Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Tabaracci
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1985-86 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 40 19 11 6 1 5.18
1986-87 Cornwall Royals OHL 59 23 32 3 1 5.20 5 1 4 0 3.17
1987-88 Cornwall Royals OHL 58 33 18 6 3 3.48 11 5 6 0 3.46
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 1 0 0 0 4.62
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 7.27
1988-89 Cornwall Royals OHL 50 24 20 5 1 4.24 18 10 8 1 3.61
1989-90 Moncton Hawks AHL 27 10 15 2 2 4.06
1989-90 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 22 8 9 1 0 4.12 3 1 2 0 7.17
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 24 4 9 4 1 3.90
1990-91 Moncton Hawks AHL 11 4 5 2 0 3.81
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 18 6 7 3 0 3.23 7 3 4 0 4.03
1991-92 Moncton Hawks AHL 23 10 11 1 0 3.66
1991-92 Canada WC-A 1 0 1 0 0 9.60
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 19 5 10 0 0 4.38
1992-93 Moncton Hawks AHL 5 2 1 2 0 3.72
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 6 3 2 0 2 1.75 4 1 3 0 2.76
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 32 13 14 2 2 3.08 2 0 2 0 3.24
1993-94 Portland Pirates AHL 3 3 0 0 0 2.72
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 8 1 3 2 0 2.44
1994-95 Chicago Wolves IHL 2 1 1 0 0 4.51
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 5 2 0 1 0 1.49 1 0 0 0 0.00
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 43 19 16 3 3 2.94 3 0 3 0 2.06
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 7 2 4 0 1 2.33
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 55 20 25 6 4 2.75
1996-97 Canada WC-A 3 0 0 0 0 0.00
1997-98 Calgary Flames NHL 42 13 22 6 0 2.88
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 23 4 12 3 2 2.51
1998-99 Canada WC-A 4 3.01
1999-00 Canada Nat-Tm 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.07
1999-00 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 10 5 5 0 0 2.96
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 21 11 6 4 1 2.58
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 1 0 0 0 2.00
1999-00 Utah Grizzlies IHL 11 4 4 3 1 2.30 3 1 2 0 2.34
2000-01 Utah Grizzlies IHL 30 14 13 1 1 2.44
NHL Totals 286 93 125 30 15 2.98 17 4 12 0 3.10


OHL First All-Star Team (1988)
OHL Second All-Star Team (1989)
Traded to Winnipeg by Pittsburgh with Randy Cunneyworth and Dave McLlwain for Jim Kyte, Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen, June 17, 1989. Traded to Washington by Winnipeg for Jim Hrivnak and Washington's 2nd round choice (Alexei Budayev) in 1993 Entry Draft, March 22, 1993. Traded to Calgary by Washington for Calgary's 5th round choice (Joel Cort) in 1995 Entry Draft, April 7, 1995. Traded to Tampa Bay by Calgary for Aaron Gavey, November 19, 1996. Traded to Calgary by Tampa Bay for Calgary's 4th round choice (Eric Beaudoin) in 1998 Entry Draft, June 21, 1997. Traded to Washington by Calgary for future considerations, August 7, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, November 3, 1999. Traded to Colorado by Atlanta for Shean Donovan, December 8, 1999. Claimed by Columbus from Colorado in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 12, 2000.
Officially announced retirement August 26, 2002.