Halpern with the Coyotes
May 3, 1976 |
Potomac, MD, USA
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Washington Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
|National team||United States|
Jeffrey Craig Halpern (born May 3, 1976) is an American former professional ice hockey player.
He previously played for the Washington Capitals twice, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes. He was also captain of the United States national team for the 2008 World Championships.
In 13 NHL seasons, as of October 2013, he had 147 goals and 214 assists (361 points) in 907 regular-season games. He also had seven goals and 14 points in 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Halpern was born in Potomac, Maryland, to Gloria (née Klein) and Melvin Halpern. Halpern attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, which did not have a hockey team. In order to pursue his dreams as a hockey player, Halpern transferred to and later graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire where he was roommates with future The Bachelorette winner Ian McKee. He then attended and graduated from Princeton University.
Tragedy struck on February 11, 2005, when his mother, Gloria, along with his aunt Debbie, and uncle Alan, were killed in an automobile accident.
Undrafted, Halpern began his NHL career in the 1999–2000 NHL season for the Washington Capitals. He played in 79 games, scoring 18 goals with 11 assists, and was +21. He was the first member of the Capitals to come from the Washington, D.C. area.
The 2003–04 NHL season was his highest-scoring season to date as he finished with 19 goals and 27 assists in 79 games.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Halpern played for the Kloten Flyers and for HC Ajoie in Switzerland, and returned to the Capitals when the lockout ended. On September 23, 2005, the Washington Capitals named Halpern the twelfth team captain in franchise history. In the 2005–06 NHL season, he scored 11 goals, and added a career-high 33 assists.
On February 26, 2008, Halpern was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen, and a 2009 4th-round draft pick in exchange for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist. Halpern scored a goal in his Lightning debut, and added an assist. After being acquired by the Lightning, Halpern went on a huge hot streak, scoring 10 goals and 18 points in 19 games. He also led the league during the 2007–08 NHL season in games played as one of only two players to appear in 83 games, or one more than a team's full schedule, as a result of his trade to Tampa Bay. The other was Brian Campbell. Playing in 52 games during the 2008-09 NHL Season, Halpern scored seven goals to go with nine assists.
Halpern was named the captain of the United States national team for the 2008 World Championships in Canada. Playing in a 5–4 loss in the opening round against the Canadian team on May 6, 2008, he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and was expected to be out of action for 6–8 months. This occurred in the same game where USA goaltender Tim Thomas was injured and had to leave the team.
On September 7, 2010, Halpern signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He signed a one-year contract worth $825,000 to return to his original team the Washington Capitals on July 1, 2011.
On July 9, 2012, once again as a veteran free agent, Halpern was signed to a one-year deal with the New York Rangers. With the 2012–13 season delayed due to the lockout, Halpern made his debut with the Rangers in the shortened season opener on the fourth line in a defeat against the Boston Bruins on January 19, 2013. In 30 games with the Rangers as a checking line forward, Halpern produced one assist before he was claimed off waivers to return to the Montreal Canadiens on March 23, 2013. For the season, he had a goal and two assists in 46 games for the Rangers and Canadiens.
On September 16, 2013, Halpern signed a one-year contract with Finnish Elite League team TPS, and was expected to make his SM-liiga debut in October. His contract included an NHL-clause. With the team, he scored four goals in eight games.
Upon signing with the Capitals, Halpern was the first NHL player to have been raised in the American South to play on a roster; since then fellow players Patrick O'Sullivan, Jared Ross, Jamie Fritsch, Blake Geoffrion, and Jarred Tinordi have followed in his footsteps.
Regular season and playoffs
|2007–08||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||19||10||8||18||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||52||7||9||16||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||55||9||8||17||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||16||0||2||2||12||6||0||0||0||4|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||30||0||1||1||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for United States|
Awards and honors
|All-ECAC Hockey Second Team||1997–98|
|ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team||1998|
|All-ECAC Hockey Second Team||1998–99|
|ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team||1999|
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- Jeff Halpern's player profile at NHL.com
- Jeff Halpern's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Elite Propects - Listed as "Retired"
|Awards and achievements|
|ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament
|Washington Capitals captain