April 25, 1987 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||71st overall, 2005
Richard Clune (born April 25, 1987) is a professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Clune has played over 350 AHL games and 120 NHL games since his professional debut in 2006.
Clune was drafted in the second round of the 2003 OHL Priority Selection (29th overall) by the Sarnia Sting. During the 2003–04 season, Clune scored three goals and 16 points, as well as 72 penalty minutes, in 58 games. In 2004–05, his second year with the Sting, Clune finished the season with 21 goals and 34 points in 68 games and added 103 penalty minutes, fourth most on the team, as well as winning the Bobby Smith Trophy, emblematic of the OHL's scholastic player of the year. In April 2005, Clune represented Canada at the World Under-18s in the Czech Republic; Canada won a silver medal, losing in the gold-medal game to the United States.
Clune was drafted in the third round (71st overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars on July 30, 2005, despite not playing at the CHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver. In August 2005, Clune yet again represented Canada in the Czech Republic, this time at the Junior World Cup of Hockey. This time, Canada won gold, winning it over the host team.
Despite Clune's splendid season of 20 goals, 52 points and 126 penalty minutes in 61 games in 2005–06, Sarnia finished last in the OHL standings and Clune demanded a trade. On September 20, 2006, Clune was traded to the Barrie Colts for Mike Roelofsen and three draft picks.
In October, the Colts honoured Clune with the team's monthly sportsmanship award. However, he was criticized when, on October 28, 2006, during a game against London, Clune scored an empty-net goal to secure a 5–3 victory for Barrie. He then proceeded to get down and do pushups on the ice. However, Clune had had his best season offensively. He scored a career-high 32 goals and 46 assists for a career-best 78 points in 67 games.
On March 25, 2007, Clune signed a three-year entry level contract with Dallas Stars. He made his professional hockey debut on April 14 with the Iowa Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate. Clune ended the 2007–08 season splitting time between Iowa and the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.
On July 21, 2008 he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Lauri Tukonen. After suffering a chest injury at training camp on October 6, 2008, Clune wasn't assigned to the Kings' affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, until November 19, 2008.
Prior to the 2012–13 lockout shortened season, Clune was picked up off waivers from the Kings by the Nashville Predators on January 15, 2013. Having established a fourth line role with the Predators, Clune was re-signed to a two-year contract extension to begin in the 2014–15 season.
Clune would feature in just a single game, under new head coach Peter Laviolette before he was re-assigned to the AHL with affiliate the Milwaukee Admirals for the duration of the year. After he was placed on waivers in the off-season with no claim, Clune was placed on unconditional waivers to buyout the final year of his contract and secure a release to free agency on June 27, 2015.
On July 5, 2015, Clune signed a one year contract with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Clune produced 5 points in 8 games to open the 2015–16 season with the Marlies, before he was signed to a one-year two-way contract with parent club, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on October 29, 2015.
|2009–10||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||14||0||2||2||26||4||0||0||0||5|
Awards and honours
|Bobby Smith Trophy||2005|
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- "Nashville Predators pick up Rich Clune on waivers". Nashville Predators. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
- "Clune waived by Nashville for Buyout". thehockeywriters.com. 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
- "Marlies Sign Rich Clune". Toronto Marlies. July 5, 2015.
- "Maple Leafs sign F Clune". The Sports Network. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2015-10-29.