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).
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
|1999-2000||SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE-USHL||54||29||26||55||28|
|2000-2001||SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE-USHL||24||11||22||33||50|
|2003-2004||LOWELL LOCK MONSTERS-AHL||36||7||9||16||-11||29||3||0||1|
|2004-2005||LOWELL LOCK MONSTERS-AHL||66||20||22||42||10||32||10||2||2|
|2005-2006||LOWELL LOCK MONSTERS-AHL||23||14||11||25||11||10||4||3||3|