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Vaive in 1988
|Born||May 14, 1959|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for|| Vancouver Canucks |
Toronto Maple Leafs
Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
|NHL Draft|| 5th overall, 1979 |
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 are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
He is best remembered as the first 50-goal scorer in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history.
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.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.
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 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 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.
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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.
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.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, 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.
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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.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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In May 2000, Vaive was inducted into the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame.
He was found not guilty of impaired driving despite a positive breathanalyzer test given by police July 14, 2009.
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 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.
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.
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||22||9||7||16||77||3||1||0||1||11|
|1980–81||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||75||33||29||62||229||3||1||0||1||4|
|1981–82||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||77||54||35||89||157||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||51||28||79||105||4||2||5||7||6|
|1983–84||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||76||52||41||93||114||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||72||35||33||68||112||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||61||33||31||64||85||9||6||2||8||9|
|1986–87||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||73||32||34||66||61||13||4||2||6||23|
|2001–02||Dundas Real McCoys||ACH||5||2||2||4||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Dundas Real McCoys||ACH||9||6||5||11||34||4||2||3||5||6|
|1993-94||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||68||33||26||0||9||0.551||Lost in round 1|
|1994-95||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||68||42||19||0||7||0.669||Lost in round 2|
|1995-96||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||70||40||22||0||8||0.629||Lost in round 2|
|1996-97||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||70||45||15||10||0||0.714||Won Championship|
|1997-98||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||70||41||23||6||0||0.629||Lost in round 1|
|1998-99||Saint John Flames||AHL||80||31||40||8||1||0.444||Lost in round 2|
|1999-00||Saint John Flames||AHL||80||32||32||11||5||0.500||Lost in round 1|
|2004-05||Dundas Real McCoys||OHASr||34||20||12||0||2||0.618|
Note: G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, PCT. = Winning Percentage
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| Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick |
| Toronto Maple Leafs captain |
| South Carolina Stingrays head coach|