Jack Connolly (ice hockey, born 1989)

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Jack Connolly
Jack Connolly AIK-Färjestad 2014-01-18.jpg
Born (1989-08-15) August 15, 1989 (age 27)
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Rögle BK
Färjestad BK
Leksands IF UMD Bulldogs
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

Jack Connolly (born August 15, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey center who is currently playing for Rögle BK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He formerly played with Leksands IF, where his older brother Chris was also a teammate.

Playing career[edit]

Connolly played his high school hockey at The Marshall School, in Duluth, Minnesota before playing junior hockey in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux Falls Stampede during the 2007–08 season. He helped UMD to their first ever NCAA Men's Hockey Championship in 2011. As a senior in 2011–12, Jack finished the regular season ranked second in the nation in scoring and 8th on the Minnesota-Duluth career points with 197 points. Jack Connolly played in every Minnesota-Duluth hockey game during his four years (166). Connolly was named All-American three times and on April 6, 2012, Connolly won the 2012 Hobey Baker award.

Undrafted, Connolly like his brother, opted to pursue a professional career abroad and signed to play the 2012–13 season, with Swedish team Färjestad BK in Elitserien.

After two seasons, Connolly left as a free agent to sign with fellow SHL club, Leksands IF on April 23, 2014.[1] In the 2014–15 season, Connolly left Leksands after 8 scoreless games to join HockeyAllsvenskan club, Rögle BK on October 9, 2014. Connolly adapted quickly to produce 30 points in 40 games to help Rögle BK gain promotion to return to the SHL.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Marshall School USHS 31 37 40 77 26
2007–08 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 58 26 46 72 30 3 0 3 3 0
2008–09 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 43 10 19 29 47
2009–10 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 40 18 31 49 47
2010–11 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 42 18 41 59 34
2011–12 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 41 20 40 60 28
2012–13 Färjestad BK SEL 34 8 11 19 16 10 0 5 5 4
2013–14 Färjestad BK SHL 55 11 12 23 45 14 1 2 3 2
2014–15 Leksands IF SHL 8 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Rögle BK Allsv 40 6 24 30 8 10 1 5 6 2
2015–16 Rögle BK SHL 50 9 28 37 14
SHL totals 147 28 51 79 77 24 1 7 8 6
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  United States
World Junior A Challenge
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Trail

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
USHL Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award 2007–08 [2]
All-WCHA First Team 2009–10
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2009–10
All-WCHA First Team 2010–11 [3]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2010–11
All-WCHA First Team 2011–12
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2011–12 2012 NCAA men's hockey Hobey Baker Award Winner 2012 Voted The Premier Player of College Hockey

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Frattin
WCHA Player of the Year
2011–12
Succeeded by
Drew LeBlanc
Preceded by
Andy Miele
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
2011–12
Succeeded by
Drew LeBlanc