Richard Matvichuk

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Richard Matvichuk
Born (1973-02-05) February 5, 1973 (age 41)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Dallas Stars
New Jersey Devils
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1991
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1992–2008

Richard Dorian Matvichuk (born February 5, 1973) is a Canadian former National Hockey League Defenseman and current Head Coach of the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League.[1] He played 14 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, and the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Although he was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Richard was raised in the nearby city of Fort Saskatchewan.[2][3] Matvichuk was drafted eighth overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, and made the transition, along with several other players, including Mike Modano and Derian Hatcher, to the franchise's move to Dallas, and played 733 regular season games as a Dallas Star.[2][4][5] Matvichuk played 12 years for the Stars, scoring 38 goals and 129 assists, although a rather low average of penalty minutes, when compared with his physical style of play.[2][6]

Matvichuk was also a part of the 1999 Stanley Cup winning team which brought Dallas their first championship trophy.[2] He became a free agent in the 2004 NHL off season.[2] He was later signed by the New Jersey Devils, making a similar Stars to Devils transition as Jamie Langenbrunner and Joe Nieuwendyk.[2][4][7] He missed all but the last game of the 2006–07 season after having back surgery.[2] He was released by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2008 preseason, when he was there on a tryout basis.[8]

Coaching[edit]

On May 4, 2012, Matvichuk was announced as the Assistant General Manager and Defensive Coach of CHL's Allen Americans.[9] On June 12, 2014, he was named the head coach of the CHL's Missouri Mavericks.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Saskatoon Blades WHL 56 8 24 32 126 10 2 8 10 16
1990–91 Saskatoon Blades WHL 68 13 36 49 117
1991–92 Saskatoon Blades WHL 58 14 40 54 126 22 1 9 10 61
1992–93 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 3 0 1 1 6
1992–93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 53 2 3 5 26
1993–94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 43 8 17 25 84
1993–94 Dallas Stars NHL 25 0 3 3 22 7 1 1 2 12
1994–95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 17 0 6 6 16
1994–95 Dallas Stars NHL 14 0 2 2 14 5 0 2 2 4
1995–96 Dallas Stars NHL 73 6 16 22 71
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 57 5 7 12 87 7 0 1 1 20
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 74 3 15 18 63 16 1 1 2 14
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 64 3 9 12 51 22 1 5 6 20
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 70 4 21 25 42 23 2 5 7 14
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 78 4 16 20 62 10 0 0 0 14
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 82 9 12 21 52
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 68 1 5 6 58 12 0 3 3 8
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 75 1 20 21 36 5 0 1 1 8
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 62 1 10 11 40 7 0 0 0 4
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 10
2007–08 Lowell Devils AHL 42 1 3 4 40
NHL totals 796 39 139 178 624 123 5 19 24 128

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Canada WJC 4 0 0 0 2
2002 Canada WC 7 1 0 1 6
Junior int'l totals 4 0 0 0 2
Senior int'l totals 7 1 0 1 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mavericks Introduce Richard Matvichuk as New Head Coach". OurSportsCentral.com. June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Richard Matvichuk". LegendsOfHockey.net. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Grisson, Melissa (2013). "Getting to Know: Richard Matvichuk". BlackoutDallas.com. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "2011 Hockey Hall of Fame: Joe Nieuwendyk". New Jersey Devils. March 8, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Derian Hatcher". Team USA. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Althaus, Bill (June 13, 2012). "Bill Althaus: New Coach Could be What Mavs Need to Reach The Next Level". The Examiner. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Allen, Kevin (November 11, 2011). "Dallas Honors One of Its Greatest Stars: Mike Modano". TeamUSA. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Reed, Tom (October 6, 2008). "Jackets Notebook: Chimera's Gaffe, Goal Highlight Win". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Americans Make Changes at the Top". OurSportsCentral.com. May 4, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Derian Hatcher
Minnesota North Stars first round draft pick
1991
Succeeded by
Todd Harvey