Joel Rechlicz

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Joel Rechlicz
Joel Rechlicz 2010 11 21.jpg
Born (1987-06-14) June 14, 1987 (age 27)
Brookfield, WI, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Iowa Wild (AHL)
New York Islanders
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Joel Rechlicz (born June 14, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is signed with the Minnesota Wild organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). Rechlicz is well known for playing the enforcer role and because of that he has earned himself the nickname "Wrecker" from many fans. He is billed as a tough as nails type of player. By signing a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders in May 2008, Rechlicz became the first player from the reestablished but now defunct International Hockey League to play a game in the National Hockey League. Along with the Islanders, he has also played with the Washington Capitals. In which he was a long time fan favorite of the Hershey Bears.

Playing career[edit]

Before embarking on junior hockey, Joel played high school hockey for Brookfield, WI. From there, at the age of 16, he went on to play for the St. Paul Lakers in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. From there the climb up the hockey ladder started. He played short stints in the Western States Hockey League and the North American Hockey League, for the Santa Fe Roadrunners. He then moved onto the Northern Michigan Black Bears of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for a season and a half. He had brief stops with the Des Moines Buccaneers and Indiana Ice of the USHL in 05-06. He got his first taste of major junior hockey with a brief call up to the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.

Rechlicz played major junior hockey for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) at age 19. He then finished the season with the Sagueneens and after the completion of the junior season, Rechlicz made his professional debut with the Chicago Hounds of the UHL.[1] He played two games with the Chicago Hounds in 06-07 and then began the 07-08 season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the newly created International Hockey League.[2] Although he received little ice time during his 25-game stint with Kalamazoo, Rechlicz received a call-up from the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.

Before the 08-09 season, Rechlicz signed a 3 year entry-level contract with the New York Islanders.[3] On March 5, 2009, Rechlicz made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders, recording an assist in the game. That same year Rechlicz played 17 games in the NHL from going to the ECHL to the NHL in a very short amount of time. During the 2009-10 season, Rechlicz made the Islanders out of training camp and started the year in the NHL. Shortly after he was assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for more playing time.

On July 13, 2010, Rechlicz had an agreement with the Islanders for a mutual release of his contract for reasons unknown and was put on Unconditional waivers by the Islanders, his last year of his NHL contract was terminated and he became an unrestricted free agent after he cleared waivers on July 14, 2010. On July 29, 2010, Rechlicz without an NHL offer, signed a one-year AHL deal with the Hershey Bears despite appearing in only 28 games with the Bears, Rechlicz was signed to a one-year extension for the 2011-12 season on July 29, 2011.[4] After signing with NHL affiliate, the Washington Capitals midway through the season, on February 3, 2012, after three games the Washington placed Joel Rechlicz on waivers, and he was sent down to return to the Bears after he cleared waivers on February 4, 2012.

On July 12, 2012, Rechlicz signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. During the 2012–13 season, On April 2, 2013, the Coyotes traded him to return to the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Matt Clackson.[5] On June 26, 2013, he was given a one-year extension to remain within the Capitals organization.[6]

As a free agent, Rechlicz signed a one-year, two way contract with the Minnesota Wild on July 2, 2014.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Santa Fe Roadrunners NAHL 3 0 1 1 29
2004–05 Northern Michigan Black Bears NOJHL 25 3 1 4 54 14 2 2 4 16
2005–06 Northern Michigan Black Bears NOJHL 6 0 2 2 11
2005–06 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 2 0 0 0 4
2005–06 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 3 0 0 0 17
2005–06 Indiana Ice USHL 2 0 0 0 16
2006–07 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 55 0 1 1 159 1 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Chicago Hounds UHL 2 0 0 0 9
2007–08 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 25 1 0 1 100
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 25 0 1 1 106
2008–09 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 45 0 1 1 110
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 4 0 0 0 12
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 17 0 1 1 68
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 6 0 0 0 27
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 21 0 0 0 128
2010–11 Hershey Bears AHL 28 1 0 1 132
2011–12 Hershey Bears AHL 44 1 1 2 267
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 3 0 0 0 10
2012–13 Portland Pirates AHL 36 0 0 0 149
2012–13 Hershey Bears AHL 4 0 0 0 5
2013–14 Hershey Bears AHL 25 1 1 2 87
NHL totals 26 0 1 1 105

Transactions[edit]

  • May 6, 2008 - Signed by the New York Islanders as a free agent to a three-year entry level deal worth 1.575 million
  • July 13, 2010 - Joel Rechlicz had an agreement with the Islanders for a mutual release of his contract for reasons unknown and was put on Unconditional waivers by the Islanders, his last year of his NHL contract was terminated and he became an unrestricated free agent after he cleared waivers on July 14, 2010.
  • June 26, 2013 - Joel Rechlicz signs a one- year contract extension with the Washington Capitals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Islanders 2007-08 junior prospects review". HockeysFuture.com. 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  2. ^ "NHL bound Rechlicz". Kalamazoo Wings. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Islanders GM Garth Snow talks about the signing of Joel Rechlicz to an entry-level deal". New York Islanders. 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Bears ink Rome, Rechlicz, Ford". American Hockey League. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Coyotes agree to terms with Rechlicz". Phoenix Coyotes. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Capitals re-sign Joel Rechlicz". Washington Capitals. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  7. ^ "Wild signs Rechlicz on a two-way deal". Minnesota Wild. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  8. ^ "Hershey Bears make three more signings". The Patriot-News. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 

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