Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
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Nugent-Hopkins with the Oilers in 2014
Born (1993-04-12) April 12, 1993 (age 21)
Burnaby, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Edmonton Oilers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2011
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2009–present

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (born April 12, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Nugent-Hopkins played most of his minor hockey for the Burnaby Winter Club in his hometown, while attending Burnaby North Secondary. In 2005, he led his team to a quarter-final berth in the annual Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament, and later in the season captured a provincial championship.[1] He was the captain of the Burnaby Winter Club Bruins when he was drafted first overall in the 2008 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft by the Red Deer Rebels.[2] In 2007 and 2008, he played in the Western Canada Bantam Championships. The Burnaby Winter Club Bruins captured the gold medal in 2007 and the silver medal in 2008. Nugent-Hopkins was named the tournament MVP in 2008.[1] After being drafted, Nugent-Hopkins played midget hockey for the Vancouver NW Giants during the 2008–09 season. During the 2008 Mac's AAA midget hockey tournament, Nugent-Hopkins was named the Tournament MVP[3] and earned a spot on the All-Star Team.[4] Nugent-Hopkins was named the 2008 BC Minor Hockey Player of the Year, in recognition of his sportsmanship, leadership and hockey skill.[5]

Junior[edit]

Nugent-Hopkins in 2010 during his time with the Red Deer Rebels.

Nugent-Hopkins made his WHL debut with the Rebels as an underage player during the 2008–09 WHL season. He played in five games, scoring two goals and adding four assists.[6] During the 2009–10 WHL season, Nugent-Hopkins played in 67 games, scoring 24 goals and adding 41 assists.[6] He was awarded the WHL rookie of the year award.[5] He was a finalist for the CHL Rookie of the Year Award but lost to Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes.

In their pre-season rankings for the 2011 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, the International Scouting Service ranked Nugent-Hopkins sixth overall, the second highest WHL player after Vancouver Giants defenceman David Musil.[7] E.J. McGuire, the director of the NHL Central Scouting Bureau said of Nugent-Hopkins: "He's got great skill and a knack for offense,"[5] while Cam Moon, the Rebels play-by-play announcer called him the best player the team had ever seen.[8]

Professional[edit]

On June 24, 2011, Nugent-Hopkins was selected first overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. On July 2, 2011, he agreed to terms with the Oilers on a three-year NHL entry level contract.[9]

He played his first game for the Oilers in the team's first game of the 2011–12 season on October 9, a shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-tying goal with less than 5 minutes remaining against Brent Johnson for the only Oilers tally in regulation. He also blocked two shots and was named the game's third star by sportswriters and broadcasters. In his third NHL game on October 15, 2011, he scored his first NHL Hat-trick in a losing cause against the Vancouver Canucks, setting a new NHL record for the earliest career hat trick for a first overall pick.[10] He also set a new Oilers record for the earliest career hat trick in fewest career games, breaking Gord Sherven's record from 1984 by a margin of two games.[10]

On November 2, 2011, Hopkins was named Rookie of the Month for October.[11] On December 1, 2011, it was announced that Nugent-Hopkins was November's NHL Rookie of the Month, earning him the honor for the first two months of the year. He was only the second player to accomplish this feat, after Evgeni Malkin in 2007.

On November 19, 2011, he recorded five assists against the Chicago Blackhawks, with a final score of 9-2, becoming the first 18-year-old in NHL history to do so. He was also only the fourth 18-year old player ever to record five points in a single season game.[12]

It was announced that Nugent-Hopkins would have been playing in the all-star game if he had been healthy.[13]

Despite missing 20 games in his first NHL season, Nugent-Hopkins tied Gabriel Landeskog for most points by a rookie (Landeskog had 22 goals and 30 assists, while Nugent-Hopkins had 18 goals and 34 assists).

On April 23, 2012, Nugent-Hopkins was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy along with Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche (Winner) and Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils.[14]

At the end of the 2013 NHL season it was announced that Nugent-Hopkins would require shoulder surgery in the offseason.

