Cody Ceci

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Cody Ceci
Cody Ceci 1 2017-05-13.jpg
Ceci with the Ottawa Senators in 2017
Born (1993-12-21) December 21, 1993 (age 25)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2012
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2013–present

Cody Ceci (born December 21, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). After playing junior-age ice hockey with the Ottawa 67's, Ceci was selected 15th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He made his NHL debut in the 2013–14 season after playing for the Senators' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Binghamton Senators.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ceci is the son of former Canadian Football League receiver and 1984 Vanier Cup MVP Parri Ceci.[1] He has a younger brother, Cole, who is currently playing with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL.[2] He also has an older sister Chelsea.[3] Cody left Ottawa at the age of 13 to attend Lakefield College School, a private boarding institution just north of Peterborough, Ontario.[4] After being drafted, Ceci joined the Ottawa 67's.[5] While playing with the Ottawa 67's, Ceci attended Carleton University.[3][5]

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Ceci with the Ottawa 67's for the 2011–12 season.

With the Ottawa 67's in 2011–12, Ceci finished second in scoring amongst all OHL defenceman with 60 points.[6] So eager was Ottawa Senators' GM Bryan Murray to select Ceci that he contacted three different teams early in the 2012 draft in an effort to move up and take the defenceman before another team could. "I honestly never thought he would be available at 15," said Murray.[7] On August 23, 2012, Ceci signed a three-year entry level contract with the Senators.[8]

On January 8, 2013, in an effort to overtake the London Knights in the OHL's Western Conference, the Owen Sound Attack obtained Ceci from the 67's. Ceci did not have NHL callup rights and was thus able to finish the season in junior.[9] Once the Attack were eliminated, Ceci was called up to finish the season in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators, playing in the team's final three games of the regular season. Paired on defence with team captain Mark Borowiecki, he scored his first professional point in his second game with Binghamton and scored his first professional goal a day later in the season finale.[10]

Professional[edit]

Ottawa Senators[edit]

In October 2013, Ceci was assigned to the Binghamton Senators after training camp. After a suspension to Senators defenceman Jared Cowen, Ceci was called up to Ottawa in December and played his first game in the NHL on December 12, 2013 in Ottawa against the Buffalo Sabres, a 2–1 win for Ottawa. Two games later, on December 16, 2013 at 3:59 of overtime against goaltender Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues,[11] Ceci scored his first NHL goal, to win the game 3–2.[12] At the beginning of the 2016–17 season, Ceci signed a 2-year 5-million dollar contract extension.[13][14] In the 2016-17 season he made 2.25 million and in the 2017–18 season he made 3.35 million.[13]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

On July 1, 2019, Ceci was traded by the Senators, along with Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and Michael Carcone.[15] Ceci soon agreed to sign a one-year, $4.5 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs on July 4, 2019.[16] He scored his first goal as a Toronto Maple Leaf on October 4, 2019, in a 4-1 road win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.[17]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Canada Canada
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Russia
Representing Canada Canada Ontario
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Silver medal – second place 2010 Canada

Ceci played for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships, where he won a gold medal.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Peterborough Minor Petes ETA 57 24 48 72 26
2008–09 Peterborough Stars OJHL 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Ottawa 67's OHL 64 4 8 12 12 12 0 3 3 0
2010–11 Ottawa 67's OHL 68 9 25 34 28 4 0 2 2 4
2011–12 Ottawa 67's OHL 64 17 43 60 14 18 2 13 15 4
2012–13 Ottawa 67's OHL 42 11 29 40 10
2012–13 Owen Sound Attack OHL 27 8 16 24 2 12 1 9 10 0
2012–13 Binghamton Senators AHL 3 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Binghamton Senators AHL 27 2 17 19 10 4 1 1 2 0
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 49 3 6 9 14
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 5 16 21 6 6 0 2 2 0
2015–16 Ottawa Senators NHL 75 10 16 26 18
2016–17 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 2 15 17 20 19 0 1 1 2
2017–18 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 5 14 19 12
2018–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 7 19 26 18
NHL totals 440 32 86 118 88 25 0 3 3 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada Ontario U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 0 0 0
2011 Canada WJC18 4th 7 0 1 1 2
2016 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 1 5 6 0
Senior totals 10 1 5 6 0
Junior totals 13 0 1 1 2

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
Second All-Star Team 2012, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Youngest junior invite hoping to improve on dad's story". Calgary Herald. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Oshawa Generals acquire Cole Ceci from the Guelph Storm". oshawagenerals.com. Oshawa Generals. October 17, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Campbell, Don (June 19, 2012). "NHL Draft the next stop on Ceci's hockey journey". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cody Ceci: Top Academics in OHL". lcs.on.ca. January 8, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Draft prospect Ceci learned from dad's CFL disappointment". The Sports Network. February 4, 2014. Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Draft Profiles: No.10 – Cody Ceci". The Score. June 21, 2012. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "Patience a virtue for GM Bryan Murray as Senators draft Cody Ceci". National Post. June 23, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  8. ^ "Senators sign first-round pick Ceci to Entry-level deal". The Sports Network. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  9. ^ "Owen Sound land Cody Ceci in OHL blockbuster". Yahoo! Sports. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Helmer, Aedan (April 6, 2009). "Ottawa Sens prospect Cody Ceci reaches pro ranks". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ceci's first goal see Sen past Blues in OT". Sportsnet.ca. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  12. ^ The Canadian Press (December 16, 2013). "Homecoming: Cody Ceci scores overtime winner in Senators' 3–2 victory over Blues". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Cody Ceci signs 2-year contract with Ottawa Senators". cbc.ca. August 23, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Cody Ceci agrees to contract with Senators". NHL.com. August 23, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Senators acquire Zaitsev, Brown from Toronto in six-player deal". Ottawa Senators. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Ceci and Kerfoot to contract extensions". Toronto Maple Leafs. July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Marner has two goals, assist in Maple Leafs win against Blue Jackets". NHL.com. October 4, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Puempel
Ottawa Senators first round draft pick
2012
Succeeded by
Curtis Lazar