Tocchet while assistant coach with the Penguins in 2014.
April 9, 1964 |
Scarborough, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Philadelphia Flyers
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||121st overall, 1983
Richard Tocchet, nicknamed The Rocket, born April 9, 1964, is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Phoenix Coyotes. He is currently an assistant coach to Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons. During the 2010 playoffs he served as an analyst on Flyers Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet.
After being drafted in the 6th round (121st overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Tocchet returned to the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for another year of junior hockey. After registering 108 points with Sault Ste. Marie, Tocchet came to the Flyers for the 1984–85 season, scoring 39 points and helping the team to the Stanley Cup Finals. He was mainly known as a fighter in his early career, but soon developed his skills enough to become a respected power forward, team leader and a four-time NHL All-Star. He had memorable fights with other power forwards such as Wendel Clark and Cam Neely.
In 1992, Tocchet was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Kjell Samuelsson and Ken Wregget, in exchange for Mark Recchi. In 14 playoff games, he scored 19 points, helping the Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
Tocchet became a well-travelled veteran in the league after his stint with the Penguins, taking roles with the Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, and Phoenix Coyotes. Rick returned to the Flyers in 2000, adding 11 points en route to an Eastern Conference Finals berth. Tocchet retired after 2001–02 season, being one of several players in NHL history to collect 400 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes including Brendan Shanahan and Gary Roberts.
He became an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche in 2002–03. In the summer of 2005, he became an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. On December 17, 2005, Tocchet took over as interim head coach for Phoenix, stepping in while head coach Wayne Gretzky was out on an indefinite leave of absence due to his mother's illness (and subsequent passing). The team went 2–3–0 under Tocchet. Gretzky eventually resumed his duties on December 28.
Tocchet was named as the associate coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 9, 2008. On November 16, he was named the interim head coach of the Lightning, replacing Barry Melrose who was fired two days earlier after compiling a 5–7–4 record. Tocchet lost his first game to the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout. Tocchet's first win came two games later on November 21 against the Nashville Predators. However, he would go on to lose his next nine games, and twelve of the next thirteen. On May 11, 2009 Tocchet had the interim tag removed and was signed to a two year deal by the Lightning. On April 12, 2010 he was relieved of his coaching duties by the new ownership of the Tampa Bay Lightning. On June 25, 2014 he was hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to be an assistant coach.
On February 6, 2006, Tocchet was served with a criminal complaint, accused of financing a nationwide sports gambling ring based in New Jersey in which several current NHL players wagered. "It's not a hockey-related issue, it's a football thing. And at this time I can't comment any further," Tocchet told The Arizona Republic after the Coyotes practiced on Tuesday, February 7, 2006.
On May 8, 2006, attorneys for Tocchet and Gretzky's wife Janet Jones filed notices in New Jersey that they intended to sue the state for $50 million each for defamation. Both Tocchet and Jones claimed to have lost business opportunities in the wake of the state's investigation which had sullied their reputations.
On August 3, 2006, former New Jersey state trooper James Harney pleaded guilty to conspiracy, promoting gambling and official misconduct, and promised to help authorities with their case against Tocchet and others. Harney said that he and Tocchet were 50–50 partners in the betting ring.
On May 25, 2007, Tocchet pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling. New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced on August 17, 2007 that Tocchet had been sentenced to two years probation in exchange for his plea. The NHL issued a statement from Gary Bettman, but his spokesman would not answer questions, including if Tocchet had a future in hockey. During a press conference on February 6, 2008, it was announced that Tocchet was to be reinstated, and would serve as assistant coach the next day, exactly two years after taking a leave of absence.
- Member of one Stanley Cup winning team: 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Selected to four NHL All-Star Games: 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1993
- Philadelphia Flyers all-time leader in Gordie Howe hat tricks - 9
- NHL all-time leader in Gordie Howe hat tricks - 18 (includes post-season)
|1981–82||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||59||7||15||22||184||11||1||1||2||28|
|1982–83||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||66||32||34||66||146||16||4||13||17||67|
|1983–84||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||64||44||64||108||209||16||22||14||36||41|
|1994–95||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||36||18||17||35||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||44||13||23||36||117||—||—||—||—||—|
NHL coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|TB||2008-09||19||33||14||.365||5th in Southeast Division||-||-||Failed to Qualify|
|TB||2009-10||34||36||12||.485||4th in Southeast Division||-||-||Failed to Qualify|
|0||0||0 Stanley Cups|
- Operation Slapshot
- Captain (ice hockey)
- Power forward (ice hockey)
- List of NHL players with 100-point seasons
- List of NHL players with 1000 games played
- List of NHL players with 2000 career penalty minutes
- Coaching Staff – Tampa Bay Lightning – Team. Lightning.nhl.com. Retrieved on November 24, 2010.
- Lightning fire head coach Barry Melrose. Tsn.ca (November 15, 2008). Retrieved on November 24, 2010.
- 2010–2011 Regular Season Schedule/Results – Tampa Bay Lightning – Schedule. Lightning.nhl.com. Retrieved on November 24, 2010.
- Lightning signs Tocchet to multi-year deal – NHL.com – News. NHL.com. Retrieved on November 24, 2010.
- Gretzky's wife allegedly placed bets in gambling ring – NHL – ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (February 9, 2006). Retrieved on November 24, 2010.
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- Tocchet, Gretzky's wife start suits. Azcentral.com (May 26, 2006). Retrieved on November 24, 2010.
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- Yahoo! Sports – Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more. Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on November 24, 2010.
- . Theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved on November 24, 2010. Archived March 18, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "Flyers History - Gordie Howe Hattricks". Retrieved August 10, 2014.
- Gordie Howe hat trick
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
|Philadelphia Flyers captain
|Head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning