Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Richard Matvichuk
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Richard Matvichuk first drew attention to himself in the AJHL with the Fort Saskatchewan club in 1988-89. He then enjoyed three strong years with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades where he accumulated 135 points and played rugged defence. The young blueliner was chosen in the first round, eighth overall, by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft and was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team the next season.

During the 1992-93 season, Matvichuk played 53 games as a rookie and was eased into a number of different situations while also seeing action with the IHL's Kalamazoo Wings. The next year, Matvichuk relocated with the franchise to Dallas and spent two seasons splitting his time between the NHL and Kalamazoo.

Matvichuk became a regular in 1995-96 and gradually assumed more responsibility as the Stars improved and became a Stanley Cup contender. In 1999 he played sound positional hockey and registered six points while helping Dallas win their first Stanley Cup. Over the next two seasons, Matvichuk's experience allowed him to jump up into the rush and work the point on the power play occasionally. He helped the Stars reach the finals in 2000 and kept them in the upper echelons of the Western Conference in 2001 before they were swept by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the playoffs.

In the summer of 2004 Matvichuk signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils, after spending his first 12 seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota/Dallas organization.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 58 7 36 43 147
1989-90 Saskatoon Blades WHL 56 8 24 32 126 10 2 8 10 16
1990-91 Saskatoon Blades WHL 68 13 36 49 117
1991-92 Saskatoon Blades WHL 58 14 40 54 126 22 1 9 10 61
1991-92 Canada WJC-A 4 0 0 0 2
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 53 2 3 5 26 -8
1992-93 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 3 0 1 1 6
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 25 0 3 3 22 +1 7 1 1 2 12
1993-94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 43 8 17 25 84
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 14 0 2 2 14 -7 5 0 2 2 4
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 17 0 6 6 16
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 73 6 16 22 71 +4
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 57 5 7 12 87 +1 7 0 1 1 20
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 74 3 15 18 63 +7 16 1 1 2 14
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 64 3 9 12 51 +23 22 1 5 6 20
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 70 4 21 25 42 +7 23 2 5 7 14
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 78 4 16 20 62 +5 10 0 0 0 14
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 82 9 12 21 52 +11
2001-02 Canada WC-A 7 1 0 1 6 +1
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 68 1 5 6 58 +1 12 0 3 3 8
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 75 1 20 21 36 0 5 0 1 1 8
2004-05
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 62 1 10 11 40 +2 7 0 0 0 4
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1 9 0 0 0 10
2007-08 Lowell Devils AHL 42 1 3 4 40 -20
NHL Totals 796 39 139 178 624 123 5 19 24 128


WHL East First All-Star Team (1992) Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 12, 2004. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to recurring back injury.
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