David Clarkson (ice hockey)
March 31, 1984 |
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
David Clarkson (born March 31, 1984) is a former Canadian ice hockey forward, who is currently under contract with the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL) and is the head coach for the Upper Arlington Golden Bears ice hockey team. Clarkson was a member of the 2003 Memorial Cup-winning Kitchener Rangers.
Following his junior career, Clarkson went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils on August 12, 2005. He was assigned to the Albany River Rats of the AHL in September of that year. He would go on to play the majority of the 2006–2007 season with the Devils' new farm team, the Lowell Devils (also of the AHL), before receiving a late-season call-up to New Jersey.
Clarkson made his NHL debut on March 15, 2007, at Carolina. He scored his first NHL goal one game later in a 7–2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He would go on to finish the season with New Jersey, including three playoff games, and start the next season in the NHL.
Clarkson played in the YoungStars Game during the 56th NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition, scoring one goal and two assists. He was the lone Devils' representative at the festivities, as Martin Brodeur (who had been voted in) was unable to participate.
As the NHL lock-out began, Clarkson signed with Austrian team EC Red Bull Salzburg to begin the 2012–13 season. Once the NHL lock-out was settled, he returned to the Devils and did well offensively, scoring 15 points in 12 games before slumping and only recording another nine points in the remaining 36 games as New Jersey failed to the make the playoffs.
An unrestricted free agent, Clarkson did not re-sign with the Devils during the offseason, instead signing a seven-year $36.75 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 5, 2013. On September 22, 2013, a brawl erupted during a preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres during which Clarkson left the bench to fight. He subsequently received an automatic 10-game suspension from the NHL. Clarkson ended his first season in Toronto with five goals and 11 points in 60 games.
In the midst of his second season with the Maple Leafs in the 2014–15 season, and unable to establish a level of play to match his contract, Clarkson was traded by Toronto to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nathan Horton on February 26, 2015. Healthy scratches and injuries would hold Clarkson to only 26 games with the Blue Jackets over the next year and a half.
As training camp for the 2016–17 season approached, it was announced that Clarkson had failed a physical and would not be invited to practice with the Blue Jackets. He was placed on the long-term injured reserve and ruled out for the entirety of the season, unofficially retiring from playing professionally.
On June 21, 2017, Clarkson's contract was obtained by the Vegas Golden Knights at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft in a pre-arraigned trade with the Blue Jackets in order for the Golden Knights to select William Karlsson.
Clarkson was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, growing up in the Mimico neighbourhood. He and his wife Brittney have two children, McKinley and Colton. Clarkson initially served as an assistant coach for the Upper Arlington high school hockey team before taking on the head coaching job the following year from 2017.
|2000–01||Port Hope Clippers||OPJHL||47||18||14||32||118||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Albany River Rats||AHL||56||13||21||34||233||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||7||3||1||4||6||3||0||0||0||2|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||9||13||22||183||5||0||0||0||4|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||17||15||32||164||7||2||0||2||19|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||46||11||13||24||85||5||0||0||0||2|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||12||6||18||116||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||30||16||46||138||24||3||9||12||32|
|2012–13||EC Red Bull Salzburg||EBEL||5||2||1||3||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||48||15||9||24||78||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||5||6||11||93||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||58||10||5||15||92||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||3||0||0||0||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||23||2||2||4||23||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Memorial Cup (Kitchener Rangers)||2003|
|NHL YoungStars Game||2008|
- "Leafs sign David Clarkson". Toronto Maple Leafs. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- "Leafs ship Clarkson to Columbus for Horton". TSN. February 26, 2015.
- "Blue Jackets' Clarkson fails physical, won't start camp". Roger's Sportnet. September 21, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
- "NHL expansion draft: Karlsson gets expected phone call". Columbus Dispatch. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
- "David Clarkson finds life after NHL as high school hockey coach". Yahoo! Sports. 2017-05-30. Retrieved 2017-05-30.