Scott Clemmensen

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Scott Clemmensen
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Clemmensen during his tenure with the New Jersey Devils
Born (1977-07-23) July 23, 1977 (age 36)
Des Moines, IA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  United States
NHL Draft 215th overall, 1997
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2001–present

Scott Lee Clemmensen (born July 23, 1977) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender, currently playing with the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Clemmensen was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 8th round, 215th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft after playing junior hockey with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Upon being drafted, Clemmensen went on to play college hockey with the Boston College Eagles from 1997–2001, and won the NCAA National Championship with them as a senior.

Turning pro in the 2001–02 season, Clemmensen debuted in two games for the Devils, while playing the majority of his professional rookie season with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Devils' minor league affiliate. He remained for the following three seasons in Albany, competing with fellow Devils' goaltending prospect Ari Ahonen for starts. In 2003–04, Clemmensen was called up and appeared in four games for the Devils, posting a 1.01 goals against average (GAA). He received his first NHL start against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 20, 2004, winning 3–0.[1]

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Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Clemmensen became Martin Brodeur's permanent backup, appearing in 13 games (starting in 9) and posting a 3.35 GAA for the 2005–06 season. The following year, Clemmensen appeared in six games in relief of Brodeur, recording a 3.14 GAA. In the off-season, he became a free agent and after the Devils signed Kevin Weekes to back up Brodeur, Clemmensen signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 6, 2007.[2] He played the majority of the 2007–08 season splitting starts with Maple Leafs Justin Pogge with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, while appearing in three games for the Maple Leafs. He made his first start with the Maple Leafs on January 1, 2008, as the result of an injury to starter Vesa Toskala, and recorded a 4–3 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[3] Going into the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs back with the Marlies, Clemmensen assumed the starting role over Pogge and helped the club to the Western Conference semi-finals against the Chicago Wolves, where they were eliminated in five games.

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On July 10, 2008, Clemmensen returned to the New Jersey Devils, signing a one-year contract. He started the 2008–09 season with New Jersey's new AHL affiliate, the Lowell Devils. However, when Brodeur suffered a major injury early in the season, Clemmensen was called up to backup second-string goalie Kevin Weekes. However, as Weekes struggled in his early starts following Brodeur's injury, Clemmensen took over and started the majority of the games in Brodeur's absence. On February 25, 2009, Brodeur was taken off the injured reserve and Clemmensen was sent back to the Lowell Devils.[4] In 40 games, Clemmensen posted a 25-13-1 record and two shutouts. His 25 wins are the highest total by a goaltender besides Brodeur in franchise history, while his 2.39 GAA and .917 save percentage were statistically in the league's top ten. He was awarded the Devils' Unsung Hero Award, as voted by his teammates,[5] and was also selected as the Devils' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded for perseverance and sportsmanship.[6] He was not, however, retained as one of the league's three finalists.[7] In April 2009, Clemmensen was called up once again, this time to backup Brodeur for the 2009 playoffs after an injury to Weekes.

Clemmensen signed with Florida Panthers on July 1, 2009.

On November 3, 2011, the Florida Panthers loaned Clemmensen, who suffered a knee injury in the pre-season, to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League for conditioning purposes.[8]

International play[edit]

On May 1, 2009, Clemmensen was selected to represent Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World Championships as the starting goalie. He also played for Team USA in the 2010 IIHF World Championships, posting two consecutive shutouts: a 10-0 win over Kazakhstan, which he shared with Ben Bishop, and a 4-0 victory against France.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1995–96 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 20 10 7 1 1,082 62 0 3.44
1996–97 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 36 22 9 2 2,042 111 1 3.26 .907 4 1 2 200 9 1 2.70
1997–98 Boston College H-East 37 24 9 4 2,205 102 4 2.78 .884
1998–99 Boston College H-East 42 26 12 4 2,507 120 1 2.87
1999–00 Boston College H-East 29 19 7 0 1,610 59 5 2.20 .914
2000–01 Boston College H-East 39 30 7 2 2,312 82 3 2.13 .914
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 20 1 0 2.95 .800
2001–02 Albany River Rats AHL 29 5 19 4 1,677 92 0 3.29 .908
2002–03 Albany River Rats AHL 47 12 24 8 2,694 119 1 2.65 .910
2003–04 Albany River Rats AHL 22 5 12 4 1,309 67 0 3.07 .902
2003–04 New Jersey Devils NHL 4 3 1 0 238 4 2 1.01 .952
2004–05 Albany River Rats AHL 46 13 25 5 2,654 124 2 2.81 .916
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 13 3 4 2 627 35 0 3.35 .881 1 0 0 7 0 0 0.00 1.000
2005–06 Albany River Rats AHL 1 0 1 0 59 5 0 5.05 .848
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 6 1 1 2 305 16 0 3.15 .889
2006–07 Lowell Devils AHL 1 1 0 0 60 0 1 0.00 1.00
2007–08 Toronto Marlies AHL 40 23 14 2 2,363 96 1 2.44 .910 17 8 9 992 50 0 3.02 .902
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 1 1 0 154 10 0 3.90 .839
2008–09 Lowell Devils AHL 12 6 5 1 707 40 0 3.39 .900
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 40 25 13 1 2,356 94 2 2.39 .917
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 23 9 8 2 1,215 59 1 2.91 .912
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 31 8 11 7 1,696 74 1 2.62 .911
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 30 14 6 6 1,566 67 1 2.57 .913 3 1 2 179 7 0 2.35 .920
2011–12 San Antonio Rampage AHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .969
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 19 3 7 2 866 53 0 3.67 .874
NHL totals 171 67 52 22 9,044 413 7 2.74 .907 4 1 2 186 7 0 2.25 .923

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010 United States WC 6 3 3 0 347 9 1 1.56 .941
International totals 6 3 3 0 347 9 1 1.56 .941

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 1997–98

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