Ian White (ice hockey)

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Ian White
Ian White Red Wings.png
Ian White during his tenure with the Detroit Red Wings.
Born (1984-06-04) June 4, 1984 (age 30)
Steinbach, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
San Jose Sharks
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 191st overall, 2002
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2005–present

Ian White (born June 4, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. He previously played with the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, and San Jose Sharks.

Playing career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

White was drafted by the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL in the 5th round, 89th overall in the 1999 WHL Bantam Draft. His first season with Swift Current was fairly successful as he scored 12 goals and 31 assists in 69 games which placed him seventh on the team in scoring. They finished the season first in the division. In White's second season with Swift Current, he fared much better, scoring 32 goals and 47 assists for 79 points in 70 games for second place on the team in scoring. This gave NHL teams interest in drafting him. White was drafted in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs picked White in the 6th round, 191st overall. In 2002–03, White finished third on Swift Current in scoring with 24 goals and 44 assists for 68 points in 64 games and was named to the WHL's First All Star Team and the CHL's Second All Star Team. White played for Team Canada at the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Halifax, where Canada finished second place to Team Russia. White was primarily the seventh defenceman and powerplay specialist for Canada, where he scored 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points in 6 games, and was one of the surprises of the tournament. White broke his left ankle in late October 2004 and thereby could not be afforded a spot on the 2004 World Junior team.[1]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

White made his debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2005-06 season, scoring five points (one goal and four assists) in his first five career NHL games. The same season, White was named to Canada's Spengler Cup squad. Canada made it into the final against Metallurg Magnitogorsk, losing by a score of 8–3.[2] White accumulated 1 goal in the tournament.

In 2006–07, he scored 3 goals and 23 assists for a total of 26 points, leaving him tied for second in scoring among rookie defencemen. White spent much of the season playing with the hulking Hal Gill, giving rise to the nickname of "Barney and Fred" due to the almost full foot in height Gill has on White, as well as the massive weight difference. Due to the amount of defencemen on the roster for the 2008–09 season for the Maple Leafs, White was sat out for the first 11 games of the season before playing his first game in which he spent some time playing as a 3rd line forward. In spite of a lack of experience in the position, in eight games there he managed three goals, seven points, and a +5 plus/minus rating before returning to defence. As the season progressed, he received more and more ice time, eventually averaging over 25 minutes a game by the end of the year, and finishing 2008-2009 with 10 goals, 26 points, and a +6 plus/minus.

Calgary Flames[edit]

On January 31, 2010, White was traded along with Jamal Mayers, Niklas Hagman and Matt Stajan to the Calgary Flames for Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjöström and prospect Keith Aulie.[3]

On July 30, 2010, White re-signed with the Flames with a one-year contract worth $2.99 million.

Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

On November 17, 2010, White was traded along with Brett Sutter to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk. He played in 39 games for the Hurricanes, recording 11 assists.

San Jose Sharks[edit]

On February 18, 2011, White was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a second round pick in 2012. White had an assist in his first game as a Shark.[4] On April 14, 2011, White recorded his first career playoff assist in Game 1 of the first round against the Los Angeles Kings. The goal was scored by Heatley on a feed off White's stick and put the Sharks up 1-0 in the game just 28 seconds in. He went on to play 17 games in the playoffs for the San Jose, recording nine points as the Sharks were eventually eliminated by the Vancouver Canucks.

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

White signed a two-year contract worth $5.75 million with the Detroit Red Wings on July 2, 2011.[5] He scored his first goal with Detroit on October 7, during a 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators and posted a career-best 32 points during the 2011-12 season. The following season, shortened because of the NHL lockout, saw White's role with the Red Wings dramatically reduced. He appeared in only 25 of the team's 48 games and scored only four points.

Criticism of Gary Bettman[edit]

During 2012–13 NHL lockout, White made controversial public comments about NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, referring to him as "an idiot...(who has) done nothing but damage the game.” White later expressed regret for making the remarks.[6][7]

Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

Without a contract for the 2013-2014 NHL season, he signed a Professional Tryout Contract with the Winnipeg Jets, but was released prior to the end of training camp.[8] White played a few games with the Steinbach Huskies senior hockey team before joining Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.[9][10]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Swift Current Broncos WHL 69 12 31 43 24 19 1 4 5 6
2001–02 Swift Current Broncos WHL 70 32 47 79 40 12 4 5 9 12
2002–03 Swift Current Broncos WHL 64 24 44 68 44 4 0 4 4 0
2003–04 Swift Current Broncos WHL 43 9 23 32 32 5 1 3 4 8
2003–04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 8 0 4 4 2
2004–05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 78 4 22 26 54 5 0 2 2 2
2005–06 Toronto Marlies AHL 59 8 29 37 42 5 1 4 5 4
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 1 5 6 10
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 3 23 26 40
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 5 16 21 44
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 10 16 26 57
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 9 17 26 39
2009–10 Calgary Flames NHL 27 4 8 12 12
2010–11 Calgary Flames NHL 16 2 4 6 6
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 39 0 10 10 12
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 23 2 8 10 8 17 1 8 9 8
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 7 25 32 22 5 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 2 2 4 4
2013–14 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 10 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 503 45 134 179 254 22 2 8 10 8

Personal life[edit]

White is married to his wife, Tess and they have 2 children.[11] Their son, Paxton, was born in 2009. Their daughter, Gracelyn Sophia, was born on May 13, 2011 - the morning after the San Jose Sharks Game 7 playoff win over Detroit.[12]


  • 2001–02 - WHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player
  • 2002–03 - World Junior Championships silver medal
  • 2002–03 - CHL's 2nd All Star Team
  • 2002–03 - WHL's 1st All Star Team


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