Richard “Rick” Meagher

Richard “Rick” Meagher – Inducted 1997First Rick Meagher was too small. Then, he was too old. That’s what the critics said, first about his chances of playing in the National Hockey League and then about his chances of sticking later. Of course, Rick Meagher made a practice of proving his critics wrong. Indeed, the Belleville native enjoyed a fine NHL career, capped by capturing the Frank Selke Award as the league’s top defensive forward in 1990 and several seasons as captain of the St. Louis Blues. Meagher got his start in the Belleville Minor Hockey Association and then made a name for himself locally with the Junior “B” Belleville Bobcats, being named rookie of the year his first season. Meanwhile, he was starring in football at Quinte Secondary School and on local baseball diamonds. His ability with and without the puck caught the eye of U.S. university scouts and Meagher went on to Boston University, where he would be an All American three times and become a school hockey legend, along with brothers Terry and Tony. He’s now in the school’s Hall of Fame and was named Athlete of Decade at Boston University for the 1970’s. Signed as a free agent by the power house Montreal Canadiens he eventually made the Habs in 1979 after several fine seasons in the American Hockey League. In 1978-79 he scored 35 goals for the Habs farm team in Halifax. From there he went to the Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils and finally St. Louis. In all he would play 12 seasons in the NHL and would be fan favourite in every city he played in for his tireless efforts. In 1981-82 Meagher had his best offensive season in the NHL, scoring 24 times for Hartford. On the baseball diamond he starred with the senior Cornerstone Blues and in the South Hastings Baseball League. As if that weren’t enough, Meagher is also a champion off the ice. For the past 10 years he has given his name and time to the Rick Meagher-3M Benefit Golf Tournament, which has raised more than $400,000 for handicapped kids in the Quinte area. Since retiring from the game he’s been a coach, radio analyst and scout in the Blues organization. He is the son of Al Meagher and the late Doreen.

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