Blackhawks Honouring Petes Alumnus Steve Larmer
Peterborough native Steve Larmer will be honoured on-ice by the Chicago Blackhawks when the NHL team hosts the New York Rangers on Friday night in Chicago.
The former long-time Blackhawks forward will be the second honoree to join the 2016-17 team on the ice during the anthem after the starting lineup has been announced on Friday through One More Shift, a series honouring past players by having them skate on the ice one more time for the fans.
In addition to skating on the ice in full gear, in-arena elements at the United Center will also feature Larmer, 55, and the era he played in, according to a release from the team.
Denis Savard was the first Blackhawks alumni honored with One More Shift on Nov. 13, when the Blackhawks hosted the Montreal Canadiens.
Larmer, who debuted with the Peterborough Petes in the OHL in 1977-78 before going on to three seasons with the Niagara Falls Flyers, played 13 seasons of his 15-year National Hockey League career with the Blackhawks and currently ranks fourth in team history in points (923), third in goals (406), fifth in assists (517) and seventh in games played (891).
Chicago’s sixth-round pick (120th overall) in the 1980 NHL Draft, Larmer won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1983 as the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL after posting 90 points (43G, 47A) in 80 regular-season games. He was also named to the NHL All-Rookie team that season.
The two-time All-Star played in 884 consecutive games with the Blackhawks from 1982-93, setting an NHL record for most consecutive games played with the same team. The streak also marks the third longest consecutive-games streak in league history.
Larmer won the 1994 Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers. He finished his career with 1,012 points (441G, 571A) in 1,006 regular-season games and 131 points (56G, 75A) in 140 Stanley Cup Playoffs games. He also played for Team Canada at the 1991 Canada Cup and led the tournament in goals (6) and ranked second in points (11), behind only Wayne Gretzky.