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Richard (Rick) Vasko
Richard (Rick) Vasko
Defenseman
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 1, 1957
Birthplace: St. Catharines, ON, Canada
Drafted: DET / 1977 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 3rd (37th overall)
In 1977 Rick "The Moose" Vasko was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL and the Indainapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association. Vasko, whose father also was an NHL player, elected to follow in his dad's footsteps and signed with the Detroit Red Wings.

Vasko played just three games during his first season as a pro, and after a full year in the minors the following season he then played only got into 8 the year after but by his third year he spent a quarter of the season in the Motor City. Vasko played 20 games for the Wings and recorded the only points of his career when he scored 3 goals and 10 points from the Detroit blueline.

While he'd only played 31 games in the NHL over four years without much fanfare, in the minor leagues, with the Detroit's farm club, he'd established himself as a skilled offensive defenseman in that same time frame. Vasko in his first three seasons, when he played 70 or more games, he put up 41, 59 and 61 points, while exceeding the 20-goal plateau twice. In 1980-81, when he missed a chunk of his minor-league season while with Detroit, Vasko still was able to score 17 goals and 51 points in just 57 games.

Despite his promising minor league number the Red Wings traded Vasko in May of 1981. Now property of the Calgary Flames, Vasko was unable to make their roster out of training camp and spent the 1981-82 season back in the minors, where his production slipped. It would prove to be the last season of his career.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59