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Larry Cahan

Name

Larry '' Hank '' Cahan

Community

Fort William

Induction Sport

Hockey

Induction Year

1991

Biography

'Hank' as he is known by most northwestern Ontario residents and hockey fans, got his hockey training while growing up in Fort William during the 1940s and 50s. From these beginnings Hank went on to enjoy 20 years in the professional ranks, including the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, Western Hockey League and the World Hockey Association.

An outstanding defensive player of large stature, Hank got his NHL start with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1954. From there it was on to the New York Rangers in 1956. In 1967 it was on to the Oakland Seals and then the Los Angeles Kings where he was named Captain in 1970.

In 1959-60 Larry was a member of the Vancouver Canucks who won the WHL Championships that season. Throughout his professional career, Larry's exceptional skills led him to be named an AHL First Team All-Star Defenceman in 1960-61 and 1966-67, and to the Second Team in 1959-60 and 1965-66. The 1966-67 season also saw him win the Hal Laycoe Cup at the WHL's Most Valuable Defenceman.

Larry finished up his NHL career in 1971 with an impressive record of 665 games played, 38 goals and 92 assists. From there he went on to spend the next two seasons as captain of the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association, retiring in 1974 with an overall professional career record of 1270 games played, 114 goals and 295 assists. Truly fond of playing hockey, Larry went on to enjoy playing Oldtimers hockey with the Vancouver Canucks.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 28, 1991

 


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