Mario Larocque
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 3 in (0 m)
165 lb (75 kg)
CHL Team
F. Teams
Evansville IceMen
Tampa Bay Lightning
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born April 24 1978 (1978-04-24) (age 42)[1],
Montreal, QC, CAN
NHL Draft 16th overall, 1996
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pro Career 1998 – present

Mario Larocque (born April 24, 1978 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL.[2]

Hockey career[edit | edit source]

Larocque was drafted in the first round, 16th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1996. He managed to play five NHL games for the Lightning during the 1998–99 NHL season, scoring no points with 16 penalty minutes.[3] He spent the rest of that season in the International Hockey League with the Cleveland Lumberjacks before playing two seasons with the Detroit Vipers of the same league. After the IHL folded, he was signed by the Buffalo Sabres but was assigned to the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans and never saw any ice time with the Sabres.[1]

He spent the next five seasons in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers and the United Hockey League with the Danbury Trashers and the Fort Wayne Komets, along with brief spells in the AHL for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 2007, he joined Austrian team HC TWK Innsbruck and in September 2008 he signed with Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba. He then joined the EC Red Bull Salzburg on December 1, 2008, and later signed with the Nottingham Panthers on November 5, 2009.

Larocque signed with the Muskegon Lumberjacks on February 12, 2010. Larocque joined the Evansville IceMen in October 2010, after the team relocated from Muskegon, for his 13th pro season and first full campaign under Head Coach Rich Kromm after finishing last season with Kromm in Muskegon.[2]

Entering the 2010-2011 season, his pro totals are 283 points (102 goals and 181 assists) and 2301 penalty minutes in 724 regular season games. In "Double-A," he has amassed 217 points (74 goals and 143 assists) in 353 games, good for a points-per-game average of 0.615 - very good for a defenseman.[2]

Like many of those chosen in the first round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Larocque has only seen minimal time in the National Hockey League, having played in only five career NHL games.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: the ultimate A–Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 
  1. 1.0 1.1 Podnieks, p. 477
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 IceMen Add 3 Star "Double-A" Players. Retrieved on November 30, 2010.
  3. Mario Larocque. Retrieved on June 24, 2010.

External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Daymond Langkow
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Paul Mara

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