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 24)
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
Anaheim Ducks
EV Zug
Philadelphia Flyers
HC Lugano
National team   Switzerland
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2008
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2006–present

Luca Sbisa (born January 30, 1990) is a Swiss ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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. His sister Chiara 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).

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.[4]

Sbisa played for Switzerland in the XXI Olympic Winter Games, joining four other players from the National Hockey League and its minor and junior leagues on Team Swiss.

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.[5]

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
NHL totals 236 8 42 50 174 12 0 1 1 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fleischman, Bill (2008). "Sbisa Hoping to Stick". PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  2. ^ Carchidi, Sam (2008-11-19). "Youngest Flyer is fitting right in". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-02-23. [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 Lucas Sbisa". ESPN.com. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  5. ^ "Ducks extend Sbisa with four-year contract". ESPN. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 

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