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Richard Vaive
Richard Vaive
Right Wing
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 198
Shoots: Right
Born: 14 May 1959
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Drafted: VAN / 1979 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (5th overall)

A quick glance of the Leafs' record book will show Rick Vaive's place among the truly prolific goal scorers in team history.

The right-winger has the distinction of being the first Leaf in team history to reach the lofty 50-goal mark in one season (1981-82). He also completed the feat in the following two seasons. Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy were the only two NHL players that scored more goals than Vaive over the three seasons between 1981-84. The 54 goals in 1981-82 are the most in any one season by a member of the Blue and White. Additionally, he's just one of three Leafs in team history to crack the 50-goal barrier with Dave Andreychuk and Gary Leeman being the others.

Overall, Vaive led the team in goals four times, points once (1981-82) and penalty minutes once in 1980-81. All-time with the Leafs, Vaive sits 5th in goals (299), 10th in points (537), 17th in assists (238), 3rd in powerplay goals (90), and 9th in PIM's (940). In 534 games with Toronto, he earned a shade over a point per game. He never scored less than 32 goals in his seven full seasons with Toronto. Only Ron Ellis scored more goals as a right-winger for the Leafs and only Ellis and George Armstrong hit the scoresheet more than Vaive playing that position. Vaive's 10 hat tricks in a Leafs' uniform are only surpassed by Darryl Sittler (18) and Charlie Conacher (14).

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Vaive represented the Leafs at three NHL All-Star Games and he was a three-time winner of the team's Molson Cup Award (three star selections) in the 1980s. Vaive served as captain of the Leafs from 1981 to 1986. The Vancouver Canucks made Vaive the fifth overall pick in the 1979 Draft. Besides the Canucks and Leafs he also played for the Blackhawks and Sabres.

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