James van Riemsdyk

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James van Riemsdyk
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Born (1989-05-04) May 4, 1989 (age 26)
Middletown Township, NJ, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2007
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2009–present

James Frederick van Riemsdyk[1] (born May 4, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

James van Riemsdyk attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey before transferring to Ann Arbor, Michigan for his junior year to play for the U.S. National Team Development Program. Prior to that, he played from Mite to first year of Midgets for the Brick Hockey Club in Brick, New Jersey. As a youth in the greater New York area, van Riemsdyk was an avid New York Rangers fan.

Van Riemsdyk was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, following fellow American Patrick Kane, marking the first time in league history that Americans were chosen first and second overall in the same draft. He played his college hockey at the University of New Hampshire where he had 74 points in 2 seasons under coach Dick Umile.

On November 4, 2014, van Riemsdyk recorded an assist on a goal by Cody Franson for his 200th career point.

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

On April 2, 2009, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that van Riemsdyk would forgo his final two years of college eligibility at the University of New Hampshire to sign an entry-level NHL contract for the 2009–10 season; he spent the remainder of the 2008–09 season playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms on an amateur tryout contract.[2]

It was during the 2009–10 pre-season that van Riemsdyk began making an impact. Initially expected to spend the year in the American Hockey League (AHL) or, at-best, earn a spot midway through the season, van Riemsdyk seized the attention in the Flyers' annual rookie game against the Washington Capitals with four goals and an assist in the Flyers' 7–3 rout of the Capitals' rookies. As he moved into the pre-season, van Riemsdyk proved himself one of the most consistent members of the Flyers outfit, once again seizing the attention with two goals against the Detroit Red Wings in a 5–2 Flyers victory.

Van Riemsdyk was included in the Flyers' starting 2009–10 roster to play on a third line with prolific sophomore Claude Giroux. He scored his first NHL point in his first game, recording an assist on a powerplay goal by Mike Richards in a 2–0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. His next game saw a return to his roots in New Jersey, where he contributed two more assists against the New Jersey Devils. He suffered a minor concussion shortly after that due to a hit by Washington Capitals]] defenseman Milan Jurčina in the Flyers' home opener and missed two games, but would return quickly. He scored his first goal on October 24, 2009, against Tomáš Vokoun of the Florida Panthers.

Van Riemsdyk had an impressive month of November for a rookie, scoring four goals and five assists; three of the four goals were game-winners. He was named the NHL's rookie of the month in November 2009.[3]

2012 playoffs

During the 2010 Eastern Conference Semi-finals, the Philadelphia Flyers (who finished in seventh place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) found themselves down three games to none against the sixth-place Boston Bruins. Philadelphia mounted a comeback, however, defeating the Bruins in Game 7, marking just the third time in NHL history a team has won a series after being down by three games. With 2:50 left in the first period, van Riemsdyk scored his first career playoff goal, shifting the game's momentum to the Flyers. Philadelphia went on to win the game 4–3 and the playoff series, four games to three. Not since the New York Islanders came back from a 3–0 deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1975 had a team won four games in a row to win an NHL playoff series. For van Riemsdyk's momentum-changing goal, he was named the impact player of the game.

On February 15, 2011, in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, van Riemsdyk recorded his first Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist and a fight in the Flyers' first victory over the Lightning in the season series. On March 26, in a game against the New York Islanders, van Riemsdyk recorded his first career NHL hat trick in the Flyers 4–1 victory in front of some of his aunts, uncles and his mother. Two of the three were scored in even-strength play, while the third came on a power play.

In the opening round of the 2011 NHL Playoffs, van Riemsdyk had a very strong series and was a key to the Flyers' 4–3 series win over the Buffalo Sabres. Van Riemsdyk tallied four goals in the series, including the eventual game-winner in Game 7 to help the Flyers advance to the next round. He followed that series up with three goals in four games against Boston as the Flyers were ultimately swept by the Bruins. Despite only playing in 11 games, van Riemsdyk finished third in the entire post-season in total shots with 70 – behind only Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks – and led the post-season in shots per game.

The Flyers re-signed forward James van Riemsdyk to a six-year contract extension worth $25.5 million. Van Riemsdyk, who was entering his third season in Philadelphia, provided the length of the extension on his Twitter. He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2011–12 campaign. He finished the 2010–11 regular season with career highs, at the time, in points (40), goals (21) and plus-minus (+15).

In the 2012 season, van Riemsdyk broke his foot, requiring surgery.

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

On June 23, 2012, Van Riemsdyk was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn.

