Netminder Rick Tabaracci spent parts of eleven years in the NHL during the 1980s and '90s. He suited up for seven teams and his greatest strength was playing equally well as a workhorse or an infrequently used reserve.
The Toronto native was a junior standout with the OHL's Cornwall Royals. After leading the league with 59 appearances in 1986-87, Tabaracci was drafted 26th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was returned to junior and led the league with three shutouts and 33 wins and recorded 24 victories in 1988-89. The young netminder played half a game for the Pens that year but otherwise apprenticed in the minors.
In June 1989, Tabaracci was sent to the Winnipeg Jets in a multi-player transaction. He was a solid back up to Bob Essensa and represented Canada at the 1992 World Championships. He was a well-traveled player in 1992-93 when he suited up for the Jets, the AHL's Moncton Hawks, and the Washington Capitals after a trade. Tabaracci played 32 games with the Caps in 1993-94 when Olaf Kolzig faltered but was traded to Calgary in April 1995 when Washington had too many good netminders.
In 1995-96, Tabaracci enjoyed his finest NHL season with 19 wins in 43 games for the Calgary Flames. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning early the next season and won 20 games in 55 games then played for Canada when it won gold at the World Championships. In 1997-98, he played 42 games after returning to the Flames and suited up briefly for the Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers, and Colorado Avalanche. Tabaracci played 30 games in the 2000-01 season with the IHL's Utah Grizzlies.