Edgar Louis "Beaver" Laprade (October 10, 1919 – April 28, 2014) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League. The son of Thomas and Edith Laprade, he was born in the New Ontario community of Mine Centre. By age 4, he and his family moved to Port Arthur, Ontario. He also spent time with the Port Arthur Bearcats of the Thunder Bay Senior Hockey League.
|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1993|
October 10, 1919|
Mine Centre, Ontario, Canada
April 28, 2014 (aged 94)|
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
New York Rangers (NHL) |
Port Arthur Bearcats (TBSHL)
Laprade started his hockey career with the local Port Arthur Bruins in the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League. He was a prolific scorer with the team and he was frequently their best player. In 1938-39, Laprade joined the Port Arthur Bearcats in the Thunder Bay Senior Hockey League (TBSHL). Again, Laprade scored many times, and he was selected as the MVP of the TBSHL in 1938-39 and 1940-41. He also helped the team win the Allan Cup in 1939-40.
After the 1942-43 season, Laprade joined the army. While in the army, he still played hockey regularly with the Winnipeg Army. In 1944-45, he played one season with the Barriefield Bears before moving on to the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers. In his first season of NHL hockey, Laprade recorded 34 points in 49 games. His effort impressed the league and he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy. Laprade finished the 1946-47 NHL season with 40 points, and earned a spot in the first NHL All-Star Game. He also played in the 1948, 1949, and 1950 NHL All-Star Games.
During his career, Laprade played three full seasons without recording a penalty, and was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1949-50. In the same season, the Rangers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, the closest Laprade ever came to winning a Stanley Cup. The series went all the way to a Game 7 before Pete Babando of the Detroit Red Wings scored the game-winning goal in overtime. After that, Laprade played five more seasons with the Rangers before retiring. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.
Life after hockeyEdit
In 1939, he married Arline Whear, his coach's niece. The couple had three daughters.
After retiring from hockey, Laprade went into a partnership with Guy Perciante in operating a sporting goods store, Perciante & Laprade Sporting Goods Limited, in Thunder Bay, Ontario for 30 years. Perciante and Laprade also owned and managed an arena in Port Arthur.
He served as a member of Port Arthur and then Thunder Bay city council from 1959 to 1970 and again from 1972 to 1973. He also served on the board of governors for Confederation College and Lakehead University.
Laprade died at home in Thunder Bay at the age of 94 on April 28, 2014.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- Selected as TBSHL MVP in 1939, and 1941.
- Allan Cup champion in 1939.
- Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 1946.
- Played in 1947, 1948, 1949, and 1950 NHL All-Star Games.
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner in 1950.
- Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.
- In 2009, Laprade was ranked No. 24 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons).
|1935–36||Port Arthur Bruins||TBJHL||14||13||10||23||6||4||4||2||6||2|
|1936–37||Port Arthur Bruins||TBJHL||18||19||14||33||2||3||6||3||9||5|
|1937–38||Port Arthur Bruins||TBJHL||18||23||11||34||9||5||6||0||6||0|
|1938–39||Port Arthur Bruins||TBJHL||10||7||4||11||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1938–39||Port Arthur Bearcats||TBSHL||25||31||9||40||7||6||3||3||6||4|
|1938–39||Port Arthur Bearcats||Al-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||13||22||4||26||6|
|1939–40||Port Arthur Bearcats||TBSHL||22||20||15||35||8||3||5||1||6||2|
|1939–40||Port Arthur Bearcats||Al-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||12||13||10||23||6|
|1940–41||Port Arthur Bearcats||TBSHL||20||26||21||47||7||4||2||1||3||0|
|1941–42||Port Arthur Bearcats||TBSHL||15||18||23||41||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1941–42||Port Arthur Bearcats||Al-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||17||12||21||33||6|
|1942–43||Port Arthur Bearcats||TBSHL||8||7||10||17||0||3||7||4||11||4|
|1942–43||Port Arthur Bearcats||Al-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||8||6||10||16||2|
|1945–46||New York Rangers||NHL||49||15||19||34||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1946–47||New York Rangers||NHL||58||15||25||40||9||—||—||—||—||—|
|1947–48||New York Rangers||NHL||59||13||34||47||7||6||1||4||5||0|
|1948–49||New York Rangers||NHL||56||18||12||30||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1949–50||New York Rangers||NHL||60||22||22||44||2||12||3||5||8||4|
|1950–51||New York Rangers||NHL||42||10||13||23||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1951–52||New York Rangers||NHL||70||9||29||38||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1952–53||New York Rangers||NHL||11||2||1||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1953–54||New York Rangers||NHL||35||1||6||7||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1954–55||New York Rangers||NHL||60||3||11||14||0||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Mr Edgar Louis Laprade Obituary". Sargent and Son Ltd. Archived from the original on 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- Shea, Kevin. "One on One Edgar Laprade". Legends of Hockey - Spotlight. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "All-Time Greats: Edgar Laprade". The Want List.
- "Hall-of-famer Edgar Laprade dies at 94". TBnewswatch. April 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- Goldstein, Richard (April 28, 2014). "Edgar Laprade, Center and Gentleman on the Ice, Dies at 94". New York Times. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy
| Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy