Hishon skating as part of the Owen Sound Attack
October 20, 1991 |
Stratford, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
|NHL Draft||17th overall, 2010
Joey Hishon (born October 20, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who is currently playing with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL) whilst under contract to the Colorado Avalanche organization. Hishon was drafted by the Avalanche in the first-round 17th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft;
Hishon began his minor hockey career with the Stratford Minor Hockey Association, graduating in 2006-07 from the Stratford AA Midget Warriors of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association before he was selected 8th overall in the first round of the 2007 Ontario Hockey League draft by the Owen Sound Attack. In his first season with the Attack in 2007–08, Joey impressively finished second on the team with 47 points in 63 games as the youngest on the team. In the 2008–09 he returned Owen Sound to the Playoffs leading the team in scoring with 37 goals, 44 assists for 81 points. Selected to play in the OHL All-Star Classic for the Western Team he was also voted at seasons end as the Best Playmaker and Best Stickhandler in the OHL’s Western Conference by the league’s coaches.
Hishon was limited to just 36 games in an injury plagued 2009–10 season. Despite missing two months due to a broken foot and MCL sprain he still managed to put better than point per game numbers with 40 and was awarded the Attack's Harold Sutherland Cup for top draft prospect, eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. With a fallen ranking of 55th by the NHL's Central Scouting Final grades, Hishon was surprisingly taken in the first round, 17th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche. He was the first Stratford minor hockey league player to be picked in the first round since Craig Hartsburg in 1979.
Hishon was instrumental in helping the Attack to the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions. During the course of the 2010-11 OHL season, on March 13, 2011, Hishon was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Avalanche.
During the 2011 Memorial Cup, Hishon was struck by illegal elbow to the head by Kootenay Ice defenceman (and Buffalo Sabres prospect) Brayden McNabb, which left Hishon with a concussion; Hishon missed the rest of the Memorial Cup and the entire 2011–12 hockey season with post-concussion syndrome. In part due to this hit, Hockey Canada redefined the rules to make clearer a zero-tolerance policy for head hits.
Hishon's recovery extended into to the following 2012–13 season, before he was belatedly cleared for non-contact practice with the Avalanche's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to begin the new year. Hishon was finally scheduled to make his long-awaited professional debut with the Monsters against the Toronto Marlies on March 19, 2013. It marked a return from his concussion just two months shy of two years. In his fifth game, Hishon scored his first professional goal in a multi-point effort against the Chicago Wolves on March 29, 2013. However, on April 12, in his ninth game and on his first shift against the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hishon's season was ended after he suffered a second concussion received in a hit from behind by Joey Tenute. With an early prognosis of a less severe concussion then previously endured, it is anticipated Hishon will recover to undergo summer training in preparation for the following season.
Hishon made his international debut at the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He scored 5 points in 6 games to help Team Ontario to a gold medal. In 2009 he was selected to represent Team Canada at the IIHF World U18 Championships and was the team's leading scorer with 5 goals and 10 points in a fourth placed finish.
During the 2010–11 season, Hishon was invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp for the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York, before he was included among the first cuts of the camp.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||Stratford Warriors Midget AA||OMHA||50||44||42||86||114||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||63||20||27||47||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||65||37||44||81||34||4||4||3||7||6|
|2009–10||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||36||16||24||40||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||50||37||50||87||64||22||5||19||24||32|
|2012–13||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||9||1||5||6||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||12||7||8||15||14|
- "2010 NHL Entry Draft". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- "Hishon has friends in high places". Colorado Avalanche. 2010-06-27. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Wilson to lead ship". Owen Sound Sun Times. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- Dater, Adrian (2010-06-25). "Hishon shocked to go to Avalanche at No. 17". Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- Mike Savage (2010-06-28). "Hishon realizes a dream". Stratford Beacon Herald. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Avalanche signs Hishon". Colorado Avalanche. 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- Pyette, Ryan (2011-09-14). "Concussions stall NHL hopes | Hockey | Sports | London Free Press". lfpress.com. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Dater, Adrian (2012-03-16). "Avs Mailbag: Is Joey Hishon any closer to returning for Avalanche?". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- Odland, Kristen (2011-05-28). "Hockey Canada adopts zero tolerance rule for head shots". nationalpost.com. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- "Joey Hishon update and other news". Denver Post. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- "Hishon scheduled to return to ice". StratfordBeaconHerald.com. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Monsters fall in Chicago 5-2". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- "Joey Hishon improving after latest concussion with Lake Erie Monsters". Denver Post. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Owen Sound's Hishon has proven his toughness". NHL. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "Hishon takes cut in stride". Stratford Beacon Herald. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
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|Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick