Calvin Pickard

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Calvin Pickard
Calvin Pickard Lake Erie 2013.jpg
Pickard with Lake Erie Monsters during 2013-14 AHL season.
Born (1992-04-15) April 15, 1992 (age 23)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Shoots Left
NHL team Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 49th overall, 2010
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2012–present

Calvin Pickard (born April 15, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays as a prospect for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pickard was drafted by the Avalanche in the second round (49th overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. He played his junior hockey with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. His older brother, Chet, also a goaltender, was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators.

Playing career[edit]

Pickard began his major junior career with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL in 2008–09. Despite only totaling 16 wins in 62 games with the Thunderbirds in his second season, Pickard posted a save percentage of 0.914 and was named to the 2010 WHL West First All-Star Team.[1] Although ranked as the top North American goalie by central scouting, Pickard was the third goalie chosen in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, when selected in the second round, 49th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche.[2] During the 2010–11 season with the Thunderbirds, Pickard was invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp for the 2011 World Junior Championships.[3] He was not selected for the final roster.[4]

On March 25, 2011, it was announced that Pickard signed a three-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. He spent the remainder of the season with their American Hockey League affiliate team, the Lake Erie Monsters.[5] At the outset of the 2011–12 season, Pickard was assigned to the Seattle Thunderbirds, where he finished his junior career.[6] The 2012–13 season was his first full season as a professional, and Pickard played in 47 games for Lake Erie, recording 20 wins.[7]

In the 2014–15 season, Pickard began the year with the Monsters but was recalled to the Colorado Avalanche on October 16, 2014 after Semyon Varlamov was placed on injured reserve, he made his NHL debut the same day against the Ottawa Senators as he had to come in for Reto Berra who was injured in a collision; Pickard allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 5-3 loss. Pickard was sent back to the Lake Erie Monsters on October 25th but was recalled on November 18 after Semyon Varlamov suffered a groin injury.[8] Pickard earned his first win on November 22nd after coming in to relieve an ineffective Reto Berra, Pickard stopped all 17 shots he faced in an eventual 4-3 Overtime win. After more poor play from Berra, Pickard became the starting goaltender and continued in impressive form until Semyon Varlamov permanently returned to the team, after which Pickard became the teams primary backup goalie. Pickard was returned to Lake Erie on December 28, in order to resume a starting goalie role.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Pickard's older brother, Chet, is also a professional goaltender, drafted by the Nashville Predators and currently playing for the Odense Bulldogs of the Danish club Metal Ligaen.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2008–09 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 47 23 16 5 2694 137 3 3.05 .896 5 1 4 297 15 0 3.03 .915
2009–10 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 62 16 34 12 3688 190 3 3.09 .914
2010–11 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 68 27 33 8 4013 225 1 3.36 .916
2011–12 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 64 25 37 2 3630 217 5 3.59 .906
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 2 1 0 0 77 4 0 3.12 .892
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 47 20 19 5 2749 113 5 2.47 .918
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 43 16 18 7 2445 116 2 2.85 .906
2014–15 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 50 23 17 9 2943 128 3 2.61 .917
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 16 6 7 3 895 35 0 2.35 .932
NHL totals 16 6 7 3 895 35 0 2.35 .932

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
West First All-Star Team 2010 [1]
West Second All-Star Team 2011 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WHL unveils western award winners". The Province. March 18, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hockey/WHL: NHL Draft Prospect - Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds". King5.com. June 25, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins among final cuts for Canada's junior team". TSN. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Avalanche signs Calvin Pickard". Colorado Avalanche. March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Avalanche Reassigns Four Players". Colorado Avalanche. September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Calvin Pickard". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  8. ^ "Avalanche recall Calvin Pickard". Colorado Avalanche. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2014-11-18. 
  9. ^ Colorado Avalanche (2014-12-28). "Avalanche re-assigns Pickard, Everberg". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  10. ^ "Pickard, Calvin". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  11. ^ "WHL West All-Stars and awards finalists". Western Hockey League. March 23, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 

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