On September 19, 2013, Nugent-Hopkins agreed to a 7-year extension with the Oilers worth $42 million with a $6 million per year cap hit.[15]

International play[edit]

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Nugent-Hopkins playing for Team Canada in 2012
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2010 Slovakia

Nugent-Hopkins started his experience with Hockey Canada by representing Team Pacific at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He finished the tournament with one goal and four assists in 5 games.[16] Team Pacific finished the tournament in fifth place.[1] He had the chance to represent Canada at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held in Slovakia during the summer. He served as an alternate captain on the team, and scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal game against the United States.[17] Nugent-Hopkins finished the tournament as Canada's leading scorer with five goals and two assists in five games.[18] He was also selected to play for the WHL team in the 2010 Subway Super Series.[19] During the 2010–11 season, Nugent-Hopkins was invited to try out at Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp,[20] but was amongst the final players cut.[21] Nugent-Hopkins also competed for Canada at the 2012 WHC where Canada finished fifth. Because of the 2012–2013 NHL lockout, Nugent-Hopkins was able to join the Canadian Junior team to compete in the 2013 World Juniors and was subsequently named team captain.[22] He led the tournament in scoring with 15 points in 6 games but the team was ultimately unable to medal. Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and 3 assists in a 6-5 overtime loss against Russia in the bronze medal game. The loss ended Canada's 14-year medal streak in the World Juniors.

Personal life[edit]

Nugent-Hopkins' parents are Roger Hopkins and Deb Nugent. He has one older brother.

He was born in Burnaby, British Columbia and attended Suncrest Elementary School, and Burnaby North Secondary School, where he participated in the school's hockey academy.[1] Ryan attended and graduated from Hunting Hills High School, in Red Deer, in grade 11 and 12.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Red Deer Rebels WHL 5 2 4 6 0
2009–10 Red Deer Rebels WHL 67 24 41 65 28 4 0 2 2 0
2010–11 Red Deer Rebels WHL 69 31 75 106 51 9 4 7 11 6
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 18 34 52 16
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 19 8 12 20 6
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 4 20 24 8
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 19 37 56 26
NHL totals 182 41 91 132 50

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada IH18 5 5 2 7 6
2012 Canada WC 5th 8 4 2 6 4
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 4 11 15 4
Junior totals 11 9 13 22 10
Senior totals 8 4 2 6 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Junior
Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy (WHL Rookie of the Year) 2009–10[23]
Professional
NHL Rookie of the Month - October 2011–12[24]
NHL Rookie of the Month - November 2011–12[12]
Junior
Top Forward (2013 World Juniors)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "National Men's Summer Under-18 Team" (pdf). Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Red Deer takes Nugent-Hopkins tops in WHL draft". The Sports Network. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament Male Division Player and Coaches Awards". Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  4. ^ "Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament All-Star Selections". Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  5. ^ a b c Morreale, Mike G. (2010-09-02). "No question about Nugent-Hopkins' prospects". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  6. ^ a b "Ryan Nugent-Hopkins". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  7. ^ "2011 ISS Top 30". The Sports Network. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  8. ^ Fisher, Scott (December 7, 2010). "Top prospect is Rebel with a cause". Calgary Sun. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ THE CANADIAN PRESS (July 2, 2011). "OILERS INK NUGENT-HOPKINS TO THREE-YEAR ENTRY LEVEL DEAL". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b http://www.edmontonsun.com/2011/10/17/oilers-nugent-hopkins-ho-hum-about-hat-trick
  11. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins earns Rookie of the Month honors". October 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=604393
  13. ^ {http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Nugent+Hopkins+only+Oiler+invited+star+game/5988155/story.html}
  14. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins nominated for Calder Trophy". April 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ Van Diest, Derek (September 19, 2013). "Oilers, Nugent-Hopkins agree to seven-year extension". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ryan Nugent-Hopkins". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  17. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins pots winner for Canada at Hlinka Final". The Sports Network. 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  18. ^ "Canada Statistics 2010 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  19. ^ "Top Prospect Nugent-Hopkins a Sophomore Success With Rebels". The Sports Network. November 8, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile
  21. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins among final world junior cuts". Canadian Broadcast Corporation. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  22. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins named Canada's captain for WJC". nhl.com/. 2012-12-14. Retrieved 01-07-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  23. ^ "WHL Rookie of the Year". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  24. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=598581

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brett Connolly
Winner of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
2009–10
Succeeded by
Mathew Dumba
Preceded by
Taylor Hall
NHL first overall draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Nail Yakupov
Preceded by
Taylor Hall
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Oscar Klefbom