June 14, 1987 |
Brookfield, WI, USA
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)|
New York Islanders
Joel Rechlicz (born June 14, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey player currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played under contract with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League (AHL). Rechlicz is well known for playing the enforcer role and is billed as a tough as nails type of player. By signing a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders in May 2008, Rechlicz became the first player from the reestablished but now defunct International Hockey League to play a game in the National Hockey League. Along with the Islanders, he has also played with the Washington Capitals.
Before embarking on junior hockey, Joel briefly played high school hockey for Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, Wisconsin. From there, at the age of 16, he went on to play for the St. Paul Lakers in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. From there the climb up the hockey ladder started. Rechlicz played three games in the North American Hockey League for the Santa Fe Roadrunners in 2004-05. He then moved onto the Northern Michigan Black Bears of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for a season and a half. He had brief stops with the Des Moines Buccaneers and Indiana Ice of the USHL in 2005-06. He got his first taste of major junior hockey with a brief call up to the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL in 2006.
Rechlicz played major junior hockey for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) at age 19. After the completion of the 2006-07 junior season, Rechlicz made his professional debut with the Chicago Hounds of the UHL. He played two games with the Chicago Hounds in 2006-07 and then began the 2007-08 season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the newly created International Hockey League. Although he received little ice time during his 25-game stint with Kalamazoo, Rechlicz received a call-up from the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.
Before the 2008-09 season, Rechlicz signed a three-year entry-level contract with the New York Islanders. On March 5, 2009, Rechlicz made his NHL debut with the Islanders, recording an assist in the game. Rechlicz went on to play 17 games in the NHL that season, with stops in the ECHL and AHL.
During the 2009-10 season, Rechlicz made the Islanders roster out of training camp and started the year in the NHL. After six appearances he was assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for more playing time.
On July 13, 2010, Rechlicz and the Islanders came to a mutual agreement of the termination of his contract for reasons unknown and was put on unconditional waivers. Rechlicz became an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers on July 14, 2010.
After signing with affiliate Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals brought up Rechlicz midway through the season. After three games Washington placed Joel Rechlicz on waivers and he was sent down to return to the Bears on February 4, 2012.
On July 12, 2012, Rechlicz signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. During the 2012–13 season, On April 2, 2013, the Coyotes traded him to return to the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Matt Clackson. On June 26, 2013, he was given a one-year extension with the Capitals.
An unrestricted free agent, Rechlicz signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild on July 2, 2014. Rechlicz failed to feature with Minnesota, playing the duration of his contract with AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild.
After signing a one-year AHL deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins, on October 5, 2015, Rechlicz was suspended three games by the AHL for a charging incident in a preseason game against the Lake Erie Monsters.
Rechlicz continued his tenure in the AHL, signing as a free agent with the Bakersfield Condors on August 31, 2016.
|2004–05||Santa Fe Roadrunners||NAHL||3||0||1||1||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Northern Michigan Black Bears||NOJHL||25||3||1||4||54||14||2||2||4||16|
|2005–06||Northern Michigan Black Bears||NOJHL||6||0||2||2||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Des Moines Buccaneers||USHL||2||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Albany River Rats||AHL||25||0||1||1||106||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||4||0||0||0||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New York Islanders||NHL||17||0||1||1||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||6||0||0||0||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||21||0||0||0||128||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||12||0||0||0||35||—||—||—||—||—|
- May 6, 2008 - signed by the New York Islanders as a free agent to a three-year entry level deal
- July 13, 2010 - Rechlicz and Islanders agree to a mutual termination of his contract.
- July 29, 2010 - signs a contract with the Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, the top affiliate of the Washington Capitals.
- January 30, 2012 - signs a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals.
- July 11, 2012 - signs a one-year two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.
- April 2, 2013 - traded to the Washington Capitals.
- June 26, 2013 - signs a one- year contract extension with the Washington Capitals.
- July 2, 2014 - signs a one-year two way contract with the Minnesota Wild.
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- "Coyotes agree to terms with Rechlicz". Phoenix Coyotes. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "Capitals re-sign Joel Rechlicz". Washington Capitals. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
- "Wild signs Rechlicz on a two-way deal". Minnesota Wild. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
- "Griffins lose player to suspension with opener ahead Friday". MLive. 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- "Condors sign Joel Rechlicz". Bakersfield Condors. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
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