Andrew Shaw (ice hockey)

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Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw - Chicago Blackhawks.jpg
Shaw with the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2014
Born (1991-07-20) July 20, 1991 (age 25)
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 139th overall, 2011
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2011–present

Andrew Shaw (born July 20, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round (139th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015.

Early life[edit]

Shaw grew up in Belleville, Ontario, two hours east of Toronto. When he was growing up many, including his own family, believed his younger brother Jason had the best shot at the NHL.[2] Jason is currently a player in the Ontario Hockey League.[3] Shaw also has an older brother named Josh.

Playing career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Niagara IceDogs[edit]

Shaw made his OHL debut with the Niagara IceDogs in a September 20, 2008 game against the Ottawa 67's. He scored his first OHL goal in a game against the Plymouth Whalers. On November 14, Shaw had his first assist in a game against the Kitchener Rangers at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. Shaw had 17 points (eight goals and nine assists) overall in his OHL rookie season and ranked second on his team with 97 PIM in 56 regular-season tilts.[4][5]

In an October 17, 2009 game against the Sudbury Wolves Shaw gained a goal and two assists making it his first career multi-point game. In a January 2, 2010 game at Sudbury he had his first career multi-goal game. Shaw had 11 goals and 25 assists in 68 regular-season tilts. He ranked fifth on the team with 36 points and paced the team with 129 PIM, recording 4 PIM in five postseason appearances.[4][5]

Owen Sound Attack[edit]

Shaw had a season-best four assists in a September 15, 2010 game against the Guelph Storm. From October 14 to October 23 he had a point in six straight games, with two goals and six assists, and Shaw had points (four goals and two assists) in four straight games during the OHL playoffs. He also had three multi-goal games in 20 OHL postseason games in 2011. After the end of the season Shaw was honored as the OHL’s Hardest Working Player of the Year.

During the season, Shaw led Owen Sound with 135 penalty minutes and ranked fifth on the team with a junior career-high 54 points. This season gave him junior career highs, with 54 points, 22 goals, 32 assists, 135 penalty minutes in 66 regular-season games. He registered a junior-career best +17 plus/minus rating, led his team with 135 PIM, ranked third on his team with 10 goals and fourth with 17 points (10 goals and 7 assitsts) in 20 postseason appearances. Shaw paced the attack with 53 PIM on the way to the OHL Championship, paced all skaters at the 2011 Memorial Cup with seven points (2 goals and 5 assist) in four games.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

Despite missing two consecutive drafts,[6] Shaw was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round (139th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Shaw split time between the Chicago Blackhawks and their AHL associate the Rockford IceHogs in the 2011–2012 season.[4][5]

Shaw made his professional debut in an October 8, 2011 game against the Grand Rapids Griffins. In Rockford's 5–3 win against the Peoria Rivermen on October 9 at Carver Arena Shaw made an assist on the game-winning goal, his first professional career point. In Rockford's 6–4 win against the Peoria Rivermen on October 28 at Carver Arena he scored the first goal of his professional career. Shaw had both the first multi-point game (one goal and two assists) and first shorthanded goal of his professional career in Rockford's 7–3 win over the Peoria Rivermen on November 25. In Rockford's 6–3 at-home victory over the Chicago Wolves on December 9 Shaw had the first multi-goal game of his professional career and he was named the #1 Star of the game. Shaw scored two goals in Rockford's 5–4 shootout loss to Grand Rapids Griffins on December 14 at Van Andel Arena. For the month of December Shaw totaled 8 goals-one assist-nine points.[4][5]

Shaw practicing in 2012 with the Chicago Blackhawks

On January 3, 2012 Shaw signed a three-year entry level contract and was recalled January 4 by Chicago to replace injured agitator Daniel Carcillo, his first career NHL recall.[4][6] On January 5, 2012, Shaw made his NHL debut in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, getting into a fight, with Zac Rinaldo,[6] on the second shift, the first fight of his NHL career. He needed stitches, but later returned to score the first goal of his NHL career on his first shot of his first game against Ilya Bryzgalov. Shaw led the Blackhawks rookies with seven hits. Shaw missed three postseason tilts (April 17–21) due to suspension.[4][7][8][9] January 12 through January 18 Shaw had goals in four straight games.[4][5][10]

