Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Weinrich
Eric Weinrich was drafted 32nd overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. In 1985-86, Weinrich enrolled at the University of Maine and scored 14 points as a Hockey East freshman. In 1986-87, he improved to 44 points in 41 games and was named an NCAA East Second Team All-American and in 1987-88 saw action in only eight games with the club before opting to join the U.S. National Team.

On January 29, 1989, Weinrich made his NHL debut against the Minnesota North Stars. After playing one more NHL game that season, Weinrich returned in 1989-90 and played 19 games while suiting up for the better part of the season with the Devils AHL affiliate in Utica where he was the recipient of the Eddie Shore Award as the league's top defenceman. That year, he scored his first goal and played his first six playoff games in the post-season. In 1990-91, he joined the Devils full-time and scored 38 points as a rookie.

On August 18, 1992, Weinrich was traded with the rights to Sean Burke to the Hartford Whalers for Bobby Holik and a second-round draft pick. In 1993-94, he was traded again, on November 2, to the Chicago Blackhawks as part of the three-team Steve Larmer deal that included the Rangers. In the shortened 1994-95 season, Weinrich scored 13 points in 48 games. In the playoffs, he helped his team reach the Western Conference finals before losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals.

In 1998-99, he was traded on November 16 with Jeff Hackett, Alain Nasreddine, and a fourth-round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Jocelyn Thibault, Dave Manson, and Brad Brown. In 80 games between the two teams, he recorded 22 points, 127 hits and 130 blocked shots.

In 2000-01, Weinrich served as Montreal's team captain early in the season when Saku Koivu was sidelined with injury. On February 21, he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Patrick Traverse, and on July 5, 2001, he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. Upon his arrival in Philadelphia, Weinrich was one of the team's more durable players and played his 1,000th game in 2002-03 before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues shortly after the 2004 NHL All-Star game. Weinrich went on finish the season with the Blues and following a lock-out year in 2004-05, returned to the club before having his rights acquired by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2006 NHL trading deadline.

After 1,157 career NHL games, Eric Weinrich officially announced his retirement from professional hockey on August 7th, 2006.

On the international stage, Weinrich represented his homeland on numerous occasions including; the World Junior Championships (1985-1986), the Winter Olympic Games (1988), the Canada Cup (1991), the World Cup (2004) and the World Championships (1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 North Yarmouth Academy High-ME 17 23 33 56
1984-85 North Yarmouth Academy High-ME 20 6 21 27
1984-85 United States WJC-A 7 1 1 2 8
1985-86 University of Maine H-East 34 0 14 14 26
1985-86 United States WJC-A 7 1 0 1 4
1986-87 University of Maine H-East 41 12 32 44 59
1987-88 University of Maine H-East 8 4 7 11 22
1987-88 United States Nat-Tm 38 3 9 12 24
1987-88 United States Olympics 3 0 0 0 0
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1988-89 Utica Devils AHL 80 17 27 44 70 5 0 1 1 4
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 2 7 9 11 +1 6 1 3 4 17
1989-90 Utica Devils AHL 57 12 48 60 38
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 4 34 38 48 +10 7 1 2 3 6
1990-91 United States WEC-A 10 2 1 3 6
1991-92 United States Can-Cup 8 0 0 0 2
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 7 25 32 55 +10 7 0 2 2 4
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 7 29 36 76 -11
1992-93 United States WC-A 6 0 1 1 0
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 8 1 1 2 2 -5
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 3 23 26 31 +6 6 0 2 2 6
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 3 10 13 33 +1 16 1 5 6 4
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 5 10 15 65 +14 10 1 4 5 10
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 7 25 32 62 +19 6 0 1 1 4
1996-97 United States WC-A 6 0 4 4 2
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 2 21 23 106 +10
1997-98 United States WC-A 6 0 2 2 16
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 14 1 3 4 12 -13
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 6 12 18 77 -12
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 1 2 3 2
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 4 25 29 39 +4
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 0 2 2 4 +1
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 6 19 25 34 -1
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 22 1 5 6 10 -8
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 0 2 2 8 +1
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 4 20 24 26 +27 5 0 0 0 4
2001-02 United States WC-A 3 0 1 1 2 +1
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 2 18 20 40 +16 13 2 3 5 12
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 54 2 7 9 32 +11
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 2 8 10 14 +1 5 0 1 1 0
2003-04 United States WC-A 4 0 0 0 8 +3
2004-05 United States W-Cup 2 0 0 0 0 -1
2004-05 EC VSV Villach Austria 10 3 8 11 8 3 0 1 1 6
2005-06 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 1 16 17 44 -10
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 0 0 0 8 -13
2006-07 Portland Pirates AHL 36 2 12 14 34 -7
2007-08 Portland Pirates AHL 52 1 7 8 68 0
NHL Totals 1157 70 318 388 825 81 6 23 29 67


Hockey East First All-Star Team (1987)
NCAA East Second All-American Team (1987)
AHL First All-Star Team (1990)
Eddie Shore Award (AHL -Outstanding Defenseman) (1990)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1991)
Traded to Hartford by New Jersey with Sean Burke for Bobby Holik and Hartford's 2nd round choice (Jay Pandolfo) in 1993 Entry Draft, August 28, 1992. Traded to Chicago by Hartford with Patrick Poulin for Steve Larmer and Bryan Marchment, November 2, 1993. Traded to Montreal by Chicago with Jeff Hackett, Alain Nasreddine and Tampa Bay's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Montreal selected Chris Dyment) in 1999 Entry Draft for Jocelyn Thibault, Dave Manson and Brad Brown, November 16, 1998. Traded to Boston by Montreal for Patrick Traverse, February 21, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 5, 2001. Traded to St. Louis by Philadelphia for St. Louis' 5th round choice (Gino Pisellini) in 2004 Entry Draft, February 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Villacher (Austria), February 14, 2005. Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis for Tomas Mojzis and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Vladimir Zharkov) in 2006 Entry Draft, March 9, 2006.
Officially announced his retirement, August 4, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Portland (AHL), January 25, 2007.