David Clarkson (ice hockey)

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David Clarkson
David Clarkson 2012-03-17.JPG
Born (1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 30)
Etobicoke, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (187 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

David "Dave" Clarkson (born March 31, 1984) is a Canadian hockey forward who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Clarkson won a Memorial Cup in 2003 with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Following a successful junior career, the undrafted winger was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils in August 2005. He was assigned to the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League in September 2005. He would go on to play the majority of the 2006–2007 season with the Devils new farm team, the Lowell Devils, before being a late season call-up to New Jersey. David's younger brother Doug Clarkson, played for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

Clarkson played his first game on March 15, 2007, at Carolina. Clarkson scored his first NHL goal and recorded his first assist with the New Jersey Devils the next game in a 7–2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He would go on to finish the season with New Jersey, including 3 playoff games, and start the next season in the NHL.

Clarkson played in the YoungStars Game in Atlanta during the 56th NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition, scoring 1 goal and 2 assists. He was the lone Devils representative at the festivities, as Martin Brodeur (who was voted in) did not participate. He was the second consecutive Devil to make an impact at this event, as Zach Parise took part the previous year.

Clarkson ranked 7th in the NHL in penalty minutes (183) during the 2007–08 season. His knack for fighting and precise checking combined with his speed and aggression has made him popular with fans in New Jersey. After the Devils signed Brendan Shanahan midway through the 2008–09 NHL season, Devils broadcasters Doc Emrick and Glenn Resch were amused by a photograph of an extremely young Clarkson at Shanahan's hockey camp. In Shanahan's first game back with the Devils, the two played on the checking line together.

During the NHL lockout, Clarkson signed abroad in Austria with EC Red Bull Salzburg in the 2012–13 season. Clarkson started the season on fire, scoring 15 points in 12 games before slumping and only putting up another 9 points in the remaining 36 games as the New Jersey Devils failed to the make the playoffs.

Clarkson did not re-sign with the Devils during the offseason, becoming an Unrestricted free agent. On July 5, 2013, Clarkson signed a 7-year, $36.75M contract, with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.[1] The signing brought on comparisons to Leafs great Wendel Clark for his and Clarkson's similar hard-nosed style, and Clarkson himself switched his jersey number to the reverse of Clark's No. 17, No. 71. On September 22, 2013 a brawl erupted during a preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres during which Clarkson left the bench to fight. He was given an automatic 10-game suspension by the NHL. Clarkson ended the season with 5 goals and 11 points, one less point than games suspended on the season. Predictably, Toronto fans were greatly disappointed by his first season with the club.

Personal life[edit]

Clarkson was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. Clarkson grew up in the Mimico neighbourhood of Etobicoke. On March 4, 2011, David and his wife Brittney welcomed daughter McKinnley.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Port Hope Clippers OPJHL 47 18 14 32 118
2001–02 Belleville Bulls OHL 22 2 7 9 34 8 1 1 2 6
2001–02 Aurora Tigers OPJHL 37 26 21 47 141
2002–03 Belleville Bulls OHL 3 0 0 0 11
2002–03 Kitchener Rangers OHL 54 17 11 28 122 21 4 3 7 23
2003–04 Kitchener Rangers OHL 55 22 17 39 173
2004–05 Kitchener Rangers OHL 31 33 21 54 145 15 6 2 8 40
2005–06 Albany River Rats AHL 56 13 21 34 233
2006–07 Lowell Devils AHL 67 20 18 38 150
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 3 1 4 6 3 0 0 0 2
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 9 13 22 183 5 0 0 0 4
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 17 15 32 164 7 2 0 2 19
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 46 11 13 24 85 5 0 0 0 2
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 12 6 18 116
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 30 16 46 138 24 3 9 12 32
2012–13 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 5 2 1 3 18
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 15 9 24 78
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 5 6 11 93
NHL totals 486 102 79 181 863 44 5 9 14 59

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leafs sign David Clarkson". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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