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 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
AHL team
Former teams
Milwaukee Admirals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
San Jose Sharks
Detroit Red Wings
Traktor Chelyabinsk
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 the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has previously played with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks in his National Hockey League (NHL) career.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

White was drafted by the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in the fifth 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. The team finished the season first in their 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 generated interest amongst NHL teams leading up to the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, where he was ultimately selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth 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 also named to the WHL's First All Star Team and the CHL's Second All Star Team. He then played for Canada at the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Canada finished second place to Russia. White was primarily the seventh defenceman and powerplay specialist for Canada, where he scored two goals and four assists for six points in six games.

The following year, however, White broke his left ankle in late October 2004 and thereby could not be afforded a spot on the 2004 World Junior team.[1]

Professional[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. That same season, White was named to Canada's Spengler Cup squad, which made it into the final against Metallurg Magnitogorsk, losing 8–3.[2] White accumulated one goal in the tournament.

In 2006–07, White scored three goals and 23 assists for a total of 26 points, leaving him tied for second in scoring among rookie defencemen. He 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 high number 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 third-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 the regular season with ten goals, 26 points and a +6 plus-minus.

On January 31, 2010, White was traded, along with Jamal Mayers, Niklas Hagman and Matt Stajan, to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjöström and prospect Keith Aulie.[3] On July 30, just prior to the beginning of the free agency period, White re-signed with the Flames with a one-year contract worth $2.99 million.

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

On February 18, 2011, White was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round pick in 2012.[4] The next day, White had an assist in his first game as a Shark.[5] On April 14, 2011, White recorded his first career Stanley Cup playoff assist in Game 1 of the first round against the Los Angeles Kings. Dany Heatley scored the goal on a pass from White, putting 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.

White signed a two-year, $5.75 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings on July 2, 2011.[6] He scored his first goal with Detroit on October 7 during a 5–3 victory over the Ottawa Senators, and finished with 32 points during the 2011–12 season. The following season, shortened because due to the 2012–13 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.

During 2012–13 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.[7][8]

Without a contract for the 2013–14 season, White signed a professional try-out contract with the Winnipeg Jets, but was released prior to the end of training camp.[9] White then played a few games with the Steinbach Huskies senior hockey team before joining Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[10][11] He played just ten games with Chelyabinsk, registering one assist.

Midway into the 2014–15 season, having returned to North America, White signed a professional try-out contract with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on November 21, 2014; however, he was later released by Providence under one month later, on December 9.

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
2014–15 Providence Bruins AHL 8 1 3 4 4
2014–15 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 34 3 16 19 13
NHL totals 503 45 134 179 254 22 2 8 10 8

Personal life[edit]

White and his wife, Tess, have two children.[12] 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.[13]

Honours[edit]

  • 2001–02 – WHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player
  • 2002–03 – World Junior Championships silver medal
  • 2002–03 – CHL's Second All-Star Team
  • 2002–03 – WHL's First All-Star Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mirtle, James (21 November 2006). "#7: Ian White - The best players you've never heard of". James Mirtle: A hockey journalist's blog. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Spengler Cup 2005". HockeyNation. 28 December 2005. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (31 January 2010). "Maple Leafs nab Phaneuf, Giguere". NHL.com. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "White Traded to Sharks; Canes Get Defenceman in Another Deal". TSN.ca. 18 February 2011. Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Devin Setoguchi's first hat trick helps Sharks by Avs". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Detroit Red Wings sign defenseman Ian White". Sporting News. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ian White calls Gary Bettman "an idiot" and civility flies out the window". NBC Sports. 16 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "White regrets calling Bettman an "idiot"". NBC Sports. 20 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jets re-assign 11 players from training camp". Winnipeg Jets. 20 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ian White Leads Huskies To Their First Win". Steinbachonline.com. 14 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Geneve-Servette HC Signs Ex-Red Wing Ian White". Swiss Hockey News. 30 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (14 May 2011). "Sharks notebook: San Jose's Ian White had anxious moments in Game 7". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Think playoffs are hard? Try going through labor in Game 7". sportingnews.com. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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