July 24, 1975 |
Cloquet, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New Jersey Devils
St. Louis Blues
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||35th overall, 1993
Langenbrunner during a stoppage against Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for the United States|
James Joseph Craig Langenbrunner (//; born July 24, 1975) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent of the National Hockey League (NHL). Langenbrunner was formerly the captain of the 2010 United States Olympic Team and a member of the 1999 Dallas Stanley Cup championship team and the 2003 New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup championship team.
In high school, Langenbrunner played for the Cloquet Lumberjacks in the Minnesota State High School Hockey League.
After scoring 148 points in 70 games during his Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior years in High School and leading the Lumberjacks to back to back State Tournament appearances, Langenbrunner was named the AP's Minnesota High School Hockey player of the year. Following a spectacular State Tournament performance, Langenbrunner was drafted out of Cloquet 35th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.
Langenbrunner would then forego playing his senior year of high school hockey and instead play his next two seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL, scoring 75 goals and 115 assists for 190 points in only 124 games. Also with the Petes he tallied 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points in 18 OHL playoff games. In his second year with the Petes (during the 1994–95 season) he made his NHL debut with the Dallas Stars.
The following year during the 1995–96 season he played 59 games with the Michigan K-Wings of the IHL scoring 25 goals and notching 40 assists for 65 points while tallying 13 points in 10 playoff games. His impressive numbers earned him the teams MVP award and also got him called up to the NHL where he played 12 games that year.
Langenbrunner made his NHL debut on April 9, 1995 skating with Dallas in a game against the St. Louis Blues, but he did not become a regular with the Dallas Stars until the 1996–97 season when he played 76 games and scored 39 points playing on the left wing. He was a candidate for the Calder Memorial Trophy which is given annually to the NHL's Rookie of the year.
During the 1997–98 NHL season Langenbrunner reached the 20-goal plateau scoring 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points while playing in 81 games. That year, Langenbrunner also represented his country at the 1998 Winter Olympics, but the Americans fell short of winning a medal.
In the 1998–99 NHL season Langenbrunner played in 75 games scoring 12 goals and adding 33 assists for 45 total points. However, his real breakthrough came in the playoffs that year where he scored 10 goals and had 17 points while winning his and the Dallas franchise's first Stanley Cup. He was third in scoring for the Stars, behind Mike Modano and that year's Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Joe Nieuwendyk.
New Jersey Devils
On March 19, 2002, Langenbrunner was traded with Joe Nieuwendyk to the New Jersey Devils for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay, and a first-round draft pick. The next season in 2002–03, Langenbrunner had a then career best 22 goals and 33 assists for 55 points in 78 games for New Jersey. He continued his scoring numbers in the playoffs, leading the league in goals (11) and points (18) en route to his second Stanley Cup.
After both an injury plagued season in 2003–04 in which Langenbrunner played only 53 games and the NHL's lockout season in 2004–05, Langenbrunner bounced back strongly scoring 53 points in 80 games during the 2005–06 season. He then again had a strong playoff performance scoring 13 points in 9 games before the Devils lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes in the Conference Semi-finals.
On July 1, 2006, Langenbrunner showed his loyalty by re-signing with the New Jersey Devils rather than testing free agency. He signed a five-year, $14 million contract ($2.8 million per year).
During the 2006–07 season Langenbrunner scored a career best 60 points playing in all 82 games that season scoring 23 goals and adding 37 assists (both career bests). In the playoffs, Langenbrunner again played well scoring eight points in 11 games before losing to the Stanley Cup Finals bound Ottawa Senators.
On December 5, 2007, Langenbrunner was named captain of the New Jersey Devils. That year Langenbrunner missed nearly 20 games to a groin injury and his stats dipped as he scored 41 points in 64 games. In the playoffs the Devils lost in the first round to the New York Rangers four games to one, but Langenbrunner played well scoring four points in the short series.
Starting in the 2007–08 season Langenbrunner played on a line with teammates Zach Parise and Travis Zajac. The line was dubbed "ZZ Pops" due to the difference in age between the veteran and the two youngsters who have initials with the letter Z.
In January 2009, Langenbrunner scored two goals in each of three consecutive games, including three game winners for the Devils. Two of those game-winning goals were scored in overtime. His streak of three consecutive multi-goal games with a game-winning goal was last accomplished by Wayne Gretzky during the 1981–82 season. Langenbrunner played extremely well in the second half of the season and went on to set career highs in goals (29) assists (40) points (69) and plus/minus (+25). Langenbrunner along with fellow linemates Zach Parise and Travis Zajac all had remarkable seasons as the line combined for 94 goals and 131 assists for a total of 225 points as well as having a combined plus/minus of 88.
