Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ric Seiling
Younger brother to longtime NHLer Rod Seiling, Ric was selected 14th overall by the Buffalo Sabres as their first choice in the 1977 Amateur Draft. After contract negotiations, the Sabres signed Seiling and made the announcement at a racetrack. The Seiling family owned the Seiling Stables and Ric grew up to harness racing heroes rather than hockey legends.

Seiling played junior hockey in the OHA for Hamilton with the Red Wings and Fincups where he enjoyed great success winning the Memorial Cup in 1976. He moved on to the St. Catherines Fincups for the 1976-77 season where he played 62 games scoring 49 goals and 61 assists for 110 total points. After representing Canada in the 1977 World Junior Championships in Czechoslovakia and finishing with a silver medal, Seiling began his NHL career with the Sabres.

The first two seasons saw a steady increase in point production for Seiling while he enjoyed career highs in the 1979-80 season with 35 assists and 60 points. The next season was one with a serious eye injury that seemed to slow down his point production for the rest of his career. He was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for the 1986-87 season where, at season's end, he retired from the NHL.

Seiling played for the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings for the 1987-88 season before hanging up his skates for good. He went back to his first love, horse racing, and become a driver in harness racing.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Hamilton Fincups OMJHL 68 33 30 63 74 17 13 5 18 25
1975-76 Hamilton Fincups OMJHL 59 35 51 86 49 14 14 13 27 19
1975-76 Hamilton Fincups M-Cup 3 3 6 9 2
1976-77 St. Catharines Fincups OMJHL 62 49 61 110 103 14 6 6 12 36
1976-77 Canada WJC-A 7 3 1 4 10
1977-78 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 19 19 38 33 +13 8 0 2 2 7
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 20 22 42 56 +15 3 0 1 1 2
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 25 35 60 54 +30 14 5 4 9 6
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 30 27 57 80 +20 8 2 2 4 2
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 22 25 47 58 +7 4 1 1 2 2
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 19 22 41 41 +2 10 2 3 5 6
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 13 22 35 42 +10 3 0 0 0 2
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 16 15 31 86 +30 5 4 1 5 4
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 12 13 25 74 -5
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 3 8 11 49 -4 7 0 0 0 5
1987-88 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 70 16 13 29 34 9 2 2 4 47
NHL Totals 738 179 208 387 573 62 14 14 28 36


Brother of Rod
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1976)
Traded to Detroit by Buffalo for future considerations, October 7, 1986.