Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Heinz
Goaltender Rick Heinz took the college route to make it to the NHL after playing Junior B hockey with the Windsor Royals and Chatham Maroons. In 1974 he enrolled at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he was the team's number one goaltender. If not for Heinz the team would have been horrible, and as it was he never once had a winning season with the school in his four year's as the team's starter. However, scouts recognized he had a weak team in front of him and were impressed by his quick reflexes and the ability to keep his team in the game.

After a season in the CHL, the St. Louis Blues signed Heinz to a free-agent contract in 1979. He played in four games for the Blues in 1980-81, going 2-1-1 with a 2.16 GAA. In March, 1982 he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, where he played in three games. Less than three months later he was traded back to St. Louis. He played out his NHL career with the Blues, but with Mike Liut earning the bulk of the workload in goal, it didn't leave a lot of playing time for Heinz. In all, he played 49 NHL games, winning 14, losing 19 and tying five.

Heinz now runs a successful hockey school for youth, bearing his name with locations across Canada and the U.S. He also writes articles on how young goalies can better improve their game for various publications.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1972-73 Windsor Royals ON-Jr.B
1973-74 Chatham Maroons ON-Jr.A
1974-75 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 20 6 11 2 0 4.75
1975-76 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 34 14 20 0 0 4.79
1976-77 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 23 6 15 2 0 5.54
1977-78 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 33 13 18 1 0 4.80
1978-79 Port Huron Flags IHL 54 5 3.36 6 1 3.84
1978-79 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.05
1979-80 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 39 22 11 5 0 3.03 5 1 3 0 0 2.96
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 2 1 1 0 2.18
1980-81 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 36 19 14 3 3 3.48 14 10 4 0 0 2.72
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 2 5 0 0 4.85
1981-82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 19 14 3 2 0 3.65
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 2 1 0 1 3.00
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 1 5 1 1 4.30
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 17 9 8 0 1 3.38
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 7 7 3 0 4.29 1 0 0 0 7.50
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 0 2.57
1984-85 Peoria Rivermen IHL 43 24 12 4 2 3.17 10 6 4 0 1 3.06
1985-86 Binghamton Whalers AHL 1 0 1 0 0 9.00
1985-86 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 52 22 20 0 1 3.70 5 1 4 0 0 5.22
1986-87 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 51 29 20 0 1 3.99 16 12 4 0 0 3.75
NHL Totals 49 14 19 5 2 4.04 1 0 0 0 7.50


IHL Second All-Star Team (1979)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1980)
IHL First All-Star Team (1985)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1985)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, April 16, 1979. Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis with Tony Currie, Jim Nill and St. Louis' 4th round pick (Shawn Kilroy) in 1982 NHL Draft for Glen Hanlon, March 9, 1982. Traded to St. Louis by Vancouver for cash, June 3, 1982.
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