On November 24, 2012, Van Riemsdyk participated in "Operation Hat Trick," a charity hockey game held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims.[4]

During the lockout shortened 2012–13 NHL season with his new team, van Riemsdyk hit his stride and scored 18 goals and 32 points while playing in all 48 games. The Leafs would make the playoffs for the first time since the 2003–04 NHL season, but fell in the first round to the eventual Stanley Cup finalist Boston Bruins in seven games. Van Riemsdyk finished the playoffs with a team-leading seven points in seven games.

On March 28, 2014, van Riemsdyk tied an NHL record for fastest goal to start off a period, scoring four seconds into the frame. He accomplished the feat against his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers.[5] He now shares the record with Claude Provost and Denis Savard. By season's end, he set career highs in goals (30) and points (61).

Despite a disappointing 2014–15 NHL season for the Maple Leafs club, Van Riemsdyk lead the team in goals, recording 27, while tallying 56 points in 82 games.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for United States USA
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Sweden
IIHF U18 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Finland
Gold medal – first place 2006 Sweden

Junior[edit]

Van Riemsdyk's first international experience came when he played in the 2007 World Under-18 Championships (U18), in which the United States won the gold medal. In 2006–07, he scored 33 goals and 30 assists for the U.S. Under-18 National Team, and represented the United States at the 2007 World Junior Championships (WJC) in Sweden. He followed up his inaugural WJC by winning the scoring title at the 2007 U18 with five goals and seven assists.[6] He was named to the tournament all-star team, named the top forward and garnered MVP honours as the United States won silver, only losing against the Russians in the final.

Van Riemsdyk had a great showing at the 2008 WJC, where he led the entire tournament in scoring with five goals and six assists. Despite his efforts, however, the U.S. did not medal, finishing fourth. Nonetheless, he was named to the WJC All-Star Team in 2008. He continued his strong international play with six goals and four assists at the 2009 WJC as the Americans finished in fifth.

Senior[edit]

Van Riemsdyk made his debut in senior international competition when he played for the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, where the Americans finished eighth. Van Riemsdyk scored one goal in the two games he played.[7]

On January 1, 2014, after van Riemsdyk had played in the Winter Classic for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings, he was announced as a member of the U.S. Olympic team. He competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Americans finished a disappointing fourth at the tournament, however, though in the six games van Riemsdyk played, he had one goal and a tournament-leading six assists. He also led the tournament in plus-minus rating.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Van Riemsdyk has two younger brothers who are also hockey players, Trevor, who is a defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks; and Brendan, who is committed to play for the University of New Hampshire.[9][10]

In 2012, van Riemsdyk appeared in the movie This is 40 alongside Scott Hartnell, Ian Laperrière and Matt Carle.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Christian Brothers Academy HS 30 36 24 60
2006–07 United States NTDP NAHL 37 18 11 29 26
2007–08 New Hampshire Wildcats HE 31 11 23 34 36
2008–09 New Hampshire Wildcats HE 36 17 23 40 47
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 7 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 15 20 35 30 21 3 3 6 4
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 21 19 40 35 11 7 0 7 4
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 43 11 13 24 24 7 1 1 2 4
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 18 14 32 26 7 2 5 7 4
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 30 31 61 50
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 27 29 56 43
NHL totals 406 122 126 248 208 46 13 9 22 16

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 United States U18 1st 6 0 1 1 2
2007 United States WJC 3rd 7 1 0 1 2
2007 United States U18 2nd 7 5 7 12 4
2008 United States WJC 4th 6 5 6 11 2
2009 United States WJC 5th 6 6 4 10 4
2011 United States WC 8th 2 1 0 1 2
2014 United States Oly 4th 6 1 6 7 2
Junior totals 32 17 18 35 14
Senior totals 8 2 6 8 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2007–08
All-Hockey East Second Team 2008–09

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The @BrookePashley Minute With JVR". October 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ vanRiemsdyk Signs with Flyers Yahoo Sports, April 1, 2009
  3. ^ "Van Riemsdyk Named NHL Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. January 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Newark Star Ledger. section 5 pg. 2. November 25, 2012". 
  5. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=711751
  6. ^ "2007 IIHF U18 Scoring Leaders" (PDF). iihf.com. January 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "James van Riemsdyk". Elite Prospects. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "James van Riemsdyk". Elite Prospects. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=657311
  10. ^ Kennedy, Ryan. "Prospect Watch: Brendan van Riemsdyk making a name for himself". http://www.thehockeynews.com/. The Hockey News. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/awards.php?award=U18%20WJC%20All-Star%20Team

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Preceded by
Claude Giroux
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Luca Sbisa