Ten years ago Tuesday on Aug. 6 2003 the Carolina Hurricanes made a routine and barely noticed offseason signing of a 21-year-old undrafted prospect who was unlikely to ever make a ripple in the hockey world at large let alone in the NHL let alone the Hurricanes.
He scored at will in junior hockey but for three years in a row no NHL team was willing to draft a player who was optimistically listed as 5-foot-10 173 pounds. His hometown Detroit Red Wings had him in camp – twice! – but passed. The Hurricanes finally extended a contract offer late in the summer as much a bone thrown to a kid who spent his entire career in the Peter Karmanos hockey empire as anything else.
Ten years later Chad LaRose exits the scene as quietly as he entered it.
His contract with the Hurricanes expired June 30. He didn’t show up for his end-of-season exit interview according to Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford. He has not been reachable through multiple phone or text messages this summer.