As we continue down Memory lane, I jump to the 1970’s. During our trip on the “way back machine”, we stop at the year 1974 and the amazing Pierre Larouche. One of the Best players that ever played in Pittsburgh, though he was only here for about 3 seasons.
Drafted in 1974, Pierre Larouche came to Pittsburgh with somescoring pedigree. His previous season with the Sorel Eperviers in the QMJHL, he scored 94 goals and had 157 assists in 67 games. I realize that these are just juniors, but those are some pretty outrageous scoring numbers. The numbers were so outrageous they just happened to be record setting numbers. That record in fact stood for a decade until one Mario Lemieux showed up and rewrote the records.
Known as a goal scorer, he brought that scoring touch to the Penguins. He played his first 3 seasons in the NHL for the Pens and scored at least 29 goals each season. His second season as a Penguin was one of his Best Years of his career. He scored 53 goals and had 58 assists to go with that to give him a total of 111 points for the season. Though that same year, they were taken out of the playoffs in the first series where he had only 1 assist in the 3 games he played.
He played 20 more games for the Pens the following season when he was traded away to the Montreal Canadiens. The was traded on November 29, 1977: Traded to Montreal by Pittsburgh with future considerations (rights to Peter Marsh, December 15, 1977) for Pete Mahovlich and Peter Lee, November 29, 1977. What a deal.(Sarcasm)
Pierre played a total of 14 seasons, scoring 395 goals and a total of 822 points in his career. He was an NHL All Star in 76′ and in 84′. Here is a link to his page on the Official Hockey Hall of Fame Website.