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Oct. 5, 1983 (Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Oct. 26, 1987 (Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game — 1984
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
"Crumb Bum" Award (Community Service) — 1987-88
Rangers Good Guy Award — 1983-84
Most goals by a center in one season — 48 in 1983-84
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most goals — 1983-84
Most playoff points — 1986, 1987 (tie)
Most playoff goals — 1984, 1986, 1987
Most playoff assists — 1986 (tie)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Nickname: Lucky Pierre
Full name: Pierre R. Larouche
Uniform Numbers: 10, 24
Retired from NHL: Sept. 14, 1988
Pierre Larouche closed out his 14-year NHL career with four strong seasons in New York. During that run he had goal totals of 48, 24, 20 and 28, making him one of the Rangers` top scorers of the 1980s.
Drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, Larouche was one of the hottest junior prospects ever to come out of Quebec. In his final junior season he set the QMJHL record of 157 assists and also scored 94 goals.
Larouche became an instant star in Pittsburgh, scoring 31 goals as a rookie and becoming the team`s first 50-goal scorer with 53 in 1975-76. That was the first of two 50-goal seasons for Larouche, who in 1979-80 became the first NHL player to score 50 for two different teams, when he tallied 50 for Montreal.
Following a four-year stint with the Habs, Larouche was traded to Hartford, where he battled injuries in 1982-83. That summer, he became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Blueshirts. It would prove to be one of the team`s best free-agent signings of the decade.
Happy in New York, the man called "Lucky Pierre" exploded for 48 goals in his first season with the Rangers, setting a team record for goals in one season by a center. He also became the first player in NHL history to score 40 goals with three different teams.
Also popular off the ice, Larouche won the Rangers Good Guy Award from members of the New York media, who recognized his dedication to helping them report on the Rangers.
Injuries marred Larouche`s 1984-85 season, and he Larouche suffered a setback in 1985-86, when he had to spend nearly half the season in the minors. He came back, however, with a vengeance, and was the key offensive force in the Rangers` drive to the third round of the 1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He led the team that playoff year with 17 points in 16 games, and his eight goals tied a former team record for tallies in one playoff year
Once again, injuries got the best of Larouche in 1987-88. He was held to only 10 games that year due to a pinched nerve in his lower back and at age 32, he opted to retire during the Rangers` 1988 training camp.
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