Ian White (ice hockey)
Ian White during his tenure with the Detroit Red Wings.
June 4, 1984 |
Steinbach, MB, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Unrestricted Free Agent
Toronto Maple Leafs
San Jose Sharks
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||191st overall, 2002
Toronto Maple Leafs
Ian White (born June 4, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He has previously played with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.
White was drafted by the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in the fifth round, 89th overall, in the 1999 WHL Bantam Draft. His first season with Swift Current was fairly successful, as he scored 12 goals and 31 assists in 69 games, which placed him seventh on the team in scoring. The team finished the season first in their division. In White's second season with Swift Current, he fared much better, scoring 32 goals and 47 assists for 79 points in 70 games for second place on the team in scoring. This generated interest amongst NHL teams leading up to the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, where he was ultimately selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 191st overall.
In 2002–03, White finished third on Swift Current in scoring with 24 goals and 44 assists for 68 points in 64 games, and was also named to the WHL's First All Star Team and the CHL's Second All Star Team. He then played for Canada at the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Canada finished second place to Russia. White was primarily the seventh defenceman and powerplay specialist for Canada, where he scored two goals and four assists for six points in six games.
White made his debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2005–06 season, scoring five points (one goal and four assists) in his first five career NHL games. That same season, White was named to Canada's Spengler Cup squad, which made it into the final against Metallurg Magnitogorsk, losing 8–3. White accumulated one goal in the tournament.
In 2006–07, White scored three goals and 23 assists for a total of 26 points, leaving him tied for second in scoring among rookie defencemen. He spent much of the season playing with the hulking Hal Gill, giving rise to the nickname of "Barney and Fred" due to the almost full foot in height Gill has on White, as well as the massive weight difference.
Due to the high number of defencemen on the roster for the 2008–09 season for the Maple Leafs, White was sat out for the first 11 games of the season before playing his first game, in which he spent some time playing as a third-line forward. In spite of a lack of experience in the position, in eight games there he managed three goals, seven points and a +5 plus-minus rating before returning to defence. As the season progressed, he received more and more ice time, eventually averaging over 25 minutes a game by the end of the year, and finishing the regular season with ten goals, 26 points and a +6 plus-minus.
On January 31, 2010, White was traded, along with Jamal Mayers, Niklas Hagman and Matt Stajan, to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjöström and prospect Keith Aulie. White re-signed with the Flames during the off-season on a one-year contract worth $2.99 million, but was traded, along with Brett Sutter, to the Carolina Hurricanes in mid-November in exchange for Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk. White played in 39 games for the Hurricanes, recording 11 assists before being dealt again three months later, this time to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round pick in 2012. He recorded an assist in his first game as a Shark and also recorded his first career Stanley Cup playoff point in Game 1 of the 2011 conference quarter-finals against the Los Angeles Kings.
The following summer, White signed a two-year, $5.75 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. He scored his first goal with Detroit on October 7 during a 5–3 victory over the Ottawa Senators, and finished with 32 points during the 2011–12 season. The following season, shortened because due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, saw White's role with the Red Wings dramatically reduced; he appeared in only 25 of the team's 48 games and scored only four points. During 2012–13 lockout, White made controversial public comments about NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, referring to him as "an idiot...[who has] done nothing but damage the game.” White later expressed regret for making the remarks.
Without a contract for the 2013–14 season, White signed a professional try-out contract with the Winnipeg Jets, but was released prior to the end of training camp. White then played a few games with the Steinbach Huskies senior hockey team before joining Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He played just ten games with Chelyabinsk, registering one assist.
White returned to North America midway into the 2014–15 season and signed a professional try-out contract with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL); however, he was later released by Providence less than a month later. He subsequently joined the Milwaukee Admirals and remained with the team until the end of the season.
White was arrested and charged for impaired driving in 2005 and 2006, and later arrested again by Toronto police for driving while his license was suspended. On November 20, 2015, he was arrested in Winnipeg and charged with various weapons offenses. 
White and his wife, Tess, have two children. Their son, Paxton, was born in 2009. Their daughter, Gracelyn Sophia, was born on May 13, 2011 – the morning after the San Jose Sharks' Game 7 playoff win over Detroit.
|2000–01||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||69||12||31||43||24||19||1||4||5||6|
|2001–02||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||70||32||47||79||40||12||4||5||9||12|
|2002–03||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||64||24||44||68||44||4||0||4||4||0|
|2003–04||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||43||9||23||32||32||5||1||3||4||8|
|2003–04||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||8||0||4||4||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||78||4||22||26||54||5||0||2||2||2|
|2005–06||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||12||1||5||6||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||76||3||23||26||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||81||5||16||21||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||71||10||16||26||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||56||9||17||26||39||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||San Jose Sharks||NHL||23||2||8||10||8||17||1||8||9||8|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||77||7||25||32||22||5||1||0||1||0|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||25||2||2||4||4||—||—||—||—||—|
- 2001–02 – WHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player
- 2002–03 – World Junior Championships silver medal
- 2002–03 – CHL's Second All-Star Team
- 2002–03 – WHL's First All-Star Team
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- Roarke, Shawn P. (31 January 2010). "Maple Leafs nab Phaneuf, Giguere". NHL.com. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "White Traded to Sharks; Canes Get Defenceman in Another Deal". TSN.ca. 18 February 2011. Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "Devin Setoguchi's first hat trick helps Sharks by Avs". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "Detroit Red Wings sign defenseman Ian White". Sporting News. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- "Ian White calls Gary Bettman "an idiot" and civility flies out the window". NBC Sports. 16 November 2012.
- "White regrets calling Bettman an "idiot"". NBC Sports. 20 November 2012.
- "Jets re-assign 11 players from training camp". Winnipeg Jets. 20 September 2013.
- "Ian White Leads Huskies To Their First Win". Steinbachonline.com. 14 November 2013.
- "Geneve-Servette HC Signs Ex-Red Wing Ian White". Swiss Hockey News. 30 November 2013.
- "Former NHL Player Ian White Charge with Weapons Offenses". TSN.ca. 23 November 2015.
- "Former NHLer Ian White arrested on gun charges". Winnipeg Sun. 23 November 2015.
- Pavlovic, Alex (14 May 2011). "Sharks notebook: San Jose's Ian White had anxious moments in Game 7". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "Think playoffs are hard? Try going through labor in Game 7". sportingnews.com. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2014.