Justin Pogge

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Justin Pogge
Justin Pogge Canada Cropped.jpg
Born (1986-04-22) April 22, 1986 (age 28)
Fort McMurray, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
SHL team
Former teams
Färjestad BK
Toronto Maple Leafs
Ritten/Renon
BIK Karlskoga
NHL Draft 90th overall, 2004
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2006–present

Justin Pogge (born April 22, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Pogge was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, but grew up in Penticton, British Columbia.

Playing career[edit]

Pogge played his first one-and-a-half seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Prince George Cougars before being dealt to the Calgary Hitmen at the 2004–05 trade deadline. After his rookie season with the Cougars, he was drafted in the third round, 90th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was then signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Leafs on December 19, 2005. Playing for the Hitmen in 2005–06, Pogge was awarded the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as league MVP as well as the CHL Goaltender of the Year Award and Del Wilson Trophy as the top WHL goaltender with a 1.72 goals against average (GAA) and 11 shutouts.

Pogge turned pro in 2006–07 with the Maple Leafs American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. He received his first call up to the Maple Leafs on January 11, 2008, but did not suit up and was reassigned to the Marlies the next day.[citation needed] Recording 19 wins and a 3.03 GAA in his professional rookie season, he was awarded the Marlies Fan Choice Award.[1]

The following season, on December 21, 2008, Pogge earned another call-up from the Marlies and made his first NHL start against the Atlanta Thrashers the next night, recording a win in a 6–2 victory.[2] On January 27, 2009, he suffered his first loss in the NHL versus the Minnesota Wild 6-1.[3]

On August 10, 2009, Pogge was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional 2011 draft pick.[4] On March 3, 2010, he was again traded to the Carolina Hurricanes as part of a deal that sent Aaron Ward to the Ducks.

On July 27, 2011, Pogge signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. He played for their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates for the duration of the season.[5]

On July 18, 2012, Pogge decided to leave North American professional hockey and signed his first European contract with Ritten Sport of the Elite.A, a top level team in Italy, for the duration of the 2012-13 season.

Pogge then left for Sweden and signed a one-year contract with BIK Karlskoga in the HockeyAllsvenskan for the duration of the 2013-14 season.

On April 28, 2014, Pogge opted to remain in Sweden, and at an elevated level after signing a contract with Färjestad BK of the SHL.[6]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2006 Vancouver
Spengler Cup
Silver 2006 Davos

In his third and final year of major junior, Pogge was named to Canada's national junior team for the 2006 World Junior Championships as the host nation in Vancouver. He was initially not invited to Canada's junior summer camp and was, therefore, not expected to make the team. However, Pogge was named to the team's final selection camp in December and earned the starting position. He led Team Canada to a second straight gold medal by posting a shutout with 35 saves against Russia in the 5-0 gold medal game victory. Pogge finished the tournament with 3 shutouts and a 1.00 GAA.

Later that year, during Pogge's professional rookie season with the Toronto Marlies, he represented Canada at the 2006 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. He helped Canada to the final game, where they lost to HC Davos 3–2. Pogge was criticized for surrendering the game winning goal after misplaying the puck behind his net, giving it away to the HC Davos player Andres Ambuhl.[7]

Awards[edit]

Personal[edit]

Justin Pogge is engaged to Christina Heinzel, former athlete and model.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marlies Fan Choice Award 2007-2008". Toronto Marlies. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pogge Backstops Leafs To Win In His Debut". Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Toronto Maple Leafs/Minnesota Wild Box Score Tuesday January 27, 2009". Yahoo! Sports. 
  4. ^ "Leafs deal Pogge to Ducks". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Coyotes sign G Pogge to one-year, two-way deal". The Sports Network. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Three new players for Färjestad" (in Swedish). Färjestad BK. 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Canada denied at Spengler Cup". CBC. 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 

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Preceded by
Jeff Glass
Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy
2006
Succeeded by
Carey Price
Preceded by
Eric Fehr
Winner of the WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
2006
Succeeded by
Kris Russell
Preceded by
Jeff Glass
Winner of the CHL Goaltender of the Year Award
2006
Succeeded by
Carey Price