Philipp Grubauer

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Philipp Grubauer
Philipp Grubauer.jpg
Born (1991-11-25) November 25, 1991 (age 22)
Rosenheim, Germany
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Washington Capitals
Hershey Bears (AHL)
NHL Draft 112th overall, 2010
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2011–present

Charles Philipp Grubauer (born November 25, 1991) is a German ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL). Grubauer was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 4th round (112th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Grubauer has played with the German national team in several international tournaments, including the 2008 U18 World Championships and the 2009 World Junior Championships. Grubauer won the Memorial Cup with the Windsor Spitfires in 2010.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Grubauer began his career in Germany, playing for the junior (U18) team of his hometown Starbulls Rosenheim beginning in 2006 at the age of 15. The following season (2007-2008), Grubauer played 23 games for the Starbulls U18 team, but also played five games with the senior club. Following the 2007-2008 season in Germany, Grubauer moved to North America to play with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL after being selected 25th overall in the 2008 CHL Import Draft.[1]

Grubauer served as back-up in the 2008-2009 season, but moved into the starting role for the 2009-2010 season. He played 31 games for the Bulls before being traded in January 2010 to the Windsor Spitfires in a seven-player deal.[2] The Spitfires won the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive year that May, and Grubauer led all goaltenders in the tournament with a .930 save percentage and a 2.14 GAA.

That June, Grubauer was selected in the fourth round (112th overall) by the Washington Capitals in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

Just a few days after the NHL draft, Grubauer, along with Windsor's first-round 2010 CHL Import draft pick, was traded to the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for Nick Czinder, A.J. Jarosz, Kingston's first-round pick in the 2010 CHL Import Draft, and Kingston's second- and seventh-round (conditional) picks in the 2011 OHL priority draft.[4]

Grubauer signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals on October 4, 2010 as his season with the Frontenacs began.[5]

Grubauer played 38 games for the Frontenacs before falling ill with mononucleosis in February. He returned to Germany to recuperate and missed the rest of the season, his final age-eligible season in the OHL.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Grubauer returned to the ice for the first time since his bout with mononucleosis at 2011's Capitals development camp. Grubauer reported that he had lost 20 pounds while ill.[7] Following training camp in September, Grubauer was eventually assigned to the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.[8]

Grubauer was recalled to the AHL's Hershey Bears on October 12, 2011[9] but did not play any games and returned to the Stingrays on October 23.[10]

On November 8, 2011, the ECHL announced that Grubauer had been named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Grubauer was 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.00 GAA and a .960 save percentage during that span.[11]

Grubauer was named the ECHL's Goaltender of the Month for November. In eight games with the Stingrays in November, he went 6-1-1 with one shutout, a 1.73 GAA and a .935 save percentage.[12]

He was named ECHL Rookie of the Month in January and at the conclusion of the season, was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team for 2011-2012.[13]

In the 2012-2013 season, the Washington Capitals' ECHL affiliation became the Reading Royals, and Grubauer split the season between Reading and Hershey, moving up to Hershey when the NHL ended their lockout and goaltender Braden Holtby went from Hershey to Washington full-time for the 2012-2013 NHL season.

Grubauer made his NHL debut in relief of Braden Holtby in a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on February 27, 2013, stopping all 14 shots faced in just over 25 minutes of play.[14]

Grubauer then made his first NHL start on March 9, 2013 in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders. He faced 45 shots in the game, stopping 40.[15]

International play[edit]

Grubauer has appeared in several international competitions, representing Germany. Grubauer participated in the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Ontario, Canada. Germany placed 9th in the tournament, but Grubauer was named to the tournament's All-Star team after posting a .909 save percentage and 3.49 GAA.[16]

Three months following the 2008 U-17 Hockey Challenge, Grubauer, sharing goaltending duties with Felix Brückmann, played in the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships, held in Russia. Germany placed 5th in the tournament, and Grubauer was selected as Germany's player of the game in Germany's 9-2 loss to Canada on the first day of round robin play.[17]

At the age of 17, Grubauer participated in the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ontario, Canada. However, Team Germany won just one game in the tournament, and following a 9th place finish, were relegated to Division I for the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Grubauer gained attention while competing for Germany in Division I of the 2010 World Junior Championships in France. Germany placed first in their group, winning all five of their games in order to put them back in the Top Division for the 2011 World Junior Championships. Germany's success was largely due to the play of Grubauer, who posted a 0.64 GAA and a .974 save percentage in five games.

