June 4, 1972|
Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)|
Minnesota North Stars|
Detroit Red Wings
|National team||United States|
8th overall, 1990|
Minnesota North Stars
Derian John Hatcher (born June 4, 1972) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. He currently serves as the head coach of the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.
He is the younger brother of former NHL player Kevin Hatcher, with whom he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on October 21, 2010. In 2015 Hatcher and David Legwand, a fellow OHL alumnus, NHL player, and Michigan native, purchased and became co-owners of the Sting.
Hatcher was known as a physical defenseman and a strong bodychecker and used his intimidating size to good effect. He was drafted in the 1st round as the 8th overall selection by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and scored in his NHL debut game on October 12, 1991. Hatcher played for the North Stars and went with them when they moved to Dallas in 1993.
He played another 10 years for the Dallas Stars, collecting 71 goals, 223 assists, 1,380 penalty minutes, and captained the Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999. In doing so, he became the first American-born captain to win the Stanley Cup. In July 2003, Hatcher signed with the Detroit Red Wings for a five-year, $30 million contract. A knee injury in just the third game of the season forced Hatcher to miss most of the year, playing in just 15 regular season games with the Red Wings.
In 2004, due to the cancellation of the NHL season, Hatcher, along with fellow Detroit Red Wings teammates Chris Chelios and Kris Draper, decided to play minor league hockey with the Motor City Mechanics based out of Fraser, Michigan.
On January 29, 2006, Hatcher was named interim captain of the Flyers. He served as captain for the rest of the 2005–06 season due to the absence of injured captain Keith Primeau. Hatcher has also served as an alternate captain for the Flyers.
Suffering from a right knee injury, he missed the entire 2008–09 NHL season. Hatcher later returned as a "co-coach" for the playoffs. After having replacement surgery on the same knee on June 1, 2009, Hatcher said that he would most likely not return to playing hockey.
On June 15, 2009, Hatcher formally announced his retirement from the National Hockey League, this was announced with the Dallas Stars. He will remain in the Flyers organization as a player development coach, taking a job vacated by another former Flyer defenseman and captain, Éric Desjardins, who resigned to pursue business interests.
Hatcher remains the longest-serving captain in the history of the Dallas Stars and their predecessors, the Minnesota North Stars.
- Played in NHL All-Star Game - 1997
- 1999 Stanley Cup champion
- NHL Second All-Star Team - 2003
- Inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame - 2010
Regular season and playoffs
|1989–90||North Bay Centennials||OHL||64||14||38||52||45||5||2||3||5||8|
|1990–91||North Bay Centennials||OHL||64||13||50||63||163||10||2||10||12||28|
|1991–92||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||43||7||5||12||88||5||0||2||2||8|
|1992–93||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||67||4||15||19||178||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||15||0||4||4||8||12||0||1||1||15|
|2004–05||Motor City Mechanics||UHL||24||5||12||17||27||—||—||—||—||—|
A native Michigander, Hatcher continues to live in the state today. He and his brother Kevin Hatcher, also a former NHL player, previously owned a bar/restaurant in Utica, Michigan.
- "Flyers' Hatcher retires, joins coaching staff". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
He won a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and is the only American-born player to captain a team to a championship.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Minnesota North Stars first round draft pick
| Philadelphia Flyers captain
While Primeau was injured
| Dallas Stars captain
NOTE: The 1994–95 NHL season began with Mark Tinordi as captain of the Dallas Stars, but he was traded to the Washington Capitals in January 1995. Broten was then named captain, but was traded to the New Jersey Devils in February 1995, and then Hatcher was named captain. In addition, Hatcher served as captain of the Philadelphia Flyers for most of the 2005–06 season after Keith Primeau suffered a near career-ending injury.