Rick Meagher

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Rick Meagher
Born (1953-11-02) November 2, 1953 (age 63)
Belleville, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Binghamton Whalers
Maine Mariners
NHL
Montreal Canadiens
Hartford Whalers
New Jersey Devils
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1977–1991

Richard Joseph Meagher (born November 2, 1953) is a former Canadian ice hockey player. Meagher played almost 700 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadiens, Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues. He won the Selke Trophy in 1990 with the Blues. As of 2010 he is a scout for the St. Louis Blues.

Playing career[edit]

Not drafted by a National Hockey League (NHL) team, Meagher's playing career began with the Boston University Terriers. He played four seasons at Boston University, winning numerous awards on the way, including being named to both the First and Second All-Star teams twice. Meagher was named to the NCAA East All-American team three times, and also was placed on the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.

In 1977-78, Meagher was signed by the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent. He spent the first three years in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs. In 1979-80, Meagher played for the first time in the NHL, playing a total of two games for the Canadiens. The following season, Meagher was traded to the Hartford Whalers. With Hartford, he recorded 17 points in 27 games, but still played most of the season with their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Whalers. The 1981-82 season saw Meagher play full-time in the NHL, as recorded 24 goals while centering a line with Don Nachbaur and Warren Miller. In 1982-83, Meagher played in only four games with the Whalers before being traded to the New Jersey Devils. Meagher played three seasons with New Jersey, until 1984-85, when he was traded to the St. Louis Blues.

It was in St. Louis that Meagher had his most productive years, playing on a line with star Bernie Federko. He was a two-way forward and a top penalty killer in the league at that time. In 1989-90, a season in which he was also named team captain of the Blues, Meagher received the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward. After 1990-91, Meagher retired due to injuries.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1973–74 [1]
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1974–75 [1]
AHCA East All-American 1974–75 [2]
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1975–76 [1]
AHCA East All-American 1975–76 [2]
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1976–77 [1]
AHCA East All-American 1976–77 [2]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1977 [3]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Boston University Terriers ECAC 30 19 21 40 26
1974–75 Boston University Terriers ECAC 32 25 28 53 80
1975–76 Boston University Terriers ECAC 28 12 25 37 22
1976–77 Boston University Terriers ECAC 34 34 46 80 42
1977–78 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 57 20 27 47 33 11 5 3 8 11
1978–79 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 79 35 46 81 57 10 1 6 7 11
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1979–80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 64 32 44 76 53 6 3 4 7 2
1980–81 Hartford Whalers NHL 27 7 10 17 19
1980–81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 50 23 25 58 54
1981–82 Hartford Whalers NHL 65 24 19 43 51
1982–83 Hartford Whalers NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1982–83 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 15 14 29 11
1983–84 New Jersey Devils NHL 52 14 14 28 16
1983–84 Maine Mariners AHL 10 6 4 10 2
1984–85 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 11 20 31 22
1985–86 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 11 19 30 28 19 4 4 8 12
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 18 21 39 54 6 0 0 0 11
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 18 16 34 76 10 0 0 0 8
1988–89 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 15 14 29 53 10 3 2 5 6
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 8 17 25 47 8 1 0 1 2
1990–91 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 3 1 4 6 9 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 691 144 165 309 383 62 8 7 15 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ed Walsh
Terry Meagher
ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament
1975
1977
Succeeded by
Terry Meagher
Joe Mullen
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bernie Federko
St. Louis Blues captain
1989–90
Succeeded by
Scott Stevens
Preceded by
Guy Carbonneau
Frank J. Selke Trophy winner
1990
Succeeded by
Dirk Graham