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Rick Vaive

Richard Claude Vaive (born May 14, 1959 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), was a professional ice hockey player.

Vaive was raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and was selected fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. His professional career, which started with the WHA's Birmingham Bulls, lasted from 1978 until 1992.

Playing career

In 1980, the Canucks traded Vaive, along with Bill Derlago, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Dave "Tiger" Williams and Jerry Butler. 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. He also served as captain of the Maple Leafs from 1981 to 1986. Vaive was stripped of his Leaf captaincy during the 1985–86 NHL season, after missing a morning practice.

Vaive was a late cut from the 1984 Canada Cup team.

His trade from Toronto to Chicago before the 1987 season is still remembered as one of the highly criticized trades made by team owner Harold Ballard. He finished his NHL career playing parts of four seasons with the Buffalo Sabres.

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. (Ironically, his in-state rival for his final year in the ECHL, Davis Payne, was the other.) He served one season of the Mississauga Ice Dogs before Don Cherry took over as head coach. He currently hosts various shows on Leafs TV, an MLSE-run property focusing on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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

Career statistics

                                           --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1976-77 Sherbrooke Beavers QMJHL 68 51 59 110 91 -- -- -- -- -- 1977-78 Sherbrooke Beavers QMJHL 68 76 79 155 199 -- -- -- -- -- 1978-79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 75 26 33 59 248 -- -- -- -- -- 1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 9 7 16 77 3 1 0 1 11 1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 13 8 21 111 -- -- -- -- -- 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 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 19 13 32 64 5 2 1 3 8 1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 30 12 13 25 60 -- -- -- -- -- 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 -- -- -- -- -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        WHA Totals                         75   26   33   59  248
        NHL Totals                        876  441  347  788 1445  54  27  16  43 111

Coaching statistics

Season  Team                      Lge  Type       GP W   L  T OTL   Pct Result
1993-94 South Carolina Stingrays  ECHL Head Coach 68 33 26  0   9 0.551 Lost in round 1
1994-95 South Carolina Stingrays  ECHL Head Coach 68 42 19  0   7 0.669 Lost in round 2
1995-96 South Carolina Stingrays  ECHL Head Coach 70 40 22  0   8 0.629 Lost in round 2
1996-97 South Carolina Stingrays  ECHL Head Coach 70 45 15 10   0 0.714 Won Championship
1997-98 South Carolina Stingrays  ECHL Head Coach 70 41 23  6   0 0.629 Lost in round 1
1998-99 Saint John Flames          AHL Head Coach 80 31 40  8   1 0.444 Lost in round 2
1999-00 Saint John Flames          AHL Head Coach 80 32 32 11   5 0.500 Lost in round 1
2000-01 Mississauga IceDogs        OHL Head Coach 68 3 56   7   2 0.110
2004-05 Dundas Real McCoys       OHASr Head Coach 34 20 12  0   2 0.618

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