Rick Vaive

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Rick Vaive
Rick Vaive 1988.JPG
Vaive in 1988
Born (1959-05-14) May 14, 1959 (age 61)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Birmingham Bulls
Vancouver Canucks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Buffalo Sabres
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1979
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 19791992

Richard Claude Vaive (born May 14, 1959) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played in the final season of the World Hockey Association (WHA), before playing the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1979 to 1992.

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He is the first 50-goal scorer in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history.

Biography

Vaive was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but grew up in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. [1] [2] As a youth, he played in the 1970 and 1971 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Amherst, Nova Scotia. [3]

Vaive was selected fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, after a stellar junior hockey career with the Sherbrooke Castors. His professional career, which began in the World Hockey Association (WHA) with the Birmingham Bulls, lasted from 1978 until 1992.

In 1980, the Canucks traded Vaive, along with Bill Derlago, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dave "Tiger" Williams and Jerry Butler. [4] In Toronto, Vaive and Derlago were teamed with Pat Hickey, and Derlago became Vaive's setup man. Vaive scored prolifically with the Leafs, becoming the first 50-goal scorer in franchise history, [5] surpassing that threshold three times. He recorded 54 goals in 1981–82, 51 goals in 1982–83, and 52 goals in 1983–84. Vaive was a late cut from the 1984 Canada Cup team. He also served as captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982 to 1986. Vaive was stripped of his captaincy during the 1985–86 NHL season, for missing a morning practice. [6] [7]

His trade from the Maple Leafs, along with Steve Thomas and Bob McGill, to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Al Secord and Ed Olczyk before the 1987 season was one of several lamentable trades arranged by team owner Harold Ballard in the 1980s. [8] Vaive netted 43 goals in his first season in Chicago but never managed more than 31 in a season after that. He spent four seasons with the Buffalo Sabres before retiring as a member of the American Hockey League's Hamilton Canucks in 1993.

In May 2000, Vaive was inducted into the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame. [9] [10]

He was found not guilty of impaired driving despite a positive breathalyzer test given by police July 14, 2009. [11]

Coaching career

Vaive coached in the East Coast Hockey League, American Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League after his retirement from the NHL, serving as a head coach in 1993 with the expansion South Carolina Stingrays, winning two division titles (1995 and 1997), a conference championship (1997), and in 1996–97 became the first ECHL coach to win both the Brabham Cup and Kelly Cup in the same season. Vaive coached the Mississauga Ice Dogs during the 2000-01 season, guiding the team to the worst record in the league, tying the 1995-96 London Knights for fewest wins in a season. Vaive was fired at the end of the season and replaced by Don Cherry.

Personal

Vaive (left) and Darryl Sittler (right) signing autographs in Oshawa, 2005 Rick Vaive wiki photo.jpg
Vaive (left) and Darryl Sittler (right) signing autographs in Oshawa, 2005

Vaive currently hosts various shows on Leafs TV, an MLSE-run property focusing on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Vaive has two sons. Jeff, who played for the Streetsville Derbies before moving on to a successful career working for Beam Suntory and Justin, an ice hockey forward who was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. [12]

Vaive has brothers named Ron and Steve, and a sister Barb.

Vaive married Kirstin Potvin on August 5, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. The couple chose the venue based on the years they had spent in Charleston while Rick coached the South Carolina Stingrays.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1975–76 Charlottetown Abbies PEIJHL
1976–77 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 685159110931810132378
1977–78 Sherbrooke CastorsQMJHL6876791551999841238
1978–79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 75263359248
1979–80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 4713821111
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL22971677310111
1980–81 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7533296222931014
1981–82 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL77543589157
1982–83 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7851287910542576
1983–84 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL76524193114
1984–85 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL72353368112
1985–86 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL613331648596289
1986–87 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL73323466611342623
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL76432669108562838
1988–89 Chicago BlackhawksNHL3012132560
1988–89 Buffalo Sabres NHL281913326452138
1989–90 Buffalo SabresNHL702919487464266
1990–91 Buffalo SabresNHL712527527461236
1991–92 Rochester Americans AHL 12491341644810
1991–92 Buffalo SabresNHL2013414
1992–93 Hamilton Canucks AHL3816153134
2001–02 Dundas Real McCoys ACH 522424
2002–03Dundas Real McCoysACH965113442356
NHL totals876441347788144554271643111

International

YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1978 Canada WJC 63034
1982 Canada WC 931412
1985 CanadaWC1062816
Senior totals19931228

Coaching statistics

Season TeamLeagueGWLTOTLPCT.Playoff Result
1993-94 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 683326090.551Lost in round 1
1994-95South Carolina StingraysECHL684219070.669Lost in round 2
1995-96South Carolina StingraysECHL704022080.629Lost in round 2
1996-97South Carolina StingraysECHL7045151000.714Won Championship
1997-98South Carolina StingraysECHL704123600.629Lost in round 1
1998-99 Saint John Flames AHL 803140810.444Lost in round 2
1999-00Saint John FlamesAHL8032321150.500Lost in round 1
2000-01 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 68356720.110
2004-05 Dundas Real McCoys OHASr 342012020.618

Note: G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, PCT. = Winning Percentage

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Preceded by
Bill Derlago
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
1979
Succeeded by
Rick Lanz
Preceded by
Darryl Sittler
Toronto Maple Leafs captain
198286
Succeeded by
Rob Ramage
Preceded by
First coach
South Carolina Stingrays head coach
199398
Succeeded by
Rick Adduono