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Rick Vaive
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Born May 14, 1959 (1959-05-14) (age 60)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1979
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1979–1992

Rick Vaive (born Richard Claude Vaive on May 14, 1959) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.

He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1979 to 1992 and is best remembered as the first 50-goal scorer in the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history.

Playing CareerEdit

Rick 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 WHA with the Birmingham Bulls) lasted from 1978 until 1992.

In 1980, the Canucks traded Rick (along with Bill Derlago) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dave "Tiger" Williams and Jerry Butler.

In Toronto, Rick and Derlago were teamed with Pat Hickey and Derlago became Vaive's setup man.

He 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. He also served as captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982 to 1986.

Rick was stripped of his captaincy during the 1985-86 NHL season for missing a morning practice. He was a late cut from the 1984 Canada Cup team.

Rick's trade from Toronto along with Steve Thomas & Bob McGill to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Al Secord & Ed Olczyk before the 1987 season was one of several lamentable trades arranged by team owner Harold Ballard in the 1980s.

He netted 43 goals in his first season in Chicago, but would never manage more than 31 in a season after that.

Rick spent 4 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres before retiring as a member of the AHL's Hamilton Canucks in 1993.

Coaching CareerEdit

Rick 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).

Under his watch, he 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.

He served one season with the Mississauga Ice Dogs before Don Cherry took over as head coach.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 68 51 59 110 91
1977–78 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 68 76 79 155 199
1978–79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 75 26 33 59 248
1979–80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 13 8 21 111
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
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 43 26 69 108 5 6 2 8 38
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 30 12 13 25 60
1988–89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 19 13 32 64 5 2 1 3 8
1989–90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 29 19 48 74 6 4 2 6 6
1990–91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 25 27 52 74 6 1 2 3 6
1991–92 Rochester Americans AHL 12 4 9 13 4 16 4 4 8 10
1991–92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 20 1 3 4 14
1992–93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 38 16 15 31 34
2002–03 Dundas Real McCoys OHASr 9 6 5 11 34
NHL totals 876 441 347 788 1445 54 27 16 43 111
QMJHL totals 136 127 138 265 290
AHL totals 50 20 24 44 38 16 4 4 8 10

Coaching StatisticsEdit

Season Team League G W L T OTL PCT. Playoff Result
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
2000-01 Mississauga IceDogs OHL 68 3 56 7 2 0.110
2004-05 Dundas Real McCoys OHASr 34 20 12 0 2 0.618

Personal LifeEdit

Rick was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but grew up in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

He currently hosts various shows on Leafs TV (an MLSE-run property focusing on the Toronto Maple Leafs).

His son, Justin Vaive was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

On July 14, 2009, Rick was found not guilty of impaired driving despite a positive breathanalyzer test given by police.