François Beauchemin

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François Beauchemin
François Beauchemin Ducks2 2012-02-15.JPG
Beauchemin with the Ducks in 2012.
Born (1980-06-04) June 4, 1980 (age 35)
Sorel-Tracy, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Montreal Canadiens
Columbus Blue Jackets
Anaheim Ducks
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 75th overall, 1998
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2000–present

Joseph Jean-François Vineet Beauchemin (born June 4, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Drafted in the third round, 75th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, he has also played in the NHL for the Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2007, he won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Beauchemin played major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four seasons with the Laval Titan Collège Français, Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Moncton Wildcats. In his NHL draft year, he recorded 47 points in 70 games with Laval. He was then drafted 76th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Upon being drafted, he returned to the QMJHL for two more seasons, helping Acadie-Bathurst to a President's Cup in 1999 as League champions.

Professional[edit]

After signing an entry-level contract with the Canadiens, Beauchemin turned professional in the 2000–01 season with American Hockey League affiliate, the Quebec Citadelles. In 56 games from the blueline, Beauchemin was able to develop on the bottom pair with 3 goals and 9 points. After a stagnant season in 2001–02 in which Beauchemin experienced a brief loan to ECHL club, the Mississippi Sea Wolves.

Beauchemin enjoyed a successful third season within the Canadiens organization in 2002–03, playing in 75 games with relocated AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, increasing his offensive presence with a strong defensive game in totalling 28 points in 75 games as the club finished atop the standings before losing in the Calder Cup finals in a deciding 7th game to the Houston Aeros. Beauchemin made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens appearing in a single game during the season against the Minnesota Wild on February 27, 2003. On June 17, 2003, Beauchemin as a restricted free agent was re-signed to a two-year contract with the Canadiens.[1]

In the 2003–04 season, Beauchemin was unable to crack the Canadiens roster, remaining in the AHL as the Bulldogs top defenseman to improve his career best points totals with 36 in 77 games. On September 14, 2004, Beauchemin was placed on waivers and claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2] As NHL play was suspended due to the lockout, he spent the 2004–05 season with the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

Anaheim Ducks[edit]

In the 2005–06 season, Beauchemin earned an NHL roster spot for opening night with the Blue Jackets and played 11 games with the club in before being traded, along with Tyler Wright, to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for Sergei Fedorov on November 15, 2005.[3] He made his Ducks debut on November 18 in a game against the Colorado Avalanche and later scored his first NHL goal in game against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 6, 2005. Beauchemin emerged as a top-four defenseman with the Ducks and immediately began producing, scoring 34 points in 61 games after the trade to finish fourth among rookie defenseman in scoring. In the post-season, Beauchemin contributed with 9 points in 16 games to lead all rookie defenseman.

After establishing himself with the Ducks, Beauchemin helped the club to a Stanley Cup championship in just his second full season in 2006–07.[4] He contributed four goals and four assists during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Ducks. In the following 2007–08 season, Beauchemin continued his play among the top four defenseman on the Ducks, and appeared in his 200th NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 2, 2008.

On November 14, 2008, Beauchemin suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in a game against the Nashville Predators. He was expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the 2008–09 season, but returned to the Ducks for their Western Conference Quarter-final playoff series against the San Jose Sharks.[5]

Beauchemin during his tenure with the Maple Leafs.

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

On July 6, 2009, as an unrestricted free agent and with the Ducks close to the salary cap ceiling, Beauchemin left the Ducks to sign a three-year $11.4m contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[6] Looked upon to bring a veteran presence and leadership from the blueline, he appeared in all 82 of Toronto's games during the 2009–10 season. Beauchemin produced 5 goals and 26 points and led the club in time on ice in his first season as an Alternate captain with the Maple Leafs. He appeared in his 300th career game against the Los Angeles Kings on January 26, 2010.

In the following 2010–11 campaign, Beauchemin began the season on the top defensive pairing, alongside Dion Phaneuf. With his production down and on the back of last season's disappointment for the Leafs of missing the playoffs and still on the outside looking in, on February 9, 2011, Beauchemin was traded back to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for left winger Joffrey Lupul, defenceman Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2013.[7]

Return to Anaheim[edit]

Beauchemin was a welcomed return for the Anaheim Ducks, resuming a role as a top four defensemen to help the club reach the post-season. On March 23, 2011, he appeared in his 400th career game against the Dallas Stars.

In his sixth season with the Ducks in 2011–12, Buechemin provided a defensive anchor and was looked upon to lead the Ducks in ice time. He led the league in short-handed ice time situations and on January 21, blocked 9 shots against the Ottawa Senators to set a Ducks franchise record. On January 20, 2012, Beauchemin was signed to a three-year contract extension worth US$10.5 million to remain in Anaheim. He finished the season scoring 8 goals and 22 points in 82 games.

