Larry Regan

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Larry Regan
Born (1930-08-09)August 9, 1930
North Bay, ON, CAN
Died March 9, 2009(2009-03-09) (aged 78)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 162 lb (73 kg; 11 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1957–1961

Lawrence Emmett Regan (b. August 9, 1930 in North Bay, Ontario - d. March 9, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario), was a retired Canadian National Hockey League(NHL) professional ice hockey player and hockey executive. He played for the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs after a long senior-hockey career, winning the Allan Cup in 1948. He later managed and coached the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and was president of the NHL Alumni Association.

Playing career

Regan moved to Ottawa as a youth. As a 16-year-old, he joined the Ottawa Jr. Senators organization in 1945-46. Regan then played for the Ottawa Senators in the Quebec Senior Hockey League. He moved to Toronto to play two seasons with the Toronto Marlboros organization, first as a junior, then at the senior level. He returned to the Senators in 1950, playing two seasons before joining the Shawinigan Cataracts. Regan then moved on to the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Hockey League.

In 1956-57, Larry finally got his chance in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins as a 27-year-old. He scored 14 goals that season, which would be his career high, and he won the Calder Memorial Trophy, the oldest player to win it at that time (Sergei Makarov won it when he was 31 years old in 1988-89 with the Calgary Flames). He played two and a half seasons with the Bruins before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played two further seasons with the Leafs before being demoted to the Pittsburgh Hornets in the American Hockey League. In 1962, he moved to Innsbruck, Austria, coaching the Innsbrucker EV for two seasons before returning to the AHL with the Baltimore Clippers in 1965-66 for one final season.

Hockey executive career

While still playing, Regan became a playing-coach in 1961–62 with the Pittsburgh Hornets for part of the season. He was named to coach the Etobicoke Indians of the Ontario Hockey Association in 1966, but left the position to join Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the expansion Los Angeles Kings as head scout, and later Regan was promoted to general manager. Regan was also the head coach for the 1970-71 and part of the 1971-72 seasons1 and he remained in the job until 1973.2

"I knew Jack from the years I played in Toronto. We became pretty good friends along the way and stayed in touch. When I heard about the NHL expanding, I put my oar in the water with Jack before anybody else and I was fortunate enough to be chosen."2

As coach, Regan was once fined US$1,000 by NHL president Clarence Campbell for punching referee Bruce Hood in the face following a game in Oakland, California, California in 1968. He was upset after a late penalty cost the Kings a victory against the California Seals. Regan was quoted as saying "Someone had to do something with officiating like that." More than 10,000 attended the next Kings' game.2

After his time with the Los Angeles Kings, he moved to Montreal where he coached the Montreal Juniors in the 1974–75 season, quitting after the one season.1

NHL Alumni Association and Alan Eagleson inquiry

After leaving the Montreal Juniors, Regan became involved in the National Hockey League Alumni Association (NHLAA), an association of retired NHL ice hockey players, eventually becoming the head of the organization. In the 1980s, former NHL stars such as Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr noticed that they were not being paid to the full amount that they should have been paid for their pensions. An investigation by a Boston-area reporter named Russ Conway led to Alan Eagleson being indicted and convicted on fraud and was sentenced to prison. Regan was head of the NHLAA at the time and he participated in the investigation, contacting any player involved with Eagleson.

Post NHL life

Mr. Regan retired soon after the Eagleson inquiry and he lived in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife Pauline until his death in 2009. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease prior to his death.3

Awards & achievements

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1946-47 Ottawa Jr. Senators OCJHL 24 22 18 40 2 2 0 2 2 0
1946-47 Ottawa Senators QSHL 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Ottawa Senators QSHL 41 17 14 31 35 5 0 2 2 0
1948-49 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 40 19 15 34 25 10 4 2 6 0
1949-50 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 48 38 36 74 22 5 1 3 4 0
1950-51 Ottawa Senators QSHL 52 14 31 45 28 9 0 3 3 0
1951-52 Ottawa Senators QSHL 50 11 10 21 27 7 0 0 0 8
1952-53 Shawinigan Cataractes QSHL 52 15 27 42 21
1953-54 Quebec Aces QHL 70 19 32 51 14 16 5 5 10 4
1953-54 Quebec Aces Ed-Cup 7 2 1 3 0
1954-55 Quebec Aces QHL 51 11 30 41 39 8 1 2 3 6
1955-56 Quebec Aces QHL 3 3 1 4 2 7 4 4 8 4
1955-56 Pembroke Lumber Kings NOHA 22 5 14 19 10
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 69 14 19 33 29 8 0 2 2 10
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 59 11 28 39 22 12 3 8 11 6
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 36 5 6 11 10
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 4 21 25 2 8 1 1 2 2
1959-60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 4 16 20 6 10 3 3 6 0
1960-61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 3 5 8 2 4 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 49 10 19 29 12
1965-66 Baltimore Clippers AHL 64 16 34 50 41
NHL totals 280 41 95 136 71 42 7 14 21 18

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
LAK 1970-71 78 25 30 13 63 5th in West Missed playoffs
LAK 1971-72 10 2 7 1 (5) 7th in West (fired)
Total 88 27 37 14

References

  1. ^ a b Larocca, Thomas (March 10, 2009). "KINGS FIRST GM REGAN PASSES AWAY". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b c The Canadian Press (March 10, 2009). "Larry Regan Passes Away". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  3. ^ Elliott, Helene (2009-03-11). "Larry Regan dies at 78; Kings' coach and general manager". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 

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Preceded by
Glenn Hall
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1957
Succeeded by
Frank Mahovlich
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings
1967-73
Succeeded by
Jake Milford
Preceded by
Johnny Wilson
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
1970-71
Succeeded by
Fred Glover







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