Jon Awe

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Jon Awe
Jon Awe.jpg
Born (1980-04-30) April 30, 1980 (age 34)
Memphis, Tennessee
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 240 lb (110 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
ECHL team
Former teams
Gwinnett Gladiators
ALH
Anyang Halla
AHL
Portland Pirates
Providence Bruins
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Chicago Wolves
Houston Aeros
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Jon Awe (born April 30, 1980 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional ice hockey defenceman playing for HC Valpellice Bulldogs of Italy.

Playing career[edit]

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound native of Memphis, Tenn., played junior hockey with the South Suburban Steers in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. Awe played four years at Northeastern University from 2001–05 tallying 32 points (6-26=32) and 90 PIM in 111 games for the Huskies. He led team defensemen in the 2003–04 season with 13 points.

After his senior year with the Huskies, Awe signed with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL for the 2005–06 season. Awe also made his AHL debut in stints with the Portland Pirates and the Providence Bruins. Awe had an impressive debut professional season and was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team.[1]

Awe was invited to the Gladiators NHL affiliate, the Atlanta Thrashers, training camp for the 2006–07 season. Failing to earn a contract with the Thrashers, Jon again played primarily for the Gwinnett Gladiators scoring 56 points (24-32=56) and 65 penalty minutes (PIM) in 60 games. At the ECHL All-Star Game he launched 102.2 mph shot in the Hardest Shot competition, obliterating the old mark by 2.9 mph.

Awe split the 2007–08 season with Gwinnett Gladiators and the Houston Aeros. In 59 games with Aeros(AHL), Awe marked a career high 5 goals, 17 assists for 22 points.

Awe signed a one-year deal with Anyang Halla on July 16, 2008, recommended by club's scout & interpreter Samuel H. Kim.[2] He became the first U.S born player in club's history. After a solid season, in which he tied for 1st overall in defenseman goal scoring with 12 Goals (Tied with Ricard Persson), Awe was signed to 2 year-extension on February, 2009.[3] After Halla's September 27, 2009 game against High1 in Goyang it was announced that Awe had a sport's hernia and that he would miss 8 to 12 weeks of the 2009–10 season.[4] Awe captured his first ever championship title, beating Nippon Paper Cranes series of 3-2 in 2009-2010 Asia League final.

Awe got his new nickname from "The Big Cat" to "The Big Tuna" from his new teammates as he is a heavy eater of tuna Sushi rolls but was also named from other import off of the character of Jim Halpert on “The Office”.

In July 13, 2011, Awe signed with HC Vapellice Bulldogs of Italy 1-year deal.

Awards & achievements[edit]

  • 2005–06 -ECHL All-Rookie All-Star Team
  • 2006–07 -ECHL Defenseman of the Year
  • 2006–07 -ECHL First All-Star Team
  • 2009-10 -Asia League (ALH) Champion
  • 2010-11 -Asia League (ALH) Champion

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Texas Tornado NAHL 52 13 25 38 73
2000–01 Texas Tornado NAHL 49 15 19 34 75
2001–02 Northeastern University HE 25 3 4 6 10
2002–03 Northeastern University HE 24 0 1 1 24
2003–04 Northeastern University HE 26 2 11 13 18
2004–05 Northeastern University HE 36 2 10 12 38
2005–06 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 49 14 21 35 49 17 5 4 9 16
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 17 0 1 1 8
2005–06 Providence Bruins AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 60 24 32 56 65 4 1 2 3 2
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 5 1 3 4 0
2007–08 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 14 5 5 10 12
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 59 5 17 22 38 3 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Anyang Halla ALH 35 12 17 29 54 7 2 4 6 10
2009–10 Anyang Halla ALH 18 6 11 17 16 9 2 4 6 18
2010–11 Anyang Halla ALH 36 7 13 20 16 4 2 1 3 0
2011–12 HC Valpellice Serie A 25 7 10 17 20 - - - - -
AHL Totals 84 6 21 27 46 3 0 0 0 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Awe inspiring hockey tale". Global Hockey News. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  2. ^ "New look Anyang Halla adds western flavor". NHL. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Anyang Halla lock up two imports". Anyang Halla. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-03-10. [dead link]
  4. ^ "The Big Tuna, Out with Sport Hernia". Anyang Halla. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. [dead link]

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