|Born||September 1, 1963 |
Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Colorado Rockies|
New Jersey Devils
Schwenningen Wild Wings
|NHL Draft||26th overall, 1981|
Rich Chernomaz (born Richard Chernomaz on September 1, 1963) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and executive as well as former ice hockey right winger. He has been serving as sporting director of German DEL2 team Löwen Frankfurt since 2013.
Rich played 51 National Hockey League (NHL) games for the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames.
His career was spent primarily in the minor leagues where he was a two-time International Hockey League (IHL) all-star and in the 1993–94 season, he won the Les Cunningham Award as the most valuable player of the American Hockey League (AHL).
He participated in the 1995 World Championship in Austria where he was a member of Team Canada's bronze medal-winning squad.
Rich remained in Europe following the tournament and played his final four seasons with the Schwenninger Wild Wings of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He moved to coaching in 1999, spending time with several DEL teams and winning two German championships. He coached the Hungarian national team at the 2013 World Championship.
Rich played four seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Saskatoon Blades and Victoria Cougars between 1979 and 1983. He scored 113 points in 1980–81 for the Cougars in the regular season. He added 26 more in 15 playoff games, the fifth best total in the WHL, as Victoria defeated the Calgary Wranglers in the league championship final to win the President's Cup.
The Colorado Rockies selected Rich with their second round selection, 26th overall, at the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, and he made his NHL debut in 1981–82, appearing in two games during a brief recall from Victoria.
Rich's NHL debut came on November 11, 1981, against the Montreal Canadiens. His best WHL season came in 1982–83 when he recorded 124 points in 64 games and was named a league all-star.
In 1982, the Rockies relocated east to become the New Jersey Devils in 1982 and Rich transferred with the team. He appeared in seven games with the Devils in 1983–84 and scored his first two NHL goals.
Rich spent most of the season with the Devils American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Maine Mariners, where he recorded 46 points in 69 games. He appeared in only two playoff games for the Mariners, but was a member of the team as they won the Calder Cup.
Rich spent the majority of the following three seasons in the AHL, but he did appear in 25 NHL games with the Devils in 1986–87 and scored six goals to go with four assists.
Allowed to go to free agency, he was signed by the Calgary Flames in 1987. He was a member of the Flames organization for seven seasons, but made only sporadic appearances with Calgary and appeared in 11 games over that span, the last of which came in the 1991–92 NHL season.
Rich played with Calgary's International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, where he was a member of the team's Turner Cup championship squad in 1987–88 and was named to the second all-star team in both 1987–88 and 1990–91.
In 1992, Rich joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization in 1992 where he played two AHL seasons with the St. John's Maple Leafs.
In his first season (in 1993–94), he scored 45 goals and 110 points that season, was named to the AHL First All-Star Team and won the Les Cunningham Award as the league's most valuable player. He served as a playing assistant coach in 1994–95.
At the same time, Rich played two seasons in Roller Hockey International, recording 33 points in 13 games for the Utah Rollerbees in 1993 and 54 points in 17 games with the Las Vegas Flash in 1994.
Rich made his lone international appearance at the 1995 World Championship in Austria. He recorded three assists in eight games for Team Canada, which won the bronze medal.
Choosing to remain in Europe, Rich signed with the Schwenninger Wild Wings of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He played his final four seasons with the Wild Wings before retiring in 1999.
Coaching & Managing Career
Schwenningen hired Rich as the team's coach following his playing career. He spent two seasons behind the Wild Wings' bench before moving on to coach several other DEL teams: Kölner Haie with whom he won the German championship in 2001–02, Augsburger Panther, the Frankfurt Lions where a second German title followed in 2003–04 and then ERC Ingolstadt, whom he coached until December 2012.
Rich was hired to coach the Hungarian national team in 2013, and led the team to a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship Division I and then to silver medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship Division I, thus winning promotion to the 2016 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
Whilst working for the Hungarian federation, Rich also accepted the position as sporting director at Löwen Frankfurt in 2013. In December 2015, he also took over head coaching duties in Frankfurt after the sacking of Tim Kehler
In the 2016-17 season, Rich handed coaching duties to Paul Gardner and remained in his job as sporting director.
He is a part owner of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, a junior team in the British Columbia Hockey League that he bought a share of in 2003.
Regular season and playoffs
|1983–84||New Jersey Devils||NHL||7||2||1||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||New Jersey Devils||NHL||3||0||2||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||New Jersey Devils||NHL||25||6||4||10||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||73||48||47||95||122||18||4||14||18||30|
|1988–89||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||81||33||68||101||122||14||7||5||12||47|
|1989–90||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||65||39||35||74||170||11||6||6||12||32|
|1990–91||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||81||39||58||97||213||4||3||1||4||8|
|1991–92||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||66||20||50||60||201||5||1||2||3||10|
|1992–93||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||76||26||48||74||172||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||78||45||65||110||199||11||5||11||16||18|
|1994–95||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||77||24||45||69||235||5||1||1||2||8|
|1995–96||Schwenninger Wild Wings||DEL||49||24||43||67||105||2||1||1||2||24|
|1996–97||Schwenninger Wild Wings||DEL||47||25||39||64||126||5||3||5||8||8|
|1997–98||Schwenninger Wild Wings||DEL||51||12||37||49||156||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Schwenninger Wild Wings||DEL||43||9||38||47||177||—||—||—||—||—|
- WHL All-Star Team (1982–83)
- IHL Second All-Star Team (1987–88; 1990–91)
- AHL First All-Star Team (1993–94)
- Les Cunningham Award (AHL Most Valuable Player) (1993–94)
Rich's sister, Carrie played volleyball for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen & Team Canada. He is also the uncle of hockey player Nolan Patrick.