Reed Larson
Position Defense
Shoots Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Minnesota North Stars
Buffalo Sabres
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born July 30 1956 (1956-07-30) (age 63),
Minneapolis, MN, US
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1976
Detroit Red Wings
WHA Draft 220th overall, 1974
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Pro Career 19761990

Reed David Larson (born July 30, 1956 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman and former captain of the Detroit Red Wings who played 904 regular season games in the National Hockey League between 1976 and 1990. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame

Amateur careerEdit

Larson spent three highly successful seasons under coach Herb Brooks with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers before being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings with the 22nd pick of the 1976 NHL Entry Draft. He was named one of the 50 greatest players in University of Minnesota hockey history as part of the "Legends on Ice" tribute in 2001.

Professional and international careerEdit

Larson joined Detroit near the end of the 1976–77 season after Minnesota suspended him for assaulting an official during a WCHA game. He appeared in 14 NHL games that season and was also named to Team USA for the 1977 World Ice Hockey Championships but missed the tournament due to shoulder injury. His first full NHL season (1977–78) was highly successful as he was runner-up for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, scoring the most points (60) by a rookie defenceman. A tough, offensive defenceman, he was particularly well known for his hard slap shot. Larson became the first American player to score 200 goals and he appeared in the 1978, 1980 and 1981 NHL All-Star Games as the Red Wings representative. He finally made his international debut for the United States national team at the 1981 World Ice Hockey Championships tournament and also represented the U.S. at the 1981 Canada Cup.

Larson spent ten NHL seasons in Detroit until the Red Wings traded him to the Boston Bruins for Mike O'Connell in 1986. He played another two seasons for the Bruins before ending his NHL career in 1989–90 with the Buffalo Sabres His professional career continued overseas in Italy where he was a player-coach for four seasons before returning to his home state for a final nine games for the International Hockey League Minnesota Moose in 1994–95.

Awards and achievementsEdit

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75University of MinnesotaNCAA4111172837
1975–76University of MinnesotaNCAA4213294294
1976–77University of MinnesotaNCAA2110152530
1976–77Detroit Red WingsNHL1401123
1977–78Detroit Red WingsNHL751941609570224
1978–79Detroit Red WingsNHL79184967169
1979–80Detroit Red WingsNHL80224466101
1980–81Detroit Red WingsNHL78273158153
1981–82Detroit Red WingsNHL80213960112
1982–83Detroit Red WingsNHL80225474104
1983–84Detroit Red WingsNHL78233962122420221
1984–85Detroit Red WingsNHL77174562139312320
1985–86Detroit Red WingsNHL67194160109
1985–86Boston BruinsNHL13347831016
1986–87Boston BruinsNHL661224369540222
1987–88Maine MarinersAHL22024
1987–88Boston BruinsNHL621024349380116
1988–89Edmonton OilersNHL1027915
1988–89New York IslandersNHL337132035
1988–89Minnesota North StarsNHL110991830004
1989–90Buffalo SabresNHL10000
1989–90HC AllegheItaly4324507451
1990–91HC AllegheItaly3613385124
1993–94HC CourmaostaItaly2510233354
1994–95Minnesota MooseIHL922411
NHL totals 904 222 463 685 1391 32 4 7 11 63


Preceded by
Dale McCourt
Detroit Red Wings Captains
with Errol Thompson 1980–81
Succeeded by
Danny Gare
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