Tom Sestito

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Tom Sestito
Tom Sestito Canucks.jpg
Born (1987-09-28) September 28, 1987 (age 26)
Rome, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vancouver Canucks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft 85th overall, 2006
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2007–present

Tom Sestito (born September 28, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). His older brother Tim plays with the New Jersey Devils organization.

Playing career[edit]

Sestito was drafted 85th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Drafted from the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, he showed his potential scoring 42 goals in the 2006–07 season with the Whalers.[1]

Sestito signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets on March 29, 2007.[2] After playing with the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, Sestito made his NHL debut with Columbus in the last game of the 2007–08 season against the St. Louis Blues on April 6, 2008.[3]

He scored his first NHL goal on December 15, 2010, against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks in a 3-2 overtime loss. He scored his second NHL goal on December 23, 2010, against Cory Schneider, also of the Vancouver Canucks in a 7-3 losing effort. On February 28, 2011, Sestito was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forwards Greg Moore and Michael Chaput.[4]

On September 27, 2011, the Flyers placed him on waivers with the intention of having him play for their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.[5]

On October 8, 2012, he signed for EIHL team Sheffield Steelers on a temporary contract during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. He joined fellow NHL players Anthony Stewart and Drew Miller who were playing for Nottingham Panthers and Braehead Clan respectively.

On March 1, 2013, Sestito was claimed off waivers by the Vancouver Canucks.[6]

On May 29, 2013, Sestito received a two-year, one-way contract worth a total of US$1.5 million from the Vancouver Canucks.[7][8]

Sestito made headlines after receiving twenty-seven combined penalty minutes for just one second of on-ice time against the Los Angeles Kings on January 13, 2014.[9] Afterwards, commentator Keith Olbermann named Sestito "The Worst Person in the Sports World" on his show. [10]

In his first full NHL season (2013-14), Sestito led the league in penalty minutes with 213, edging out Chris Neil by 2.

Career statistics[edit]

Sestito with the Columbus Blue Jackets
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Plymouth Whalers OHL 35 1 3 4 88
2005–06 Plymouth Whalers OHL 57 10 10 20 176 2 1 1 2 6
2006–07 Plymouth Whalers OHL 60 42 22 64 135 4 4 0 4 10
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 66 7 16 23 202 9 3 0 3 57
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 17
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 52 8 12 20 168
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 36 10 7 17 138
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 0 0 0 7
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 46 11 21 32 192
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 9 2 2 4 40
2010–11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 11 2 1 3 45
2011–12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 34 9 8 17 120
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 0 1 1 83
2012–13 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 17 8 11 19 69
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 2 0 2 12
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 1 0 1 53 1 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 5 4 9 213
NHL totals 134 10 7 17 425 1 0 0 0 2

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