 6
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 36 5 6 11 10
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 4 21 25 2 8 1 1 2 2
1959-60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 4 16 20 6 10 3 3 6 0
1960-61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 3 5 8 2 4 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 49 10 19 29 12
1962-63 Innsbrucker EV Austria
1963-64 Innsbrucker EV Austria
1964-65 Etobicoke Indians ON-Jr.B
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 64 16 34 50 41
NHL Totals 280 41 95 136 71 42 7 14 21 18


Calder Memorial Trophy (1957) Claimed by Boston from Quebec (QHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 5, 1956. Claimed on waivers by Toronto from Boston, January 7, 1959. Named playing-coach of Pittsburgh (AHL), June 12, 1961.
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