Michel Larocque was born October 3, 1976 in Lahr, Germany. The sixth round, 137th overall selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Larocque is a graduate of Boston University.
A solid netminder, Larocque spent four seasons at BU and finished his collegiate career with a 57-28-9 record while earning Hockey East Second Team All-Star (1998), Hockey East First Team All-Star (1999) and NCAA East Second Team All-Star (1999). Following an impressive four years at BU, Larocque made his professional debut in 1999-00, splitting his time between the ECHL's Greensboro Generals, the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks, the AHL's Saint John Flames and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Prior to making his pro debut, Larocque's NHL rights were acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 2000. Upon his arrival with the Blackhawk organization, Larocque spent the majority of the season with the club's AHL affiliate in Norfolk while seeing action in three games with the parent club.