Mike Ribeiro

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Mike Ribeiro
Mike Ribeiro Coyotes.jpg
Born (1980-02-10) February 10, 1980 (age 35)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Montreal Canadiens
Dallas Stars
Washington Capitals
Phoenix Coyotes
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 45th overall, 1998
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1999–present

Michael Tavares Ribeiro (born February 10, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 45th overall, Ribeiro has also played in the NHL for the Canadiens, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Ribeiro with the Stars

Ribeiro, a centre, was drafted 45th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. On September 30, 2006, the Canadiens traded Ribeiro and a sixth-round draft pick in 2008 to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Janne Niinimaa and a fifth-round draft pick in 2007.[1]

In the 2006–07 season, Ribero led Dallas in points, with 59. On July 12, the Stars signed Ribeiro to a one-year, $2.8 million contract extension for the 2007–08 season.[2]

On January 7, 2008, Ribeiro and the Stars agreed to a new five-year, $25 million contract extension. Ribeiro went on to establish career highs in goals (27), assists (56) and points (83) that season and earned his first NHL All-Star Game appearance.

Although often critiqued for his lack of toughness, the 2008–09 season also saw Ribeiro breakout in the shootout, particularly with highlight reel performances in games against the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche.

On June 22, 2012, during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, in the final year of his contract, Ribeiro was traded by the Stars to the Washington Capitals for Cody Eakin and a 2012 second-round draft pick (54th overall).[3] Alongside the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Bäckström, Ribeiro scored prolifically with the Capitals, averaging over a point-per-game with 49 in 48 games.

On July 2, 2013, seeking a long-term deal, the Capitals allowed Ribeiro to become an unrestricted free agent. On July 5, 2013, the Phoenix Coyotes signed Ribeiro to a four-year, $22 million contract with a limited no-movement clause, which re-united him with his former head coach whilst with the Stars, Dave Tippett. In his first season with the Coyotes in 2013–14, Ribeiro failed to reproduce his scoring pace of the previous year, scoring 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games.

On June 27, 2014, Ribeiro was bought-out by the Coyotes after only the first year of his four-year contract due to behavioural issues related to alcohol use.[4][5] As a free agent, Ribeiro signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators worth an average annual value of $1.05 million on July 15, 2014.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mike has three children (Mikael, Noah and Viktoria) with his wife Tamara. He is of Portuguese descent.

In 2015, a lawsuit was brought against Ribeiro for allegedly assaulting his nanny.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Ribeiro with the Capitals in 2013.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 67 40 85 125 55 6 3 1 4 0
1998–99 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 69 67 100 167 137 11 5 11 16 12
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 5 0 1 1 2
1999–00 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 2 1 3 4 0
1999–00 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 21 17 28 45 30 11 3 20 23 38
1999–00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 3 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 1 1 2 2
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 74 26 40 66 44 9 1 5 6 23
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 23 9 14 23 36 3 0 3 3 0
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 8 10 18 12
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 3 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 5 12 17 6
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 20 45 65 34 11 2 1 3 18
2004–05 Espoo Blues SM-l 17 8 9 17 4
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 16 35 51 36 6 0 2 2 0
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 81 18 41 59 22 7 0 3 3 4
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 76 27 56 83 46 18 3 14 17 16
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 82 22 56 78 52
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 66 19 34 53 38
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 82 19 52 71 28
2011–12 Dallas Stars NHL 74 18 45 63 66
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 48 13 36 49 53 7 1 1 2 10
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 16 31 47 52
NHL totals 876 205 460 665 457 49 6 21 27 48

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2000 Umea
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Canada WJC 3rd 7 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 7 0 2 2 0

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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