In conjunction with the Carr family, the hockey club today released the following statements about Carr, who passed away on December 13:
Gene Carr was a beloved member of the Kings and the hockey community. He was a valuable member of our team in the mid-1970s, and many of the Kings teams Carr played for enjoyed outstanding seasons. He was a charismatic player on the ice, featuring his trademark blonde hair along with being a fast and flashy skater. Off the ice the native of Canada took to the Southern California lifestyle where he enjoyed the music scene and was close friends with accomplished bands. The Kings extend their deepest condolences to the entire Carr Family at this very difficult time.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller:
Gene joined the Kings during my first year with the Kings. At that time, you were really impressed with how strong a skater he was. In those days players did not wear helmets. One of the big reasons I feel Gene became such a fan favorite was how his golden blonde locks would flow as he skated up and down the ice. Beyond being very recognizable, his personality was outgoing and friendly. From a family perspective, I was happy he connected with a daughter many years later, something he did not hide. Rather he embraced that newfound relationship, even bringing her to a Kings game. I believe it was a role he relished and something special later in life.
More on Gene Carr:
Carr, a center, played in 465 NHL regular season games for the Kings, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the original Atlanta Thrashers. He began his NHL career with St. Louis during the 1971-72 season and his final NHL campaign came during the 1978-79 season. He totaled 215 points including 79 goals.
From 1973-78, Carr played in 212 games with the Kings and recorded 104 points including 66 assists. With the Kings for parts of five seasons, he set numerous personal milestones. He played in all 80 games during the 1974-75 season, and his 32 assists and 39 points were the most he ever recorded with the club as the Kings earned 105 points that year. Two years later Carr netted 15 goals, another personal-high with the franchise. He also played in 17 postseason games with Los Angeles.
The son of former NHL player Red Carr, his mother was an accomplished speed skater. Gene battled numerous health issues after retiring from his playing career. He split his post-playing days between Los Angeles and Canada.