Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Richard Lintner
Richard Lintner played his Junior hockey in his homeland of the Republic of Slovakia before being drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996. After playing one year of pro in Slovakia, he decided to come to North America to pursue a career in the NHL.

Lintner joined the Coyotes AHL farm team in Springfield where he spent two seasons before being traded with veteran scorer Cliff Ronning to the Nashville Predators early in the 1998-99 season. The trade didn't have any NHL ramifications for Lintner however, as he simply went from the Coyotes AHL farm team to the Predators IHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

The following year Lintner impressed the Nashville coaching staff and made the team out of training camp. The 6'3 defenseman made his NHL debut versus the Los Angeles Kings and was able to score a goal and five assists in 33 games with the Predators. He also spent 31 games in the minors, though he showed some offensive skills by scoring 13 goals and 21 points in that time. Lintner was back in the NHL in 2000-01 when he played fifty games for Nashville, including spending some time playing forward for the first time in his career.

In 2001-02, Lintner decided to continue his career back in Europe, though he didn't go back home. Lintner signed on with Modo of the Swedish Elite League and he managed 21 points in 28 games. In March, despite not being in the league, the New York Rangers made a trade with the Predators to acquire the big Slovakian defenceman. After deciding to take another shot at the NHL, Litner joined the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford for the better part of the 2002-03 season while suiting up for ten games with the parent club before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the latter stages of the season in a deal that brought Alexei Kovaleve back to New York.

Upon his arrival with the Penguins, Lintner went on to play 19 games with the club while seeing limited action with its AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. After only a brief stay with Pittsburgh, Lintner opted to return to the Swedish Elite League in 2003-04.

On the international stage, Lintner represented his homeland at the World Junior Championships (1996-1997), the Winter Olympics (2002), the World Championship (2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005) and the World Cup of Hockey (2004).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Dukla Trencin Jr. Slovak-Jr. 42 12 13 25 20
1995-96 Dukla Trencin Jr. Slovak-Jr. 30 15 17 32 210
1995-96 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 2 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Slovakia WJC-A 6 0 1 1 12
1996-97 HK VTJ Spisska Nova Ves Slovakia 35 2 1 3
1996-97 Slovakia WJC-A 6 2 1 3 22
1997-98 Springfield Falcons AHL 71 6 9 15 61 +11 3 1 1 2 4
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 8 0 1 1 16 -3
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 66 9 16 25 75 -3
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 33 1 5 6 22 -6
1999-00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 31 13 8 21 37 -8
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 50 3 5 8 22 +2
2000-01 Slovakia WC-A 7 0 2 2 2 -2
2001-02 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 28 12 9 21 85 14 3 0 3 8
2001-02 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 6 2 0 2 0
2001-02 Slovakia Olympics 4 1 1 2 0 +3
2001-02 Slovakia WC-A 9 4 4 8 22 +1
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 10 1 0 1 0 -5
2002-03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 26 6 15 21 30 -2
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 3 2 5 10 -9
2002-03 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 6 1 4 5 2 -2
2002-03 Slovakia WC-A 9 1 3 4 2 0
2003-04 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 41 18 13 31 73 4 1 1 2 6
2003-04 Slovakia WC-A 8 2 3 5 6 +5
2004-05 Slovakia W-Cup 3 0 0 0 2 -5
2004-05 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 23 2 9 11 40 1 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Slovakia WC-A 7 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 44 14 9 23 86 10 0 2 2 16
2005-06 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss-Q 6 4 3 7 18
2006-07 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden 52 9 20 29 46
2006-07 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden-Q 3 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 5 0 2 2 6
2007-08 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 42 8 14 22 50 8 0 0 0 6
2008-09 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 2 0 2 2 0
2008-09 Dynamo Minsk KHL 33 7 10 17 40
2009-10 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 2 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Dynamo Minsk KHL 33 2 9 11 34
2009-10 Slovakia Olympics
2009-10 Slovakia WC-A 6 0 3 3 2 -4
2010-11 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 7 1 4 5 8
2010-11 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 29 10 10 20 34
2011-12 SaiPa Lappeenranta Finland 21 2 5 7 41
2011-12 Lukko Rauma Finland 26 5 17 22 18 3 0 1 1 14
2012-13 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 12 3 5 8 10
2012-13 SHK 37 Piestany Slovakia 2 0 1 1 0
2012-13 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 5 3 2 5 4
2012-13 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-Q 10 0 1 1 8
2013-14 Dynamo Minsk KHL 18 3 1 4 47 11 1 6 7 4
2013-14 HK Dukla Trencin Slovakia 19 3 4 7 24
2014-15 HK Dukla Trencin Slovakia 17 2 5 7 20
NHL Totals 112 8 12 20 54


Traded to Nashville by Phoenix with Cliff Ronning for future considerations, October 31, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Trencin (Slovakia) with Nashville retaining NHL rights, October 17, 2001. Traded to NY Rangers by Nashville for Peter Smrek, March 19, 2002. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Joel Bouchard, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson for Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture, February 10, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), August 20, 2003. Officially anounced his retirement, February 16, 2015.
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