|Rick St. Croix|
January 3, 1955|
Kenora, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
72nd overall, 1975|
169th overall, 1975|
Richard St. Croix (born January 3, 1955) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He was formerly one of the assistant coaches of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs. He has previously been a goaltending coach for the Dallas Stars, and an assistant coach and goaltending coach for the Manitoba Moose and St. John's IceCaps (of the AHL). He was a 4th round NHL draft pick, as were his two sons.
St. Croix was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 4th round of the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft after a junior hockey career with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). He was also drafted by the World Hockey Association Houston Aeros in the 13th round of the 1975 WHA Amateur Draft. He had been a Second Team OHA All Star in 1973.
St. Croix made his NHL debut for the Flyers during the 1977-78 season on February 16, 1978 at the Spectrum against the Minnesota North Stars. He played 7 games for the Flyers that season, while playing most of the season with the Maine Mariners of the American Hockey League (AHL). He played 2 games for the Flyers in 1978-79 and one game for the record-setting Flyer team of 1979-80. In 1979-80 he also won the Hap Holmes Memorial Award, awarded to goaltenders playing at least 25 games for the AHL team with the lowest goals against average, sharing the award with teammate Robbie Moore. He was also named a First Team AHL All-Star that season. 1980-81 was St. Croix's first full season in the NHL, in which he split time as the Flyers' goaltender with Pete Peeters and Phil Myre. He spent 2 1/2 years with the Flyers before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1982-83 season in exchange for goaltender Michel Larocque.
St. Croix's final NHL season was 1984-85, which he split between the Maple Leafs and the AHL St. Catharines Saints. He spent one more season as a professional hockey player, 1985-86 with the International Hockey League (IHL) Fort Wayne Komets. With the Komets that season, he shared the IHL James Norris Memorial Trophy with teammate Pokey Reddick, awarded to the goaltender(s) having the fewest goals against during the season. He was also named an IHL Second Team All Star that season.
After retiring as a player, St. Croix became a coach. He served as an assistant coach for the Winnipeg Jets for the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. He was later named goaltending coach for the Dallas Stars where he won the Stanley Cup with the team in 1999. St. Croix was goaltending coach for the Manitoba Moose from 2008 to 2011. Prior to the 2011-12 season, the team was relocated to Newfoundland and renamed the "St. John's IceCaps" where St. Croix continued to serve as an assistant coach/goaltending coach. In September 2012, with the resignation of Francois Allaire, St. Croix was hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending coach. St. Croix was fired in an organizational housecleaning on April 12, 2015.
St. Croix's youngest son, Michael currently plays for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits after playing junior hockey as a forward for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. His oldest son, Chris, was a 4th round draft choice of the Calgary Flames in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, and played professional hockey as a defenseman in Germany, as well as in the AHL, ECHL and CHL. He also has two daughters. In addition to his coaching duties, he also runs a goaltending school.