Antoine Roussel

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Antoine Roussel
Antoine Roussel - Dallas Stars.jpg
Roussel with the Stars in 2014
Born (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 28)
Roubaix, France
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vancouver Canucks
Dallas Stars
National team  France
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Antoine Roussel (born 21 November 1989) is a French professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] Born in France, Roussel first played hockey there before moving to Quebec at the age of 16. After four years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), he turned professional and played in the American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL, minor leagues in North America. Signed by the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2012, he made his NHL debut in 2013 for the club. Regarded as a physical player, Roussel has consistently been one of the NHL's leaders in penalty minutes throughout his career, though he has also scored at least 10 goals and 20 points in every season he has played in the NHL, excluding his rookie and final seasons with the Stars in 2012-13 and 2017-18. Internationally Roussel has represented the French national team both at the junior and senior level, including multiple World Championships.

Early life[edit]

Roussel was born in Roubaix, France. He first played rugby as a child, but was released from his team after repeatedly running off the field during the heated summer practices. As a result, his mother enrolled him in hockey, deciding the cooler rink would benefit Roussel.[2] At the age of 16, Roussel and his family moved to Canada, settling in Quebec. He holds Canadian citizenship.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

After arriving in Canada in 2006, Roussel played midget hockey for the Collège Charles-Lemoyne Riverains in Longueuil. Later that season, Roussel joined the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL, where he played for four years.[4]

Professional[edit]

Undrafted in the NHL Entry Draft, Roussel signed an AHL contract on 9 August 2010 with the Providence Bruins, where he played the 2010–11 season. After being a healthy scratch for several Providence games, he was temporarily reassigned to the Reading Royals of the ECHL, where he played in five games.[5]

Roussel was not offered another contract by the Bruins, but was later invited to attend the Vancouver Canucks' prospect camp.[6] His performance there led to him signing a contract with the Chicago Wolves, which at the time were the Canucks' minor league affiliate in the AHL.[7] He played for the Wolves for the 2011–12 season.

On 2 July 2012, Roussel signed a contract with the Dallas Stars.[8] During the 2012–13 season, Roussel split his time between Dallas and their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. For the 2013–14 season, Roussel played with the Dallas Stars for the entire season, playing 81 games. On 22 July 2014, the Stars announced that Roussel had signed a four-year, $8 million contract extension with the team.[9]

During the 2016–17 season on 18 February 2017, Roussel scored his first NHL hat trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was the second ever French-born NHL player to do so, joining Paul MacLean. A hand injury would end his season in early March.[10]

After six seasons with the Stars, Roussel left as a free agent and on July 1, 2018, he signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.[11]

International play[edit]

Roussel with the French national team in 2017

Roussel was a member of the French national team at the 2012,[12] 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 IIHF World Championships. At the end of the 2014 tournament, he was selected as a Media All-Star after a very successful tournament, scoring 11 points in eight games.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Collège Charles-Lemoy. Riverains QMAAA 12 4 10 14 18
2006–07 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 56 7 13 20 55 4 0 0 0 14
2007–08 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 70 13 24 37 121 5 0 4 4 29
2008–09 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 58 15 20 35 110 4 0 2 2 15
2009–10 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 68 24 23 47 131 7 4 5 9 10
2010–11 Providence Bruins AHL 42 1 7 8 88
2010–11 Reading Royals ECHL 5 0 1 1 7 8 0 3 3 14
2011–12 Chicago Wolves AHL 61 4 5 9 177 2 0 0 0 6
2012–13 Texas Stars AHL 43 8 11 19 107
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 39 7 7 14 85
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 81 14 15 29 209 6 0 3 3 27
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 80 13 12 25 148
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 80 13 16 29 123 13 2 0 2 16
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 60 12 15 27 115
2017–18 Dallas Stars NHL 73 5 12 17 126
NHL totals 413 64 77 141 806 19 2 3 5 43

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 France WJC18-D1 18th 5 0 1 1 8
2009 France WJC-D1 15th 5 6 2 8 2
2012 France WC 9th 7 2 1 3 6
2013 France WC 13th 7 2 1 3 10
2014 France WC 8th 8 6 5 11 16
2015 France WC 12th 7 0 2 2 34
2017 France WC 9th 7 6 2 8 18
Junior totals 10 6 3 9 10
Senior totals 36 16 11 27 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stars sign Petersen, Roussel". theahl.com. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  2. ^ Brown, Erin (2015-11-05). "Roussel eyes international stage". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  3. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=12125
  4. ^ "Antoine Roussel". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Roussel Assigned to Reading". ProvidenceBruins.com. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ Mooney, Harrison (3 October 2011). "Antoine Roussel gets his contract". Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Climie and Roussel Sent to Wolves". ChicagoWolves.com. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Antoine Roussel agrees to four-year deal with Dallas Stars". Associated Press. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Roussel, Stars agree to four-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Antoine Roussel of Stars to miss rest of season". NHL.com. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  11. ^ "Canucks sign Antoine Roussel". Vancouver Canucks. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  12. ^ "2012 IIHF World Championships France Roster". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  13. ^ "2014 IIHF World Championships Media All-Stars" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved 2014-05-26.

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