Mike Ricci

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Mike Ricci
Born (1971-10-27) October 27, 1971 (age 42)
Scarborough, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks
Phoenix Coyotes
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1990
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1990–2007

Michael Ricci (born October 27, 1971) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Ricci grew up in Scarborough, Ontario and attended St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic school and Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute. He played hockey in the former Metro Toronto Hockey League (now Greater Toronto Hockey League) and was a 2nd round pick of the OHL's Peterborough Petes in 1987 after a strong season with the Toronto Marlboros Bantams.

Ricci was also a talented soccer player growing up playing for the Scarborough Blues program with his cousin, Paul Peschisolido,[1] who would go on to a solid international career. Ricci's father Mario was a professional soccer player in Italy before emigrating to Canada.

Ricci was selected 4th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He had just completed three stellar seasons with the Peterborough Petes, and was dubbed a cannot-miss prospect. Ricci lasted only two years in Philadelphia, as in the summer of 1992 he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in the Eric Lindros blockbuster trade.

Ricci would have a career year in his first season with the Nordiques, scoring 78 points. The next season, 1993–94, he would score a career-high 30 goals, with 5 of those coming in one game against the San Jose Sharks. In 1996, Ricci and the Colorado Avalanche would win a Stanley Cup following the franchise's relocation from Quebec. On November 21, 1997, Ricci would begin a new endeavor with the Sharks, the same team against whom he had scored 5 goals.

Ricci quickly became an elite defensive centreman with San Jose, but he never was able to regain the offensive prowess of his earlier years. Ricci was an essential cog to San Jose's success, and was there when the team made its first trip to the Western Conference Final in 2004. San Jose fans admired Ricci for his gritty style of play and were saddened when he was let go.

In 2005, Ricci switched his uniform number to 40 in honor of former National Football League (NFL) player Pat Tillman, who was killed in action while serving for the U.S. Army.[2] The two had met in San Jose. Ricci played the 2005–06 season with the Phoenix Coyotes.

On August 13, 2007, Ricci announced his retirement after telling The Peterborough Examiner that he had not recovered from neck surgery as well as he had hoped.[3]

Ricci rejoined the San Jose Sharks organization in the 2007–08 season as an advisor,[4] and was introduced at the Sharks' rescheduled Opening Night festivities on October 18, 2007.

Mike Ricci is known for donning a witch's hat in a commercial for ESPN. He is also known for his long hair, and his resemblance to Geddy Lee.

Acting[edit]

Ricci had a bit-part as Elmer Lach in the 2005 Quebec film The Rocket, about the life of Maurice Richard.[5] Out of several NHL players who appear in the film, Ricci and Sean Avery are the only ones with any dialogue.

Awards[edit]

  • Stanley Cup champion – 1996
  • Named to the OHL Second All-Star Team (1989)
  • Named to the OHL First All-Star Team (1990)
  • Named the OHL MVP (1990)
  • Named the Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year (1990)

Records[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
1986–87 Toronto Marlboros OHL 38 39 42 81 27
1987–88 Peterborough Petes OHL 41 24 37 61 20 12 7 6 13 12
1988–89 Peterborough Petes OHL 60 54 52 106 43 17 19 16 35 18
1989–90 Peterborough Petes OHL 60 52 64 116 39
1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 68 21 20 41 64
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 20 36 56 93
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 27 51 78 123 6 0 6 6 8
1993–94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 83 30 21 51 113
1994–95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 48 15 21 36 40 6 1 3 4 8
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 6 21 27 52 22 6 11 17 18
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 63 13 19 32 59 17 2 4 6 17
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 6 0 4 4 2
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 59 9 14 23 30 6 1 3 4 6
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 13 26 39 68 6 2 3 5 10
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 20 24 44 60 12 5 1 6 2
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 22 22 44 60 6 0 3 3 0
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 19 34 53 44 12 4 6 10 4
2002–03 San Jose Sharks NHL 75 11 23 34 53
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 71 7 19 26 40 17 2 3 5 4
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 10 6 16 69
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7 0 1 1 4
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1099 243 362 605 979 110 23 43 66 77
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 1994 Bolzano
World Junior Championships
Gold 1990 Helsinki

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Canada WJC 7 5 2 7 6
1990 Canada WJC 5 0 4 4 0
1994 Canada WC 8 2 1 3 8
Junior int'l totals 12 5 6 11 6
Senior int'l totals 8 2 1 3 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivett, Al (2008-05-14). "Pesch ponders his next move". newsdurhamregion.com. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (2004-09-09). "Tillman was killed April 22 in Afghanistan". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  3. ^ Clifford, Dale (2007-08-14). "Ricci retires from NHL". The Peterborough Examiner. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  4. ^ Wharnsby, Tim (October 13, 2007). "Pair of old warriors join Sharks". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  5. ^ Canadian Press (2006-04-19). "Ricci, Avery, Lecavalier have roles in 'The Rocket'". CTV. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 

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Preceded by
Bryan Fogarty
CHL Player of the Year
1990
Succeeded by
Eric Lindros
Preceded by
Claude Boivin
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
1990
Succeeded by
Peter Forsberg
Preceded by
Owen Nolan
San Jose Sharks captain
2003
first 10 games
Succeeded by
Vincent Damphousse