Rick Kehoe

Richard Thomas Kehoe (born July 15, 1951) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and coach, most notably for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

Rick Kehoe
Born (1951-07-15) July 15, 1951
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1971
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 19691985

Playing career

Kehoe played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey Association with the London Knights and the Hamilton Red Wings. He was drafted in the second round (22nd overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft.

He played in 32 games with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League in 1971 before being promoted to the Maple Leafs midway through the 1972 season. He led the Leafs in goal scoring during the 1973 season with 33 goals.

Kehoe was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1974 and spent the remainder of his playing days with the Penguins. A notably clean player—he recorded 120 penalty minutes in a 14-season career—he won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1981, during which he scored a career best 55 goals. He retired after the 1985 season as the Penguins' career scoring leader, and is fifth today behind Mario Lemieux, Jaromír Jágr, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

In his playing career, he played in 906 NHL games, scoring 371 goals and 396 assists for 767 points, and accrued 120 penalty minutes. In 39 playoff games, he scored 4 goals and 17 assists for 21 points with 4 penalty minutes.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70London KnightsOHA-Jr.233256
1969–70Hamilton Red WingsOHA-Jr.322467
1970–71Hamilton Red WingsOHA-Jr.583941804374042
1971–72Toronto Maple LeafsNHL388816420002
1971–72Tulsa OilersCHL3218213920
1972–73Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7733427520
1973–74Toronto Maple LeafsNHL691822408
1974–75Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL763231632290220
1975–76Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL71294776630000
1976–77Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL803027571030220
1977–78Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL7029215010
1978–79Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL57271845270220
1979–80Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL79303060452570
1980–81Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL80553388650330
1981–82Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL71335285852352
1982–83Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL7529366512
1983–84Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL571827458
1984–85Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL60220
NHL totals 906 371 396 767 120 39 4 17 21 4

Coaching career

Kehoe became Director of Pro Scouting for the Penguins in 1985 and was named an assistant coach in 1986. Kehoe's name was engraved on the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992. He remained in the Penguins organization as a scout or assistant coach until 2002.

Four games into the 2001–02 season, Kehoe took over for former Czech Olympic coach Ivan Hlinka as head coach of the Penguins. Kehoe served as head coach of the Penguins from 2002 to 2003, amassing a 55–81–14 record. Kehoe was replaced by Ed Olczyk after the 2002–03 season. His final stint as a coach in the organization was as interim coach for the minor-league Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins when Michel Therrien was called up to Pittsburgh as head coach; the Baby Pens had a 2–1 record in the three games Kehoe was behind the bench.

On September 18, 2006, he was named to the professional scouting staff for the New York Rangers.

Kehoe was inducted into the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. He currently resides in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
GWLTOTLPtsFinish GWLResult
PIT2001–02 78283785695th in AtlanticMissed playoffs
PIT2002–03 82274465655th in AtlanticMissed playoffs
Preceded by
Ivan Hlinka
Head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins
Succeeded by
Ed Olczyk
Preceded by
Wayne Gretzky
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
Succeeded by
Rick Middleton
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