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Larry Regan, Kings' first general manager, dies at 78

March 10, 2009 |  1:11 pm

Larry Regan, who was the Kings' first general manager and later coached them, died Tuesday in Ottawa. He was 78 and had been battling a number of ailments, including Parkinson's disease.

Regan was initially hired by Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke to be the club's head scout, but he became their general manager before their first season, 1967-68. He lasted until Dec. 17, 1973.

Among his draft picks were Butch Goring, Dale Hoganson, Don Kozak and Dave Hutchison. He's also credited with acquiring mainstays such as Ross Lonsberry, Real Lemieux, Juha Widing and Rogie Vachon, as well as acquiring Bob Pulford, who later coached the Kings.

Regan himself coached the team from the 1970-71 season through Oct. 27, 1971. His record was 27-47-14. As a player, he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year with Boston for the 1956-57 season.

The Ottawa Citizen did a nice piece on him in October that's well worth reading.

More later at www.latimes.com/sports

-- Helene Elliott

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