Jeff Skinner

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Jeff Skinner
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Skinner with the Hurricanes in 2011.
Born (1992-05-16) May 16, 1992 (age 21)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center/Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Carolina Hurricanes
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2010
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2010–present

Jeffrey Scott Skinner (born May 16, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Selected seventh overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft,[1] Skinner was the youngest player in the NHL during the 2010–11 season and is the youngest player ever to play in the NHL All Star Game. He is also the youngest player in the four major North American sports to ever play in an All-Star game. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy for best rookie in the 2010–11 NHL season at age 18, the first to do so since Tom Barrasso won it in 1983–84 as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

Early life[edit]

Skinner was born to lawyers Andrew Skinner and Elisabeth Campin. He is the second-youngest of six siblings,[2] with four sisters, Jennifer (a former Harvard Crimson forward), Andrea (a former Cornell Big Red forward and lawyer at Bay Street law firm Aird & Berlis), Erica (current Carleton Ravens defence[3]) and Jillian (a high school student). He has one brother, Benjamin, who was in the Kitchener Rangers system, but now plays for the Golden Hawks at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

Skinner attended William Armstrong Public School and then Markham District High School. Involved in both ice hockey and figure skating growing up, he won a bronze medal in the juvenile division at the 2004 Canadian Junior National Figure Skating Championships.[4] Soon after, he made the decision to focus solely on hockey. Skinner played his minor hockey with the Toronto Jr. Canadians and Toronto Young Nationals of the GTHL and the Markham Waxers of the OMHA. He grew up cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Skinner as a Kitchener Ranger in September 2010

Skinner was drafted 20th overall in the 2008 OHL Draft by the Kitchener Rangers from the Toronto Young Nationals, where he played on the wing with future Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog . After leading the Rangers in goal scoring in his rookie season, Skinner participated in the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, scoring 6 goals for 6 points, while winning the gold medal with Team Canada. In his second OHL season, Skinner scored 50 goals and led all CHL draft-eligible forwards in goal scoring. He became the first Ranger in 23 years to reach the 50-goal milestone.[5]

Despite leading the league in goals at the time, Central Scouting ranked Skinner as the 47th best North American skater during their midterm rankings, and only 34th during the final rankings. This contrasted ratings from other organizations such as ISS and TSN's Bob McKenzie who had him much higher. During the 2010 NHL Draft, he was taken 7th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Professional[edit]

During his first NHL training camp, he signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Hurricanes on September 21, 2010, worth $2.7 million.[2] On October 7, Skinner made his NHL debut with the opening roster in the Hurricanes 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild during the NHL Premiere Series in Helsinki, Finland. In sixteen minutes of ice time, he had two shots.[6] The following day, Skinner recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Tuomo Ruutu's goal. He also scored the game winning shootout goal to become the 3rd youngest player in NHL history to score a shootout goal. On October 20, Skinner scored his first NHL career goal against Jonathan Bernier of the Los Angeles Kings in his fifth game of the season.

Midway through the campaign, Skinner was named to the 2011 All-Star Game roster as an injury replacement for Sidney Crosby, making him the first member of the 2010 draft class to be named to the All-Star Game, and the first 18-year old NHL All-Star since Steve Yzerman. He was later named January 2011's NHL Rookie of the Month.

At the NHL Awards on June 22, 2011 in Las Vegas Nevada, Skinner was awarded the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, beating out fellow rookies Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks and Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders.

Skinner was suspended for 2 games after kicking Scott Nichol of the St. Louis Blues during a game on March 15, 2012.[7]

On August 7, 2012, The Carolina Hurricanes extended his contract to a 6 year for about $34.4 million USD

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Toronto Young Nats GTHL 50 62 35 97 137
2008–09 Kitchener Rangers OHL 63 27 24 51 72
2009–10 Kitchener Rangers OHL 64 50 40 90 34 20 20 13 33 14
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 31 32 63 46
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 64 20 24 44 56
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 42 13 11 24 26
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 71 33 21 54 22
NHL totals 259 97 88 185 150
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2009 Slovakia

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • Named to play in the (2011 All-Star Game), youngest All-Star selection ever in the four major North American sports (baseball, basketball, American football, ice hockey) (18 years, 259 days)
  • Calder Trophy winner as best NHL rookie during the 2010–11 season.
  • Named Sporting News Rookie of The Year
  • Named The Hockey News Rookie of the Year

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Philippe Paradis
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Murphy
Preceded by
Tyler Myers
Winner of the Calder Trophy
2011
Succeeded by
Gabriel Landeskog