Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Meagher
A quick centre who could check diligently and create scoring chances, Rick Meagher played nearly 700 NHL games for four different clubs. His best years came with the St. Louis Blues in the 1980s.

Born in Belleville, Ontario, Meagher was signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens after a stellar four-year career with Boston University. The tricky pivot was named to the ECAC first and second all-star teams twice each, placed on the NCAA championship all-tournament team in 1977, and was a three-time NCAA East first team All-American.

Meagher spent most of his first three pro seasons with the Habs' AHL farm team in Nova Scotia. In June 1980, he was traded to the Hartford Whalers and made it into 27 games the following season. Meagher showed he was a bona fide NHLer when he scored 24 goals while teamed with Don Nachbaur and Warren Miller in 1981-82. Early the next season, the speedy forward was traded to the New Jersey Devils where he checked and saw time on the power play.

A trade to the St. Louis Blues in August 1985, allowed Meagher to find his niche as a big leaguer. Playing behind star playmaker Bernie Federko, he was allowed to play his exemplary two-way game while becoming one of the top penalty killers in the league. His excellent work helped the Blues come within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 1986. In 1990, Meagher's value was recognized when he won the Frank J. Selke trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward. He battled injuries in 1990-91 but returned to play nine playoff games before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-1973 Belleville Bobcats ON-Jr.B
1973-74 Boston University Terriers ECAC 30 19 21 40 26
1974-75 Boston University Terriers ECAC 32 25 28 53 80
1975-76 Boston University Terriers ECAC 28 12 25 37 22
1976-77 Boston University Terriers ECAC 34 34 46 80 42
1977-78 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 57 20 27 47 33 11 5 3 8 11
1978-79 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 79 35 46 81 57 10 1 6 7 11
1979-80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 64 32 44 76 53 6 3 4 7 2
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 27 7 10 17 19 +2
1980-81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 50 23 35 58 54
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 65 24 19 43 51 -4
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -3
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 15 14 29 11 -21
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 52 14 14 28 16 -9
1983-84 Maine Mariners AHL 10 6 4 10 2
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 11 20 31 22 -13
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 11 19 30 28 -1 19 4 4 8 12
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 18 21 39 54 -9 6 0 0 0 11
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 18 16 34 76 0 10 0 0 0 8
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 15 14 29 53 +9 10 3 2 5 6
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 8 17 25 47 +4 8 1 0 1 2
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 3 1 4 6 0 9 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 691 144 165 309 383 62 8 7 15 41


Metro OHA-B - Rookie-of-the-Year Award (1972)
ECAC Second All-Star Team (1974, 1975)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1975, 1976, 1977)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1976, 1977)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1977)
Frank J. Selke Trophy (1990)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, June 27, 1977. Traded to Hartford by Montreal with Montreal's 3rd (Paul MacDermid) and 5th (Dan Bourbonnais) round picks in 1981 NHL Draft for Hartford's 3rd (Dieter Hegen) and 5th (Steve Rooney) round picks in 1981 NHL Draft, June 5, 1980. Traded to New Jersey by Hartford with Garry Howatt for Merlin Malinowski and the rights to Scott Fusco, October 15, 1982. Traded to St. Louis by New Jersey with New Jersey's 12th round pick (Bill Butler) in 1986 NHL Draft for Perry Anderson, August 29, 1985.
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