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03-31-2011, 09:15 AM
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With their fifteenth round pick (575) in the 2011 ATD, the Guelph Platers have selected: Rick Vaive

It was with the Leafs that the right winger from Ottawa, Ontario developed into one of the league’s most dangerous forwards with his booming slap shot. Many nights he was the Toronto offense.
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Career Highlights:
9 time 30+ goal scorer - consecutively.
4 time 40+ goal scorer.
3 consecutive 50+ goal seasons.
Played NHL All Star game 1982, 1983, 1984.

Born: May 14, 1959.
Position: RW
Height: 6-1
Weight: 198 lbs
Shoots: Right.

Regular Season:
9 consecutive 30+ goal seasons.
3 consecutive 50+ goal seasons - the first Leaf to hit 50.
3 time All Star Game participant.
Top 5 in goals twice.
Top 10 in goals 3 times during his career.
Top 10 in even strength goals twice in his career.
Top 10 in PP goals 2 times during his career.

Playing for the Ballard era Leafs, Vaive did not have much team success in the NHL playoffs.

Personally over his career he scored 27 goals in 54 games for a very respectable 40 goal pace over 80 games and almost exactly matching his career regular season average.

Quotations and Perspective:

Although his team was, for the most part, inept, Vaive used his booming slapshot to become the first Leaf in franchise history to score 50 goals in one season. He got 54 in 1981-82 followed by seasons of 51 and then 52. But for all of the personal adulation he received as a scoring ace, he admitted that his team's inability to win with consistency skimmed some of the magic off the top of his success. He once confided that he'd trade his 50-goal campaigns for a chance to hold Lord Stanley.
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Vaive was rewarded for his strong play with the Leafs' captaincy, a post he held until his team launched another of its cyclical house cleanings, sending him along with Steve Thomas and Bob McGill to Chicago in 1987. There, Vaive continued his solid offensive production for a season and a half before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres where he completed his NHL service in 1992.
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A player of Vaive's character and scoring statistics should be considered one of the greatest Maple Leafs of all time. In addition to all of the 50 goal seasons, Vaive was a tremendous battler, willing to absorb punishment in the corners and in front of the net in order to score goals, especially while on the power play. He, not unlike the overly popular Wendel Clark, was passionate and emotional, dropping the gloves on more than a few occasions and earning the respect of opponents.
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Vaive's short fuse and emotional approach actually worked against him. After Darryl Sittler was traded away and Borje Salming refused the honor, Vaive was given the team captaincy at the tender age of 22. He was unable to handle the additional pressures, and fell into disfavor with several Leafs coaches, most notably Don Maloney, John Brophy and Mike Nykoluk.

They didn't like Vaive's lack of focus on defensive play nor his undisciplined drinking and partying. When he overslept and missed practice during the 1985-86 season, he was stripped of his captaincy, greatly wounding the veteran.

Through it all Vaive remained productive, scoring 35, 33 and 32 goals in respective seasons. In 1987-88 Vaive and Steve Thomas were traded to Chicago in exchange for Al Secord.
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