J. T. Compher

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J. T. Compher
Born (1995-04-08) April 8, 1995 (age 23)
Northbrook, Illinois, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Colorado Avalanche
National team  United States
NHL Draft 35th overall, 2013
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2016–present

Joseph Taylor Compher (born April 8, 1995) is an American professional ice hockey player, who is currently playing with the Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played college ice hockey and was captain for the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference. Compher was originally drafted 35th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Compher trained with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program team from 2011 to 2013.[1]

During his rookie season, Compher lead the team, and all Big Ten freshman in scoring, recording 11 goals and 20 assists. Following an outstanding rookie season with Michigan, Compher was selected as the inaugural Big Ten 2013–14 Freshman of the Year. He was also named to both the 2013–14 Big Ten All-Freshman Team and the All-Big Ten Second Team.[2] He was also awarded the Deker Club Award as Rookie of the Year, and the Hal Downes Award as the team's most valuable player.[3]

On February 28, 2015, Compher recorded his first career hat-trick in a 5–2 win over Wisconsin.[4] On June 3, 2015, Compher was elected captain of the Michigan Wolverines for the 2015–16 season.[5]

At the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Compher's rights were traded by the Sabres in a package that included Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, and the 31st pick in the draft to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn on June 26, 2015.[6]

Compher was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week for the week ending January 12, 2016. During that time he recorded two goals and five assists, including a career-best five points on January 8, at Michigan State.[7] Compher was named the Big Ten Third Star of the Week for the week ending February 16, 2016. During that time he recorded one goal and four assists, to extend his point streak to 16-games.[8]

Following an outstanding season, Compher was named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Compher led the nation in assists and ranked No. 2 in points scored, behind Kyle Connor. He enjoyed his best season with 16 goals and 47 assists in 38 games.[9] His 47 assists were the most by a Michigan player since Brendan Morrison set the school record with 57 assists in 1996–97. He was also named an AHCA Second Team All-American.[10]

During the semifinals of the 2016 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, Compher recorded five assists, breaking the Big Ten Tournament record for most assists in a single game and tying the record for most points. Compher became the first Michigan player with five assists in a game since Chad Kolarik on March 28, 2008.[11][12] Compher and Kyle Connor are tied for most points in a single Big Ten tournament with eight points. He was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.[13][14]

Professional[edit]

On April 25, 2016, Compher signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[15][16] After attending the Avalanche's 2016 training camp and pre-season, Compher was re-assigned to begin his professional career with AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. In the 2016–17 season, Compher established his offensive pedigree amongst the Rampage in placing third in scoring with 30 points in 41 games before receiving his first NHL recall to Colorado on March 1, 2017.[17] He made his NHL debut the following day, centering the Avalanche's third line between Matt Nieto and Blake Comeau in a 2-1 defeat to the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Center.[18] In his 8th game with the Avalanche, Compher notched his first NHL goal and point, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3–1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on March 15, 2017.[19]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Silver medal – second place 2012 Canada
World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Czech Republic
Silver medal – second place 2013 Russia

Compher represented the United States at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he won a silver medal. Compher was the teams leading scorer, recording four goals and seven assists in six games.

Compher represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he won a goal medal.[20] He was chosen again, as one of only three returning skaters, to compete at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships where he won a silver medal and was named one of Team USA's top three players of the tournament.[21][22] Compher represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he did not record any points in five games.[23]

Compher represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship alongside line-mates Kyle Connor and Tyler Motte. He recorded one goal and two assists in ten games.[24] Compher again represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded two goals in eight games.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 32 13 14 27 37
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 21 7 17 24 23
2013–14 University of Michigan B1G 35 11 20 31 24
2014–15 University of Michigan B1G 34 12 12 24 44
2015–16 University of Michigan B1G 37 16 47 63 30
2016–17 San Antonio Rampage AHL 41 13 17 30 22
2016–17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 3 3 6 4
2017–18 Colorado Avalanche NHL 69 13 10 23 20 6 0 3 3 2
NHL totals 90 16 12 28 24 6 0 3 3 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 4 7 11 14
2012 United States U18 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 2 3 5 4
2013 United States U18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 3 4 7 8
2015 United States WJC 5th 5 0 0 0 0
2016 United States WC 4th 10 1 2 3 2
2017 United States WC 5th 8 2 0 2 0
Junior totals 23 9 14 23 26
Senior totals 18 3 2 5 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Honors Year
All-Big Ten Freshman Team 2014 [25]
All-Big Ten Second Team 2014 [26]
Big Ten Freshman of the Year 2014 [27]
All-Big Ten First Team 2016 [9]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2016 [10]
Big Ten All-Tournament Team 2016 [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey star J.T. Compher scores big in honor of dad". maxpreps.com. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  2. ^ Michigan hockey's J.T. Compher named Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  3. ^ "Michigan Announces Team Awards at Year End Banquet". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. April 5, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Compher's Hat Trick Leads Michigan to Win against Wisconsin". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. February 28, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Compher Elected Captain of Wolverines for 2015-16 Season". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Avalanche Acquires Zadorov, Grigorenko, Compher, Second-Round Draft Pick From Buffalo". Colorado Avalanche. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Compher, Connor Named Big Ten's Top Performers of the Week". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. January 12, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Compher Named Big Ten Third Star of the Week". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Connor, Berenson Head List of All-Big Ten Award Winners". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Four Icers Earn All-America Honors; Connor Named Top Rookie". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Connor Scores Four to Lead U-M to B1G Championship Game". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  12. ^ "2016 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Game 3 Notes" (PDF). MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "2016 All-Tournament Team" (PDF). MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. March 19, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ "2016 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Game 5 Notes" (PDF). MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. March 19, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Avalanche signs JT Compher". Colorado Avalanche. April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Compher Signs Entry-Level Contract with NHL's Colorado Avalanche". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Avalanche recall JT Compher in search of post deadline spark". BSNDenver.com. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  18. ^ "J.T. Compher begins Colorado youth movement". Denver Post. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  19. ^ Frei, Terry (March 15, 2017). "Matt Duchene scores as Avalanche beat Red Wings at home". The Denver Post. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  20. ^ "J.T. Compher prospect profile". HockeysFuture.com. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  21. ^ Morreale, Mike (April 8, 2013). "J.T. Compher to help U.S. win 5th straight World U-18 title". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Compher's intangibles set him apart". Suntimes.com. May 21, 2013. Archived from the original on July 7, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Four Wolverines Named to Final Roster for U.S. World Junior Team". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. December 26, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  24. ^ "'C-C-M Line' Named to USA Hockey World Championship Roster". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. April 12, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Big Ten Announces Hockey Postseason Honors". Big Ten Conference. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  26. ^ "Michigan Announces Team Awards At Year End Banquet". chatsports.com. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  27. ^ "Compher headlines Michigan All-Big Ten honors". Michigan Daily. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Award Created
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
2013–14
Succeeded by
Dylan Larkin