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Larry Popein (born August 11, 1930 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 449 games in the National Hockey League. He played with the New York Rangers and California Golden Seals.

He played junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Canucks from 1947-50 and then played for the Vancouver Canucks (WHL) for four seasons. Popein's rights were bought by the New York Rangers and he played for six seasons (1954-60), centering a line with Dean Prentice and Andy Bathgate.

In 1960-61 he rejoined the Vancouver Canucks until the 1967 NHL Expansion when he played one season for the California Seals (1967-68).

Popein scored 80 goals and 141 assists in 449 NHL games.

He was the playing-coach of the Omaha Knights in 1968-69. He retired after playing two games for the Knights in 1969-70 and was their coach in that season. In 1970-71 he moved to the Seattle Totems for a season and then returned to the Knights.

He then coached the Providence Reds in 1972-73 and coached the Rangers for part of the 1973-74 NHL season.


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