Jeff Taffe

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Jeff Taffe
Jeff Taffe Bears Pic..jpg
Born (1981-02-19) February 19, 1981 (age 33)
Hastings, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Linköpings HC
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Florida Panthers
Chicago Blackhawks
Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2000
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2002–present

Jeffrey Charles Taffe (born February 19, 1981) is an American center currently playing with Linköpings HC of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Taffe was drafted in the first round, 30th overall, by the St. Louis Blues in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

After playing three seasons with the University of Minnesota, during which the Blues traded his rights to the Phoenix Coyotes in a deal involving Keith Tkachuk, Taffe made his professional debut with Coyotes' American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, in the 2002–03 season. He also appeared in 20 NHL games with the Coyotes that same season, scoring three goals.

Taffe spent the 2004-05 season as a member of the American Hockey League's Utah Grizzlies. On November 28, 2004, Taffe was involved in an on-ice incident where he elbowed Houston Aeros goalie Josh Harding in the back of Harding's neck, resulting in a grade two concussion to Harding. Taffe was suspended for four games by the league.

Taffe appeared in 82 games over parts of three seasons with the Coyotes before being traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Jamie Lundmark during the 2005–06 season. He appeared in two games with the Rangers, before being traded back to Phoenix later in the season in exchange for Martin Sonnenberg.

Taffe playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008.

On July 13, 2007, Taffe signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[1] After beginning the 2007–08 with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Taffe was recalled to Pittsburgh and found a checking role on the fourth line.[2] He remained on the team as a healthy scratch in the playoffs that year as Adam Hall was favored to fill Taffe's fourth line position.

After re-signing with the Penguins,[3] Taffe played a handful of games with Pittsburgh during the 2008–09 season mainly playing in Wilkes-Barre. After Wilkes-Barre was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, Taffe was recalled for the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run and eventual 2009 Stanley Cup Championship. He was on the practice squad but did not play in any games and was not included on the Stanley Cup due to this fact. However, Taffe and a number of other Wilkes-Barre players and healthy scratches took part in the on-ice celebration and team photo.

Taffe then signed a two year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers on July 3, 2009.[4] At this point Taffe started to play very few NHL games and mostly played in the American Hockey League, receiving very few call-ups.

The Florida Panthers traded Jeff Taffe to the Chicago Blackhawks for Marty Reasoner on July 22, 2010.[5] Taffe was assigned to Chicago's AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs shortly before the 2010 NHL regular season began.

On July 3, 2011, Taffe signed a two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild. Taffe was familiarly assigned to the AHL, with affiliate the Houston Aeros. Through the duration of the 2011–12 season, Taffe was recalled by the Wild and appeared as a depth player in 5 games.

On July 2, 2012, Unable to earn a NHL contract due to the lockout, Taffe signed a one-year contract with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.[6] During the 2012–13 season, Taffe led the Bears in scoring with 71 points in 73 games, for second overall in the AHL. In the penultimate regular season game, Taffe recorded his league leading 53rd assist in a 4-2 defeat to the Binghamton Senators for his 500th AHL point, on April 20, 2013. He was selected to the AHL Second All-Star Team at years end.[7]

After 10 seasons of playing professionally in North America, Taffe signed his first contract abroad on a two-year deal with Swedish club Linköpings HC of the Swedish Hockey League on May 17, 2013.[8] However just under two weeks later, citing personal reasons, Taffe was granted a release from his contract with Linköpings to remain in North America.[9] With an amicable departure, Linköpings left the possibility open for a return at seasons end.

With an additional year spent with the Hershey Bears and unable to reach the playoffs in the 2013-14 season, Taffe agreed to return to Linköpings and embark on his European career, sigining a one-year contract on July 22, 2014.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Rochester Mustangs USHL 17 12 9 21 26
1999–00 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 10 10 20 22
2000–01 University of Minnesota WCHA 38 12 23 35 56
2001–02 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 34 24 58 86
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 57 23 26 49 44 5 0 3 3 8
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 20 3 1 4 4
2003–04 Springfield Falcons AHL 15 10 6 16 19
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 8 10 18 20
2004–05 Utah Grizzlies AHL 27 9 10 19 35
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 36 6 16 22 34
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 33 5 6 11 29
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59 20 20 40 22
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 17 4 2 6 2
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 27 11 10 21 22
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 5 7 12 8
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 74 25 50 75 65 12 5 6 11 22
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 0 2 2 2
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 61 28 28 56 47 7 1 6 7 9
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 21 1 1 2 4
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 74 30 37 67 22
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 70 18 35 53 16 4 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 5 0 2 2 0
2012–13 Hershey Bears AHL 73 18 53 71 27 5 0 4 4 2
2013–14 Hershey Bears AHL 75 21 26 47 23
AHL totals 681 224 323 547 405 33 6 19 25 41
NHL totals 180 21 25 46 40

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 United States WJC18 7th 6 3 2 5 29
2000 United States WJC 4th 7 1 4 5 2
2001 United States WJC 5th 7 6 2 8 6
Junior totals 20 10 8 18 37

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
USHS
Minnesota Mr. Hockey 1999
College
WCHA Third Team 2002
AHL
Second All-Star Team 2013 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penguins sign Jeff Taffe and John Curry". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  2. ^ "Taffe Working Hard In Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Penguins re-sign forward Jeff Taffe". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Panthers sign C Jeff Taffe". Florida Panthers. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Blackhawks acquire Jeff Taffe from Florida". Chicago Blackhawks. 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Taffe, Berry, DiSalvatore, Oleksy bolster roster". Hershey Bears. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  7. ^ a b "Taffe hits milestone for Bears". American Hockey League. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  8. ^ "Jeff Taffe is ready to play for LHC" (in Swedish). Linköpings HC. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  9. ^ "No Jeff Taffe in LHC" (in Swedish). Linköpings HC. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  10. ^ "LHC reinforce the squad with Taffe" (in Swedish). Linköpings HC. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Johnny Pohl
Minnesota Mr. Hockey
1998–99 season
Succeeded by
Paul Martin
Preceded by
Barret Jackman
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Shawn Belle