One of the toughest power forwards of his era, hard work and determination enabled Rick Tocchet to become a perennial overachiever in the National Hockey League in an 1,144-game career that included separate stints with the Flyers at the beginning (1984-85 to 1991-92) and end (1999-2000 to 2001-2002) of his playing career.
Born April 9, 1964 in Scarborough, Ontario, Tocchet was the Flyers' sixth-round pick (121st overall) in the 1983 NHL Draft.
Tocchet's intense competitiveness and work ethic was what turned him from a third-line caliber forward best known for his fighting prowess into one the NHL's top power forwards of the late 1980s to mid 1990s. He hustled up a pair of 40-goal seasons and four seasons with 30-plus goals and was a member of two Flyers teams (1984-1985 and 1986-87) that reached the Stanley Cup Finals.
For his two-stint Flyers career, Tocchet scored 232 goals 508 points in 621 regular season games. He is franchise's all-time time leader in penalty minutes (1,817). In 95 career playoff games, he produced 27 goals, 33 assists, 60 points and 349 penalty minutes.
From an offensive standpoint, Tocchet's best Flyers career seasons came in 1988-89 (45 goals, 81 points in 66 games played), 1989-90 (37 goals, 96 points in 75 games) and 1990-91 (40 goals, 71 points in 70 goals).
During the mid-to-late 1980s, Tocchet was one of the team's resident heartthrobs along with Peter Zezel. Tocchet was named Flyers captain on Oct. 2, 1991 and served until he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 19, 1992 in a blockbuster trade that brought Mark Recchi to the Flyers.
Tocchet returned to the Flyers on March 8, 2000 in one-for-one trade with the Phoenix Coyotes that brought former Legion of Doom right wing Mikael Renberg's second Flyers stint to an end. Tocchet finished his playing career with the Flyers, retiring after an injury plagued 2001-02 season in which he was limited to 14 games.