Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Derian Hatcher
Derian Hatcher was drafted in the first round by Minnesota, eighth overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He first donned a North Stars sweater during the 1991-92 season when he saw action in 43 games, playing his first NHL game on October 10, 1991 and scoring his first NHL goal only two days later. At the end of that season the North Stars named him their rookie of the year.

With the exception of a two game detour into the IHL, in 1992-93 he spent most of his season with the North Stars and represented the United States at the World Championships. His rights were transferred to Dallas when the franchise relocated in June 1993. A tough, physical defenseman, Hatcher racked up a career-high 211 penalty minutes during the 1993-94 season and was named the Stars top defenseman. From 1995-96 through 1997-98, Hatcher was playing 60-70 games a season for the Stars, logging plenty of ice time and missing games only due to recurring knee problems.

His hard work earned him a spot on the 1996 U.S. World Cup winning team, the 1997 NHL All-Star team, and the 1998 U.S. Olympic team. The big prize however, came at the end of the 1998-99 season, when, after 80 regular season and 18 playoff games, Hatcher became the first American-born captain of a Stanley Cup winning team. In 1999-2000, Hatcher missed 24 games with a calf injury, however upon his return, he only missed a total a four games and continued to be a tower of strength on the Dallas blueline.

After being voted to the NHL's 2nd All-Star Team in 2002-03, the former North Bay Centennial signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2003. Upon his arrival with the Red Wings, Hatcher was looking to be a key contributor on the club's blueline, however, he would miss the majority of the 2003-04 season recovering from a knee injury and subsequently was acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Detroit G.P.D. Midgets MNHL 25 5 13 18 52
1988-89 Detroit G.P.D. Midgets MNHL 51 19 35 54 100
1989-90 North Bay Centennials OHL 64 14 38 52 81 5 2 3 5 8
1990-91 North Bay Centennials OHL 64 13 49 62 163 10 2 10 12 28
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 43 8 4 12 88 +7 5 0 2 2 8
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 67 4 15 19 178 -27
1992-93 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 1 2 3 21
1992-93 United States WC-A 6 1 2 3 8
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 83 12 19 31 211 +19 9 0 2 2 14
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 43 5 11 16 105 +3
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 79 8 23 31 129 -12
1996-97 United States W-Cup 6 3 2 5 10
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 63 3 19 22 97 +8 7 0 2 2 20
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 70 6 25 31 132 +9 17 3 3 6 39
1997-98 United States Olympics 4 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 80 9 21 30 102 +21 18 1 6 7 24
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 57 2 22 24 68 +6 23 1 3 4 29
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 80 2 21 23 77 +5 10 0 1 1 16
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 80 4 21 25 87 +12
2001-02 United States WC-A 7 0 1 1 0 +1
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 82 8 22 30 106 +37 11 1 2 3 33
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 0 4 4 8 +4 12 0 1 1 15
2004-05 United States W-Cup
2004-05 Motor City Mechanics UHL 24 5 12 17 27 +9
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 13 17 93 +2 6 0 2 2 10
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 0 0 0 12 -1
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 3 6 9 67 -24
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 2 5 7 33 +4 15 1 2 3 40
NHL Totals 1045 80 251 331 1581 133 7 26 33 248


Brother of Kevin
NHL Second All-Star Team (2003) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1997)
Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 3, 2003.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to knee injury vs. Vancouver, October 16, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Motor City (UHL), February 1, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 2, 2005. Officialy announced his retirement, June 15, 2009.
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