Larry Robinson Never Missed The Playoffs Over 20 Year Career

Published on December 2nd, 2023 2:36 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Larry Robinson made the NHL postseason in each year of his professional career. In this age of parity in the NHL, going to the playoffs for 20 straight years seems nearly impossible to imagine.

On top of that, even if your team is consistently good, staying healthy for 20 straight years is no easy feat.

Consider this another unbreakable record: Larry Robinson went to the playoffs each and every year of his storied 20 year career.

That means, from 1972-73 to 1991-92, Larry Robinson NEVER missed the playoffs.

No disappointing seasons for his team.

No season-ending injuries.

Just the playoffs, each and every year.


Over the course of his career, "Big Bird", as he was nicknamed, won the Stanley Cup a total of 6 times.

So, not only did Robinson go to the playoffs for 20 straight years, he also made a number of very deep runs.


Over the course of his esteemed career, Robinson scored 134 points in the playoffs in 203 games.

Considering that Robinson was a defenseman, these are very impressive numbers.

Robinson was one of the top defensemen in the NHL, so he logged some extreme numbers. By the end of the 1978-79 season, Robinson had just won his fourth straight Stanley Cup and was likely wondering when he was going to get a break.

In the early 1980s, the Canadiens had some very short stays in the playoffs.

By the mid 80s, the franchise was ramping up again, and Robinson played double-digit playoff games for eight straight years. 1985-86 was a particularly good year for Robinson, as the Canadiens would win another Stanley Cup.

In his final year in the league, at the age of 40, Robinson played just two games, posting zero points and a plus/minus of -2.

The Kings, however, had made the playoffs, giving Robinson twenty straight years in the playoffs.

After that season, Robinson would retire, where he would turn his attention to the world of coaching.

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