1969 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
2 24
Larry Romanchych
Selected by Chicago from Flin Flon (WCHL)
Chicago Black Hawks Flin Flon Bombers
Larry Romanchych

6-foot-1, 180 pounds

Right-hand shot


Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1967-68Brandon WCJHL 53 20 23 43 24
1968-69 Flin Flon WCHL 55 31 25 56 40

Pre-Draft Notes

Was a junior teammate of Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke with Flin Flon in 1968-69.
Canadian • Born September 7, 1949 in Vancouver, British Columbia • Hometown: Vancouver

Career Vitals

First contract: 1969
Debut: October 11, 1970
(Chicago vs. Oakland)
Final NHL game: April 9, 1977 (playoffs)
(Atlanta at Los Angeles)
Retired: 1978
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 28 (Chicago); 21 (Atlanta)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: Chicago, Atlanta
Years: 1970-1977. Playoffs: 1974-1977

Regular Season
6 years 298 68 97 165 102
Stanley Cup Playoffs
3 years 7 2 2 4 4
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

Played right wing for most of his NHL career. ... Played on 1971-72 Dallas team that won CHL regular-season title. ... Won CHL Adams Cup with Dallas in 1972. ... Played on first Atlanta Flames team in 1972-73 and appeared in the Atlanta-Calgary franchise's first game on Oct. 7, 1972, at N.Y. Islanders. ... Had longest point streak of any player on Atlanta Flames' inaugural team with nine-game scoring streak from Jan. 2-19, 1973. ... Played on 1977-78 Maine team that won AHL regular season title. ... Won AHL Calder Cup with Maine in 1978. ...Tied for AHL lead with eight playoff goals for Maine in 1978.

Transaction History

June 6, 1972 -- Claimed by Atlanta from Chicago in NHL Expansion Draft. September 1977 -- Signed with Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent.

Significant Injuries

Missed end of 1969-70 season with separated shoulder. ... Missed part of 1971-72 season with hairline fracture in ankle. ... Missed part of 1972-73 season with injured left knee. ... Missed start of 1974-75 season with knee injury, suffere during Atlanta's 1974 training camp. ... Missed part of 1974-75 season with injury to other knee. ... Missed part of 1975-76 season with knee injury.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: Lawrence Brian Romanchych
Nicknames: "Swoop", "Swooper"
Pronunciation: ROMAN-chuck

Other Post-Draft Teams: Dallas (CHL); Tulsa (CHL); Maine (AHL)

Coaching Career: Named Abbotsford (BCJHL) head coach prior to 1985-86 season and held position until early in 1985-86 season. During this time, he required his players to wear neck guards after one was killed during a practice when his neck was cut by a teammate's skate.  ... Named Langley (BCJHL) head coach with 52 games remaining in 1985-86 season and held that position through end of 1985-86 season. .. Named Abbotsford (BCJHL) head coach during 1986-87 season and remained in that position through end of 1986-87 season.

Career Beyond Hockey: Founded Crescent Moving & Storage Ltd. in White Rock, British Columbia, in 1979 and built the business up from just one truck to one of Vancouver's most popular locally-owned moving companies.


Selected by Calgary Broncos in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Was known in NHL during his playing days for having one of hardest slap shots in the league. Shifted from his natural position of center to right wing with Atlanta in 1972-73. Had longest assist streak of any player in Flames' first season (4 games from Jan. 3-10, 1973.
Recorded three two-goal games for 1972-73 expansion Atlanta Flames to tie for team lead. Played right wing on line with Bob Leiter for Atlanta during 1973-74 season. Worked as an instructor at hockey schools during off-seasons of his playing career. An avid golfer, he played in several charity tournaments during his years in Atlanta.
Total Selected: 84
Forwards: 58
Defense: 18
Goaltenders: 8
Major Junior: 68
College Players: 8
Canadian: 78
Euro-Canadian: 1
American: 4
European: 1
Reached NHL: 49
Won Stanley Cup: 10
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 7
Year-end All-Star: 1
Olympians: 2
Picks Traded: 11


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