Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
Rich Clune
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RichClune
POSITION: Left Wing
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 207
BIRTHDATE: 04/25/1987
AGE: 27
BIRTHPLACE: Toronto, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: DAL: 2005-71 overall
Traded to Los Angeles by Dallas for Lauri Tukonen, July 21, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from Los Angeles, January 15, 2013.
2013-14: Ranked fourth in the NHL in penalty minutes (166). It was the third-highest total in franchise history and highest since the team’s inaugural season (1998-99)… Ranked second in the League in major penalties (16)… Ranked third on the team in hits (132) while playing a career-high 58 games… Notched four of his seven points with a pair of multi-point games, scoring his second career game-winning goal and adding an assist on Dec. 10 at NY Rangers, and posting two assists on March 27 vs. Buffalo… Appeared in his 100th career game on March 1 vs. Winnipeg.

2012-13:
Ranked fourth in the NHL in penalty minutes (113), becoming the first Predator in four seasons to surpass the 100-minute mark… Tied for second in the League in major penalties (13), with all but one of them being fighting majors… Ranked sixth in the League in hits (159)… Appeared in 47 consecutive games after sitting out the season opener… Ranked third on the team in plus/minus rating (+3), finishing with a plus or even rating in 41-of-47 games… Posted seven (3g-4a) of his nine (4g-5a) points in a 15-game span from Feb. 25-March 28. He had three points (1g-2a) in 32 career NHL games prior to the stretch… Scored the eighth penalty-shot goal in franchise history on March 12 at Dallas… His first career goal on Feb. 5 at St. Louis was also his first game-winning goal… Had seven points (2g-5a) and 98 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Manchester Monarchs prior to being claimed by Nashville.

CAREER NOTES:
Ranked third in the American Hockey League in penalty minutes (253) with Manchester in 2011-12 despite playing in only 56 of the team’s 76 games… Ranked 10th in AHL penalty minutes in 2010-11 with Manchester… Tied for third on the Monarchs in assists (3) during the 2011 playoffs… Started the 2009-10 season with Manchester, before playing his first 14 NHL games with Los Angeles from Feb.-April… Posted his first two points/assists with the Kings in his second NHL game on Feb. 13, 2010 vs. Colorado… Suited up for four of L.A.’s six games during the 2010 WCQ vs. Vancouver… Played his first season with Manchester in 2008-09, being limited to 35 games due to a training camp injury… Split his first professional season between Iowa (AHL) and Idaho (ECHL) in 2007-08, ranking second is the Iowa Chops and 10th among AHL rookies in penalty minutes (137)… Made his pro debut in Iowa's 2006-07 season finale on April 14 at Chicago.

AMATEUR: Ranked third on the Barrie Colts (OHL) in points, goals and assists (32g-46a-78pts) in his lone season with the club in 2006-07... One of two OHLers (Cal Clutterbuck) with more than 60 points and 150 penalty minutes in 2006-07... Ranked third on the Sarnia Sting in points (20g-32a-52pts) and led the team in penalty minutes (126) in his final season with the club in 2005-06... Recipient of the 2005 Bobby Smith Trophy as the OHL’s scholastic player of the year… Earned a gold medal with Canada at the 2005 Junior World Cup (now the Ivan Hlinka Tournament)… Tied for second on the Sting in goals (21), ranked third in points (34) and paced the club in plus/minus (+1) in 2004-05... Earned a silver medal with Canada at the 2005 U-18 World Championships. Tied for fifth on Team Canada (with now-Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang) in points with four (2g-2a) in six games... Helped Team Ontario claim gold at the 2004 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, leading the tournament in assists (8) and tying for eighth among all skaters in points (9) on a team that included six future NHL first-round picks... Ranked second among rookie Sarnia skaters in points (3g-13a-16pts) in 2003-04.

BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Dickie”… On Twitter: @RichCluneShow… Works closely with Renascent, Canada's leading alcohol and drug treatment center, raising funds and awareness to their cause… Considers reading his horoscope to be his guilty pleasure… Favorites include extra virgin olive oil and turmeric (condiments), Sean Avery and Ron Hextall (hockey players to watch) and New York Yankees (uniform in another sport).

TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 15, 2013 – Claimed on waivers by Nashville, from Los Angeles… July 21, 2008 – Acquired by Los Angeles from Dallas for forward Lauri Tukonen… July 30, 2005 – Dallas’ third selection, 71st overall (third round), in the 2005 Entry Draft.