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P.E.I.-native Rick Vaive gets call to QMJHL Hall of Fame

Rick Vaive played two seasons with the Sherbrooke Castors of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Rick Vaive played two seasons with the Sherbrooke Castors of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. - QMJHL
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Islander Rick Vaive will be inducted into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Hall of Fame in April.

He joins Summerside’s Gerard Gallant and Murray Harbour’s Brad Richards as Islanders who have been inducted in recent years.

Lily-Joyce and Colm McIntosh pose to have their picture taken with hockey legend Rick Vaive, who grew up in Charlottetown, at the Rogers Hometown Hockey event in Summerside in 2017.
Lily-Joyce and Colm McIntosh pose to have their picture taken with hockey legend Rick Vaive, who grew up in Charlottetown, at the Rogers Hometown Hockey event in Summerside in 2017.

This year’s class also includes forward Simon Gamache, defenceman Stephane Robidas, goalie Roberto Luongo and coach Clement Jodoin. The induction ceremony is set for April 8 in Brossard, Que.

The Ottawa-born Vaive, who spent most of his childhood in Charlottetown, was drafted fourth overall by the Sherbrooke Castors in 1976. He set franchise rookie records of 51 goals and 110 points that stand to this day.

He added 23 points in 18 playoffs games as the Castors won the President Cup in his rookie campaign. He topped the season off by being named the league’s rookie of the year.

He won bronze with Canada at the 1978 world junior championship and ended his two-year major junior career with 300 points in 164 regular season and playoff games. He also earned 408 penalty minutes.

Vaive played for the Birmigham Bulls of the World Hockey Association in 1978-79 while still junior age. He was drafted fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1979 NHL draft and was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in February 1980 as part of a deal for Tiger Williams.

He became the storied franchise’s first 50-goal scorer, accomplishing the feat in 1981-82.

He scored 441 goals and recorded 788 points plus 1,445 penalty minutes in 876 career NHL games.

Robert Lebel was the first inductee into the Hall of Fame in 1995. There are currently 27 builders and 72 players inducted into the Hall.


Related:

    • Vaive's Hall of Fame website

    • Vaive's HockeyDB profile page

    • Vaive's NHL Trade Tracker page

    • QMJHL Hall of Fame homepage

Former NHL rookie of the year, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. John’s senior hockey legend Howie Meeker was guest of honour of the Maple Leafs alumni before their game against a Canadian Armed Forces team Sunday night at Mile One Centre. Posing with the 95-year-old Meeker are (left to right), front row: Dan Daoust, Doug Gilmour and Rick Vaive; centre row, flanking Meeker: Tomas Kaberle and Tom Watt, the former coach of the AHL’s St. John’s Maple Leafs; back row: Colton Orr, former AHL Leaf Ken McRae, Al Iafrate, Nik Antropov (another former AHL Leaf), Gary Leeman, Shayne Corson, Curtis Joseph, Darcy Tucker and J.S. Aubin. — Toronto Maple Leafs/Twitter
Former NHL rookie of the year, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. John’s senior hockey legend Howie Meeker was guest of honour of the Maple Leafs alumni before their game against a Canadian Armed Forces team Sunday night at Mile One Centre. Posing with the 95-year-old Meeker are (left to right), front row: Dan Daoust, Doug Gilmour and Rick Vaive; centre row, flanking Meeker: Tomas Kaberle and Tom Watt, the former coach of the AHL’s St. John’s Maple Leafs; back row: Colton Orr, former AHL Leaf Ken McRae, Al Iafrate, Nik Antropov (another former AHL Leaf), Gary Leeman, Shayne Corson, Curtis Joseph, Darcy Tucker and J.S. Aubin. — Toronto Maple Leafs/Twitter
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