In the shortened lockout 2012–13 season, Beauchemin appeared in all 48 regular season games for the Ducks, and again led the club in ice time. He led the blueline in scoring with 24 points and appeared in his 500th career game on February 6, 2013 against the Avalanche. He recorded a career high 4 points (all assists) in a victory over the Colorado Avalanche on February 24, 2013. In the post-season, Beauchemin scored his 10th career playoff goal, to surpass Scott Niedermayer as the franchise leader in goals from the blueline, in game one of the Conference Quaterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings. Beauchemin finished fourth in James Norris Memorial Trophy voting, the award given to the NHL's defenceman of the year. Beauchemin, however, lost-out to winner P. K. Subban and finalists Ryan Suter and Kris Letang. He won The Hockey News' Rod Langway Award as Best Defensive Defenceman in 2013. He was also selected to the League's Second All-Star Team.[8]

In the 2013–14 season, Beauchemin scored 17 points in 70 games, placing 5th in the NHL in plus/minus as the Ducks claimed the top seeding in the Western Conference from the regular season. Beauchemin played his 600th career game on March 23, against the Florida Panthers and was chosen as the Ducks nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.[9]

Beauchemin scored a career high 11 goals for 23 points in 63 games with the Ducks during the 2014–15 season. He recorded nine assists during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Ducks were eliminated in seven games in the Western Conference Finals by the Chicago Blackhawks. With the Ducks acquisition of Kevin Bieksa in the off-season, signalling the end of his Ducks tenure as an impending free agent, Beauchemin left the club second among all defenseman in franchise history in goals, assists and points. He was also tied with Ryan Getzlaf for the lead with 97 post-season games.[10]

Colorado Avalanche[edit]

On July 1, 2015, and in the opening hour of free agency, Beauchemin signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[11]

International play[edit]

Beauchemin was selected for the 2010 Winter Olympics summer preliminary roster for Team Canada in August 2009, but did not make the final roster cut.[12] After missing out on the post-season with Toronto, he made his senior debut at the 2010 IIHF World Championships. Serving as an alternate captain, Beauchemin recorded an assist in 7 games, unable to prevent Canada from finishing in seventh place.

Personal life[edit]

Beauchemin and his wife Marie Claude have two children: a son, Samuel (born July 16, 2006),[13] and a daughter, Emily (born April 20, 2009).[14] Both were born in Anaheim, California.[15] The family resides in their native Sorel, Quebec in the off-season.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Richelieu QAAA 40 9 23 32 59
1996–97 Laval Titan Collège Français QMJHL 66 7 20 27 112 3 0 0 0 2
1997–98 Laval Titan Collège Français QMJHL 70 12 35 47 132 16 1 3 4 23
1998–99 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 31 4 17 21 53 23 2 16 18 55
1999–00 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 38 11 36 47 64
1999–00 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 33 8 31 39 35 16 2 11 13 14
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 56 3 6 9 44
2001–02 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL 7 1 3 4 2
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 56 8 11 19 88 3 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 75 7 21 28 92 23 1 9 10 16
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 9 27 36 57 10 2 4 6 18
2004–05 Syracuse Crunch AHL 72 3 27 30 55
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 11 0 2 2 11
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 61 8 26 34 41 16 3 6 9 11
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 7 21 28 49 20 4 4 8 16
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 2 19 21 59 6 0 0 0 26
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 20 4 1 5 12 13 1 0 1 15
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 5 21 26 33
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 2 10 12 16
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 27 3 2 5 16 6 0 2 2 2
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 8 14 22 48
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 48 6 18 24 22 7 2 4 6 4
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 70 4 13 17 39 13 0 4 4 2
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 64 11 12 23 48 16 0 9 9 2
NHL totals 673 60 159 219 394 97 10 29 39 78

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada WC 7th 7 0 1 1 0
Senior totals 7 0 1 1 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL
All-Rookie Team 1997
CHL Top Prospects Game 1998
President's Cup 1999
Second All-Star Team 2000
CHL Third All-Star Team 2000
NHL
Stanley Cup (Anaheim Ducks) 2007 [4]
Second All-Star Team 2013 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Montreal transactions 1997-2003". hockeynut.com. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets claim Beauchemin". Syracuse Crunch. 2004-09-14. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Fedorov traded to Blue Jackets". CBC Sports. 2005-11-15. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Ducks destroy Senators to win Stanely Cup". CBC Sports. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  5. ^ "ACL injury sidelines Ducks' Beauchemin". TSN. 2008-11-15. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Leafs add Beauchemin to blueline". Sportsnet. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Leafs send Beauchemin to Ducks for Lupul, Gardiner and fourth round pick". The Hockey News. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  8. ^ a b "Beauchemin named to 2012-13 Second All-Star Team". Anaheim Ducks. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ "Beauchemin nominated for 2013-14 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy". Anaheim Ducks. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  10. ^ "Player review: Francois Beauchemin". Anaheim Ducks. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  11. ^ "Beauchemin signs three-year deal with Avs". The Sports Network. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  12. ^ "Canada announce final roster". CBC News. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  13. ^ "Stanley Cup Journal". 
  14. ^ "Ducks' Marchant, Beauchemin back to work". OCregister. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  15. ^ "Baby first for Grabovski". Toronto Sun. 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 

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