Grubauer then participated in the 2011 World Junior Championships, but Germany performed similarly to the 2009 World Junior Championships, and finished 10th, sending them back to Division I for 2012. Grubauer recorded losses for all four games he started in the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007–08 Starbulls Rosenheim Oberliga 5 2.73
2008–09 Belleville Bulls OHL 17 7 8 0 947 62 0 3.93 .888
2009–10 Belleville Bulls OHL 31 10 14 5 1717 90 0 3.14 .913
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 19 13 1 2 1011 40 2 2.37 .906
2010–11 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 38 22 13 3 2239 135 2 3.62 .903
2011–12 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 43 23 13 5 2536 94 1 2.22 .918
2012–13 Reading Royals ECHL 26 19 5 1 1542 59 0 2.30 .912
2012–13 Hershey Bears AHL 28 15 9 2 1624 61 2 2.25 .919
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 1 0 84 5 0 3.57 .915
NHL totals 2 0 1 0 84 5 0 3.57 .915

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2008–09 Belleville Bulls OHL 1 0 0 0 56 4 0 4.26 .902
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 18 16 1 1 1094 49 2 2.69 .909
2010–11 Kingston Frontenacs OHL
NHL totals

International[edit]

   
Year Team Event Place   GP GAA SV%
2008 Germany U17 9th 5 3.49 .909
2008 Germany U18 5th 4 4.16 .877
2009 Germany WJC 9th 3 6.61 .838
2010 Germany WJC Division I 1st 5 0.64 .974
2011 Germany WJC 10th 4 4.44 .888
2014 Germany WC 14th 2 2.03 .922
Junior totals 21 3.87 .897
Senior totals 2 2.03 .922

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
World U-17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Team 2008
ECHL Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Week (Oct. 31-Nov. 6) 2011
ECHL Goaltender of the Month (November) 2011
ECHL Reebok Hockey Rookie of the Month (January) 2012
ECHL ECHL All-Rookie Team 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 CHL Import Draft: Round 1". Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Spitfires and Bulls complete trade". Open Ice Hockey. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  3. ^ Vogel, Mike (2010-06-26). "What They're Saying About Philipp Grubauer". Washington Capitals. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Spits trade Grubauer". Windsor Star. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  5. ^ Applebaum, Lindsay (2010-10-04). "Caps sign Philipp Grubauer to entry-level deal". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Grubauer sidelined". Kingston Frontenacs. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  7. ^ Woods, Shemar (2011-07-14). "Prospect Philipp Grubauer could be Washington Capitals’ next great hope in goal". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Stingrays Receive Six from Hershey; Acquire Rights to Higgins". South Carolina Stingrays. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Grubauer recalled to Hershey". South Carolina Stingrays. 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  10. ^ "Grubauer returns to Stingrays". South Carolina Stingrays. 2011-10-23. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Grubauer named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week". ECHL. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  12. ^ "Grubauer Named ECHL Goaltender of the Month". South Carolina Stingrays. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  13. ^ "ECHL All-Rookie Team Announced". ECHL. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  14. ^ "Flyers 4, Capitals 1". Washington Capitals. 2013-02-27. 
  15. ^ "Islanders 5, Capitals 2". Washington Capitals. 2013-03-09. 
  16. ^ "Team Ontario wins gold medal at 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge; Team West takes bronze". Hockey Canada. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  17. ^ "Best Players Per Game". IIHF. 200-04-23. Retrieved 2012-01-23.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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