January 30, 1990 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|NHL Draft||19th overall, 2008
Luca Sbisa (born January 30, 1990) is an Italian-born Swiss ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks, as well as their respective American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates. Sbisa played major junior hockey in Canada with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, before being selected by the Flyers in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut that year before returning to Lethbridge. Sbisa has also played for the Swiss national team in multiple international tournaments, including several world championships and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Sbisa was born in Ozieri, a city on the island of Sardinia, Italy, the first son and second child of Massimo and Isabella Sbisa. His sister Chiara is two years older. The Sbisa family moved to Oberägeri, Switzerland when he was one. Sbisa speaks four languages: English, German, Italian, and French.
Sbisa was drafted 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. On October 1, 2008, Sbisa signed a three-year entry level contract with the Flyers. Prior to his entry into the NHL, Sbisa started his hockey career with EV Zug in Switzerland. In the 2006–07 season, he made his debut for that club in the Swiss National League A (NLA). Later, he played with the EHC Seewen in the Swiss Liga. In the summer of 2007, he was drafted in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL)'s annual import draft to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
He joined the Flyers for the start of the 2008–09 season, playing 39 games before being returned to the Hurricanes to complete the season. He returned to the Flyers to play in the 2008-09 NHL Playoffs. He replaced Daniel Carcillo on his line when Carcillo was suspended for taking a hit on the Pittsburgh Penguins' forward Maxime Talbot during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals. He was widely regarded as one of the Flyers' top prospects.
At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, on June 26, 2009, Sbisa was traded with Joffrey Lupul and Philadelphia's 2009 and 2010 first round picks to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle.
The Ducks sent Sbisa down to AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch on October 16, 2010. He was recalled by the Ducks on November 10, 2010.
On March 8, 2011, Sbisa signed a four-year contract extension with the Ducks, worth $8.7 million with a yearly cap hit of $2.175 million.
On June 27, 2014, Sbisa was traded to the Vancouver Canucks along with teammate Nick Bonino, a 1st & 3rd round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Ryan Kesler and a 3rd round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Regular season and playoffs
- Fleischman, Bill (2008). "Sbisa Hoping to Stick". PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
- Carchidi, Sam (November 19, 2008). "Youngest Flyer is fitting right in". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 23, 2009.[dead link]
- Philadelphia Flyers - News: Flyers Sign Sbisa to Contract - 10/01/2008
- "Anaheim Ducks trade Chris Pronger to Philadelphia Flyers for Joffrey Lupul and Luca Sbisa". ESPN.com. June 26, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
- "Ducks extend Sbisa with four-year contract". ESPN. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
- Canucks, Vancouver (June 27, 2014). "Canucks acquire Bonino, Sbisa & picks for Kesler". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
James van Riemsdyk
|Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick