Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Earl Roche
Earl Roche got his start playing senior hockey in what was known as the Railway-Phone League of Montreal. He skated for the Montreal Bell Telephone team where he led the league in scoring with 14 points in ten games.

In 1929-30, he joined the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association team and helped lead his troops to an Allan Cup victory. His success came on the strength of line chemistry. He had Paul Haynes at centre and his brother, Desmond, on the other wing.

The following year, Roche entered the NHL with the Montreal Maroons. His signing marked the start of an on-again, off-again relationship with the league. From 1930 to 1935, he put in brief stints with the Maroons, the Bruins, the Senators, the St. Louis Eagles, and the Red Wings. Between big-league shows, he played for the Windsor Bulldogs of the IAHL.

After netting 52 points in 149 games, Roche left the NHL to embark on a lengthy minor-league career that landed him in Detroit, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Hershey, Providence, and, finally, New Haven where he hung up his skates for good in 1942.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1925-26 Montreal Victorias MCJHL 5 1 1 2 2
1926-27 Montreal Bell Telephone MRTHL
1927-28 Montreal Bell Telephone MRTHL
1927-28 Montreal St. Anthony's MMRHL
1928-29 Montreal Victorias MCJHL
1928-29 Montreal Bell Telephone MRTHL 15 10 4 14 24
1928-29 Montreal Martins MMRHL 2 0 2 2
1929-30 Montreal Bell Telephone MRTHL 10 6 0 6 18 2 1 1 2 6
1930-31 Montreal Maroons NHL 42 2 0 2 18 2 0 0 0 0
1931-32 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 48 22 18 40 51 6 0 1 1 2
1932-33 Montreal Maroons NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 17 6 8 14 23
1932-33 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Ottawa Senators NHL 20 4 5 9 6
1933-34 Ottawa Senators NHL 45 13 16 29 22
1933-34 Detroit Olympics IHL 5 0 0 0 2
1934-35 St. Louis Eagles NHL 19 3 3 6 2
1934-35 Buffalo Bisons IHL 1 1 1 2 0
1934-35 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 3 3 6 0
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 7 2 1 3 12 5 1 4 5 0
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 4 3 0 3 26
1935-36 Pittsburgh Shamrocks IHL 28 12 11 23 30
1935-36 Cleveland Falcons IHL 19 9 8 17 26 2 0 0 0 0
1936-37 Cleveland Barons IAHL 39 11 17 28 49
1937-38 Cleveland Barons IAHL 46 4 9 13 12 1 0 2 2 2
1938-39 Providence Reds IAHL 1 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Cleveland Barons IAHL 9 0 4 4 0
1938-39 Hershey Bears IAHL 42 4 9 13 14 5 0 3 3 0
1939-40 New Haven Eagles IAHL 54 13 28 41 14 3 0 3 3 0
1940-41 New Haven Eagles AHL 51 18 17 35 22 2 0 0 0 2
1941-42 New Haven Eagles AHL 56 9 20 29 19 2 0 0 0 2
1942-43
1943-44 Montreal Noordyn MCHL 10 5 5 10 6
NHL Totals 147 25 27 52 48 2 0 0 0 0


Brother of Des Signed as a free agent by Mtl. Maroons, September 2, 1930. Signed as a free agent by Boston, January 14, 1933. Traded to Ottawa by Boston to complete transaction that sent Alex Smith to Boston, January 25, 1933. Transferred to St. Louis after Ottawa franchise relocated, September 22, 1934. Traded to Buffalo (IHL) by St. Louis for cash, December 20, 1934. Traded to Detroit by Buffalo (IHL) for cash, January 1, 1935. Traded to Cleveland (IHL) by Pittsburgh (IHL) for cash, February 3, 1936.