Tyler Ennis (hockey)

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Tyler Ennis
Tyler Ennis 2013-10-05.JPG
With the Sabres in 2013
Born (1989-10-06) October 6, 1989 (age 25)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 157 lb (71 kg; 11 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2008
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2009–present

Tyler Foster Ennis[1] (born October 6, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing Center for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Sabres in the first round, 26th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]


Ennis began his major junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Medicine Hat Tigers in 2005–06, recording 10 points in a 43-game rookie season. The following season, he became a key contributor to the Tigers' offense with a 26-goal, 50-point campaign. Ennis went on to add 12 points in 20 playoff games as the Tigers defeated the defending WHL champion Vancouver Giants in a seven-game Ed Chynoweth Cup final. The WHL title earned the Tigers a berth in the 2007 Memorial Cup, hosted by the runner-up Giants, whom they met in the tournament final once more, but fell by a 3–1 score. Ennis contributed a team-high four points in four games, fifth in tournament scoring.

The following season, in 2007–08, Ennis' NHL draft year, he ascended to a team-leading 91 points, fourth in league scoring. That off-season, he was selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft 26th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. In 2008–09, his fourth season with the Tigers, Ennis was named WHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 22, 2009, after an eight-point performance in three games.[2] Ennis followed up his player of the week honors with a six-goal performance on February 27, scoring all his team's goals in a 6–2 win against the Prince Albert Raiders. He was just one goal shy of tying the WHL record of seven goals in a game (held by five different players).[3]


He made his NHL debut on November 14, 2009, against the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored his first NHL goal that game against Flyers' goalie Ray Emery.[4] Ennis spent most of the 2009-10 season with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. He finished the campaign with 23 goals and 42 assists for 65 points. His 23 goals tied for the AHL lead among rookies. At the end of the season, Ennis became the second straight Pirates player selected by the AHL's coaches, players and media to receive the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie in the AHL, following teammate Nathan Gerbe.[5] After center Tim Connolly went out with injury, Ennis was called up for the Sabres' final nine regular season games, ending the NHL regular season with nine points in ten games and earning a spot as a consistent starter in the playoffs for the Sabres. He finished the playoffs with a team-best three assists and tied with Jason Pominville with a team-best four points.

During the 2010–11 season, Ennis played all 82 games registering 20 goals and 29 assists while the Sabres clinched the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference. They battled the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. Ennis played a key role during this series notching 2 goals and 2 assists including the overtime game-winning goal on Michael Leighton in Game 5. The Sabres were eventually eliminated by the Flyers in Game 7. The following season Ennis was placed on the injured reserve twice for a lingering ankle sprain that first occurred in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ennis rejoined the Sabres after the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. At this time the Sabres were ranked last in the Eastern Conference. In an attempt to shake things up in Buffalo, Coach Lindy Ruff moved Ennis from left wing to centre, his natural position, playing alongside Drew Stafford and rookie Marcus Foligno. Their line caught immediate chemistry leading the Sabres offensively, thriving for a spot in the playoffs. The Sabres ultimately fell short in their quest for the playoffs, finishing 9th. Ennis finished with 15 goals and 19 assists in 48 games.

The following season, while the lockout lingered on, Ennis, along with best friend Jared Spurgeon, signed to play for the SCL Tigers of the National League A in Switzerland.[6]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Canada

During his fourth WHL season, Ennis was named to Team Canada for the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa. He helped Canada to a fifth straight gold medal, defeating Sweden in the final.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Knights of Columbus Pats AMHL 36 15 17 32 10
2005–06 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 43 3 7 10 10 7 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 71 26 24 50 30 22 8 4 12 6
2007–08 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 70 43 48 91 42 5 0 4 4 6
2008–09 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 61 43 42 85 21 11 8 11 19 10
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 69 23 42 65 12
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 3 6 9 6 6 1 3 4 0
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 20 29 49 30 7 2 2 4 4
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 15 19 34 14
2012–13 SCL Tigers NLA 9 3 5 8 0
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 47 10 21 31 16
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 21 22 43 42
NHL totals 267 69 97 166 108 13 3 5 8 4


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Pacific U17 4th 6 5 4 9 6
2009 Canada WJC 1st 6 3 4 7 0
Junior totals 12 8 8 16 6



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Preceded by
Tyler Myers
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Zack Kassian