Mike Ribeiro

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Mike Ribeiro
Mike Ribeiro Coyotes.jpg
Born (1980-02-10) February 10, 1980 (age 38)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Former teams
Free agent
Montreal Canadiens
Espoo Blues
Dallas Stars
Washington Capitals
Phoenix Coyotes
Nashville Predators
NHL Draft 45th overall, 1998
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 19992017

Michael Tavares Ribeiro (born February 10, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 45th overall, of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Ribeiro has also played in the NHL for the Canadiens, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, Phoenix Coyotes and the Nashville Predators.


Playing career


As a youth, Ribeiro played in the 1993 and 1994 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. [1]

Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars

Ribeiro with the Dallas Stars. Mike Ribeiro.jpg
Ribeiro with the Dallas Stars.

Ribeiro was drafted 45th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. On September 30, 2006, the Canadiens traded Ribeiro and a sixth-round draft pick in 2008 to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Janne Niinimaa and a fifth-round draft pick in 2007. [2]

In the 2006–07 season, Ribeiro led Dallas in points, with 59. On July 12, the Stars signed Ribeiro to a one-year, $2.8 million contract extension for the 2007–08 season. [3]

On January 7, 2008, Ribeiro and the Stars agreed to a new five-year, $25 million contract extension. Ribeiro went on to establish career highs in goals (27), assists (56) and points (83) that season and earned his first NHL All-Star Game appearance.

Although often critiqued for his lack of toughness, the 2008–09 season also saw Ribeiro breakout in the shootout, particularly with highlight reel performances in games against the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche.

Washington Capitals

Ribeiro with the Capitals in 2013 Mike Ribeiro 2013-02-03.JPG
Ribeiro with the Capitals in 2013

On June 22, 2012, during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and in the final year of his contract, Ribeiro was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Cody Eakin and a 2012 second-round draft pick (54th overall). [4] Alongside the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Bäckström on the Washington roster, Ribeiro scored prolifically with the Capitals, averaging over a point-per-game with 49 in 48 games.

Phoenix Coyotes

On July 2, 2013, seeking a long-term deal, the Capitals opted to allow Ribeiro to become an unrestricted free agent. On July 5, the Phoenix Coyotes then signed the free agent Ribeiro to a four-year, $22 million contract with a limited no-movement clause, re-uniting him with his former head coach whilst with the Stars, Dave Tippett. In his first season with the Coyotes in 2013–14, however, Ribeiro failed to reproduce his scoring pace of the previous year, scoring 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games.

Nashville Predators

On June 27, 2014, Ribeiro was bought-out by the Coyotes after only the first year of his four-year contract due to behavioural issues related to alcohol use. [5] [6] Weeks later, on July 15, Ribeiro signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Nashville Predators. [7]

On July 1, 2015, after a 2014–15 season in which he scored 15 goals and 47 assists for 62 points to finish second on the Predators in scoring, Ribeiro signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension with Nashville, thereby avoiding free agency. [8]

In the second year of his contract extension, Ribeiro struggled to keep up his play, scoring just 4 goals in 46 games before being placed on waivers by the Predators on February 2. After going unclaimed, Ribeiro was assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators' AHL affiliate. Ribeiro briefly considered retirement, but ultimately decided to report to the Admirals. [9]

Ribeiro had battled alcoholism throughout his career in the NHL, [10] and amidst reports that he had relapsed, his agent subsequently stated "There is not a single NHL or even European team that has called me to inquire about his services. " [11]

Personal life

Ribeiro has three children (Mikael, Noah and Viktoria) with his wife Tamara. He is of Portuguese descent.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1997–98 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 6740851255563140
1998–99 Rouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL6967100167137115111612
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 50112
1999–00 Rouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL21340
1999–00 Quebec Remparts QMJHL2117284530113202338
1999–00 Quebec Citadelles AHL30002
1999–00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 191122
2000–01 Quebec CitadellesAHL7426406644915623
2000–01 Montreal CanadiensNHL20002
2001–02 Quebec CitadellesAHL23914233630330
2001–02 Montreal CanadiensNHL438101812
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL30110
2002–03 Montreal CanadiensNHL52512176
2003–04 Montreal CanadiensNHL81204565341121318
2004–05 Espoo Blues SM-l 1789174
2005–06 Montreal CanadiensNHL791635513660220
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL811841592270334
2007–08 Dallas StarsNHL7627568346183141716
2008–09 Dallas StarsNHL8222567852
2009–10 Dallas StarsNHL6619345338
2010–11 Dallas StarsNHL8219527128
2011–12 Dallas StarsNHL7418456366
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL4813364953711210
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL8016314752
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL821547625261454
2015–16 Nashville PredatorsNHL8174350621202216
2016–17 Nashville PredatorsNHL464212514
2016–17 Milwaukee Admirals AHL28521261830330
NHL totals1074228565793577677273468


Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2000 Umea
2000 Canada WJC Bronze medal icon.svg70220
Junior totals70220

Awards and honours

All-Rookie Team 1997–98
Second All-Star Team1997–98
Michel Bergeron Trophy 1997–98
Paul Dumont Trophy 1997–98
Rookie of the Year1997–98
CHL All-Rookie Team1997–98
CHL Top Prospects Game 1997–98
First All-Star Team 1998–99 [12]
Jean Béliveau Trophy 1998–99
CHL First All-Star Team1998–99
CHL Leading Scorer1998–99
YoungStars Game 2001–02
All-Star Game 2008


  1. "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  2. "Canadians acquire Niinimaaa from Stars for Ribeiro". NHL.com. 2006-09-30. Archived from the original on 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  3. "Stars re-sign Ribeiro". Dallas Stars. 2007-07-12. Archived from the original on July 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  4. "Capitals acquire center Mike Ribeiro from Stars for Eakin, pick". Washington Capitals . 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  5. "Ribeiro bought out by Coyotes due to 'behavioural issues'". CBC Sports . 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  6. "Nashville Predators Take Calculated Risk with Mike Ribeiro Signing". Rant Sports . 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
  7. "Nashville Predators Sign Mike Ribeiro to a One-Year Contract". Nashville Predators . 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  8. "Ribeiro, Predators agree to two-year deal". TSN. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  9. "Ribeiro clears waivers, sent to minors". Yahoo! Sports . 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  10. O'Brien, James (May 18, 2017). "Report: Agent says Mike Ribeiro suffered alcohol relapse, NHL future unclear". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  11. Brandon Schlager (2017-08-31). "Mike Ribeiro to retire after relapse, agent says: 'We did everything we could to help him'". The Sporting News . Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  12. "Mike Ribeiro player profile". legendsofhockey.net. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-05.