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Michel Larocque
Bunnylarocque
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Nickname(s) Bunny
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Teams Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
St. Louis Blues
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born April 6, 1952,
Hull, PQ, CAN
Died July 29,1992 (age 40),
Hull, PQ, CAN
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1972
Montreal Canadiens
Pro Career 1972 – 1985

Michel Raymond 'Bunny' Larocque (April 6, 1952, in Hull, Quebec, Canada - July 29, 1992) was a Canadian professional goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

In his junior hockey days, he played with the Ottawa 67's of the OHA from 1967-68 to 1971-72. He led the league in shutouts for the last 3 of those years. He was also one of the most penalized goalies, and was regularly involved in fights. In 1972-73 he was with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL. In 1973-74, he began his NHL career with Montreal. Larocque would help win four Vezina Trophies. During that time, the trophy was given to the principal goalies on the team allowing the fewest goals in the regular season. The first three were shared with Ken Dryden who played the bulk of the games. The final trophy was with Denis Herron and Richard Sevigny in 1981. Larocque won the trophy despite being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs near the end of the season.

He would win four Stanley Cups with Montreal in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. Near the trade deadline in 1980-81, he was traded to Toronto for Robert Picard. He was traded to Philadelphis in 1982-83, and finished his NHL career with St. Louis in 1983-84.

Retirement and deathEdit

After his playing career ended, he served as general manager of the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) during the 1989–90 season and won QMJHL executive of the year for 1989–90. He was vice president of the QMJHL during the 1991–92 season and still held the position at time of his death.

He died of brain cancer at age 40 in his hometown of Hull, Quebec.

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1970–71 Ottawa 67's OHA 56 3345 189 5 3.39
1971–72 Ottawa 67's OHA 55 3287 189 4 3.45
1972-73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 47 2705 113 1 2.50
1973–74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 27 15 8 2 1431 69 0 2.89
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 17 5 3 1480 74 3 3.00
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 16 1 3 1220 50 2 2.46
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 26 19 2 4 1525 53 4 2.09
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 22 3 4 1729 77 1 2.67
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 22 7 4 1986 94 3 2.84
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 17 13 8 2259 125 3 3.32
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 16 9 3 1623 82 1 3.03
1980–81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 3 3 2 460 40 0 5.22
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 10 24 8 2647 207 0 4.69
1982–83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 3 8 3 835 68 0 4.89
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 1 120 8 0 4.00
1983-84 Springfield Indians AHL 5 5 3 2 301 21 0 4.18
1983–84 St. Louis Blues NHL 5 0 5 0 300 31 0 6.20
1984-85 Peoria Rivermen AHL 13 7 3 3 786 41 0 3.13
NHL totals 312 160 89 45 17,615 978 17 3.33

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Preceded by
Ken Dryden
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Ken Dryden

1977, 1978, 1979
Succeeded by
Don Edwards and Bob Sauve
Preceded by
Don Edwards
and Bob Sauve
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
with Denis Herron and Richard Sevigny

1981
Succeeded by
Billy Smith


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