MIKE RICCI COLLECTS 600TH NHL POINT
By: Russell Brooks
& David Breitman
Coyotes center Mike Ricci notched his 600th career NHL point on a shorthanded goal on Saturday night in a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
"I have been fortunate and privileged to be a part of this league," said the Scarborough, Ontario native. "I got a lucky break on the goal."
While 600 points is a rare and celebrated milestone, Ricci was quick to point out out that records take a back seat to the final outcome of the game.
"It's nice to get to that point, but I would have gladly traded it infor a win," said Ricci.
Ricci entered the league as the 4th overall selection in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft (Philadelphia) making his NHL debut that season and tallying 21 goals including a team-best nine on the power play for the Flyers.
During the 1992-1993, Ricci set career highs with the Quebec Nordiques tallying 51 assists and 78 total points in just 77 games. He followed up the next season with a career best 30 goals for the Canadian franchise.
The 6'0'', 200-pound center has posted 240 goals and 360 assists for 600 points in 1066 games during his 15 NHL seasons.
Ricci, an alternate captain, ranks among the top 20 all-time scorers with two different franchises. Ricci ranks 6th all-time with the San Jose Sharks with 263 points while skating with the club from 1997-98 to 2003-04. He currently ranks 20th with the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques organizations, having posted 230 points with the team from 1992-93 to 1997-98.
Signed by the Coyotes as a free agent, July 9, 2004, Ricci has scored seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 52 games for Phoenix this season and has the highest shooting percentage on the team (22.6%).
BRENDL MAKES DEBUT AS COYOTE
Right Winger Pavel Brendl played his first NHL game of the 2006 season on Saturday after being called up to Phoenix from the San Antonio Rampage.
Brendl's first game in Coyotes colors saw the 24-year-old log just over 11-minutes of ice time on 15 shifts while registering three shots on goal.
"I felt really good out there," said Brendl. "I've been really excited for this and I felt real comfortable out there."
The Coyotes acquired Brendl on December 28, 2005 and assigned him to San Antonio where he led the team in goals and was named CCM AHL Player of the Week on January 28, 2006.
Brendl and the Coyotes will be back in action on Tuesday when the Chicago Blackhawks come to Phoenix for the sixth game of the Coyote's 10-game home stand.