March 29, 1964 |
Trail, BC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Calgary Flames
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||37th overall, 1982
Richard Gordon "Rich" Kromm (born March 29, 1964) was a Canadian-born American ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders. Kromm is currently the head coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL.
Born in Trail, British Columbia, Kromm was raised in Dallas, Texas; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Detroit, Michigan, while his father coached different professional teams. In minor hockey in Winnipeg, Richard played on a line with future NHL star, Brett Hull, whose dad, Bobby, played for the Winnipeg Jets (Rich's dad, Bobby Kromm, was the coach of the Jets). Richard was drafted in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Flames with the 37th overall pick.
He made his NHL debut on November 29, 1983 against the Philadelphia Flyers. In that game he got an assist. His final NHL season was 1992–93. He only played one game that year, but in that game he scored a goal and 2 assists making his points per game average 3.00 for the whole season. This is a NHL record for single season point per game average which Kromm shares with Bill Kyle who also achieved the average in a single game during 1950–51 NHL season.
On August 8, 2007, Kromm became the head coach of the Portland Winter Hawks. Kromm played with the team from 1981 to 1984. He is a former captain for the Winter Hawks, playing in 142 regular-season games, recording 62 goals and 110 assists. In 28 playoff games, he had seven goals and 16 assists. He played on the 1982–83 Memorial Cup champion team, scoring 35 goals with 68 assists during the regular season. He is the former head coach of the Evansville IceMen hockey team of the ECHL. On July 15, 2013, Kromm was named the head coach and director of hockey operations for the Stockton Thunder, an ECHL affiliate of one of his former NHL clubs, the New York Islanders.
His daughter, Erica Kromm played for the Brown Bears women's ice hockey program. She competed for Calgary Inferno in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. Appearing with the Inferno in the 2016 Clarkson Cup finals, she registered a +2 rating as the Inferno emerged victorious in a convincing 8-3 final.
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