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Richard Clune
Rich Clune Maple Leafs
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
216 lb (98 kg)
AHL Team
F. Teams
Toronto Marlies
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nashville Predators
Los Angeles Kings
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born May 25 1987 (1987-05-25) (age 29),
Toronto, Ontario Canada
NHL Draft 71st overall, 2005
Dallas Stars
Pro Career 2007 – present

Richard Clune (born April 25, 1987) is a professional ice hockey left winger of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). Clune has played over 350 AHL games and 120 NHL games since his debut in 2006.

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Clune was drafted in the second round of the 2003 OHL Priority Selection (29th overall) by the Sarnia Sting. During the 2003–04 season, Clune scored three goals and 16 points, as well as 72 penalty minutes, in 58 games. In 2004–05, his second year with the Sting, Clune finished the season with 21 goals and 34 points in 68 games and added 103 penalty minutes, fourth most on the team, as well as winning the Bobby Smith Trophy, emblematic of the OHL's scholastic player of the year. In April 2005, Clune represented Canada at the World Under-18s in the Czech Republic; Canada won a silver medal, losing in the gold-medal game to the United States.

Clune was drafted in the third round (71st overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars on July 30, 2005, despite not playing at the CHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver. In August 2005, Clune yet again represented Canada in the Czech Republic, this time at the Junior World Cup of Hockey. This time, Canada won gold, winning it over the host team.

Despite Clune's 20 goals, 52 points and 126 penalty minutes in 61 games in 2005–06, Sarnia finished last in the OHL standings and Clune demanded a trade. On September 20, 2006, Clune was traded to the Barrie Colts for Mike Roelofsen and three draft picks.

In October, the Colts honoured Clune with the team's monthly sportsmanship award. Clune was criticized when, during a game against London on October 28, 2006, Clune scored an empty-net goal to secure a 5–3 victory and celebrated the goal by doing pushups on the ice.[1] Clune had had his best season offensively, scoring a career-high 32 goals and 46 assists for a career-best 78 points in 67 games.

ProfessionalEdit

On March 25, 2007, Clune signed a three-year entry-level contract with Dallas Stars. He made his professional hockey debut on April 14 with the Iowa Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate. Clune ended the 2007–08 season splitting time between Iowa and the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

On July 21, 2008, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Lauri Tukonen.[2] After suffering a chest injury at training camp on October 6, 2008, Clune wasn't assigned to the Kings' affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, until November 19, 2008.[3]

During the 2010 playoffs, Clune made four brief appearances in their first-round loss to the Vancouver Canucks, but is noted for his fight in Game 5 with Rick Rypien.

Prior to the 2012–13 lockout-shortened season, Clune was picked up off waivers from the Kings by the Nashville Predators on January 15, 2013.[4] Having established a fourth line role with the Predators, Clune was re-signed to a two-year contract extension to begin in the 2014–15 season.

Clune featured in a single game under new head coach Peter Laviolette before he was reassigned to the AHL with affiliate the Milwaukee Admirals for the duration of the year. After he was placed on waivers in the off-season with no claim, Clune was placed on unconditional waivers to buy out the final year of his contract and secure a release to free agency on June 27, 2015.[5]

On July 5, 2015, Clune signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.[6] Clune produced 5 points in 8 games to open the 2015-16 season with the Marlies, before he was signed to a one-year two-way contract with the parent club, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on October 29, 2015.[7]

On July 4, 2016, as a free agent from the Maple Leafs, Clune opted to continue playing with the Marlies, signing a new one-year AHL deal.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 3 13 16 72 5 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Sarnia Sting OHL 67 21 13 34 103
2005–06 Sarnia Sting OHL 61 20 32 52 126
2006–07 Barrie Colts OHL 67 32 46 78 151 8 3 4 7 8
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 19 1 9 10 41
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 38 3 5 8 137
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 35 3 6 9 87
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 44 4 10 14 126
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 0 2 2 26 4 0 0 0 5
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 66 8 14 22 222 7 0 3 3 6
2011–12 Manchester Monarchs AHL 56 6 9 15 253 4 0 0 0 14
2012–13 Manchester Monarchs AHL 35 2 5 7 98
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 47 4 5 9 113
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 58 3 4 7 166
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 62 6 11 17 181
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 49 8 16 24 146 15 1 2 3 34
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 0 4 4 22
NHL totals 139 7 15 22 327 4 0 0 0 5

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
Bobby Smith Trophy 2005

ReferencesEdit

  1. Stars junior prospects update. hockeysfuture.com (2006-11-26). Retrieved on 2008-11-10.
  2. Los Angeles Kings acquire Clune from Dallas. kings.nhl.com (2008-07-21). Retrieved on 2009-02-12.
  3. Clune activated from IR; assigned. kings.nhl.com (2008-11-19). Retrieved on 2009-02-12.
  4. Nashville Predators pick up Rich Clune on waivers. Nashville Predators (2013-01-15). Retrieved on 2013-01-15.
  5. Clune waived by Nashville for Buyout. thehockeywriters.com (2015-06-27). Retrieved on 2015-06-27.
  6. Marlies Sign Rich Clune. Toronto Marlies (July 5, 2015).
  7. Maple Leafs sign F Clune. The Sports Network (2015-10-29). Retrieved on 2015-10-29.
  8. Toronto Marlies (2016-07-04). "Rich Clune remains with Toronto Marlies". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016-07-04.

External linksEdit


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