Nicholas Ritchie (Rit-ch-e) (born December 5, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey power forward currently playing with the Anaheim Ducks in the National Hockey League (NHL). Ritchie was selected by the Ducks in the first round, tenth overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother, Brett Ritchie, was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in the second round, 44th overall.
December 5, 1995|
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||234 lb (106 kg; 16 st 10 lb)|
|NHL team||Anaheim Ducks|
10th overall, 2014|
Ritchie was a top rated prospect who was ranked seventh on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau final list of 2014 NHL Draft eligible North American skaters. Ritchie was selected tenth overall by the Anaheim Ducks.
On August 2, 2014, the Ducks signed Ritchie to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Ritchie was recalled to the NHL on April 5, 2017, to replace an injured Nate Thompson. On April 6, Ritchie was suspended two games for roughing Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Michal Rozsíval, and had to miss the last game of the regular season against the Los Angeles Kings. Ritchie was ejected from Game 6 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals for boarding Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson. The Ducks ended up being eliminated that game and the Predators went on to the Stanley Cup Finals.
On October 19, 2018, the Ducks signed Ritchie to a three-year, $4.6 million contract, ending his holdout. Ritchie missed the team's first seven games of the season.
During the 2012–13 season, Ritchie played with the Canada men's national under-18 ice hockey team to win gold medals at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2014–15||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||23||15||15||30||44||14||13||13||26||28|
|2015–16||San Diego Gulls||AHL||38||16||14||30||59||9||5||3||8||20|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
|Representing Canada Ontario|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge|
Awards and honoursEdit
|All-Rookie First Team||2011–12|||
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal||2012|||
|IIHF World U18 Championships Gold Medal||2013|||
|IIHF World U20 Championships Gold Medal||2015|
- "NHL Central Scouting Service 2014 Draft North American skaters final rankings". National Hockey League. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
- "Ducks Sign Ritchie to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract". Anaheim Ducks. August 2, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- "Petes trade Ritchie to Greyhounds". National Hockey League. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- Stephens, Eric (November 16, 2015). "Ducks' Nick Ritchie makes NHL debut". Orange County Register. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Halliday, Chris (December 1, 2015). "Orangeville native Nick Ritchie lands on first NHL scoresheet". orangeville.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Arritt, Dan (April 14, 2017). "Nick Ritchie set to return for Ducks against Flames". NHL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Ducks' Nick Ritchie ejected for hitting Arvidsson from behind". sportsnet.ca. May 22, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Stanley, Robby (May 23, 2017). "Predators oust Ducks to reach first Stanley Cup Final". NHL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Teaford, Elliott. "Ducks get healthier, sign Nick Ritchie to new contract, defeat Islanders". Orange County Register. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
- Mentesana, Frank (July 13, 2011). "Ritchie's success a family affair". NHL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Ritchie, Nosad named to OHL All Rookie teams". Peterborough Examiner. April 5, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "22 CHL Players win 2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Gold". Canadian Hockey League. September 2, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team wins gold medal at 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship". Hockey Canada. May 2, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.