Larry Trader

Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 1987–88 NHL season
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Larry Trader
Born (1963-07-07) July 7, 1963 (age 57)
Barry's Bay, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 86th overall, 1981
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1983–1984

Lawrence Jerome Trader (born July 7, 1963) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He played a handful of games at the NHL level, but is mostly known for his high scoring in the American Hockey League and overseas. He last played for Varese Hockey Club in Italy. He is the cousin of former NHL player Jim Peplinski.

Professional career

Minor league hockey

Trader was born in Barry's Bay, Ontario. Growing up playing hockey, Trader developed into a mobile defenceman with a great shot from the blueline. He attracted a lot of attention playing Junior hockey for the Gloucester Rangers of the CJHL. In the 1979–80 season, Trader scored 33 points in 50 games as a defenceman and was named CJHL Best Midget-Age Player and invited to the All-star team. His scoring numbers were impressive and the London Knights picked Trader with their 1st pick (3rd overall) to join their team for the 1980–81 season. In the OHL, Trader continued to put up big numbers and the NHL took notice. The Detroit Red Wings drafted Trader with their 3rd pick (86 overall) in the 1981 NHL draft. After being selected by the Red Wings, Trader remained on the Knights to develop and he responded by putting up his largest numbers to date. In 68 games that season, Trader scored 19 goals and 37 assists to go along with 161 penalty minutes. With impressive numbers now on his resume, Trader was asked to play for Team Canada in the 1983 World Junior Championships. Scoring five points in the tough 7-game series, The Red Wings felt Trader was finally ready for the NHL.

Playing in the NHL

In the 1982–83 season, Trader played 15 games as a rookie and added two assists. He showed promise, but Detroit felt he still needed time to develop and Trader was sent to Detroit's minor league affiliate, the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL. In 1983–84, Trader posted 41 points with Adirondack and was second on the team in defensive scoring. Detroit came calling again for the 1984–85 season and Trader responded, played great defensive hockey and posting 10 points in 40 games. After a short playoff run, Trader was sent back down for another season with Adirondack. He played in 64 games that season putting up 56 points to lead the team in defensive scoring and was named to the AHL second all-star team. He joined Adirondack in their playoff run and helped them win the Calder Cup over the Hershey Bears in six games. Trader was named AHL's Playoff Points and Playoff Assists Leader for 1986 and even scored the Calder Cup-winning goal in game six.

After the celebration, Trader received more good news, he had been selected to join the Canadian National Team. Trader played 48 games for the team and scored 20 points. With the help of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Mario Lemieux, the 1987 Canadian team won the 1987 Canada Cup, Spengler Cup and a fourth-place finish in the 1987 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. During his run with Team Canada, Trader found out over the phone that he was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Lee Norwood on August 7, 1986.

Trader only made it back to the United States for five games with the Blues in 1986–87, but would join the Blues for a single game in 1987–88 before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens on October 13, 1987. He was traded along with a third round draft pick for Gaston Gingras and Montreal's third round draft pick. He was sent down for a short stint with the Sherbrooke Canadiens before playing the remaining 30 games for Montreal while scoring six points. After the season, he was let go and was signed as a free agent by the Hartford Whalers on August 3, 1988. He would never make it to the parent club, but played out the 1988–89 season with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL, where he again led a team in defensive scoring with his 11 goals and 40 assists.

International play

After being let go by Hartford, Trader decided to head overseas. He began his journey in Austria playing for the Klagenfurt AC. Trader excelled in the Erste Bank Hockey League and was 4th on the team in scoring with 34. For the 1990–91 season, Trader headed to Italy to play in the Serie A for the Brunico SG. He played with the team for three years amassing 101 total points, before leaving halfway through the 1992–93 season to rejoin the Austrian Hockey League and play four games for the Zell am See EK. He would return to Italy for the 1993–94 season to play for Hockey Club Varese. Playing in only seven games that year, including the playoffs, he scored two goals and three assists before deciding to retire from playing ice hockey and return to North America.

Trader the coach

After returning from Europe, Trader was named head coach of the Brantford Smoke prior to the 1995–96 season. He coached the Smoke for three seasons, always with a winning record, but always getting knocked out in the second round of the playoffs. Trader officially retired from coaching after the 1997–98 season.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 Gloucester Rangers CJHL 50 11 22 33 70
1980–81 London Knights OHL 68 5 23 28 132
1981–82 London Knights OHL 68 19 37 56 161 4 0 1 1 6
1982–83 London Knights OHL 39 16 28 44 67 3 0 1 1 6
1982–83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 0 2 2 6
1982–83 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 6 2 2 4 4 6 2 1 3 10
1983–84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 80 13 28 41 89 6 1 1 2 4
1984–85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 40 3 7 10 39 3 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 6 0 4 4 0
1985–86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 64 10 46 56 77 17 6 16 22 14
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 5 0 0 0 8
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 2 4 6 19
1987–88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 11 2 2 4 25
1988–89 Binghamton Whalers AHL 65 11 40 51 72
1989–90 Klagenfurter AC Austria 35 12 22 34 79
1990–91 HC Bruneck Italy 36 8 23 31 44
1991–92 HC Bruneck Italy 18 2 12 14 29 3 1 4 5 2
1991–92 HC Bruneck Alpenliga 18 3 13 16 56
1992–93 HC Bruneck Italy 14 10 13 23 18 3 1 1 2 6
1992–93 HC Bruneck Alpenliga 19 2 15 17 83
1992–93 EK Zell am See Austria 4 1 1 2 8
1993–94 HC Varese Italy 4 1 3 4 8 3 1 0 1 32
NHL totals 91 5 13 18 74 3 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 232 38 122 160 267 29 9 18 27 28

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