Eric Tangradi

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Eric Tangradi
Eric Tangradi - Winnipeg Jets.jpg
Tangradi as a member of the Jets in 2013.
Born (1989-02-10) February 10, 1989 (age 25)
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)
Position Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Pittsburgh Penguins
Winnipeg Jets
National team  United States
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 2007
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2009–present

Eric Tangradi (born February 10, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. He was selected 42nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.[1]

Tangradi is referred to as "The Big Dog", due to his large stature and his power forward style of play.[2][3][4]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Tangradi, originally from the Philadelphia area, played High School Hockey for Archbishop Carroll and won a Pennsylvania State AA Championship in 2004 over 2-time champions Peters Township and played one season for Wyoming Seminary Prep School in Kingston, PA.

He played three seasons of junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2008, Tangradi was named captain of the Bulls team. In 2008-09, Tangradi had a break-out junior season, posting 38 goals and 88 points in just 55 games. During the season on December 9, 2008, he was also signed to a three-year entry-level deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

On February 26, 2009, Tangradi was traded along with Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Kunitz to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney.

Professional[edit]

Tangradi tallied his first professional point in his first professional game in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on October 3, 2009 against the Syracuse Crunch. He assisted on a Wyatt Smith goal in the second period. He later scored his first professional goal in the AHL on November 11, 2009 against Jean-Philippe Lamoureux of the Portland Pirates. Off of the following face-off, Tangradi entered his first professional fight taking on Kyle Rank.

During his time with the Penguins.

Tangradi made his NHL debut during the last game of the season, on April 11, 2010 against the New York Islanders.

The following season, Tangradi made the NHL club out of training camp. On October 11, 2010, Tangradi scored his first NHL point against the New Jersey Devils assisting on an Alex Goligoski goal. On October 15, 2010, Tangradi scored his first NHL goal against goaltender Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders. After being re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on December 8, 2010, Tangradi scored his first professional hat trick against goalies Jussi Rynnas and Ben Scrivens of the Toronto Marlies.

During a February 11, 2011, game vs. the New York Islanders Tangradi was a victim of an elbow to the head by forward Trevor Gillies. Gillies was suspended 9 games for the hit.[5] Tangradi was sidelined for two months, due to concussion symptoms.[6] On January 13, 2012, Tangradi picked up his first NHL fighting major when he took on Erik Gudbranson of the Florida Panthers. On April 18, 2012, Tangradi tallied his first NHL playoff point against his hometown Philadelphia Flyers, assisting on a Jordan Staal goal. Tangradi's legacy with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins is that he is ninth on W-B/S' all-time goals list with 60 in 178 games.[7]

During the 2012–13 shortened season, Tangradi was traded by the Penguins to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2013 sixth-round pick.[8]

Tangradi scored his first goal as a Winnipeg Jet on March 7, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Lightning's Anders Lindback.

On October 5, 2014, Tangradi was traded by the Jets to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Peter Budaj and Patrick Holland.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

Tangradi was a member of the United States team in the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships.

During the 2008-09 season, Tangradi was named the Boston Pizza OHL & CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 12.

Also during the 2008-09 season, Tangradi was named the Belleville Bulls Humanitarian of the Year, Most Outstanding Forward, and Top Scorer.

Tangradi was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 12, 2010.

Named to the 2011 AHL All-Star game.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Wyoming Seminary USHS 38 21 23 44 120
2006–07 Belleville Bulls OHL 65 5 15 20 32 15 8 9 17 14
2007–08 Belleville Bulls OHL 56 24 36 60 41 21 7 11 18 20
2008–09 Belleville Bulls OHL 55 38 50 88 61 16 8 13 21 12
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 65 17 22 39 31 4 1 1 2 6
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 1 2 3 10 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 42 18 15 33 86
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 37 15 16 31 40 10 4 5 9 14
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 24 0 2 2 16 2 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 34 10 8 18 57
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 36 1 3 4 22
2013–14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 55 3 3 6 21
NHL totals 136 5 10 15 69 3 0 1 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "Barn Hockey Profile". Barn Hockey. Sep 2008. 
  3. ^ Yohe, Josh (Sep 2011). "Penguins' Tangradi more comfortable, confident". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. 
  4. ^ Rosten, Tyler (Aug 2012). "Tangradi Sees Chance To Stick Up Top". Official Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 
  5. ^ "NHL Slaps Godard with 10-game suspension, Gillies gets nine". Feb 2011. 
  6. ^ Molinari, Dave (Feb 2011). "Penguins Notebook: Tangradi isn't sure about severity of injury". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  7. ^ "WBS PENGUINS: Tangradi dealt to Winnipeg". Feb 2013. 
  8. ^ "Penguins GM Shero still pondering approach to the draft". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Peters, Chris (5 October 2014). "Jets acquire G Peter Budaj in three-player trade with Canadiens". cbssports.com. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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