Shaw with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013

During the lockout, Shaw played for the IceHogs. He served a six-game suspension after leaving the bench to join a fight on November 3.[11] Four games after serving that suspension, Shaw received a one-game suspension for a boarding incident in a game against the Chicago Wolves. Shaw scored a goal in each of the four games between these two suspensions.[10] Shaw had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win over the Lake Erie Monsters.[4]

Shaw returned to the Blackhawks when the NHL season resumed. He played in all 48 regular season games as the Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy and advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs and, eventually, the Stanley Cup Finals. On June 12, 2013, Shaw had the game-winning tip-in of the opening game of the Finals to give the Blackhawks a 4–3 triple-overtime victory over the Boston Bruins. Minutes into the first period of the sixth (and final) game of the Finals, Shaw took a puck off Shawn Thornton's stick to his face. He fell to the ice and lay in a small pool of blood. Officials stopped the play and Shaw was helped to his feet and repaired in the dressing room. Shaw returned in the second period and hoisted the Stanley Cup with his wounds still partially bleeding.[12][13][14][15] After the season was over, Shaw revealed that he had a broken rib while playing in the Stanley Cup Finals.[16] Shaw scored nine points and had 35 penalty minutes in the playoffs and helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup.

On May 19, 2015, in the second overtime of game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Shaw deliberately headbutted the puck into the Anaheim Ducks' net. The goal was waved off by the game's referees, but the Blackhawks eventually won the game after a goal was scored with 3:48 remaining in the third overtime period.

On April 19, 2016, Shaw recorded one goal and two assists in a playoff game against the St. Louis Blues. Later in the same game, he shouted a homophobic slur towards a referee who had penalized him for interference.[17] Shaw later apologized for the remarks.[18] He also instigated a brawl after the final horn. The NHL suspended Shaw for one game and fined him $5,000.[19] Shaw finished the playoffs with four goals and two assists.[20]

Montreal Canadiens[edit]

On June 24, 2016, Shaw was traded to the Montreal Canadiens during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for two 2016 second-round picks.[21] Three days later on June 27, Shaw came to a six-year contract agreement with the Canadiens worth $23.4 Million.[22]

Playing style[edit]

Shaw has stated he emulates Bruins player Brad Marchand, saying "We're both agitators. We both play physical and we're always chirping."[23] Shaw has also gained the nickname "Mutt" from some of his teammates and fans regarding his rough style of play.

Personal life[edit]

Shaw is known for wearing a black rubber bracelet with 'Ironworkers Local 721', the name of a local union in Belleville, on the back in tribute to ironworkers from his hometown and as a reminder of his roots.[2][6] He brought the Stanley Cup back to his hometown for his day with the cup.[24] In August 2013, Shaw auctioned the stitches from his facial injury—made famous as "the definitive image of the NHL playoffs"[25]—for $6,500 and donated the money to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.[26]

Shaw announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend, Chaunette Boulerice, on August 2, 2016.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Niagara IceDogs OHL 56 8 9 17 97 12 2 1 3 22
2009–10 Niagara IceDogs OHL 68 11 25 36 129 5 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Owen Sound Attack OHL 66 22 32 54 135 20 10 7 17 53
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 38 12 11 23 99
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 37 12 11 23 50 3 0 0 0 15
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 28 8 6 14 84
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 9 6 15 38 23 5 4 9 35
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 20 19 39 76 12 2 6 8 12
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 15 11 26 67 23 5 7 12 36
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 14 20 34 69 6 4 2 6 18
NHL totals 322 70 67 137 300 67 16 19 35 116

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Ref
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2011 [28]
Stanley Cup champion 2013, 2015


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  21. ^ "Canadiens acquire forward Andrew Shaw". 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  22. ^ "Ex-Blackhawk Andrew Shaw signs 6-year deal with Canadiens". CBS Sports. 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  23. ^ "Shaw, Bruins' Marchand appear to be mirror-image 'pests'". Chicago Blackhawks. June 12, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Andrew Shaw bringing NHL's holy grail back to his roots". QNet News. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  25. ^ "This Photo Of A Bloody Blackhawks Player Celebrating The Stanley Cup Is The Definitive Image Of The NHL Playoffs". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
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  27. ^ "FORMER BLACKHAWKS FORWARD ANDREW SHAW GETS ENGAGED". CSN Chicago. 2016-08-02. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  28. ^ "Memorial Cup All-Star Teams". Memorial Cup. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 

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