Luca Sbisa

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Luca Sbisa
Luca Sbisa - Switzerland vs. Canada, 29th April 2012-2.jpg
Born (1990-01-30) January 30, 1990 (age 25)
Ozieri, Italy
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vancouver Canucks
EV Zug
Philadelphia Flyers
Anaheim Ducks
HC Lugano
National team   Switzerland
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2008
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2006–present

Luca Sbisa (born January 30, 1990) is an Italian-born Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played in the NHL 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 (WHL) 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 Switzerland in multiple international tournaments, including several International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championships as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Early life[edit]

Sbisa was born in Ozieri, a city on the island of Sardinia, Italy, the first son and second child of Massimo and Isabella Sbisa. He has a sister, Chiara, who is two years older.[1] The Sbisa family moved to Oberägeri, Switzerland, when he was one. Sbisa speaks four languages: English, German, Italian and French.[2]

Playing career[edit]

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.[3] 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).

Sbisa 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 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs. He replaced Daniel Carcillo on a 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 during his tenure in Philadelphia.

At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, on June 26, 2009, Sbisa was traded, along with Joffrey Lupul and Philadelphia's 2009 and 2010 first-round picks, to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle.[4]

Sbisa played for Switzerland in the 2010 Winter Olympics, where the Swiss finished in eighth place.

On October 16, 2010, the Ducks sent Sbisa down to their then-American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, later recalling him on November 10. Later in the 2010–11 season, 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.[5]

On June 27, 2014, Sbisa was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, along with teammate Nick Bonino and a first- and third-round pick in 2014, in exchange for Ryan Kesler and a third-round pick in 2015.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 EV Zug NLA 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 62 6 27 33 63 19 3 12 15 17
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 39 0 7 7 36 1 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 18 4 11 15 19 11 2 1 3 12
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 2 1 1 2 2
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 8 0 0 0 6
2009–10 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 17 1 12 13 18
2009–10 Portland Winterhawks WHL 12 3 2 5 11 13 2 2 4 26
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 68 2 9 11 43 6 0 1 1 8
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 8 2 7 9 4
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 80 5 19 24 66
2012–13 HC Lugano NLA 28 5 6 11 12
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 41 1 7 8 23 5 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 4 0 2 2 0
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 30 1 5 6 43 2 0 1 1 5
2014–15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 3 8 11 46 6 1 1 2 7
NHL totals 342 12 55 67 263 20 1 3 4 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fleischman, Bill (2008). "Sbisa Hoping to Stick". PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. Retrieved February 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ Carchidi, Sam (November 19, 2008). "Youngest Flyer is fitting right in". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 23, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Philadelphia Flyers - News: Flyers Sign Sbisa to Contract - 10/01/2008
  4. ^ "Anaheim Ducks trade Chris Pronger to Philadelphia Flyers for Joffrey Lupul and Luca Sbisa". ESPN.com. June 26, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ducks extend Sbisa with four-year contract". ESPN. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Canucks, Vancouver (June 27, 2014). "Canucks acquire Bonino, Sbisa & picks for Kesler". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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Preceded by
James van Riemsdyk
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Sean Couturier