January 5, 1994 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 2012
Zemgus Girgensons (born January 5, 1994) is a Latvian ice hockey player currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. Girgensons was selected 14th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres. With this selection Girgensons became the highest drafted Latvian in NHL history, 16 spots higher than previous highest selection Sandis Ozoliņš in 1991. In previous year Girgensons was as selected in the 2nd round (28th overall) in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft by the CSKA.
In 2009 Girgensons moved to North America and played in EJHL for Green Mountain Glades. The next season Girgensons moved to USHL and played for Dubuque Fighting Saints. In 2011 he became USHL champion with Dubuque Fighting Saints, he also participated in All-Star game. In 2011–12 season his last as junior Girgensons was named as the captain of Fighting Saints.
Girgensons entered his draft eligibility year as projected first round draft pick. He was selected by Buffalo Sabres in first round 14th overall. Sabres had already used their first round pick selecting Mikhail Grigorenko with 12th pick, but traded first round 21st pick (from Nashville), which Calgary used to select Mark Jankowski, and 2nd round (42nd overall) pick to move up seven spots to draft Girgensons. Before going in to Sabres prospects summer camp Girgensons had committed going to the Vermont Catamounts of the NCAA.; however, he signed a professional contract with the Sabres on July 13, 2012, which forfeits his NCAA eligibility.
Girgensons began 2012–13 season in AHL with Rochester Americans. He had a slow start of the season and at the beginning of 2013 he suffered an injury from a late hit by Richard Pánik. However he did finish strong scoring three goals in Americans first round defeat in AHL play-offs.
After scoring 3 goals and adding one assist in five pre-season games, Girgensons began the 2013–14 season in NHL with Buffalo Sabres. He scored his first NHL goal on Sabres season opener against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings October 2, 2013.
Girgensons participated at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships as a member of the Latvia men's national junior ice hockey team and at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships. He made his national team debut in 2013 World Championships against US and scored his first international goal against Slovakia. He also was suspended for one game for spearing Branislav Mezei in first period of the match in retaliation of a hit.
Girgensons comes from a hockey family. His father Aldis Girgensons played as a defenseman for Dinamo Riga.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009–10||Green Mountain Glades||EJHL||42||28||29||57||19||2||0||2||0||2|
|2010–11||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL||51||21||28||49||46||11||3||5||8||8|
|2011–12||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL||49||24||31||55||69||2||2||2||4||0|
|Junior int'l Totals||17||7||4||11||16|
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- Latvijas Hokeja fedrācija. "Spēlētāja dati" (in Latvian). lhf.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- EliteProspects. "Green Mountain Glades 2009/10 roster". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- EliteProspects. "Dubuque Fighting Saints 2010/11 roster". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- USHL. "Clark Cup Champions". ushl.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- USHL. "USHL Names CCM Midseason All-Stars". ushl.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
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- Corey Masisak. "http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=635729". nhl.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- Mike G. Morreale (2011-11-01). "Girgensons talks future plans ... in Vermont". nhl.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- Buffalo Sabres (2013-07-13). "GIRGENSONS, SABRES AGREE TO TERMS ON ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT". nhl.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- Mike Halford (2013-07-13). "Report: Buffalo first-rounder Girgensons passes on school, will sign with Sabres". nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- Mike Harrington (2013-01-14). [hhttp://blogs.buffalonews.com/sabres/2013/01/girgensons-knocked-out-of-amerks-lineup.html "Girgensons knocked out of Amerks' lineup, likely with concussion"]. buffalonews.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- John Vogl (2013-05-02). "Girgensons impressive, but Amerks get swept from playoffs". buffalonews.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- "Girgensons Scores in Opening Night Loss". 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- IIHF (2013-05-05). "Game Lineup". iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- IIHF (2013-05-09). "Game Summary". iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- IIHF (2013-05-13). "Girgensons suspended one game". iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- Zemgus Girgensons's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Zemgus Girgensons's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile on Fighting Saints website
|Awards and achievements|
|Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick