Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rich Chernomaz
Forward Rick Chernomaz had great hands, quick speed and a deft ability to put the puck in the net. The one thing he did not have was size, and that worried some NHL teams. The Colorado Rockies used their second-round pick, 26th overall, to select Chernomaz in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft after he posted a 113-point season, on 49 goals and 64 assists in 72 games, as a member of the WHL's Victoria Cougars. In his final year of junior in 1982-83, Chernomaz scored an impressive 71 goals and 124 points.

By now, the Colorado Rockies franchise had moved to New Jersey and were renamed the Devils. Chernomaz got his shot with the Devils in 1983-84, suiting up for seven games, scoring two goals and an assist. He got his first real look in 1986-87, when he played in 25 games, scoring six goals and ten points.

In 1987-88, Chernomaz joined the Calgary Flames, where he played 14 games over three years. He continued to play professional hockey in the minors before jumping to Europe where he starred in the German Elite League for four years with the Schwenningen Wild Wings.

Chernomaz still lives in Germany, where he serves as head coach for Schwenningen.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Saskatoon Olympics SJHL 51 33 37 70 75
1979-80 Saskatoon Blades WHL 25 9 10 19 33
1980-81 Victoria Cougars WHL 72 49 64 113 92 15 11 15 26 38
1980-81 Victoria Cougars M-Cup 4 0 1 1 6
1981-82 Victoria Cougars WHL 49 36 62 98 69 4 1 2 3 13
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1982-83 Victoria Cougars WHL 64 71 53 124 113 12 10 5 15 18
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 2 1 3 2 -3
1983-84 Maine Mariners AHL 69 17 29 46 39 2 0 1 1 0
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 2 2 2 +2
1984-85 Maine Mariners AHL 64 17 34 51 64 10 2 2 4 4
1985-86 Maine Mariners AHL 78 21 28 49 82 5 0 0 0 2
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 25 6 4 10 8 -11
1986-87 Maine Mariners AHL 58 35 27 62 65
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 2 1 0 1 0 +1
1987-88 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 73 48 47 95 122 18 4 14 18 30
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1988-89 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 81 33 68 101 122 14 7 5 12 47
1989-90 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 65 39 35 74 170 11 6 6 12 32
1990-91 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 81 39 58 97 213 4 3 1 4 8
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 11 0 0 0 6 -9
1991-92 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 66 20 40 60 201 5 1 2 3 10
1992-93 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 76 26 48 74 172
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 78 45 65 110 199 11 5 11 16 18
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 77 24 45 69 235 5 1 1 2 8
1994-95 Canada WC-A 8 0 3 3 10
1995-96 Schwenninger Wild Wings Germany 49 24 43 67 105 2 1 1 2 24
1996-97 Schwenninger Wild Wings Germany 47 25 39 64 126 5 3 5 8 8
1997-98 Schwenninger Wild Wings Germany 51 12 37 49 156
1998-99 Schwenninger Wild Wings Germany 43 9 38 47 177
1999-00 Schwenninger Wild Wings Germany
NHL Totals 51 9 7 16 18


WHL First All-Star Team (1983)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1988, 1991)
AHL First All-Star Team (1994)
Les Cunningham Award (MVP - AHL) (1994)
Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, August 4, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 3, 1993.
Played w/ RHI's Utah Rollerblades in 1993 (13-9-24-33-43) and Las Vegas Fish in 1994 (17-24-30-54-63).
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