Nick Ritchie

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Nick Ritchie
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Born (1995-12-05) December 5, 1995 (age 23)
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 234 lb (106 kg; 16 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2014
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2015–present

Nicholas Ritchie (Rit-ch-e) (born December 5, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey power forward currently playing with the Anaheim Ducks in the National Hockey League (NHL). Ritchie was selected by the Ducks in the first round, tenth overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother, Brett Ritchie, was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in the second round, 44th overall.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ritchie was a top rated prospect who was ranked seventh on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau final list of 2014 NHL Draft eligible North American skaters.[1] Ritchie was selected tenth overall by the Anaheim Ducks.

On August 2, 2014, the Ducks signed Ritchie to a three-year, entry-level contract.[2]

On January 7, 2015, Ritchie was traded by the Peterborough Petes to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, along with teammate Connor Boland, in exchange for Kyle Jenkins and four draft picks.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Anaheim Ducks[edit]

Ritchie made his NHL debut on November 16, 2015, against the Carolina Hurricanes.[4] He recorded his first NHL point on December 1, 2015, against the Vancouver Canucks.[5]

Ritchie was recalled to the NHL on April 5, 2017, to replace an injured Nate Thompson.[6] On April 6, Ritchie was suspended two games for roughing Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Michal Rozsíval, and had to miss the last game of the regular season against the Los Angeles Kings.[6] Ritchie was ejected from Game 6 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals for boarding Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson.[7] The Ducks ended up being eliminated that game and the Predators went on to the Stanley Cup Finals.[8]

On October 19, 2018, the Ducks signed Ritchie to a three-year, $4.6 million contract, ending his holdout. Ritchie missed the team's first seven games of the season.[9]

International career[edit]

During the 2012–13 season, Ritchie played with the Canada men's national under-18 ice hockey team to win gold medals at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Ritchie comes from a hockey playing family as his older brother Brett was drafted in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and his father, Paul, played hockey in the Ontario Hockey League and now coaches.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Georgetown Raiders OJHL 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Peterborough Petes OHL 62 16 23 39 60
2012–13 Peterborough Petes OHL 41 18 17 35 50
2013–14 Peterborough Petes OHL 61 39 35 74 136 11 5 5 10 24
2014–15 Peterborough Petes OHL 25 14 18 32 69
2014–15 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 23 15 15 30 44 14 13 13 26 28
2015–16 San Diego Gulls AHL 38 16 14 30 59 9 5 3 8 20
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 33 2 2 4 37
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 77 14 14 28 62 15 4 0 4 46
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 76 10 17 27 72 4 0 0 0 8
2018–19 Anaheim Ducks NHL 60 9 22 31 82
NHL totals 246 35 55 90 253 19 4 0 4 54
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2013 Russia
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2012 Piešťany
Representing Ontario Canada Ontario
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Windsor

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada Ontario WHC17 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 1 2 3 2
2012 Canada IH18 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 1 1 2 31
2013 Canada WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 1 3 4 10
2015 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 1 0 1 6
Junior totals 19 4 6 10 49

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
All-Rookie First Team 2011–12 [11]
International
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal 2012 [12]
IIHF World U18 Championships Gold Medal 2013 [13]
IIHF World U20 Championships Gold Medal 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Central Scouting Service 2014 Draft North American skaters final rankings". National Hockey League. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Ducks Sign Ritchie to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract". Anaheim Ducks. August 2, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Petes trade Ritchie to Greyhounds". National Hockey League. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  4. ^ Stephens, Eric (November 16, 2015). "Ducks' Nick Ritchie makes NHL debut". Orange County Register. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Halliday, Chris (December 1, 2015). "Orangeville native Nick Ritchie lands on first NHL scoresheet". orangeville.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Arritt, Dan (April 14, 2017). "Nick Ritchie set to return for Ducks against Flames". NHL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ducks' Nick Ritchie ejected for hitting Arvidsson from behind". sportsnet.ca. May 22, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Stanley, Robby (May 23, 2017). "Predators oust Ducks to reach first Stanley Cup Final". NHL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Teaford, Elliott. "Ducks get healthier, sign Nick Ritchie to new contract, defeat Islanders". Orange County Register. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Mentesana, Frank (July 13, 2011). "Ritchie's success a family affair". NHL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ritchie, Nosad named to OHL All Rookie teams". Peterborough Examiner. April 5, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  12. ^ "22 CHL Players win 2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Gold". Canadian Hockey League. September 2, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team wins gold medal at 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship". Hockey Canada. May 2, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shea Theodore
Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Jacob Larsson