Calvin Pickard

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Calvin Pickard
Calvin Pickard Lake Erie 2013.jpg
Born (1992-04-15) April 15, 1992 (age 25)
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Colorado Avalanche
National team  Canada
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 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 totalling 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 25 but was recalled on November 18 after Semyon Varlamov suffered a groin injury.[8] Pickard earned his first win on November 22 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] In the 2015-2016 season Pickard began the year with Colorado's new AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage, he was recalled early on in the season when Semyon Varlamov suffered a groin injury. He would return to the club in lte December when Reto Berra injured his ankle, Pickard recorded his first NHL shutout on January 16, 2016 against the New Jersey Devils.[10][11]

As a restricted free agent, Pickard was signed to his first one-way deal with the Avalanche, agreeing to a two-year, $2 million contract on July 5, 2016.[12]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2016 Russia
Silver medal – second place 2017 Germany/France

Following a second successful season as a backup with the Avalanche, Pickard was selected for his first International Tournament for Canada at the 2016 World Championships in Russia. He played two round-robin games for Canada, winning both times, en route to help claim a gold medal.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Calvin was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and at the age of 7, moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. It wasn't until after his move to Winnipeg that he decided to become a Goaltender. By age 9, he had fully transitioned. Pickard's older brother, Chet, is also a professional goaltender, drafted by the Nashville Predators and currently playing with German club, the Iserlohn Roosters in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[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
2015–16 San Antonio Rampage AHL 21 9 8 4 1264 58 1 2.75 .917
2015–16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 20 7 6 1 975 42 1 2.56 .922
2016–17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 15 31 2 2821 140 2 2.98 .904
NHL totals 86 28 44 6 4,701 217 3 2.77 .914

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2016 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 2 2 0 0 120 1 1 0.50 .971
2017 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 5 2 0 444 11 1 1.49 .938
Senior totals 9 7 2 0 564 12 1 1.28 .944

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
West First All-Star Team 2010 [1]
West Second All-Star Team 2011 [15]

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 posts first career shutout". thescore.com. 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  11. ^ "Avalanche goalie Reto Berra out about 10 days". National Hockey League. 2016-01-10. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  12. ^ "Calvin Pickard signs modest two-year contract with Avalanche". Denver Post. 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  13. ^ "Canada team profile". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  14. ^ "Decision made on backup Goaltender" (in German). Iserlohn Roosters. 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  15. ^ "WHL West All-Stars and awards finalists". Western Hockey League. March 23, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 

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