|Richard Dorian Matvichuk
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 210 pounds
Born: 2.5.73 Edmonton, Alberta
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Dallas Stars, 7.12.04
How he left: Did not resign after the 07-08 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Matvichuk and his physical play was one of the reasons the Stars won the Cup in 1999. He played the game with
discipline, too, which is a rare thing to find with a defenseman like him.
His first season with the Devils was a fine one, but his second one was a struggle. He sat out every game but one
because of back surgery in the preseason. The one game was a warm-up; he proved to be an asset still in the following
postseason. He was my choice as an unsung hero of the series against Tampa.
The following training camp, though, he couldn't get out of the gate. It subsequently lead to him being waived before he
saw a game that season, and he would play in Lowell for the entire campaign.
He would join the Columbus Blue Jackets for 2008 training camp, but he didn't make the team. Nor did he sign a minor
league deal with them. Needless to say, he ultimately retired.
He joined the Allen Americans of the CHL in 2012 as an assistant coach. While with them, the Americans had won the
last two President's Cup championships of the league's existence before being absorbed into the ECHL. On that change,
he would join the Missouri Mavericks as their head coach for 2 seasons.
In 2016, he would be hired in the same capacity by the WHL's Prince George Cougars.
|Entry Draft: 1991 First Round Pick (8th overall) by the
Minnesota North Stars
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise