Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Knickle
Netminder Rick Knickle had all but given up on a chance to play on the NHL when he was summoned to the NHL as an injury replacement by the Los Angeles Kings in 1992-93. Through the majority of his career he was an excellent netminder in junior and in the minor pros in a career that lasted two decades.

The native of New Brunswick played junior with the powerful Brandon Wheat Kings in the late 1970s. In 1978-79 he posted a remarkable 26-3-8 record and helped the team come within one overtime goal of the Memorial Cup title. Following the season he was voted on to the WHL first all-star team and was chosen 116th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the first NHL Entry Draft. He started the next year in junior but eventually went to the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL for 16 games.

Between 1980 and 1993 Knickle guarded the cage for eight different IHL franchises, three AHL clubs, and one EHL team. He won at least 20 games five times, led the IHL in goals against average twice and did the same once in the EHL. The L.A. Kings came calling in 1992-93 when Kelly Hrudey was injured. Knickle looked solid while playing ten games that year and four the next.

Following his brief Cinderella-story appearance in the NHL, Knickle went back to the IHL to play for four different teams to bring his career total in that league to twelve. In 1994-95 he posted a 2.95 goal -against average for the Detroit Vipers and led the "I" in shutouts. He retired in 1997 after playing 19 games with the Milwaukee Admirals.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1976-77 Cole Harbour Colts MJrHL 13 1 3.08
1977-78 Brandon Travellers MJHL 7 0 3.65
1977-78 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 49 34 5 7 0 3.89 8 4 4 0 4.82
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 38 26 3 8 1 3.16 16 12 3 1 2.78
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 2 0 2 0 0 5.37
1979-80 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 33 11 14 1 0 4.68
1979-80 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 16 0 3.76 3 0 6.54
1980-81 Erie Blades EHL 43 1 3.20 8 0 1.88
1981-82 Rochester Americans AHL 31 10 12 5 1 3.70 3 0 2 0 3.37
1982-83 Flint Generals IHL 27 2 3.37 3 0 3.11
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 4 0 3 0 0 4.64
1983-84 Flint Generals IHL 60 32 21 5 3 3.46 8 8 0 0 3.00
1984-85 Flint Generals IHL 36 18 11 3 2 3.42 7 3 4 0 4.04
1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 14 7 6 0 0 4.08
1985-86 Saginaw Generals IHL 39 16 15 0 2 3.62 3 2 1 0 3.73
1986-87 Saginaw Generals IHL 26 9 13 0 0 4.80 5 1 4 0 3.83
1987-88 Flint Spirits IHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1987-88 Peoria Rivermen IHL 13 2 8 1 0 4.94 6 3 3 4.08
1988-89 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 47 22 16 0 1 3.11 4 1 2 0 5.20
1989-90 Flint Spirits IHL 55 25 24 1 1 4.20 2 0 2 0 7.72
1990-91 Albany Choppers IHL 14 4 6 2 0 4.59
1990-91 Springfield Indians AHL 9 6 0 2 0 3.30
1991-92 San Diego Gulls IHL 46 28 13 4 0 3.46 2 0 1 0 2.31
1992-93 San Diego Gulls IHL 41 33 4 4 4 2.17
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 10 6 4 0 0 3.95
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 1 2 0 0 3.10
1993-94 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 25 8 9 3 1 4.13
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 49 24 15 5 3 2.95
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 18 9 5 1 0 3.44
1995-96 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 7 6 1 0 0 3.86 4 1 0 0 3.33
1996-97 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 19 5 9 1 0 3.83
NHL Totals 14 7 6 0 0 3.73


WHL First All-Star Team (1979)
WHL Goaltender of the Year (1979)
EHL First All-Star Team (1981)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1984, 1992)
IHL First All-Star Team (1989, 1993)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1989)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1993) (shared with Clint Malarchuk)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, February 8, 1985. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, February 16, 1993.