Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Richard Zemlak
The St. Louis Blues as an underaged junior in the 1981 Entry Draft selected Richard Zemlak. The Blues sold his rights to the Quebec Nordiques in 1984.

His role while playing for the Fredericton Express of the AHL was to dissuade bigger opponents from picking on the Express's smaller, skilled players. Zemlak brought an abrasive attitude to the rink and parlayed that style of play into portions of five NHL seasons with Quebec, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Calgary.

He was a decent skater and was well liked for his willingness to protect his teammates at all costs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Melville Millionaires SJHL
1979-80 Regina Blues SJHL 30 4 7 11 80
1980-81 Spokane Flyers WHL 72 19 19 38 132 4 1 1 2 6
1981-82 Spokane Flyers WHL 26 9 20 29 113
1981-82 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 2 1 2 3 0
1981-82 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 41 11 20 31 70
1981-82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 51 20 17 37 119
1982-83 Nanaimo Islanders WHL 18 2 8 10 50
1983-84 Montana Magic CHL 14 2 2 4 17
1983-84 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 45 8 19 27 101
1984-85 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 64 19 18 37 223 17 5 4 9 68
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 16 3 4 7 59
1985-86 Fredericton Express AHL 58 6 5 11 305 3 0 0 0 49
1985-86 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 3 1 2 3 36
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 20 0 2 2 47 0
1986-87 Fredericton Express AHL 29 9 6 15 201
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 54 1 4 5 307 -15
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 0 0 0 13 +1
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 1 3 4 22
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 0 0 0 135 -4 1 0 0 0 10
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 18 5 4 9 55 8 1 1 2 35
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 1 5 6 43 -6
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 61 17 39 56 263 14 3 4 7 105
1990-91 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 59 14 20 34 194 3 0 1 1 14
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 1 1 42 -2
1991-92 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 60 5 14 19 204 3 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 62 3 9 12 301 2 1 1 2 6
1993-94 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 61 3 8 11 243 2 0 0 0 16
NHL Totals 132 2 12 14 587 1 0 0 0 10


Rights traded to Quebec by St. Louis with rights to Dan Wood and Roger Hagglund for cash, June 22, 1984. Claimed by Minnesota from Quebec in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1987. Traded to Pittsburgh by Minnesota for the rights to Rob Gaudreau, November 1, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, November 8, 1990.
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