Colin White (ice hockey)

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Colin White
Colin White.jpg
Born (1977-12-12) December 12, 1977 (age 36)
New Glasgow, NS, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
AHL
Albany River Rats
NHL Draft 49th overall, 1996
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1997–2012

John Colin White (born December 12, 1977) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He previously played with the New Jersey Devils and the San Jose Sharks of the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

White played Midget hockey for the Weeks Major Midget AAA in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, before being drafted 49th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

Early in his career, White had his best season production-wise during the 2000–01 season, where he put up 20 points, helping the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals.

During the 2007–08 pre-season, White suffered a serious eye injury. During a team practice on September 19, "White was defending against two-on-one rushes when John Madden gave rookie Nicklas Bergfors the puck for a shot that deflected off White's stick and hit him in the nose and near the right eye."[1] White was able to return to the lineup on November 21 to play in the Devils' 2–1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite still suffering from some blurred vision in his right eye, he was able to play over 17 minutes, blocked 2 shots, and was credited with six of the Devils' fifteen hits.[2] White quickly returned to his regular spot in the Devils line-up, where he began wearing a protective visor on his helmet.

In the 2008–09 season, White played a total of 71 games, finishing the season with one goal, 17 assists and a +18 rating, one of his highest career offensive seasons.

On February 2, 2010, for the first time in nearly four years, White fought Maple Leafs defensemen Dion Phaneuf for taking a run at teammate Zach Parise's head. Had White been hit near his previously injured eye during the fight, his career could have been in jeopardy. The following season, White fought for the second time in as many years when he dropped the gloves with Bruno Gervais of the New York Islanders. White had previously hit P. A. Parenteau, which sparked the fight that would ultimately end in White fracturing Gervais' cheekbone.

White has established himself as physical, defensive defenceman, often leading the Devils in penalty minutes to go with his relatively low offensive production. Also during his Devils tenure, White has several times served as an alternate captain.

On August 1, 2011, White was placed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils along with Trent Hunter. He was then bought out from the final year of his contract on August 2 after clearing.[3] On August 3, White was signed by the San Jose Sharks to a 1-year, $1M contract.[4]

On May 31, 2012, It was announced White will have his jersey number 24 retired by his junior team the Gatineau Olympiques, formerly the Hull Olympiques. He became the fifth player to have his Jersey retired joining the likes of Luc Robitaille and Jose Theodore on November 8, 2012.[5]

At the conclusion of the 2012 NHL lockout, after accepting an invitation to the St. Louis Blues training camp, on January 18, 2013, the Blues announced that they had released White from his professional tryout.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Laval Titan QMJHL 5 0 1 1 4
1994–95 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 7 0 1 1 32 12 0 0 0 23
1995–96 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 62 2 8 10 303 18 0 4 4 42
1996–97 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 63 3 12 15 297 14 3 12 15 65
1997–98 Albany River Rats AHL 76 3 13 16 235 13 0 0 0 55
1998–99 Albany River Rats AHL 77 2 12 14 265 5 0 1 1 8
1999–00 Albany River Rats AHL 52 5 21 26 176
1999–00 New Jersey Devils NHL 21 2 1 3 40 23 1 5 6 18
2000–01 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 1 19 20 155 25 0 3 3 42
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 2 3 5 133 6 0 0 0 2
2002–03 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 5 8 13 98 24 0 5 5 29
2003–04 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 2 11 13 96 5 0 0 0 4
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 3 14 17 91 4 0 0 0 4
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 0 8 8 69 2 0 0 0 2
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 2 8 10 26 5 0 0 0 6
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 1 17 18 46 7 0 1 1 6
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 2 10 12 46 5 1 0 1 8
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 0 6 6 48
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 54 1 3 4 21 3 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 797 21 108 129 869 114 3 14 17 125

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (New Jersey Devils) 1999–2000
NHL All-Rookie Team 2000–01
Stanley Cup (New Jersey Devils) 2002–03

References[edit]

  1. ^ ["White's eye injury worrisome". nj.com. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  2. ^ "White plays for first time this season despite eye injury". ESPN. 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Devils buy out White, Hunter after both clear waivers". The Sports Network. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Sharks sign D Colin White to one-year deal that costs San Jose $1 million". San Jose Mercury News. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Whites' jersey to be retired tonight". tgnews.com. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  6. ^ "Blues release veteran White". St. Louis Blues. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 

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