Cam Janssen

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Cam Janssen
Cam Janssen - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Born (1984-04-15) April 15, 1984 (age 30)
St. Louis, MO, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 117th overall, 2002
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2004–present

Cameron Wesley Janssen (born April 15, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently a member of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Devils drafted him 117th overall in the fourth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Janssen is regarded as an enforcer.

Early life[edit]

Janssen grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Eureka, Missouri, where he attended Eureka High School for three years. During his sophomore and junior years of high school, Janssen played for the St. Louis Sting of the Junior A North American Hockey League.[1]

Playing career[edit]

In 2001, Janssen was selected in the third round of the Ontario Hockey League draft by the Windsor Spitfires. Instead of completing his senior year at Eureka High School, Janssen moved to Windsor, Ontario to begin his first season with the Spitfires. After one season in Ontario, Janssen was drafted by the New Jersey Devils as the 117th overall pick during the fourth round 2002 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2003–04 OHL season, Janssen joined the Guelph Storm, where he participated in the Memorial Cup tournament.[2]

In his rookie NHL season, Janssen led the Devils with eleven fighting majors. On February 24, 2007, he scored his first career NHL goal against the Washington Capitals at 10:33 in the second period in his 82nd NHL game.

Janssen in 2011 with the Blues.

In the second period of a regular season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 2, 2007, Janssen knocked Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle unconscious with a late hit to the head. Kaberle was carried off the ice on a stretcher.[3] The NHL announced Janssen would be suspended for three games without pay for the incident, forfeiting $7,220.16.[4] In an interview, Kaberle mentioned that Janssen had not contacted him for reconciliation, and went on to say, "I don't care [to hear from him]. He doesn't respect me and I don't respect him."[5]

On March 30, 2007, Janssen injured his shoulder in a fight with Riley Cote of the Philadelphia Flyers and missed 4 games. He returned for the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Janssen was injured in the 2007 NHL preseason as well, suffering an injury in a fight with Jesse Boulerice.[6]

On February 26, 2008, Janssen was traded by the Devils to his hometown team, the St. Louis Blues, for defenseman Bryce Salvador.[7] He made his Blues' debut two days later, wearing #55 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

A free agent after his contract with the St. Louis Blues expired in 2011, Janssen signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Devils on July 14, 2011[8] becoming the 22nd player to be re-acquired and play for the team.[9]

Controversy[edit]

In July 2012, Janssen appeared on an internet-based radio show called "The Thom and Jeff Show" and subsequently delivered a profanity-laced interview in which he made several controversial comments, including one about gay players. Janssen later issued an apology for the incident, noting that he had "used poor judgment during the course of the show" and saying "moving forward, I hope to eliminate that type of language from my vocabulary. I would also like to take this chance to express my support for the work the You Can Play project is doing, and for the gay community in general."[10][11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 St. Louis Sting NAHL 45 1 2 3 244
2001–02 Windsor Spitfires OHL 64 5 17 22 268 10 0 0 0 13
2002–03 Windsor Spitfires OHL 50 1 12 13 211 7 0 1 1 22
2003–04 Windsor Spitfires OHL 35 4 9 13 144
2004–05 Albany River Rats AHL 70 1 3 4 337
2005–06 Albany River Rats AHL 26 1 3 4 117
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 47 0 0 0 91 9 0 0 0 26
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 1 0 1 114
2006–07 Lowell Devils AHL 9 0 1 1 29
2007–08 Lowell Devils AHL 3 0 0 0 4
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 0 1 1 18
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 56 1 3 4 131 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 0 0 0 190
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 1 3 4 131
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 0 1 1 75
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Albany Devils AHL 36 1 4 5 65
2013–14 Albany Devils AHL 27 0 3 3 24
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 24 3 0 3 22
NHL totals 336 6 8 14 774 10 0 0 0 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spotlight on Cam Janssen". insidestl.com. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Memorial Cup archives". Columbia Tribune. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  3. ^ "ESPN.com - NHL - Toronto defenseman Kaberle leaves game on stretcher". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  4. ^ "NHL suspends New Jersey's Janssen for three games". NHL. 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-04. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Kaberle hopes to return this season". TSN.ca. 2007-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Janssen injures shoulder". Fire & Ice. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Blues acquire Cam Janssen for Salvador". St. Louis Blues. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  8. ^ Chere, Rich (July 14, 2011). "Devils sign right winger Cam Janssen". The Star-Ledger (NJ.com). Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ Official Game Program of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. p. 62. 
  10. ^ Cam Janssen Apologizes For Off-Color Remarks
  11. ^ Devils' Cam Janssen apologizes for outburst of profanity on radio

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