Larry Popein is confirmed dead at the age of 89.
Larry was best known as a Canadian ice hockey player (New York Rangers).
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RT @berniepascall: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry “Pope” Popein. Veteran NY Ranger ⁦@NYRangers⁩ player and Coach, 10 years with W…
RT @Seagoon: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry Popein. He was a mainstay on the 50’s and 60’s WHL Vancouver Canucks that I wat…
@Canucks Why no mention tonight regarding the passing of Larry Popein???? Rest easy Larry🙏🙏🙏
@Canucks @tannerjpearson So why did the Canucks not have an announcement for or a minute of silence for the passing…
RT @berniepascall: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry “Pope” Popein. 1226254146065461248,2020-02-08 21:19:05 +0000,TheWayneCox,RT @berniepascall: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry “Pope” Popein.
RIP Larry Popein. Coached Providence Reds in their first season at brand-new Providence Civic Center (now The Dunk)…
RT @berniepascall: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry “Pope” Popein. 1226239456622993409,2020-02-08 20:20:43 +0000,gdrinnan,RT @berniepascall: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry “Pope” Popein.
RT @berniepascall: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry “Pope” Popein. 1226236371104227329,2020-02-08 20:08:27 +0000,SteveEwen,RT @Seagoon: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry Popein. He was a mainstay on the 50’s and 60’s WHL Vancouver Canucks that I wat…
RT @berniepascall: Sad to hear of the passing of Larry “Pope” Popein. 1225994023778705408,2020-02-08 04:05:27 +0000,berniepascall,Sad to hear of the passing of Larry “Pope” Popein.
The #Flames send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Calgary pro scout Larry Popein. Our…
Larry Popein
1958 Topps Larry Popein.JPG
Born (1930-08-11) August 11, 1930 (age 89)
Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada
DiedFebruary 8,2020
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forNew York Rangers
Oakland Seals
Playing career1949–1970
Lawrence Thomas "The Pope" Popein (born August 11, 1930) is a retired professional ice hockey player and coach.
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 career. Although a relatively small skater at 5 ft 9 in, 170 lbs, Popein developed as 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 would briefly return 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.
In the 2009 book 100 Ranger Greats, the authors ranked Popein at No. 91 all-time of the 901 New York Rangers who had played during the team's first 82 seasons.
Coaching record
Team
Year
Regular Season
Post Season
G
W
L
T
Pts
Finish
Result
New York Rangers
1973–74
41
18
14
9
(45)
3rd in East
(interim coach)
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