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Monday, January 30, 2012

Jan 30--Larry Carriere

Larry Carriere

Selected by Buffalo Sabres round 2 #25 overall 1972 NHL Amateur Draft.

Larry Carriere took an unconventional route to the National Hockey League. While most NHLers in the 1970s came from the Canadian junior leagues, Larry starred as a defenseman at a little known Montreal college called Loyola. At the same time he was majoring in Business Administration. He would begin the 1972-73 season in Buffalo where he was one of two very impressive rookie rearguards that year in Buffalo, as the bruising Jim Schoenfeld also debuted.  He was soon relegated to spot duty, and was on the move to Atlanta, Vancouver, and L.A, three trades in less than one calendar year. At this point, Carriere got a good job offer in Toronto out of hockey, and asked the Kings to waive him out of the league with the purpose of signing his retirement papers. They waived him, but he didn't get around to signing off when Buffalo's GM Punch Imlach claimed him.
Carriere agreed to play with the Sabres, and the Kings filed tampering charges. Nothing came of this, and after nine games he retired, only to return for two games with the Leafs a year and a half later before quitting for good at age 27.

1972-1980BUF, ATL, VAN, L.A. TOR367167490462
1973-1976Buffalo, Atlanta, Toronto27033

Received these black sharpie signed cards IP at the NHL SloPitch tourney.

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