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Richard Matvichuk
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
Teams Dallas Stars
Minnesota North Stars
New Jersey Devils
Born February 5 1973 (1973-02-05) (age 44),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1991
Minnesota North Stars
Pro Career 1992 – 2008

Richard Matvichuk (born February 5, 1973) is a Canadian former National Hockey League Defenseman and current Head Coach of the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League.[1] He played 14 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, and the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Although he was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Richard was raised in the nearby city of Fort Saskatchewan.[2][3] Matvichuk was drafted eighth overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, and made the transition, along with several other players, including Mike Modano and Derian Hatcher, to the franchise's move to Dallas, and played 733 regular season games as a Dallas Star.[2][4][5] Matvichuk played 12 years for the Stars, scoring 38 goals and 129 assists, although a rather low average of penalty minutes, when compared with his physical style of play.[2][6]

Matvichuk was also a part of the 1999 Stanley Cup winning team which brought Dallas their first championship trophy.[2] He became a free agent in the 2004 NHL off season.[2] He was later signed by the New Jersey Devils, making a similar Stars to Devils transition as Jamie Langenbrunner and Joe Nieuwendyk.[2][4][7] He missed all but the last game of the 2006–07 season after having back surgery.[2] He was released by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2008 preseason, when he was there on a tryout basis.[8]


On May 4, 2012, Matvichuk was announced as the Assistant General Manager and Defensive Coach of CHL's Allen Americans.[9] On June 12, 2014, he was named the head coach of the CHL's Missouri Mavericks.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Saskatoon Blades WHL 5682432126 10281016
1990–91 Saskatoon Blades WHL 68133649117
1991–92 Saskatoon Blades WHL 58144054126 22191061
1992–93 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 30116
1992–93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 5323526
1993–94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 438172584
1993–94 Dallas Stars NHL 2503322 711212
1994–95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 1706616
1994–95 Dallas Stars NHL 1402214 50224
1995–96 Dallas Stars NHL 736162271
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 57571287 701120
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 743151863 1611214
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 64391251 2215620
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 704212542 2325714
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 784162062 1000014
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 829122152
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 6815658 120338
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 751202136 50118
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 621101140 70004
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 10000 900010
2007–08 Lowell Devils AHL 4213440
NHL totals 79639139178624 12351924128


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Canada WJC 40002
2002 Canada WC 71016
Junior int'l totals 40002
Senior int'l totals 71016


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mavericks Introduce Richard Matvichuk as New Head Coach. (June 12, 2012). Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Richard Matvichuk. Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  3. Grisson, Melissa (2013). Getting to Know: Richard Matvichuk. Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame: Joe Nieuwendyk. New Jersey Devils (March 8, 2014). Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  5. Derian Hatcher. Team USA. Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  6. Althaus, Bill (June 13, 2012). Bill Althaus: New Coach Could be What Mavs Need to Reach The Next Level. The Examiner. Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  7. Allen, Kevin (November 11, 2011). Dallas Honors One of Its Greatest Stars: Mike Modano. TeamUSA. Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  8. Reed, Tom (October 6, 2008). Jackets Notebook: Chimera's Gaffe, Goal Highlight Win. The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved on June 14, 2014.
  9. Americans Make Changes at the Top. (May 4, 2012). Retrieved on June 14, 2014.

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Preceded by
Derian Hatcher
Minnesota North Stars first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Todd Harvey

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