Dorsett wearing a Vancouver Millionaires jersey in 2015.
December 20, 1986|
Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets|
New York Rangers
189th overall, 2006|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Derek Dorsett (born December 20, 1986) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right winger who played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blue Jackets drafted him in 2006 in the seventh round, 189th overall. After nine years in the NHL, Dorsett retired after repeated injuries to his neck.
Dorsett played major junior ice hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and helped them win the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions in 2006–07. Dorsett established himself as a gritty player with Medicine Hat, leading the team in penalty minutes in 2006–07 while finishing tied for second in team scoring with 64 points.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dorsett was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets 189th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Graduating from major junior, he spent 2007–08 with the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He scored his first NHL goal the following season on October 21, 2008, against Roberto Luongo in a 4–2 win against the Vancouver Canucks.
New York Rangers
During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Dorsett was included in a trade deadline deal, along with Derick Brassard, John Moore and a sixth-round pick, to the New York Rangers in exchange for Marián Gáborík and minor league players Blake Parlett and Steven Delisle on April 3, 2013.
On June 27, 2014, Dorsett was traded by the Rangers to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Upon joining the Canucks, he switched his jersey number to 51, as his usual 15 was being worn by teammate Brad Richardson. In the 2015 season, he posted career highs in both assists and points, and scored seven goals; his most since 2012 (including three game-winning goals). On April 8, 2015, the Canucks signed Dorsett to a four-year $10.6 million contract extension. Following Richardson's departure from the team in the offseason, Dorsett changed his jersey number back to 15 for the 2015–16 season, where he led the league in penalty minutes with 177.
Injury and retirement
On December 5, 2016, the Canucks announced that Dorsett had herniated a cervical disc in his neck. The injury required surgery, sidelining him indefinitely. He had managed one goal and three assists in 14 games up to that point in the 2016–17 season.
On November 30, 2017, Dorsett announced his retirement from the NHL. This was simultaneously announced alongside news that he had again herniated a cervical disc in his neck, a separate injury from his previous one. He decided to end his career after learning this information, citing health reasons and risks associated with playing.
"I'm devastated by the news. It will take a long time for this to truly sink in. As hard as it was to hear, Dr. Watkins' diagnosis is definitive. There is no grey area, and it gives me clarity to move forward. I have a healthy young family and a long life of opportunities ahead of me. Hockey taught me a lot and it will help me be successful in whatever I choose to do in the future."
|2004–05||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||51||5||11||16||108||13||5||1||6||35|
|2005–06||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||68||25||23||48||279||13||4||8||12||53|
|2006–07||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||61||19||45||64||206||17||8||8||16||56|
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||52||4||1||5||150||3||0||0||0||2|
|2009–10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||51||4||10||14||105||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||76||4||13||17||184||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||77||12||8||20||235||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||EC Red Bull Salzburg||EBEL||4||0||1||1||25||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||24||3||6||9||53||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||11||0||1||1||28|
|2013–14||New York Rangers||NHL||51||4||4||8||128||23||0||1||1||19|
Vancouver Canucks team awards
|Fred J. Hume Award||2015, 2018|
- "Kekalainen injects life into Blue Jackets with Gaborik". National Hockey League. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Canucks, Vancouver (2014-06-27). "Canucks acquire Derek Dorsett from Rangers". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- "Canucks sign Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa to contract extensions, making cap picture tighter next year | The Hockey News". www.thehockeynews.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- "Derek Dorsett to Undergo Neck Surgery". Vancouver Canucks. 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
- "Dorsett retires from Canucks". NHL.com. November 30, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
- "Canucks confirm Dorsett will not return to active roster". NHL.com. November 30, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
- "Canucks Game Day: New dad Dorsett gets ready to face old teammates on Rangers". theprovince.com. December 13, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- "Congrats to Derek Dorsett!". canucks.com. April 6, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2017.