Top 100 Habs: #62

#62: Pierre Larouche

Pierre Larouche had an offensive flair that not many others had before or have had since.

Pierre Larouche

Pierre Larouche

A former first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Larouche was traded to Montreal in a blockbuster trade in December, 1977, in a move that saw the great Peter Mahovlich go the other way.

A 50-goal scorer with the Penguins (the youngest ever in NHL history at that point), Larouche didn’t disappointed Canadiens fans. He had 49 points in 44 games for the Habs the rest of that season.

He didn’t play much the following season, but in 1979-80, he exploded for 50 goals and 91 points with the Canadiens. He became the first player to ever score 50 goals in a season with two different teams.

The next year, his goal total was half that, as he had 25 goals. He was back on a point-per-game pace in the 1981-82 season when he was traded to the Hartford Whalers.

In his time with the Habs, Larouche won two Stanley Cups.

For more on Pierre Larouche:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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