Geoff Platt

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Geoff Platt
Platt Geoff Ilves 2008 1.jpg
Platt playing for Ilves in 2008
Born (1985-07-10) July 10, 1985 (age 29)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Lokomotiv Yaroslav
Columbus Blue Jackets
Anaheim Ducks
Dinamo Minsk
Ilves
National team  Belarus
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Geoff Platt (born July 10, 1985) is a Canadian-Belarusian ice hockey player, currently playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League. He has also played for HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, Ilves Tampere of the Finnish SM-Liiga and the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born and raised in Canada, Platt played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League before spending several years between the NHL and its minor league affiliate the American Hockey League (AHL). In 2008 Platt received an offer to join Ilves in Finland, briefly playing in Belarus beforehand. He played in Finland for one season before returning to Minsk the following year, and spent nearly five full seasons with Dinamo before being traded to Lokomotiv in 2013. Platt had previously played for the Canadian national under-18 team, winning a gold medal at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships, but in 2012 he acquired Belarusian citizenship, and having satisfied the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) criteria, was able to represent Belarus starting at the 2014 IIHF World Championship held in Minsk.

Playing career[edit]

Platt played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the North Bay Centennials, Saginaw Spirit and the Erie Otters. He has played in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Anaheim Ducks.

On February 26, 2012, after playing for five years with Dinamo Minsk, Platt accepted Belarusian citizenship.[1]

In the 2013–14 season, as leading scorer of Dinamo Minsk in the midst of his 6th season with the club, Platt was traded to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl for monetary compensation on December 30, 2013.[2] He was later signed to a two-year contract extension with Lokomotiv through to the 2016 season on January 3, 2014.[3]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Gold 2003 Yaroslavl

Platt was a member of the Canadian national under-18 team during the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships. He scored three goals in seven games as Canada won the gold medal.[4] After acquiring Belarusian citizenship in 2012 and playing the required amount of time in Belarus, Platt became eligible to represent Belarus in 2014. His first IIHF tournament was the 2014 World Championship, which was held in Minsk.[5] Platt scored three goals and two assists as Belarus finished seventh in the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 North Bay Centennials OHL 63 4 6 10 34 5 0 0 0 6
2002–03 Saginaw Spirit OHL 62 32 22 54 79
2003–04 Saginaw Spirit OHL 27 7 13 20 49
2003–04 Erie Otters OHL 28 18 11 29 22 9 9 1 10 22
2004–05 Erie Otters OHL 68 45 34 79 84 6 2 3 5 16
2004–05 AC Boardwalk Bullies ECHL 2 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 66 30 35 65 58 6 3 0 3 6
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 15 0 5 5 16
2006–07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 52 27 21 48 59
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 26 4 5 9 10
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 15 4 3 7 6
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 60 28 30 58 49 18 8 9 17 24
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Dinamo Minsk KHL 13 2 3 5 8
2008–09 Ilves Tampere SM-l 45 19 18 37 54 3 1 0 1 4
2009–10 Dinamo Minsk KHL 56 26 18 44 77
2010–11 Dinamo Minsk KHL 54 18 15 33 46 7 4 3 7 4
2011–12 Dinamo Minsk KHL 47 13 17 30 42 4 1 0 1 4
2012–13 Dinamo Minsk KHL 50 13 15 28 76
2013–14 Dinamo Minsk KHL 40 15 14 29 8
2013–14 Lokomotiv Yaroslav KHL 16 6 5 11 2 18 5 4 9 20
NHL totals 46 4 10 14 28
KHL totals 276 93 87 180 259 29 10 7 17 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Platt and Lalonde accept Belarusian citizenship". news.bealt.by. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Platt goes to Yaroslavl". Kontinental Hockey League. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Transfer news". Kontinental Hockey League. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  4. ^ IIHF (2003). "Team Canada Roster - 2003 IHF U18 Championship". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  5. ^ Manninen, Henrik (2014-05-06). "A Belarusian Canuck". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 

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