Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Tocchet
Right-winger Rick Tocchet has been one of the top power forwards of his era. His grit, scoring ability, and leadership have been vital factors on six different clubs.

Born in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Tocchet was a fine junior with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was chosen 125th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1983 and returned for one last year of junior. The tough forward registered 108 points for the Soo in 1983-84 before scoring 39 points as a rookie the next season. In the playoffs, he and fellow rookie Peter Zezel injected life into the club and helped Philly reach the Stanley Cup finals.

Tocchet developed into one of the NHL's premier power forwards. He topped the 30-goal mark four straight years for the Flyers and helped the club come within a game of winning the Stanley Cup in 1987. The hard-nosed competitor also represented his country at the 1990 World Championships and the Canada Cup in 1987 and 1991.

By February 1992, Phladelphia was in decline and the team tried to shake things up by sending Tocchet to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mark Recchi was the key player they received in the multi-player deal. Tocchet fit in well on his new club and scored 19 points in 14 playoff games as the Pens repeated as Stanley Cup champions. The next year, he scored a career-high 48 goals, but the club was upset by the New York Islanders in the quarter-finals.

During the mid- to late-'90s, the veteran forward was more of grinder on the L.A. Kings, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, and Phoenix Coyotes. He returned to Philly in exchange for Mikael Renberg in March 2000 and scored eleven points while helping the team reach the Eastern Conference finals. He provided leadership and scored 36 points for Philly in 2000-01 and was a tough foe in the slot when utilized on the power play.

Tocchet ended his playing career following the 2001-02 season and was named the assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche in the early part of the 2002-03 season. After his stint in Colorado, he joined the Phoenix Coyotes as an assistant coach working under head coach Wayne Gretzky.

In February 2006, Tocchet was accused of financing a nationwide sports gambling ring based in New Jersey. Over a year later, he plead guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling. As a result, Tocchet wouldn't find himself behind the bench again until the league reinstated him in February 7, 2008.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 St. Michael's Midget Buzzers MTHL 41 28 46 74
1980-81 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B 5 1 1 2 2
1981-82 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 59 7 15 22 184 11 1 1 2 28
1982-83 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 66 32 34 66 146 16 4 13 17 67
1983-84 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 44 64 108 209 16 22 14 36 41
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 14 25 39 181 +6 19 3 4 7 72
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 14 21 35 284 +12 5 1 2 3 26
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 21 28 49 288 +16 26 11 10 21 72
1987-88 Canada Can-Cup 7 3 2 5 8
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 31 33 64 299 +3 5 1 4 5 55
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 45 36 81 183 -1 16 6 6 12 69
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 37 59 96 196 +4
1989-90 Canada WEC-A 10 4 2 6 14
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 40 31 71 150 +2
1991-92 Canada Can-Cup 8 1 1 2 10
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 42 13 16 29 102 +3
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 14 16 30 49 +12 14 6 13 19 24
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 48 61 109 252 +28 12 7 6 13 24
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 51 14 26 40 134 -15 6 2 3 5 20
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 36 18 17 35 70 -8
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 44 13 23 36 117 +3
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 27 16 8 24 64 +7 5 4 0 4 21
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 40 16 14 30 67 -3
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 13 5 5 10 31 0
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 26 19 45 157 +1 6 6 2 8 25
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 81 26 30 56 147 +5 7 0 3 3 8
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 12 17 29 67 -5
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 16 3 3 6 23 +4 18 5 6 11 49
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 60 14 22 36 83 +10 6 0 1 1 6
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 0 2 2 28 -2
NHL Totals 1144 440 512 952 2972 145 52 60 112 471


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993) Traded to Pittsburgh by Philadelphia with Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Dave Roche) in 1993 Entry Draft for Mark Recchi, Brian Benning and Los Angeles' 1st round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Jason Bowen) in 1992 Entry Draft, February 19, 1992. Traded to Los Angeles by Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh's 2nd round choice (Pavel Rosa) in 1995 Entry Draft for Luc Robitaille, July 29, 1994. Traded to Boston by Los Angeles for Kevin Stevens, January 25, 1996. Traded to Washington by Boston with Bill Ranford and Adam Oates for Jim Carey, Anson Carter, Jason Allison and Washington's 3rd round choice (Lee Goren) in 1997 Entry Draft, March 1, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 23, 1997. Traded to Philadelphia by Phoenix for Mikael Renberg, March 8, 2000.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to knee injury in training camp, October 1, 2001.