Derian Hatcher

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Derian Hatcher
Born (1972-06-04) June 4, 1972 (age 41)
Sterling Heights, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1990
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1991–2008

Derian Hatcher (born June 4, 1972) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. He is the younger brother of former NHL player Kevin Hatcher, with whom he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on October 21, 2010.

Playing career[edit]

Hatcher was known as a physical defenseman and a strong bodychecker and used his intimidating size to good effect. He was drafted in the 1st round as the 8th overall selection by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and scored in his NHL debut game on October 12, 1991. Hatcher played for the North Stars and went with them when they moved to Dallas in 1993.

He played another 10 years for the Dallas Stars, collecting 71 goals, 223 assists, 1,380 penalty minutes, and captained the Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999. In doing so, he became the first American-born captain to win the Stanley Cup.[1] In July 2003, Hatcher signed with the Detroit Red Wings for a five-year, $30 million contract.

In 2004, due to the cancellation of the NHL season, Hatcher, along with fellow Detroit Red Wings teammates Chris Chelios and Kris Draper, decided to play minor league hockey with the Motor City Mechanics based out of Fraser, Michigan.

On August 2, 2005, Hatcher signed with the Philadelphia Flyers after his contract with Detroit was bought out due to the new salary cap.

On January 29, 2006, Hatcher was named interim captain of the Philadelphia Flyers. He served as captain for the rest of the 2005–06 season due to the absence of injured captain Keith Primeau. Hatcher has also served as an alternate captain for the Flyers.

Suffering from a right knee injury, he missed the entire 2008–09 NHL season. Hatcher later returned as a "co-coach" for the playoffs. After having replacement surgery on the same knee on June 1, 2009, Hatcher said that he would most likely not return to playing hockey.

On June 15, 2009, Hatcher formally announced his retirement from the National Hockey League, this was announced with the Dallas Stars. He will remain in the Flyers organization as a player development coach, taking a job vacated by another former Flyer defenseman and captain, Éric Desjardins, who resigned to pursue business interests.[2]

Hatcher remains the longest-serving captain in the history of the Dallas Stars and their predecessors, the Minnesota North Stars; the Stars have not issued his uniform number since his retirement.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 North Bay Centennials OHL 64 14 38 52 45 5 2 3 5 8
1990–91 North Bay Centennials OHL 64 13 50 63 163 10 2 10 12 28
1991–92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 43 7 5 12 88 5 0 2 2 8
1991–92 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 1 2 3 21
1992–93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 67 4 15 19 178
1993–94 Dallas Stars NHL 83 12 19 31 211 9 0 2 2 14
1994–95 Dallas Stars NHL 43 5 11 16 105
1995–96 Dallas Stars NHL 79 8 23 31 129
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 63 3 19 22 97 7 0 2 2 20
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 70 6 25 31 132 17 3 3 6 39
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 80 9 21 30 102 18 1 6 7 24
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 57 2 22 24 68 23 1 3 4 29
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 80 2 21 23 77 10 0 1 1 16
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 80 4 21 25 87
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 82 8 22 30 106 11 1 2 3 33
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 0 4 4 8 12 0 1 1 15
2004–05 Motor City Mechanics UHL 24 5 12 17 27
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 13 17 93 6 0 2 2 10
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 3 6 9 67
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 2 5 7 33 15 1 2 3 40
NHL totals 1045 80 251 331 1581 133 7 26 33 248
OHL totals 128 27 88 115 208 15 4 13 17 36

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1993 United States WC-A 6 1 2 3 8
1996 United States W-Cup 6 3 2 5 10
1998 United States Olym 4 0 0 0 0
2002 United States WC-A 7 0 1 1 0
2006 United States Olym 6 0 0 0 12
Senior int'l totals 29 4 5 9 30

Personal life[edit]

A native Michigander, Hatcher continues to live in the state today. He and his brother Kevin Hatcher, who was also a hockey player, are the former owners of the bar/restaurant "Hatchy's" on Auburn Road in downtown Utica, Michigan. The bar/restaurant still bears the same name and continues with a hockey theme.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flyers’ Hatcher retires, joins coaching staff". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-17. "He won a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and is the only American-born player to captain a team to a championship." 
  2. ^ http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=1698059

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Doug Zmolek
Minnesota North Stars first round draft pick
1990
Succeeded by
Richard Matvichuk
Preceded by
Keith Primeau
Philadelphia Flyers captain
2006
Succeeded by
Keith Primeau
Preceded by
Neal Broten
Dallas Stars captain
February 19952003
Succeeded by
Mike Modano

NOTE: The 1994–95 NHL season began with Mark Tinordi as captain of the Dallas Stars, but he was traded to the Washington Capitals in January 1995. Broten was then named captain, but was traded to the New Jersey Devils in February 1995, and then Hatcher was named captain. In addition, Hatcher served as captain of the Philadelphia Flyers for most of the 2005–06 season after Keith Primeau suffered a career-ending injury.