Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Kehoe
Right-winger Rick Kehoe was equipped with excellent speed and a blazing shot. He played over 13 years in the NHL with Toronto and Pittsburgh and accounted for nearly 800 points.

Kehoe started his junior career with the London Knights of OHA but ended up with the Hamilton Red Wings. After starring in 1970-71 with 80 points in 58 games he was the Toronto Maple Leafs' first choice, 22nd overall, in the Amateur Draft.

The talented youngster split his rookie season between the NHL and the Tulsa Oilers of CHL. He improved to 33 goals in 1972-73 playing on a line with Darryl Sittler and Denis Dupere. His production dropped to 18 goals in 1973-74 when the Leafs added young wingers Lanny McDonald and Inge Hammarstrom to the mix.

Kehoe no longer wished to play in Toronto and was traded to Pittsburgh for Blaine Stoughton at the start of training camp in 1974. The Leafs misjudged the previous year's aberration as Kehoe went on to star for Pens. Between 1974-75 and 1982-83 he scored at least 25 goals nine straight years. Playing on one of the league's best power plays, he exploded for 55 goals in 1980-81 and won Lady Byng Trophy. Kehoe also played in NHL All-Star Game in 1981 and 1983.

His numbers started to drop in 1983-84 as the Penguins began to go with a youth movement. He was forced to retire early in the 1984-85 season as a result of a serious injury to the vertebrae in his neck. Kehoe experienced numbness in his right arm that was first thought to be a circulatory malady. When the source of the problem was discovered, Kehoe was told to retire or risk losing his mobility. He remained with the team as a scout.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 London Knights OHA-Jr. 23 3 2 5 6
1969-70 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 32 2 4 6 77
1970-71 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 58 39 41 80 43 7 4 0 4 2
1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 8 8 16 4 -1 2 0 0 0 2
1971-72 Tulsa Oilers CHL 32 18 21 39 20
1972-73 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 33 42 75 20 -11
1973-74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 18 22 40 8 +19
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 32 31 63 22 +18 9 0 2 2 0
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 29 47 76 6 +9 3 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 30 27 57 10 -5 3 0 2 2 0
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 29 21 50 10 -18
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 27 18 45 2 +14 7 0 2 2 0
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 30 30 60 4 -3 5 2 5 7 0
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 55 33 88 6 -9 5 0 3 3 0
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 33 52 85 8 -27 5 2 3 5 2
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 29 36 65 12 -45
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 18 27 45 8 -20
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 2 2 0 0
NHL Totals 906 371 396 767 120 39 4 17 21 4


Lady Byng Trophy (1981) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981, 1983) Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for Blaine Stoughton and Pittsburgh's 1st round pick (Trevor Johansen) in 1977 NHL Draft, September 13, 1974.
Suffered eventual career-ending neck injury in game vs. Quebec, February 13, 1984.
Named interim Assistant Coach of Pittsburgh, November 2, 1999.
Named Assistant Coach of Pittsburgh, June 22, 2000.
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