Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Rivet
Craig Rivet played his junior hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL from 1991 to 1994. During those years, he enjoyed a successful amateur career as a solid defender with a scoring touch at the other end of the ice. The Montreal Canadiens like his looks and picked him up in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

He turned pro immediately after completing his final campaign with the Frontenacs. He was no instant splash with the Habs, however. Instead, he had to bide his time with frequent stints with the AHL's Fredericton Canadiens.

It wasn't until 1997-98 that Rivet finally caught on as a Habs' regular. He did so by establishing himself as a true team player, concerned only with his club's success. He has also pleased the coaching staff with his stay-at-home, rock-solid defensive play in his own zone accentuated by a rather useful mean streak. After a career high 17 points in 1999-00, Rivet battled injuries the following year and was limited to just 26 games before bettering his offensive totals in 2001-02 and improving on his season high from the 1999-00 season with 25 points.

Rivet entered his ninth season with the Habs in 2002-03 and continued to be one of the team's on-ice leaders. Although the team failed to qualify for the post-season, Rivet's performance throughout the season earned him an invite to the 2003 World Championships.

In 2006-07, after setting a new career high in points with 34 in the 2005-06 season, Rivet was traded to the San Jose Sharks one day prior to the NHL trading deadline. After ending the season with the Sharks, Rivet spent a full season in San Jose where he tallied 35 points in 74 regular season games, setting new career highs. He appeared in 13 playoff games before the Sharks dealt the blueliner to the Buffalo Sabers.

Rivet's tenacious play and veteran presence made him a natural leader in Buffalo. On October 8, 2008 he was named captain of the Sabres, making him the 23rd player to wear the "C" for the Sabres.

On February 24, 2011, the Sabres waived their captain and Rivet was subsequently picked up off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Barrie Colts ON-Jr.B 42 9 17 26 55
1991-92 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 66 5 21 26 97
1992-93 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 64 19 55 74 117 16 5 7 12 39
1993-94 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 61 12 52 64 100 6 0 3 3 6
1993-94 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 4 0 2 2 2
1994-95 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 78 5 27 32 126 12 0 4 4 17
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 1 1 5 +2
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 1 4 5 54 +4
1995-96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 49 5 18 23 189 6 0 0 0 12
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 35 0 4 4 54 +7 5 0 1 1 14
1996-97 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 23 3 12 15 99
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 0 2 2 93 -3 5 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 2 8 10 66 -3
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 3 14 17 76 +11
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 26 1 2 3 36 -8
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 8 17 25 76 +1 12 0 3 3 4
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 7 15 22 71 +1
2002-03 Canada WC-A 9 0 1 1 6 +3
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 4 8 12 98 -1 11 1 4 5 2
2004-05 TPS Turku Finland 18 3 1 4 28 6 0 0 0 39
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 7 27 34 109 -5 6 0 2 2 2
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 6 10 16 57 -7
2006-07 San Jose Sharks NHL 17 1 7 8 12 +8 11 2 3 5 18
2007-08 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 5 30 35 104 +3 13 0 6 6 16
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 2 22 24 125 +4
2009-10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 1 14 15 100 -6 6 1 0 1 11
2010-11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 1 2 3 12 -5
2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 14 1 0 1 23 -7
2011-12 Elmira Jackals ECHL 61 5 19 24 102 +11 10 2 3 5 0
NHL Totals 923 50 187 237 1171 69 4 19 23 69


Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Vancouver, October 30, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Turku (Finland), January 11, 2005. Traded to San Jose by Montreal with Montreal's 5th round pick (Julien Demers) in 2008 NHL Draft for Josh Gorges and San Jose's 1st round pick (Max Pacioretty) in 2007 NHL Draft, February 25, 2007. Traded to Buffalo by San Jose with San Jose's 7th round pick (Riley Boychuk) in 2010 NHL Draft for Buffalo's 2nd round pick in 2009 (William Wrenn) and 2010 (later traded to Carolina - Carolina selected Mark Alt) NHL Drafts, July 4, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Columbus from Buffalo, February 26, 2011. Missed majority of 2010-11 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Elmira (ECHL), October 10, 2011.
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