Thank God He’s A County Boy
(Volume 1, Number 2—May 1974)
by Annette E. Cuomo
The year 1948 was a very good year in some respects. It was the beginning of the post-wat baby boom, Prince Charles of England was born of [sic] Nov. 14th and Larry Lloyd was born on New Year’s Day. Well, one out of two isn’t bad! Larry was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario, where he attended Central Collegiate, Toronto Teachers College and York University. He taught Physical Education at Vincent Massey Public School in Sunset Heights, Oshawa. His highest goal scoring (79), in the junior league, came in 1968 while playing with the Oshawa Green Gaels. In the seniors, Larry payed for the Brooklyn [sic] Redmen from 1969 to 1970, and the Windsor Warlocks in 1971.
In his leisure time, Larry does a little reading; but, most of his hobbies evolve around sports. He enjoys participating in most sports, as well as watching them. Listening to music and going to concerns are a good part of his recharging periods. Of course, girls play an important role with him. They don’t come in first or last, but “whenever he can fit them in.”
It would be a big adjustment for Larry to live in a big city after living on a ranch in Oshawa. He is what city folks classify as “the outdoor type.” After the season is over, he plans to be outdoors in Hawaii for a period and then move on to a cooler climate in Europe to do some skiing.
Larry’s comment on his outlook for the 1975 season is quite simple. “Things will be much better then [sic] they have been so far.” It’s good to know that a player has such confidence in himself, his team and his coach. Of Jim Hinkson he said, “Jimmy is one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the league. With experience he could become a very great coach.” Larry admires players such as Jim Higgs and Carm Collins. Jim Higgs, for his all around performance and Carm Collins for many reasons. Among those reasons is the fact that “Carm has more heart than anyone I know…he is the core of the team.”
Due to a difference in ages, Larry spent very little time with brother Terry. Most people are under the impression that the Lloyds are inseparable, when the truth is that they are two people not one; and each one has respect for the other as an individual as well as a brother. When asked if he had any influence on Terry, Larry said, “I like to think I helped him mature a bit, not only as a lacrosse player, nut as a person. Now, Terry influences me with his shooting ability and his overall style of play.”
Most players want to score one hundred goals per season. Of course, The Lloyder has to be different, soooooo, he’s going to score 101 goals for the Wings in ’75. Lots of Luck, country boy, here’s to life in the big city!