Cal Clutterbuck

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Cal Clutterbuck
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Clutterbuck in March 2015.
Born (1987-11-18) November 18, 1987 (age 27)
Welland, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Minnesota Wild
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 72nd overall, 2006
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2007–present

Pascal William Clutterbuck (born November 18, 1987) better known as Cal Clutterbuck is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger and an alternate captain for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Clutterbuck was drafted 72nd overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2006 NHL draft and played with the team for six seasons before being traded to the Islanders on June 30, 2013.

Playing career[edit]

Clutterbuck grew up playing minor hockey for his hometown Welland Tigers in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association's (OMHA) South Central AAA League. After his Bantam season, he played one year with the Welland Cougars Jr.B. club of the OHA in 2002–03.

Clutterbuck played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and later the Oshawa Generals. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild 72nd overall in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild on May 31, 2007.[1] He was assigned to the Wild's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros, to start the 2007–08 season. He was recalled to the Wild on October 23, 2007, after an injury to Pavol Demitra, and played his first NHL game on October 28, 2007 against the Colorado Avalanche.[2]

In the early months of the 2008–09 Aeros season, Clutterbuck was again called up to play with the Wild. He instantly became a fan favorite and did not return to the Aeros, playing in 78 games with the Wild. On November 24, 2008, he scored his first NHL goal against José Théodore of the Washington Capitals, scoring two goals in the game.[3] Clutterbuck broke the NHL record for hits in the 2008–09 season with 356, in a game against the New York Islanders. The previous record was 311, set by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings.[4] The record was broken in 2012 by Matt Martin, a future teammate of his on the Islanders.

On June 30, 2013, during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Clutterbuck, as a restricted free agent, was traded from the Wild to the Islanders along with a third-round draft pick in exchange for forward Nino Niederreiter.[5] During the 2014–15 season, Clutterbuck was named as an alternate captain for the team after Kyle Okposo was sidelined with an eye injury.[6]

On April 25, 2015, Clutterbuck scored what would turn out to be the final goal in the history of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with 0:53 remaining in the third period as the Islanders won Game 6 of their first-round playoff series against the Capitals, 3-1, to extend the series to a seventh game. The Islanders would eventually lose Game 7 to the Capitals two nights later.

Career statistics[edit]

Clutterbuck with the Minnesota Wild in 2009

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Spooner Rails High School 36 42 38 80 40
2002–03 Welland Tigers OHA 48 24 29 53 26
2003–04 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 60 4 7 11 112 18 3 5 8 20
2004–05 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 38 10 6 16 55
2004–05 Oshawa Generals OHL 27 9 9 18 42
2005–06 Oshawa Generals OHL 66 35 33 68 139
2006–07 Oshawa Generals OHL 65 35 54 89 153 9 8 5 13 21
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 73 11 13 24 97 5 0 0 0 14
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 11 7 18 76
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 74 13 8 21 52
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 76 19 15 34 79
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 74 15 12 27 103
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 4 6 10 27 5 1 1 2 4
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 73 12 7 19 40
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 76 7 9 16 60 7 2 1 3 26
NHL totals 495 81 64 145 447 12 3 2 5 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wild signs Cal Clutterbuck". National Hockey League. May 31, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Combo of Smyth, Sakic vaults Avalanche over Wild". CBS Sports. October 28, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Wild 4, Capitals 3". CBS Sports. November 24, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Clutterbuck makes most of opportunity". National Hockey League. September 2, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "New York Islanders send Niederreiter to Wild for Clutterbuck". National Hockey League. June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Staple, Arthur (January 28, 2015). "Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck designated as alternate captain". Newsday. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 

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