- Larry Aurie
Infobox Ice Hockey Player
London Panthers Detroit Red Wings Pittsburgh Hornets
league = NHL
position = Right Winger
shot = Right
height_ft = 5
height_in = 6
weight_lb = 148
nickname = Little Dempsey
The Little Rag Man
nationality = CAN
February 8, 1905
birth_place = Sudbury, ON,
death_date = death date and age|1952|12|12|1905|02|08
death_place = Detroit, MI,
career_start = 1926
career_end = 1944
Lawrence Henry "Larry" Aurie (born
February 8, 1905in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada– died December 12, 1952) was a Canadian professional ice hockeyright winger who played 11 seasons in the National Hockey Leaguefor the Detroit Cougars, Detroit Falcons and Detroit Red Wings.
Aurie was known for his goal-scoring achievements and for helping the Red Wings win two
Stanley Cupchampionships in 1936 and 1937. Aurie began his professional hockey career in 1926 with the London Panthersof the Canadian Professional Hockey League(CPHL). The following season, he moved up to the NHL to play with Detroit. His dedication to off-season fitness with his short stature (5 foot 6 inches) earned him the nicknames "Little Dempsey" (for his fistic abilities) and "The Little Rag Man" (for his remarkable and entertaining ability to control or "rag" the puck during penalty killing).
Twice during his career, Aurie led the Wings in assists and in 1933–34, his 35 points topped the club in scoring. He was third in NHL scoring with a career-high 46 points in 1934–35 and fourth overall in 1936–37 with 43 points. He and
Herbie Lewisrepresented the Red Wings at the first ever NHL All Star Game in 1934.
Aurie captained the team in the 1932–33 season, led the league in playoff scoring in 1934 with 10 points in nine games and led the league in goal scoring in 1937 with 23 while earning a first-team selection on the post-season NHL All-Star Team.
He was part of the Wings' first big line, playing alongside center
Marty Barryand left wing Lewis. His selfless play and hustle made him a favorite of owner James Norris.
Aurie scored his NHL leading 23rd goal on March 11, 1937 in a 4–2 win over the
New York Rangers, but later in the game fractured his leg in a collision with Rangers' defenceman Art Coulter, ending his season. Aurie's season leading scoring performance earned him a berth on the NHL First All-Star Team. Unfortunately, this was Aurie’s last strong season. The lingering effects of his fractured leg began to affect his play and in 1937–38, he dropped to 10 goals and 19 points.
The following season, Aurie was named player-coach of Detroit’s AHL farm club, the
Pittsburgh Hornetsafter making his final appearance for the Red Wings against Montreal, scoring in a 3–0 shutout. Aurie would later go on to head coach the Oshawa Generals.
Aurie's No. 6 jersey was officially retired by Wings owner James Norris after the 1938–39 season, and his retired jersey was displayed in the Olympia Stadium lobby during the 1960s. However, current Red Wings owner
Mike Ilitchhas for some unknown reason refused to hang Aurie's No. 6 from the rafters at Joe Louis Arenawith the other six retired numbers. Aurie's No. 6 was reissued only once, to his nephew Cummy Burton, with the family's blessing. Aurie's No. 6 had been listed as retired in the Official NHL Guide and Record Book since 1975, when retired sweater numbers began being featured in the book. At the time, three numbers were listed as being retired by Detroit: Aurie's No. 6, Gordie Howe's No. 9, and Alex Delvecchio's No. 10. Before the 2000–01 season, Ilitch ordered the number removed from the publication - again without explanation. His refusal to honor Aurie in the same manner as the other Red Wings players with retired numbers remains a mystery to the hockey world. There are many theories, but nothing firm has ever come from the front office, or Ilitch himself.
Aurie died in Detroit's
Mount Carmel Mercy Hospitalon December 12, 1952, having suffered a strokethe previous evening. He was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, in Southfield, Michigan.
*Best season with the Red Wings: 1934–35 (17–29–46)
*Career totals with the Red Wings: GP-489, G-147, A-129, PTS-276
Achievements and honours
* IAHL Second All-Star Team, 1939
* Led NHL in goals in 1936–37
* Named to NHL First All-Star Team, 1936–37
* Played in NHL All-Star Game, 1933–34
* Led Detroit in scoring, 1933–34
* Served as team captain, 1932–33
# The NHL team in Detroit has had three names — Detroit Cougars (1926–1930), Detroit Falcons (1930–1932), and Detroit Red Wings (1932 to date)
* [http://redwings.nhl.com/team/app?service=page&page=NHLPage&bcid=his_wol_wol-larryaurie Larry Aurie] , "Wings of Legend", Detroit Red Wings.
* [http://www.macombdaily.com/stories/010707/spo_macleod001.shtml Aurie holds Detroit's forgotten number] , Macomb Daily
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