One of the most beloved players to ever don a Sharks sweater, Mike Ricci enters his fifth season as development coach following one season as an advisor to San Jose’s Hockey Operations Department.
In this role, Ricci, 41, works with Head Coach Todd McLellan and his staff to provide on-ice instruction and assistance when the team is at home and will also work closely with Scout Bryan Marchment, visiting and working with the Sharks prospects in Worcester and various junior teams.
Ricci finished his stellar, 16-year National Hockey League career in 2007 after notching 605 points (243 goals, 362 assists) and 979 penalty minutes in 1,099 games with Philadelphia, Quebec/Colorado, San Jose and Phoenix. He also added 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 110 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Ricci won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996.
His 263 points (101 goals, 162 assists) with San Jose ranks ninth on the Sharks all-time list and his 529 games place him seventh all-time. In 59 Stanley Cup Playoff games with San Jose, Ricci ranks eighth on the franchise’s all-time list with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists).
Ricci was originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. In June 1992, he was part of the blockbuster trade between Philadelphia and the Quebec Nordiques that saw the Flyers trade Ricci, Ron Hextall, Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Chris Simon, first round selections in the 1993 and 1994 NHL Entry Drafts and $15 million to the Nordiques in exchange for Eric Lindros.
Ricci was acquired by the Sharks on Nov. 21, 1997, along with a second round selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Shean Donovan and a first round selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.