Richard Clune

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Richard Clune
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Born (1987-04-25) April 25, 1987 (age 27)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 71st overall, 2005
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2007–present

Richard Clune (born April 25, 1987) is a professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Clune was drafted in the second round of the 2003 OHL Priority Selection (29th overall) by the Sarnia Sting. During the 2003–04 season, Clune scored three goals and 16 points, as well as 72 penalty minutes, in 58 games. In 2004–05, his second year with the Sting, Clune finished the season with 21 goals and 34 points in 68 games and added 103 penalty minutes, fourth most on the team, as well as winning the Bobby Smith Trophy, emblematic of the OHL's scholastic player of the year. In April 2005, Clune represented Canada at the World Under-18s in the Czech Republic; Canada won a silver medal, losing in the gold-medal game to the United States.

Clune was drafted in the third round (71st overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars on July 30, 2005, despite not playing at the CHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver. In August 2005, Clune yet again represented Canada in the Czech Republic, this time at the Junior World Cup of Hockey. This time, Canada won gold, winning it over the host team.

Despite Clune's splendid season of 20 goals, 52 points and 126 penalty minutes in 61 games in 2005–06, Sarnia finished last in the OHL standings and Clune demanded a trade. On September 20, 2006, Clune was traded to the Barrie Colts for Mike Roelofsen and three draft picks.

In October, the Colts honoured Clune with the team's monthly sportsmanship award. One incident in late October, however, showed anything but sportsmanship. On October 28, 2006, during a game against London, Clune scored an empty-net goal to secure a 5–3 victory for Barrie. He then proceeded to get down and do pushups on the ice.[1] However, Clune had had his best season offensively. He scored a career-high 32 goals and 46 assists for a career-best 78 points in 67 games.

Professional[edit]

On March 25, 2007, Clune signed a three-year entry level contract with Dallas Stars. He made his professional hockey debut on April 14 with the Iowa Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate. Clune ended the 2007–08 season splitting time between Iowa and the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

On July 21, 2008 he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Lauri Tukonen.[2] After suffering a chest injury at training camp on October 6, 2008, Clune wasn't assigned to the Kings' affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, until November 19, 2008.[3]

During the 2010 playoffs, Clune made a four brief appearances in their first round loss to the Vancouver Canucks, but is noted for his fight in Game 5 with Rick Rypien.

Prior to the 2012–13 lockout shortened season, Clune was picked up off waivers from the Kings by the Nashville Predators on January 15, 2013.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 3 13 16 72 5 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Sarnia Sting OHL 67 21 13 34 103
2005–06 Sarnia Sting OHL 61 20 32 52 126
2006–07 Barrie Colts OHL 67 32 46 78 151 8 3 4 7 8
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 19 1 9 10 41
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 38 3 5 8 137
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 35 3 6 9 87
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 44 4 10 14 126
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 0 2 2 26 4 0 0 0 5
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 66 8 14 22 222 7 0 3 3 6
2011–12 Manchester Monarchs AHL 56 6 9 15 253 4 0 0 0 14
2012–13 Manchester Monarchs AHL 35 2 5 7 98
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 47 4 5 9 113
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 58 3 4 7 166
NHL totals 119 7 11 18 305 4 0 0 0 5

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
Bobby Smith Trophy 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stars junior prospects update". hockeysfuture.com. 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Los Angeles Kings acquire Clune from Dallas". kings.nhl.com. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Clune activated from IR; assigned". kings.nhl.com. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Nashville Predators pick up Rich Clune on waivers". Nashville Predators. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 

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