Luke Walker (ice hockey)

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Luke Walker
Luke Walker.jpg
Born (1990-02-19) February 19, 1990 (age 24)
New Haven, CT, USA[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
EBEL team
Former teams
Graz 99ers
Lake Erie Monsters
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
NHL Draft 139th overall, 2010
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2010–present

Luke Walker (born February 19, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey forward, who is currently playing for Graz 99ers in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Background[edit]

Walker holds dual citizenship for Canada and the United States as he was born to Canadian parents in Connecticut. His father is former National Hockey League player Gordie Walker. He grew up in Castlegar, British Columbia and had elected to play for Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in which he earned a gold medal.[2]

Walker is the son of former New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings forward Gordie Walker, and was born in New Haven, Connecticut, when his father was a member of the New Haven Nighthawks of the American Hockey League. A native of Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada, Walker attended provincial B.C team, Okanagan Hockey Academy, scoring 50 goals in 52 games before joining the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League as a training camp invitee for the 2007–08 season.

In his three years with the Winterhawks, Luke scored 130 points in 202 games, improving his points totals in each year. In his final season with Portland in 2009–10, Walker scored a career high 57 points in 61 games, despite missing time due after surgically implanting a plate in his chin after he was hit in the face by a puck on December 8, 2009.[3] He returned to help Portland progress to the second round of the postseason by scoring 10 points in 13 games. After passing through the draft the two previous years, on June 26, 2010, Luke was chosen by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round, 109th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[4][5]

Playing career[edit]

Walker attended his first Avalanche NHL training camp for the 2010–11 season and after impressing through camp, with eligibility to play in the AHL with affiliate the Lake Erie Monsters, he was signed by Colorado to a three-year entry level contract on September 28, 2010.[6] Walker remained a constant with the Monsters throughout his entry level contract with the Avalanche. In his final season with the Monsters, Walker's season was affected by concussion reducing him to 47 games, however still increasing his scoring rate.

On June 24, 2013, with his rights still owned by the Avalanche, Walker signed his first European contract, agreeing to a one-year deal with newly promoted Kontinental Hockey League club, KHL Medveščak Zagreb.[7] On the lower lines of Zagreb and in a checking role, Walker endured a trying season in contributing with just 1 goal in 36 games for the 2013–14 season.

Walker expectedly left Zagreb at seasons end and on July 31, 2014, agreed to a one-year contract with Austrian club, Graz 99ers of the EBEL.[8]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for United States USA
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Gold 2010 Saskatchewan

On January 5, 2010, Walker won a Gold Medal as a member of the United States men's national junior ice hockey team that won the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. In the gold medal game, Team USA defeated the pre-tournament favorites and host country Canada 6-5 in overtime to win their second gold medal, thus ending Canada's bid for a record-breaking sixth consecutive gold medal.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular Season and Playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Portland Winterhawks WHL 70 9 12 21 84
2008–09 Portland Winterhawks WHL 71 29 23 52 84
2009–10 Portland Winterhawks WHL 61 27 30 57 103 13 6 4 10 17
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 75 10 8 18 40 5 1 1 2 0
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 61 9 18 27 26
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 47 12 13 25 51
2013–14 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 36 1 2 3 20 1 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 183 31 39 70 117 5 1 1 2 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WJC 1st 7 0 0 0 6
Junior totals 7 0 0 0 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Wilson (23 Dec 2009). "Winterhawks' Luke Walker on U.S. team for World Junior Championship". 
  2. ^ "Winterhawks veterans, like Luke Walker, can't wait for playoffs to start". 18 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Schroeder, Kristo, Johnson lead U.S. World Junior team - 2010 World Junior Championship". Nhl.com. 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  4. ^ "2010 NHL Entry Draft - Fifth Round Selections.". 26 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Castlegar man makes NHL draft". bclocalnews.com. 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Avalanche sign fifth-round draft pick Luke Walker". Denver Post. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Young forwards Patrick Bjorkstrand and Luke Walker join the Bears" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak Zagreb. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Graz commit to Luke Walker" (in German). sportreport.biz. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  9. ^ Aykroyd, Lukas (January 5, 2010). "New champs: USA stuns Canada". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 

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