On January 2, 2010, Langenbrunner got the first hat trick of his career while playing against the Minnesota Wild in his home state of Minnesota.
Return to Dallas
On January 7, 2011, Langenbrunner was traded back to the Stars for a conditional third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The pick would become a second-round pick if the Stars either win a playoff round or re-sign Langenbrunner before the draft. Langenbrunner would score his first goal in his return as a Star in his 1,000 career game against the Los Angeles Kings on January 17, 2011.
St. Louis Blues
Langenbrunner signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues on July 6, 2011. In his first season with the Blues in 2011–12, Langenbrunner added depth to the team and was used primarily as a checking line forward, scoring 6 goals and 24 points in 70 games. He was re-signed to a one-year extension with St. Louis on July 10, 2012.
In the lockout shortened 2012–13 campaign, Langenbrunner participated in only 4 games with the Blues, posting 1 assist, before an ongoing torn labrum in his left hip required season-ending surgery on February 9, 2013.
As of January 19, 2011, Langenbrunner has played in 1000 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 233 goals and 388 assists for 621 points and is currently 29th on the all-time American-born scoring list for NHL players. In 137 playoff games, he has scored 33 goals and 53 assists for 88 points and is currently 15th among active NHLers in points scored, with 35 of those points coming in his two Stanley Cup-winning seasons.
He is widely credited for his impressive post-season performances, the most recent being the second overtime goal against the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the 2007 Playoff Series. It was his 12th game-winning goal and his fourth career playoff overtime goal. His 12 playoff game-winning goals top notable Hall of Famers such as Mario Lemieux, Cam Neely, and Paul Coffey and tie him with Legends such as Phil Esposito and Mark Messier.
Jamie was born in Duluth in 1975 although the family lived in Moose Lake at the time. When he was 1, the family moved for a short time to Moorhead before moving to International Falls in 1979. Langenbrunner was well into his skating career by age 5. They moved to Cloquet in 1985.
Langenbrunner married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, and together they have three children: daughter Laine (born 1998), and sons Landon (born 2000) and Mason (born 2002). While with the Devils, Langenbrunner lived in North Caldwell, New Jersey. In the offseason Langenbrunner and his family live in his home state of Minnesota.
Awards and achievements
- 1995–96 IHL Michigan K-Wings MVP
- 1996–97 NHL Calder Trophy Finalist for Rookie of the Year (Dallas Stars)
- 1998 Member of the United States Olympic Hockey team
- 1998–99 NHL Stanley Cup Champion (Dallas Stars)
- 2002–03 NHL Stanley Cup Champion (New Jersey Devils)
- 2002–03 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Scoring Champion (New Jersey Devils)
- 2004 Member of the United States team at the World Cup of Hockey
- 2007–2011 New Jersey Devils Team Captain
- January 2009 NHL Player of the Month
- Named to 2010 United States Olympic Hockey team
- Named Captain of 2010 United States Olympic Hockey team
- 2010 Winter Olympic Silver Medalist ~Mens Ice Hockey
Regular season and playoffs
|2001–02||New Jersey Devils||NHL||14||3||3||6||23||5||0||1||1||8|
|2002–03||New Jersey Devils||NHL||78||22||33||55||65||24||11||7||18||16|
|2003–04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||53||10||16||26||43||5||0||2||2||2|
|2005–06||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||19||34||53||74||9||3||10||13||16|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||23||37||60||64||11||2||6||8||7|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||64||13||28||41||30||5||0||4||4||4|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||29||40||69||56||4||2||1||3||2|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||19||42||61||44||5||0||1||1||4|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||31||4||10||14||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||70||6||18||24||32||9||1||0||1||11|
|2012–13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||4||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Devils trade Langenbrunner to Stars". TSN. January 7, 2011.
- "Report: Blues add Langenbrunner, Arnott". NHL.com. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "Report: Langenbrunner Signs One-Year Deal". Blues.NHL.com. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "Langenbrunner to undergo hip surgery, out for season". Stltoday.com. 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
- "Powered by Google Docs". Docs.google.com. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
- Pates, Kevin. "FOR LANGENBRUNNER, SECOND CUP JUST AS SWEET", Duluth News Tribune, June 11, 2003.
- Jamie Langenbrunner's player profile at NHL.com
- Jamie Langenbrunner's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Jamie Langenbrunner's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Official website
|New Jersey Devils captain