Platt playing for Ilves in 2008
July 10, 1985 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Geoff Platt (born July 10, 1985) is a Canadian-Belarusian ice hockey player, currently playing for CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. He has also played for HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, Ilves Tampere of the Finnish SM-Liiga and the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born and raised in Canada, Platt played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League before spending several years between the NHL and its minor league affiliate the American Hockey League (AHL). In 2008 Platt received an offer to join Ilves in Finland, briefly playing in Belarus beforehand. He played in Finland for one season before returning to Minsk the following year, and spent nearly five full seasons with Dinamo before being traded to Lokomotiv in 2013. Platt had previously played for the Canadian national under-18 team, winning a gold medal at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships, but in 2012 he acquired Belarusian citizenship, and having satisfied the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) criteria, was able to represent Belarus starting at the 2014 IIHF World Championship held in Minsk.
Platt played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the North Bay Centennials, Saginaw Spirit and the Erie Otters. He has played in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Anaheim Ducks.
In the 2013–14 season, as leading scorer of Dinamo Minsk in the midst of his 6th season with the club, Platt was traded to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl for monetary compensation on December 30, 2013. He was later signed to a two-year contract extension with Lokomotiv through to the 2016 season on January 3, 2014.
On August 16, 2015, a few days before the start of the new KHL season, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl broke the contract with him. Lokomotiv's general manager explained this by the uncertain legal status of foreign players in KHL (Lokomotiv had signed 6 foreign players including him while the limit of foreign players for the Russian clubs is only 5 players in the roster) and by Geoff's lack of the Russian passport. Two days later he signed a contract with CSKA Moscow.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World U18 Championships|
Platt was a member of the Canadian national under-18 team during the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships. He scored three goals in seven games as Canada won the gold medal. After acquiring Belarusian citizenship in 2012 and playing the required amount of time in Belarus, Platt became eligible to represent Belarus in 2014. His first IIHF tournament was the 2014 World Championship, which was held in Minsk. Platt scored three goals and two assists as Belarus finished seventh in the tournament.
Regular season and playoffs
|2001–02||North Bay Centennials||OHL||63||4||6||10||34||5||0||0||0||6|
|2004–05||AC Boardwalk Bullies||ECHL||2||0||2||2||0||3||0||0||0||0|
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||15||0||5||5||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||26||4||5||9||10||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Platt and Lalonde accept Belarusian citizenship". news.bealt.by. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "Platt goes to Yaroslavl". Kontinental Hockey League. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- "Transfer news". Kontinental Hockey League. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
- "Хоккей. Агент Платта: "Локомотив" расторг контракт с Джеффом, форвард до начала сезона перейдет в другую команду". pressball.by. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- ""Локомотив" расстался с Джеффом Плэттом из-за неопределенности его статуса как легионера". TASS. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- "Хоккей. Джефф Платт стал игроком ЦСКА". pressball.by. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- IIHF (2003). "Team Canada Roster - 2003 IHF U18 Championship". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Manninen, Henrik (2014-05-06). "A Belarusian Canuck". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
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