Richard Park

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Richard Park
2012-01-20 Richard Park.JPG
Born (1976-05-27) May 27, 1976 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota Wild
Vancouver Canucks
New York Islanders
National team  United States
NHL Draft 50th overall, 1994
Pittsburgh Penguins[1]
Playing career 1995–2014

Richard Park (Korean: 박용수, Bak Yong-Su; born May 27, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea) is a Korean-born American former professional ice hockey forward who played 14 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with six different teams. He is currently a Player Development Coach for the Minnesota Wild organization.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Park moved to Rancho Palos Verdes, California with his family at the age of three. After ten years in the United States, at the age of 13, he moved to Ontario, Canada, where he played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). Park attended De La Salle College and captained their hockey team. He eventually worked his way up to the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and played for Belleville from 1992–93 to 1995–96.

He was drafted into the NHL following his second OHL season by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, 50th overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut when he played one regular season game and three playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1994–95. Park became only the second Korean-born person to play in the NHL after Jim Paek. Coincidentally, both of them were drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Park played most of the next season, 1995–96, in the NHL totaling 56 games. Those 56 games would be the most he would play in the NHL until the 2001–02 when he joined the Minnesota Wild as he spent the next few years bouncing around the minors and different NHL teams. During that time, he played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and various IHL and AHL teams.

Park with the Vancouver Canucks in 2005.

He spent three seasons in Minnesota from 2001–02 to 2003–04 where he achieved career highs in games played (81), goals scored (14), assists earned (15), and points totaled (25). During the Wild's cinderella run in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Park scored the winning goal in overtime in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Colorado Avalanche.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Park played in Europe as a member of Team USA who went on to capture the 2004 Deutschland Cup.[3] He would go on to sign short term contracts in Sweden and Switzerland with the Malmö Redhawks and SCL Tigers. On August 8, 2005 prior to the 2005–06 season, Park signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks for US$750,000. At the end of his contract with Vancouver, he signed a two-year deal with the New York Islanders.

On March 29, 2008, Park was named the recipient of the Bob Nystrom Award, awarded annually to the Islander "who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication." Park usually plays in a penalty killing role and is considered an above-average skater. He also served as the Islanders alternate captain in the 2008–09 season.

On September 9, 2010, Park left the NHL after 684 career games, signing a three-year contract as a free agent with Genève-Servette HC of the NLA, marking his return to Switzerland after a brief stint during the 2004 lockout.[4]

On September 8, 2011, Park made a return to the NHL signing a one year, two-way contract for a second stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[5]

In August 2012, Park signed a two-year deal to return to the Swiss National League A with HC Ambri-Piotta.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Richard Park on the Nassau Coliseum ice, playing for the New York Islanders.
    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Belleville Bulls OHL 66 23 38 61 38 5 0 0 0 14
1993–94 Belleville Bulls OHL 59 27 49 76 70 12 3 5 8 18
1994–95 Belleville Bulls OHL 45 28 51 79 35 16 9 18 27 12
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 2
1995–96 Belleville Bulls OHL 6 7 6 13 2 14 18 12 30 10
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 56 4 6 10 36 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 50 12 15 27 30
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 11 1 1 2 10 11 0 1 1 2
1997–98 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 56 17 26 43 36
1997–98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 15 0 2 2 8
1998–99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 75 41 42 83 33 16 9 6 15 4
1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Utah Grizzlies IHL 82 28 32 60 36 5 1 0 1 0
2000–01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 75 27 21 48 29 4 0 2 2 4
2001–02 Houston Aeros AHL 13 4 10 14 6
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 63 10 15 25 10
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 14 10 24 16 18 3 3 6 4
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 73 13 12 25 28
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 9 1 3 4 4
2004–05 SCL Tigers NLA 10 3 0 3 8
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 8 10 18 29
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 82 10 16 26 33 5 0 1 1 2
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 82 12 20 32 20
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 71 14 17 31 34
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 81 9 22 31 28
2010–11 HC Geneve-Servette NLA 47 15 19 34 16 3 2 1 3 2
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 7 7 14 12 2 0 1 1 2
2012–13 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 48 9 22 31 18
2013–14 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 41 12 17 29 22 4 1 0 1 29
NHL totals 738 102 139 241 266 40 3 6 9 12

International[edit]

Richard Park
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1994 United States WJC 7 3 2 5 4
1995 United States WJC 7 1 7 8 29
2002 United States WC 7 3 3 6 0
2004 United States WC 9 5 3 8 0
2005 United States WC 5 1 0 1 0
2006 United States WC 7 1 1 2 0
Junior int'l totals 14 4 9 13 33
Senior int'l totals 28 10 7 17 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "RICHARD PARK JOINS WILD STAFF, BICKEL ASSIGNED TO IOWA". Iowa Wild. October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Team USA blanks Slovakia, 4-0, to win Deutschland Cup". CSTV. 2004-11-05. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Richard Park signs three-year deal with Swiss team". The Sports Network. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  5. ^ "Penguins sign Park to one-year deal". NHL.com. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 

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Preceded by
Andrew Brunette
Minnesota Wild captain
December 2003
Succeeded by
Brad Bombardir