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Richardzemlak

Richard Zemlak (Born - March 3, 1963 in Wynyard, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played 5 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Quebec Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames.

Playing careerEdit

Zemlak was drafted in the 10th Round, 209th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

The Blues sold his rights to the Quebec Nordiques in 1984.

His role while playing for the Fredericton Express of the AHL was to dissuade bigger opponents from picking on the Express's smaller, skilled players. Zemlak brought an abrasive attitude to the rink and parlayed that style of play into portions of five NHL seasons with Quebec, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Calgary Flames.

He was a decent skater and was well liked for his willingness to protect his teammates at all costs.


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RecordsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

NHL Regular Season

  • Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties In Minutes
YEAR TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
1986–87 Quebec Nordiques 20 0 2 2 47
1987–88 Minnesota North Stars 54 1 4 5 307
1988–89 Minnesota North Stars 3 0 0 0 13
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins 31 0 0 0 135
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins 19 1 5 6 43
1991–92 Calgary Flames 5 0 1 1 42
NHL Regular Season Totals 132 2 12 14 587

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