Clayton Stoner

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Clayton Stoner
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Born (1985-02-19) February 19, 1985 (age 30)
Port McNeill, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 79th overall, 2004
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2005–present

Clayton Stoner (born February 19, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

He played junior B for the Campbell River Storm and Junior A for the Powell River Kings. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild with the 79th pick of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

He began his pro career with the Houston Aeros, where he played for four and a half seasons. Stoner made his NHL debut in the 2009-10 season, skating in 8 games,and registering 2 assists and 12 penalty minutes. Stoner became an NHL regular in the 2010-11 season, and never looked back, skating in 57 games, and scoring his first NHL goal on January 4, 2011, against Johan Hedberg of the New Jersey Devils.

Stoner made headlines in 2014 in a fight against Luke Gazdic, where Stoner had his finger in a L-shape, apparently dislocated. Nevertheless, Stoner was able to return to game with his finger taped up heavily, and he almost got into another fight with Matt Hendricks but the linesman separated the two before any punches were thrown.

On March 18, 2014, Stoner scored his fourth career goal on a breakaway against the New York Islanders. Coming out of the penalty box as his boarding penalty expired, Mikko Koivu sprung him on a breakaway and Stoner made a great move and slipped the puck past Anders Nilsson for his first of the season, and his first in nearly two years to give the Wild a 4-0 lead in an eventual 6-0 win.

During the 2012 NHL Lockout he played for HC ’05 Banská Bystrica in the Slovak Extraliga, tallying 5 points.

On July 1, 2014, Stoner signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks on a four-year $13 million contract.[1]

Personal[edit]

Stoner made headlines in 2013 after pictures taken of a hunting trip during May in British Columbia surfaced online. During the trip Clayton killed a grizzly bear. The bear had been known affectionately as "Cheeky" to local First Nations people. In Banff National Park, for example, bears are known only by a number. Although the hunt was legal the action received controversy as Stoner left the carcass after skinning the bear and removing its hide (as per the local hunting regulations).[2] The controversy continues as the BC government investigates to see if the hunt was illegal, as only BC residents can receive a license to hunt grizzlies yet Stoner lives part of the year in Minnesota.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Powell River Kings BCHL 4 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Tri-City Americans WHL 58 4 12 16 85
2003–04 Tri-City Americans WHL 71 7 24 31 109 11 1 1 2 8
2004–05 Tri-City Americans WHL 60 12 34 46 81 4 0 3 3 2
2005–06 Houston Aeros AHL 73 6 18 24 92 3 1 1 2 7
2006–07 Houston Aeros AHL 65 1 6 7 104
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 56 3 12 15 78 5 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 63 2 22 24 81 20 1 4 5 27
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 26 3 7 10 52
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 8 0 2 2 12
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 57 2 7 9 96
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 51 1 4 5 62
2012–13 HC ’05 Banská Bystrica Slovak 8 1 4 5 16
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 48 0 10 10 42 1 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 63 1 4 5 84 13 1 2 3 26
NHL totals 227 4 27 31 296 14 1 3 4 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ducks sign Stoner, LaBarbera". National Hockey League. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Canadian born NHL players takes heat for killing Grizzly bear". CTV News. 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  3. ^ "NHL player faces illegal Grizzly hunting accusation". vancouver.24hrs.ca. 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 

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