Tony Hrkac

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Tony Hrkac
Born (1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 48)
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
Quebec Nordiques
San Jose Sharks
Chicago Blackhawks
Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft 32nd overall, 1984
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1987–2005
2009–2010
Website http://www.hrkac.com

Anthony John Hrkac (/ˈhɜrkəs/; born July 7, 1966) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player of Croatian and Ukrainian ancestry.[1][2] who played eighteen season of professional hockey.

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

Hrkac was drafted in the second round, 32nd overall, by the St. Louis Blues in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Hrkac played collegiately at the University of North Dakota, and was the recipient of the Hobey Baker Award for top men's collegiate hockey player during the 1986–87 season. He led the team—widely known during this period as the "Hrkac Circus" (the name rhymes) [3] — to a national championship and his 116 points that season still stands as the NCAA single-season scoring mark.

National Hockey League[edit]

He made his National Hockey League debut with the Blues during the 1987 NHL playoffs, appearing in three games. After two-plus seasons with the Blues, he was traded (along with Greg Millen) to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for Jeff Brown.

In his NHL career, Hrkac would play for the Blues, Nordiques, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and Atlanta Thrashers. Hrkac's rights were also briefly owned by the Pittsburgh Penguins when they acquired him and Bobby Dollas from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Josef Beranek. On June 26, ten days after initially acquiring Hrkac, the Penguins lost Hrkac to the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.[4][5] Less than two weeks later, Hrkac was moved once again; this time to the Dallas Stars. He was traded on July 9, 1998 for future considerations.[5]

In 758 career NHL games, Hrkac scored 132 goals and added 239 assists. He also appeared in 41 playoff games, scoring seven goals and adding seven assists. Four of those seven goals came in one game against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 10, 1988, setting a St. Louis Blues record for most goals scored in a playoff game by one player. Hrkac was a member of the 1998–99 Dallas Stars team which won the Stanley Cup.

American Hockey League[edit]

Hrkac returned to the minor leagues in 2003 after he was unable to sign with an NHL club. He was a key player on the Calder Cup champion Milwaukee Admirals in 2003–04. While there were rumors that the St. Louis Blues were seeking to sign him for one last stint with his original team, Hrkac retired after the 2004–05 season.

Hrkac came out of retirement for the 2008–09 season, at the age of 42, by signing with the AHL's Houston Aeros on March 11, 2009.[6][7]

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1986–87
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1986–87

Coaching career[edit]

On September 19, 2006, Concordia University officials announced that the university added Division III men’s and women’s hockey to its sports line-up for the 2007–2008 school year. Tony Hrkac was named the first men’s hockey coach in Concordia history [8] serving as coach until February, 2012, with a coaching record of 10-109-10 while at Concordia.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 U. of North Dakota WCHA 36 18 36 54 16
1985–86 Canadian Nat Intl 62 19 30 49 36
1986–87 U. of North Dakota WCHA 48 46 70 116 48
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 11 37 48 22 10 6 1 7 4
1988–89 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 17 28 45 8 4 1 1 2 0
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 5 12 17 8
1989–90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 22 4 8 12 2
1989–90 Halifax Citadels AHL 20 12 21 33 4 6 5 9 14 4
1990–91 Halifax Citadels AHL 3 4 1 5 2
1990–91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 70 16 32 48 16
1991–92 San Jose Sharks NHL 22 2 10 12 4
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 18 1 2 3 6 3 0 0 0 2
1992–93 Indianapolis Ice IHL 80 45 87 132 70 5 0 2 2 2
1993–94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 45 30 51 81 25 1 1 2 3 0
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 6 5 11 8 4 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 71 24 67 91 26 15 4 9 13 16
1995–96 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 43 14 28 42 18 5 1 3 4 4
1996–97 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 81 27 61 88 20 3 1 1 2 2
1997–98 Michigan K-Wings IHL 20 7 15 22 6
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 13 5 3 8 0
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 36 8 11 19 10 12 0 3 3 2
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 69 13 14 27 26 5 0 2 2 4
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 7 0 2 2 0
1999–00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 60 4 7 11 8
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 13 25 38 29
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 80 18 26 44 12
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 80 9 17 26 14
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 68 20 39 59 20 22 8 12 20 8
2004–05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 77 12 28 40 14 6 0 1 1 8
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 12 2 2 4 4 19 4 10 14 8
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 17 0 3 3 4
NHL totals 758 132 239 371 173 41 7 7 14 12

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dallas Gaume
WCHA Player of the Year
1986–87
Succeeded by
Robb Stauber
Preceded by
Scott Fusco
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Robb Stauber
Preceded by
Mike Donnelly
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
1987
Succeeded by
Bruce Hoffort