Rick Wamsley was introduced as the Senators' new goaltending coach on July 28, 2010. A native of Simcoe, Ont., Wamsley has spent the last four seasons working in the St. Louis Blues’ organization and served most recently as the interim head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. In 43 games with the Rivermen in 2009-10, he guided the team to a 17-20-6 record. He was hired by the Blues on July 7, 2006, as assistant/goaltending coach after spending the previous seven years as goaltending coach and professional scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Wamsley spent six seasons as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. While in Toronto, he served as a pro and amateur scout in 1998-99 and was an assistant coach under Pat Burns from 1996-98. Wamsley joined the organization as a goaltending consultant immediately following a 12-year playing career that ended during the 1992-93 season. During his time in Toronto, he worked with Maple Leafs goaltender Felix Potvin. During his tenure with the club, Potvin earned NHL All-Rookie honors in 1993 and appeared in a pair of All-Star Games in 1994 and 1996.
During his playing career, Wamsley posted a 204-131-46 record and a 3.34 goals against average with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Wamsley was drafted as the Canadiens’ fifth pick, 58th overall, in the 1979 Entry Draft and he made his NHL debut with Montreal in 1980-81. He became a full-time goaltender the following season and posted a 23-7-7 record with a 2.75 goals-against average with the Canadiens. That year, Wamsley shared the William M. Jennings Trophy with teammate Denis Herron as the duo allowed the fewest goals against in the NHL.
Wamsley spent three-plus seasons with Montreal before being traded to the Blues in 1984. His four seasons (1984-88) in St. Louis produced a 75-59-15 record, including 23 wins in 1984-85 (23-12-5, 3.26 goals-against average) and 22 wins in 1985-86 (22-16-3, 3.43 goals-against average). Wamsley currently ranks fifth on the Blues all-time goaltending lists in games played (154), minutes played (9,064) and ranks sixth in wins (75). He was between the pipes in “The Monday Night Miracle” when St. Louis staged a dramatic come-from-behind victory in game six of the 1986 Campbell Conference Finals by scoring four unanswered goals to defeat Calgary, 6-5, in overtime.
In March 1988, he was traded to Calgary in a deal that sent Brett Hull to the Blues. The highlight of his stint in Calgary came in 1988-89 when he helped the Flames capture the lone Stanley Cup championship in club history.
Wamsley was born on May 25, 1959 in Simcoe, Ontario. He and his wife, Lori, are the parents of three daughters, Kelly, Colleen, and Megan. The family resides in Oakville, Ontario.
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals