Jim Hrivnak (born May 28, 1968) is a Canadian retired ice hockey goaltender. Selected by the Washington Capitals in the 1986 NHL Draft, Hrivnak played parts of four seasons with the Capitals before joining the Winnipeg Jets and later, the St. Louis Blues.

Jim Hrivnak
Born (1968-05-28) May 28, 1968 (age 51)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Washington Capitals
Winnipeg Jets
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 61st overall, 1986
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1989–2001

Hrivnak played for Merrimack College from 1985 to 1989. In two consecutive seasons with Merrimack, Hrivnak was named an All-American for 1987 and 1988.[1][2] He also holds Merrimack's record for most shutouts in a season and over his career.[3] Following his graduation, Hrivnak played with the Capitals American Hockey League affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks, to conclude their 1988–89 season.

Hrivnak made his NHL debut on December 6, 1989, against the Pittsburgh Penguins and stopped one shot.[4][5] On March 22, 1993, Hrivnak was traded from the Capitals to the Winnipeg Jets for Rick Tabaracci.[6] On July 29, 1993, Hrivnak was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 7th round draft pick.[7]

While playing with the St. Louis Blues during the 1993–94 season, he set a new record for most saves by a Blues goaltender against the Boston Bruins with 46.[8]

After spending a few seasons playing in the International Hockey League, Ice Hockey Superleague, and Germany2, Hrivnak joined Ässät in the Finnish league Liiga to compete in their 1999–2000 season. He played 34 games in two seasons with Ässät.[9] On October 28, 2003, Hrivnak joined the Granby Prédateurs of the Quebec Senior Major Hockey League.[10]

In 2018, Hrivnak was inducted into the Merrimack College Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ "1986-1987 All-Americans". ahcahockey.com. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "1987-1988 All-Americans". ahcahockey.com. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Merrimack College Hall of Fame to induct 8". The Eagle-Tribune. October 11, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jim Hrivnak". bcgoaltendingmuseum.com. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Sell, Dave (December 7, 1989). "PENGUINS SHOW BOSS DISPATCH CAPITALS, 5-3". Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Trading deadline activity since 1979-80". NHL.com. February 17, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "29 Jim Hrivnak". goaliesarchive.com. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Thomas, Jim (February 3, 2018). "New-look Allen looks strong in Blues return". Retrieved December 31, 2018. Allen’s 43 saves were the second-highest total of his NHL career and the most for a Blues goalie in Boston since Jim Hrivnak made 46 saves on Oct. 30, 1993 in the old Boston Garden.
  9. ^ "Jim Hrivnak". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ex-gardien de but de la LNH, Jim Hrivnak se joint aux Prédateurs". rds.ca. October 28, 2003. Retrieved December 31, 2018.

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