At one point in time, four Nick Larsons were rising the competitive hockey ladder. Now only one of them remain. Here’s the winner of the outlast-the-other-Nick-Larsons competition.
The Nick Larson from Apple Valley, Minn., is the winner of the unofficial outlast-the-other-Nick-Larsons competition. The Calgary Flames draft pick is one of four players named Nick Larson playing high level competitive hockey in the past decade. Unrelated, three of the Nick Larsons hail from Minnesota. The other is from Pennsylvania. Defenseman Nick Larson was the first Nick Larson to hit the competitive scene in 2000, playing a couple of seasons with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints before moving on to the WCHA’s University of Denver Pioneers. He was undrafted and retired in 2005. Then came Nick Larson from Cranberry Township, Pa. The forward played three seasons in the NAHL with the Texas Tornado, Toledo IceDiggers, Dayton Gems and Central Texas Marshals before a stint with American International College in 2005-06. He also went undrafted and retired.
Then came forward Nick Larson from Stillwater, Minn. He played with the USHL’s Omaha Lancers in 2006-07 and was drafted by the Washington Capitals 185th overall that summer. Larson spent the next four seasons with the WCHA’s University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, scoring 13 goals and 25 points in 100 NCAA games. The Capitals elected not to sign Larson in 2012 and he hasn’t played competitively since. That made Nick Larson the winner of the outlast-the-other-Nick-Larsons competition. This Nick Larson played a couple of seasons with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks and was drafted by the Calgary Flames 108th overall in 2008. Larson played four years at the CCHA’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish before turning pro in 2013. Nick Larson, 23, has split his rookie pro season between the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, scoring six points with each team. Bridgeport is the farm team for the New York Islanders. To borrow the last line from the movie The Deer Hunter, here’s to you Nick. “To Nick.”
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