A product of the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede, LaRose later led the OHL Plymouth Whalers in scoring in 2002–03 with 117 points in 67 games. LaRose was never drafted, but his breakout overage season caught the attention of NHL scouts. He was an invitee to the Detroit Red Wingstraining camp in 2001 and 2002.

LaRose started the 2003–04 season with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, and was shuttling back and forth between there and the Lowell Lock Monsters for most of the second half of the year.

LaRose was signed by the Carolina Hurricanes as a free agent in 2003. As a pure goal scorer in Junior hockey, Chad adapted to an aggressive forechecker in the NHL. In 05–06 Chad scored 1 goal and 12 assists in only 49 games. Often seen on the penalty kill. Chad was the first player to play at every level in the Compuware hockey organization, and win the Stanley Cup. After winning his first Stanley Cup, Chad signed a two-year contract to stay a Carolina Hurricane.

On July 2, 2009, the Hurricanes re-signed LaRose to a further two-year contract worth $3.4 million ($1.5 million in 2009-10 and $1.9 million in 2010-11).[1]

LaRose is the only hockey player to play for all the Compuware-run franchises, as he started out with the Plymouth Whalers, before moving on to the Florida Everblades, working his way to the Carolina Hurricanes.

CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS

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SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
1999-2000 SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE-USHL 54 29 26 55   28          
2000-2001 SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE-USHL 24 11 22 33   50          
2000-2001 PLYMOUTH WHALERS-OHL 32 18 7 25   24          
2001-2002 PLYMOUTH WHALERS-OHL 53 32 27 59   40          
2002-2003 PLYMOUTH WHALERS-OHL 67 61 56 117   52          
2003-2004 LOWELL LOCK MONSTERS-AHL 36 7 9 16 -11 29 3 0 1    
2003-2004 FLORIDA EVERBLADES-ECHL 41 16 19 35 1 16 6 2 3    
2004-2005 LOWELL LOCK MONSTERS-AHL 66 20 22 42 10 32 10 2 2    
2005-2006 HURRICANES 49 1 12 13 7 35 0 0 1 62 1.6
2005-2006 LOWELL LOCK MONSTERS-AHL 23 14 11 25 11 10 4 3 3    
2006-2007 HURRICANES 80 6 12 18 -2 10 0 2 0 94 6.4
2006-2007 UNITED STATES-WC-A 7 2 1 3   2          
2007-2008 HURRICANES 58 11 12 23 6 46 0 1 2 117 9.4
2008-2009 HURRICANES 81 19 12 31 6 35 0 2 4 171 11.1
2009-2010 HURRICANES 56 11 17 28 -2 24 0 1 0 138 8.0
2010-2011 HURRICANES 82 16 15 31 -21 59 2 1 0 176 9.1
2011-2012 HURRICANES 67 19 13 32 -15 48 3 1 5 199 9.6
2012-2013 HURRICANES 35 2 2 4 -8 29 0 0 0 65 3.1
  NHL TOTALS 508 85 95 180 -29 286 5 8 12 1,022 8.3