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Oct. 31, 1945 (Rangers at Chicago Black Hawks)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
March 6, 1955 (Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Hockey Hall of Fame — Inducted 1993
Calder Trophy — 1945-46
Lady Byng Trophy — 1949-50
NHL All-Star Game — 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1948-49 (co-winner), 1949-50
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1954-55
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most points — 1949-50
Most goals — 1948-49, 1949-50
Most assists --1946-47
Most playoff points — 1948 (tie)
Most playoff assists — 1948 (tie)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Nicknames: Eddie, Eager Edgar
Full name: Edgar Louis Laprade
Uniform Numbers: 10
Retired from NHL: 1955
A local star in the senior leagues of Port Arthur, Ontario, Edgar Laprade was on the Rangers` reserve list as early as 1939, but didn`t elect to sign with the team until he was 26 years old. Once he got to the NHL, he never looked back in authoring a Hall of Fame career.
Laprade joined the Rangers in 1945 after serving in the Canadian Army for two years during World War II. He wasted no time earning NHL Rookie of the Year honors with 34 points in 49 games, and within three years had helped turn the Blueshirts into legitimate title contenders.
One of the best stickhandlers in Rangers history, Laprade`s greatest moments came during the 1950 playoffs, when he was part of a team that went all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals before falling to Detroit. He was named the Rangers` MVP for that remarkable season.
Known for his gentlemanly play, Laprade won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1949-50 and played in four consecutive NHL All-Star Games between 1947 and 1950.
Laprade retired 11 games into the 1952-53 season to focus on a sporting goods store he owned in his hometown of Port Arthur. His value to the Rangers was so great, however, that he and general manager Frank Boucher began to discuss a return to the team. He not only returned on Dec. 29, 1953, but went on to play another full season before retiring for good at age 35.
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