August 11, 1930|
Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada
February 7, 2020 (aged 89)|
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Popein began his career with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He then signed with the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League. During his playing time with this organization, he developed a special affinity for British Columbia's largest city.
In 1954, Popein's contract was acquired by the New York Rangers and he began his National Hockey League (NHL) career. Although a relatively small skater at 5 ft 9 in, 170 lbs, Popein developed a reputation as a stoic, fearless, hard-working player who was a solid body checker and a skilled passer. He was the quiet centre on a powerful line that included Andy Bathgate and Dean Prentice. Early in the 1960-61 season, after six years as a Rangers starter, Popein was returned to the Canucks. He briefly returned to the NHL during the 1967-68 season, as expansion allowed many veterans to crack the lineups of fledgling teams, with Popein spending one year with the Oakland Seals.
Upon retiring from the ice, Popein entered coaching. He served as the bench boss of the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League, then as an assistant coach with the Rangers; he briefly was the interim head coach of this club during the 1973-74 season. The next year, Popein became director of player development of the new NHL incarnation of the Vancouver Canucks. After a clean sweep of the Vancouver front office, Popein took a job with the Calgary Flames in 1986, serving as a scout until his 1992 retirement.
Regular season and playoffs
|1947–48||Moose Jaw Canucks||SJHL||27||21||12||33||6||4||4||0||4||7|
|1947–48||Moose Jaw Canucks||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||5||0||0||0||0|
|1948–49||Moose Jaw Canucks||WCJHL||26||21||12||33||34||8||5||2||7||0|
|1949–50||Moose Jaw Canucks||WCJHL||37||36||22||58||4||4||5||2||7||0|
|1954–55||New York Rangers||NHL||70||11||17||28||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|1955–56||New York Rangers||NHL||64||14||25||39||37||5||0||1||1||2|
|1956–57||New York Rangers||NHL||67||11||19||30||20||5||0||3||3||0|
|1957–58||New York Rangers||NHL||70||12||22||34||22||6||1||0||1||4|
|1958–59||New York Rangers||NHL||61||13||21||34||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1959–60||New York Rangers||NHL||66||14||22||36||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1960–61||New York Rangers||NHL||4||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|New York Rangers||1973–74||41||18||14||9||45||3rd in East||(interim coach)|
- "Popein Remembered For Invaluable Contributions". NHL.com. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
- "NHL Player Search - Player - Larry Popein". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
- Gregg Drinnan (2011-06-01). "Canucks have the Pope in their corner | Kamloops Daily News". Kamloopsnews.ca. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
- Cohen, Russ; Halligan, John; Raider, Adam (2009). 100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0470736197. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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