May 27, 1976|
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
50th overall, 1994|
Richard Park (Korean name: Bak Yong-Su, Hangul: 박용수; born May 27, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea) is a Korean-born American former professional ice hockey forward who played 14 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with six different teams. He worked formerly as a Player Development Coach for the Minnesota Wild organization. Park is currently the assistant coach of the South Korea men's national ice hockey team with head coach Jim Paek.
Park moved to Rancho Palos Verdes, California with his family at the age of three. After ten years in the United States, at the age of 13, he moved to Ontario, Canada, where he played minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). Park and his brother Horton attended De La Salle College and captained their hockey team. He eventually worked his way up to the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and played for Belleville from 1992–93 to 1995–96.
Following his second OHL season, he was drafted 50th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut when he played one regular season game and three playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1994–95 season. Park became only the second Korean-born person to play in the NHL after Jim Paek. Coincidentally, both of them were drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Park played most of the 1995–96 NHL season, playing a total of 56 games. He spent the next few years moving between the Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers and various IHL and AHL teams. He played again in the NHL during the 2001–02 season after signing with the Minnesota Wild.
Park spent three seasons in Minnesota, from 2001–02 to 2003–04, where over the course of several seasons he achieved career highs in games played (81), goals scored (14), assists earned (15), and points totaled (25). During the Wild's run in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Park scored the winning goal in overtime in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Colorado Avalanche.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Park played in Europe as a member of the United States national men's ice hockey team who went on to capture the 2004 Deutschland Cup. He would go on to sign short term contracts in Sweden and Switzerland with the Malmö Redhawks and SCL Tigers. On August 8, 2005 prior to the 2005–06 season, Park signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks for US$750,000. At the end of his contract with Vancouver, he signed a two-year deal with the New York Islanders.
On March 29, 2008, Park was named the recipient of the Bob Nystrom Award, awarded annually to the Islander "who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication." Park usually played in a penalty killing role and is considered an above-average skater. He also served as the Islanders alternate captain in the 2008–09 season.
On September 9, 2010, Park left the NHL after 684 career games, signing a three-year contract as a free agent with Genève-Servette HC of the NLA, marking his return to Switzerland after a brief stint during the 2004 lockout.
On September 8, 2011, Park made a return to the NHL signing a one-year, two-way contract for a second stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In August 2012, Park signed a two-year contract to return to the Swiss National League A with HC Ambri-Piotta to complete his professional career.
Regular season and playoffs
|1996–97||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||11||1||1||2||10||11||0||1||1||2|
|1997–98||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||56||17||26||43||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||15||0||2||2||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Islanders||NHL||82||10||16||26||33||5||0||1||1||2|
|2007–08||New York Islanders||NHL||82||12||20||32||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New York Islanders||NHL||71||14||17||31||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||81||9||22||31||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing United States|
- March 18, 1997 – Traded to Anaheim by Pittsburgh for Roman Oksiuta.
- August 24, 1998 – Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia.
- September 22, 1999 – Signed as a free agent by Utah (IHL).
- June 6, 2000 – Signed as a free agent by Minnesota.
- November 8, 2004 – Signed as a free agent by Malmo (Sweden).
- January 4, 2005 – Signed as a free agent by Langnau (Swiss).
- August 8, 2005 – Signed as a free agent by Vancouver.
- October 2, 2006 – Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders.
- September 9, 2010 – Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss).
- September 8, 2011 – Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh.
- August 7, 2012 – Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Swiss).
- October 14, 2014 – Retired.
- "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League.
- "RICHARD PARK JOINS WILD STAFF, BICKEL ASSIGNED TO IOWA". Iowa Wild. October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "Team USA blanks Slovakia, 4-0, to win Deutschland Cup". CSTV. 2004-11-05. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
- "Richard Park signs three-year deal with Swiss team". The Sports Network. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
- "Penguins sign Park to one-year deal". NHL.com. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
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|Awards and achievements|
| Minnesota Wild captain