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10-13-2012, 10:24 PM
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Rick Vaive....?

Hey fellow hockey peeps.

I have a question. Now I pride myself on being a leaf fan for 46 of my 49 years and somewhat of a hockey historian.

But this is confusing. There is a picture of Rick Vaive in a mural on a building that is a tribute to some of Amherst hockey players that have played for Amherst in the past going back about 80 years.

I checked the history of the Amherst Rambles past hockey players and cant find him there. Does anyone know what Rick Vaive had to do with hockey in Amherst Nova Scotia?

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Are you sure it was Vaive? He was born in Ottawa, played his Junior hockey career for Sherbrooke in the QMJHL. Unless he lived in Nova Scotia at some point in his young career.

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Maybe he played his Junior A there....

http://www.playyourgame.com/marjhl.html

Edit: Looks like he played for the Charlottetown Abbies.

http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1979/79005.html


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Are you sure it was Vaive? He was born in Ottawa, played his Junior hockey career for Sherbrooke in the QMJHL. Unless he lived in Nova Scotia at some point in his young career.
Yea, it is Vaive for sure. The artist did a great job....and did I mention that his name is with all the other names on the painting?

The names on the mural are Mo Bent, Billy Riley, Craig Martin, Red Stuart, Frank Ripley, Creighton Louther, Carl Ripley, Stanton Jackson, Lester Lowther, Arnold peaches noiles, Mac Davis, Brian Obyrne, Rick Vaive, Darren Nixon, Mutt Webster, Shermie White, Mark Macfarlane, Tim Ripley and Jaime Mathews.

I know the history of everyone on that picture and I played with 2 of them, Darren Nixon and Tim Ripley. They are all on the mural and have had an impact on hockey in Amherst.

I have no idea about why Vaive is there but would really like to figure it out.

As for the poster below, he did play in PEI but that has no bearing on Amherst NS. Maybe he was traded to the Rambers for half a season or something in the early 70's.

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Vaive is said to be a "native of Ottawa" on wiki & in the HHOF's player section, however, on the Amherst site he's claimed as one of their Native Sons, born there. Perhaps his family moved to Ottawa when he was quite young, as I highly doubt any city/town/municipality would make such a claim erroneously. As such, featured on their mural, in the books for interest & posterities sake.

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Are you sure it was Vaive? He was born in Ottawa, played his Junior hockey career for Sherbrooke in the QMJHL. Unless he lived in Nova Scotia at some point in his young career.
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Vaive is said to be a "native of Ottawa" on wiki & in the HHOF's player section, however, on the Amherst site he's claimed as one of their Native Sons, born there. Perhaps his family moved to Ottawa when he was quite young, as I highly doubt any city/town/municipality would make such a claim erroneously. As such, featured on their mural, in the books for interest & posterities sake.
Makes sense

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Makes sense
... ya, I just cant see a city laying claim to someone as having been born there without absolute proof. As for Vaive as a player & later Coach, always liked the guy.

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QMJHL Eligibility

For Rick Vaive to have played in the QMJHL in 1976 he would have had to have played his formative youth hockey up to junior in Quebec or the Maritimes. Ontario background he would not be eligible unless waived by all the OHL/OHA teams. Highly unlikely in his case.

Further more his family from the Maritimes would come-up regularly to Sherbrooke or Montreal.

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Vaive played some peewee hockey in Amherst, NS.

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... well, this getting weirder by the minute. Did some more research. The Leafs site along with the PEI Sports Hall of Fame states he was in fact born in Ottawa but moved to Charlottetown at age 11. Played Junior for Sherbrooke; opted for the WHA etc as we all know. So if he played a year of PeeWee as noted above, a bit of a reach by the city, but I suppose acceptable.

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There is an NHL great born in Trois Rivieres, played early hockey in Victoriaville, Junior/Senior in Quebec City, NHL in Montreal, lived in Longueuil. All five municipalities have honoured him in some fashion.

Answer - Jean Beliveau.

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I know his brother plays around N.S. He's not very good.

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Hey, anyone who scores 50 goals on some of the worst Leaf teams ever deserves that no matter where he is from!

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Hey fellow hockey peeps.

I have a question. Now I pride myself on being a leaf fan for 46 of my 49 years and somewhat of a hockey historian.

But this is confusing. There is a picture of Rick Vaive in a mural on a building that is a tribute to some of Amherst hockey players that have played for Amherst in the past going back about 80 years.

I checked the history of the Amherst Rambles past hockey players and cant find him there. Does anyone know what Rick Vaive had to do with hockey in Amherst Nova Scotia?
Rick Vaive played some minor hockey in Amherst, NS. My Dad's buddy had a picture of the Amherst Peewee team and Vaive was on it. Rumor has it he was small and scared at that time, wasn't even the top player on his team. He then moved to PEI and continued his minor hockey career there.

Can't believe I stumbled upon a thread to do with Amherst on HF, never thought that would happen.


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Rick Vaive played some minor hockey in Amherst, NS. My Dad's buddy had a picture of the Amherst Peewee team and Vaive was on it. Rumor has it he was small and scared at that time, wasn't even the top player on his team. He then moved to PEI and continued his minor hockey career there.

Can't believe I stumbled upon a thread to do with Amherst on HF, never thought that would happen.
Hi. Thanks for the info. I was in Mites when he was in Peewee and I just don't remember him. I have a note placed to my cousin Greg that would be on his PEEWee team at the same time. He kept all his peewee pics and his mom and dad have a huge scrapbook. We shall see.

If playing here on peewee got you on that picture, then shame on my home town for doing this. Talk about glorifying someone from that level. Don't get me wrong, Vaive was one of my fav hockey players of all time and still is. But, getting on a mural with all those hockey people that actually made a difference in Hockey is just silly.

I will update this when my cousin gets back to me about this. If he is not on my cousins pictures, then it is not true. They are the same age with only a months difference.

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Is Vaive the all time leading NHl goal scorer reared (albeit not born) in the Maritimes?

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Is Vaive the all time leading NHl goal scorer reared (albeit not born) in the Maritimes?
No, I would think Al McCinnis is. Not sure, i'm too lazy to check the stats. We have Bryan Murray from Bridgewater and soon to be Crosby from Cole Harbour.

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... Maritimer's also include Gordie Drillon of the Leafs from the late 30's through the 40's averaging 20+ goals & 30++ assists in less than 50 game seasons, which is pretty impressive (though admittedly the quality of the game during WW2 suffered a bit). Other notables would be Errol Thompson, consistent, one of my favourite players from the back in the day; Gerard Gallant who had one spectacular and several better than good seasons in Detroit. Brad Richards another who wasnt exactly a slouch around the net.

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Is Vaive the all time leading NHl goal scorer reared (albeit not born) in the Maritimes?
If you count him as being a Maritimer then yes.

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