PRINCETON, N.J. – Former Jackson Bandits and current Chicago Wolves forward Cory Larose is the MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for December.
Larose recorded seven goals and seven assists in the month of December to help the Wolves move into first place in the American Hockey League’s West Division. In 34 games in 2004-05, Larose ranks third on Chicago with 28 points (13g-16a).
In his first professional season in 2000-01 with Jackson of the ECHL, the 6-0 and 188-pound Larose scored 53 points (21g-32a) in 63 regular season games and four points (2g-2a) in five Kelly Cup Playoff games. Larose also played in the International Hockey League in 2000-01, scoring two points (1g-1a) in four games with Cleveland.
Larose, who was not drafted, signed his first National Hockey League contract with the Minnesota Wild in May 2000 and made his NHL debut in February 2004 with the New York Rangers. The 29-year-old Larose had one assist in seven games with the Rangers in 2003-04 while also playing in the AHL with Hartford. He shared the team lead with 36 assists and ranked fourth in scoring with 49 points (13g-36a) in 69 regular season games, and he helped Hartford advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs, scoring 10 points (4g-6a) in 14 games.