February 20, 1989 |
St. Pie, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||167 lb (76 kg; 11 st 13 lb)|
|EIHL team||Dundee Stars|
|NHL Draft||142nd overall, 2009
Riopel began his major junior career with the Moncton Wildcats in 2005–06, appearing in 5 games. He shared starts with the older Jhase Sniderman in his rookie season in 2006–07 before taking the starting position in 2007–08. In his third season with the Wildcats, Riopel emerged with a record-setting and award-winning campaign. Along with his 43 wins, which helped Moncton to an Atlantic Division title, and .930 save percentage, he established a league record with a 2.01 goals against average, far surpassing Martin Houle of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles previous record of 2.32, set in 2003–04. Riopel was awarded the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy for having the lowest GAA in the league and the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy as player of the year. Selected in the 5th round, 142nd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Riopel began the 2009–2010 season by claiming a spot in training camp with the Flyers' top AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. After posting a 4-6-0 record with a 3.35 GAA and a 0.893 save percentage in back-up duty to Johan Backlund, Riopel was loaned back to his Junior club, the Moncton Wildcats, on December 17, 2009.
After attending both the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp and then the Adirondack Phantoms' training camp, Riopel was assigned to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. However, after performing extremely well in "AA" hockey, he was recalled after Greg Gilbert was released as head coach of the Phantoms to replace Brian Stewart. Since, he has become the starting netminder for the Glens Falls team after an injury to starter Johan Backlund.
After Flyers Stanley Cup goaltender Michael Leighton was waived and sent to the Adirondack Phantoms on January 4, 2011, the logjam at the position saw Riopel returned to Greenville.
Since Riopel wasn't signed to an entry-level contract by June 1, 2011, the Flyers no longer hold his NHL rights. He signed a contract with the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors in the summer of 2011.
- Won the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy (QMJHL's lowest GAA) in 2008–09.
- Won the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy (QMJHL player of the year) in 2009.
|2010–11||Greenville Road Warriors||ECHL||38||24||12||2||2301||107||2||2.79||.906|
|2010–11||Greenville Road Warriors||ECHL||7||4||3||436||18||0||2.48||.910|
- "Wildcats goalie Nicola Riopel captures QMJHL player of the year award". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-05-23.[dead link]
- Bill Meltzer (2011-06-05). "Meltzer's Musings: Goaltending Prospects (Part I of II)". Hockey Buzz. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
- Nicola Riopel's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Nicola Riopel's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Nicola Riopel's player profile at NHL.com
- Nicola Riopel's player profile at TSN.ca
|Awards and achievements|
|Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy
|Michel Brière Memorial Trophy