Rick Vaive

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Rick Vaive
Rick Vaive 1988.JPG
Vaive in 1988
Born (1959-05-14) May 14, 1959 (age 59)
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 Vancouver Canucks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Buffalo Sabres
Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
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 retired professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1992.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

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

Toronto Maple Leafs Canadian professional ice hockey team

The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club, commonly referred to as the Toronto Maple Leafs or simply the Leafs, are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. With an estimated value of US $1.45 billion in 2018 according to Forbes, the Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the NHL, after the New York Rangers. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.


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]

Ottawa Federal capital city in Ontario, Canada

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec; the two form the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 2016, Ottawa had a city population of 934,243 and a metropolitan population of 1,323,783 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada.

Ontario Province of Canada

Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for 38.3 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto, which is also Ontario's provincial capital.

Charlottetown Provincial capital city in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Charlottetown is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, and the county seat of Queens County. Named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen consort of King George III of the United Kingdom, Charlottetown was originally an unincorporated town that incorporated as a city in 1855.

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.

Vancouver Canucks hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canucks play their home games at Rogers Arena, formerly known as General Motors Place, which has an official capacity of 18,910. Travis Green is the head coach and Jim Benning is the general manager.

The 1979 NHL Entry Draft took place on August 9, 1979, at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. The National Hockey League (NHL) teams selected 126 players eligible for entry into professional ranks, in the reverse order of the 1978–79 NHL season and playoff standings. The draft was the first to be conducted after the NHL-WHA merger. As part of the terms of the merger, the four former WHA teams had joined the NHL on the condition that they be placed at the bottom of the draft order, as opposed to the top of the order as is usually the case for expansion teams.

Sherbrooke Castors

The Sherbrooke Castors or Beavers was the name of two different junior ice hockey teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and another team in the Quebec Eastern Provincial Hockey League. Both later franchises played at the Palais des Sports in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

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]

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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 would never manage more than 31 in a season after that. He spent 4 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres before retiring as a member of the American Hockey League's Hamilton Canucks in 1993.

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Chicago Blackhawks hockey team of the National Hockey League

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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 breathanalyzer test given by police July 14, 2009. [11]

Coaching career

Vaive had a career as a professional hockey coach in the East Coast Hockey League and the American 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 under his watch became the first ECHL coach in history to win both the Brabham Cup and Kelly Cup in the same season, in the 1996–97 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.


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 a brother named Ron.

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

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1976–77 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 685159110931810132378
1976–77 Sherbrooke Castors MC 40118
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


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
Succeeded by
Rick Lanz
Preceded by
Darryl Sittler
Toronto Maple Leafs captain
Succeeded by
Rob Ramage
Preceded by
First coach
South Carolina Stingrays head coach
Succeeded by
Rick Adduono