Tom Pyatt

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Tom Pyatt
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Pyatt with the Lightning in 2012.
Born (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987 (age 27)
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 107th overall, 2005
New York Rangers
Playing career 2006–present

Thomas Cullum Pyatt (born February 14, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently with Tampa Bay Lightning . He is the son of former NHL player Nelson Pyatt and brother of Genève-Servette HC forward Taylor Pyatt.

Playing career[edit]

Pyatt after the OHL All-Star Skills Competition while with the Saginaw Spirit in 2007.

Pyatt grew up playing for the Thunder Bay Kings AAA program in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, with New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. He began his major junior career in 2003–04, having been drafted in the second round, 21st overall in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection by the Saginaw Spirit. After a 48-point season with the Spirit in his second OHL season, he was drafted 107th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.

Upon being drafted, he returned to the OHL for two more seasons. Towards the end of an 87-point campaign for Pyatt in his fourth and final major junior season in 2006–07, the Rangers signed him to a three-year, entry-level contract on March 12, 2007. At the end of the season, he was awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player after accumulating just 18 penalty minutes.[1]

Pyatt split his rookie professional season in 2007–08 with the Rangers' minor league affiliates, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), tallying 14 points in 41 games, and Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL, tallying 15 points in 16 games.

On June 30, 2009, Tom was traded from the New York Rangers, along with Scott Gomez and Michael Busto, to the Montreal Canadiens for Chris Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko and Doug Janik.[2]

On November 5, 2009, he made his NHL debut against the Boston Bruins. On February 10, 2010 he scored his first NHL goal and assist on Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals in a 6-5 Montreal Canadiens overtime win.[3]

Pyatt became an unrestricted free agent after the 2010-11 season and on July 6, 2011 he signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. On January 9 he signed a 2 year extension with the Lightning.

International play[edit]

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Pyatt with Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2007 Leksand
Gold 2006 Vancouver
IIHF U18 Championships
Silver 2005 České Budějovice

During his third OHL season with the Saginaw Spirit, Pyatt was chosen to represent Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver, helping them to a gold medal as the tournament host country. The next year, he returned to Team Canada for the 2007 World Junior Championships in Leksand. Pyatt helped Canada defeat Russia 4–2 in the final to capture his second straight gold medal (as well as Canada's third consecutive gold medal of a five-year run).

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Saginaw Spirit OHL 67 9 9 18 21
2004–05 Saginaw Spirit OHL 57 18 30 48 14
2005–06 Saginaw Spirit OHL 58 24 29 53 29 4 1 2 3 4
2006–07 Saginaw Spirit OHL 58 43 38 81 18 6 3 5 8 0
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 41 4 7 11 6 3 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 16 6 9 15 8 3 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 73 15 22 37 22 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 41 13 22 35 8
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 40 2 3 5 10 18 2 2 4 2
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 2 5 7 9 7 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 74 12 7 19 8
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 43 8 8 16 12
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 27 3 4 7 4 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 245 27 27 54 43 26 2 2 4 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Canada WJC18 Silver medal icon.svg 6 11 5 16 4
2006 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg 6 6 1 7 16
2007 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg 6 0 8 8 2
Junior totals 18 17 14 31 20

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