Rick Vaive
Rick Vaive
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Teams Buffalo Sabres
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born February 5 1959 (1959-14-05) (age 59),
Ottawa, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1979
Vancouver Canucks
Pro Career 1979 – 1992

Richard Claude Vaive (born May 14, 1959 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), was a professional 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 careerEdit

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.

Coaching careerEdit

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

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77Sherbrooke BeaversQMJHL68515911091
1977–78Sherbrooke BeaversQMJHL687679155199
1978–79Birmingham BullsWHL75263359248
1979–80Vancouver CanucksNHL4713821111
1979–80Toronto Maple LeafsNHL22971677310111
1980–81Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7533296222931014
1981–82Toronto Maple LeafsNHL77543589157
1982–83Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7851287910542576
1983–84Toronto Maple LeafsNHL76524193114
1984–85Toronto Maple LeafsNHL72353368112
1985–86Toronto Maple LeafsNHL613331648596289
1986–87Toronto Maple LeafsNHL73323466611342623
1987–88Chicago BlackhawksNHL76432669108562838
1988–89Chicago BlackhawksNHL3012132560
1988–89Buffalo SabresNHL281913326452138
1989–90Buffalo SabresNHL702919487464266
1990–91Buffalo SabresNHL712527527461236
1991–92Rochester AmericansAHL12491341644810
1991–92Buffalo SabresNHL2013414
1992–93Hamilton CanucksAHL3816153134
2002–03Dundas Real McCoysOHASr9651134
NHL totals 876 441 347 788 1445 54 27 16 43 111

Coaching statisticsEdit

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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Preceded by
Bill Derlago
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Rick Lanz
Preceded by
Darryl Sittler
Toronto Maple Leafs captains
Succeeded by
Rob Ramage

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