September 6, 2019
Richard Matvichuk is now in place as the new Hockey Director at Burnaby Winter Club. The selection announcement was made in late July by BWC General Manager Terry Shein.
Mativichuk replaces Maco Balkovec who had moved on to the Bowling Green (Ohio) NCAA Falcon’s program, after five years heading up BWC.
Matvichuk’s selection was a unanimous board decision, Shein stated in the announcement to the club members, despite the fact that many other highly qualified applicants had thrown their hats into the ring.
The 43 year old Matvichuk was born and raised in Edmonton, and broke into the AJHL as a 15 year old defenseman in 1988-1989 with Fort Saskatchewan Traders.
He moved onto play three years with the WHL Saskatoon Blades, putting up 14G-40A in 58 games in his final year.
He was drafted #8 overall by the Minnesota Stars in 1991, the year that Eric Lindros went #1, and Scott Niedermayer went #3.
He played in the World Juniors in the 1991-1992 season, in Germany. The day the tournament started the Soviet Union formally dissolved – the Soviet team was renamed the Commonwealth of Independent States – and won the round robin tourney with a 6-1-0 record, lead by Alexei Kovalev with 5G-5A in 10 games.
Canada finished 6th that year – Lindros scored 2G-8A.
Matvichuk joined the NHL Stars in 1992-1993, their final season in Minneapolis, then went on to play 11 years for the club in Dallas.
He won a Stanley Cup with the team in 1998-1999 and returned to the Cup Final the following year, where the team lost in Game 6 to New Jersey.
He represented Canada again at the 2002 World Championships.
He finished his pro career with the New Jersey and Lowell Devils in 2008, having dressed in 796 regular NHL season games (39G-139A, 624 PIMs), and another 123 career NHL playoff games (5G-19A, 128 PIMs).
He was alternate captain during nine seasons with Dallas and New Jersey.
In 2011-2012 Matvichuk got his start behind the bench coaching the Dallas Stars U18 team. He then coached in the Central and East Coast leagues, where he was ECHL GM of the year and then Coach of the Year, before joining the WHL Prince George Cougars as head coach in 2016 through the 2018-2019 season. The team won it’s first BC banner his first year at the helm.