Larry Clark Robinson (June 2, 1951-) holds one of the most amazing records in the history of the NHL with a plus 730 plus/minus over his 20-year career and is second only to Bobby Orr (124) in single season plus/minus with 120, a mark he set in 1976-77. Larry played juniors for the Kitchener Rangers, led his first professional team, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League to the 1972 Calder Cup championship, and then joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1972. The Canadiens took Robinson with the 20th overall pick of the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. Larry was a big defenseman at 6’4” weighing in at 225 lbs. and nicknamed “Big Bird” for his size and blonde locks. He joined the already successful defensive corps of Jacques Laperierre, Serge Savard and Pierre Bouchard - all Hall of Famers, not to mention the offensive unit that included fellow draftee Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Frank Mahovlich and Henri Richard and all playing in front of the reigning Calder Trophy winning goaltender, Ken Dryden.
The addition of Robinson seemed to make the already formidable Canadiens team unstoppable, as Larry was big, strong, durable and skillful on both sides of the puck. The Canadiens won six Stanley Cup championships with Robinson patrolling the blueline, (1973, 1976-1979, 1986) including his rookie year as well as four consecutive titles. In his fourth full season in the NHL, he led the league in plus/minus with a +120-mark and won the 1977 James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league top defenseman. In 1978, Robinson led all skaters in assists and points during the playoffs and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoffs MVP. He earned his second Norris Trophy in 1980. Larry was named to three NHL All-Star First Teams, played in ten NHL All-Star Games and holds the NHL record for playing 20 consecutive seasons in the playoffs. He played 20 years with the Habs (1971-1989) and the Los Angeles Kings (1989-1992). Larry finished his career with 208 regular season goals and 750 assists in 1,384 games while posting an astonishing NHL record +730 plus/minus. In the playoffs, Robinson scored 28 goals adding 116 assists in 227 postseason contests with six Stanley Cup championships. He joined the New Jersey Devils coaching staff in 1993 and led the club to their first ever Stanley Cup championship in 1995. Larry Robinson was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995. In total, Larry Robinson’s name appears nine times on the Stanley Cup as a player, coach of scout.
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