Jake Gardiner

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Jake Gardiner
Jake Gardiner 2017-12-09 1.jpg
Gardiner with the Maple Leafs in 2017.
Born (1990-07-04) July 4, 1990 (age 27)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  United States
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2008
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2011–present

Jake William Gardiner (born July 4, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Early life[edit]

Gardiner grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and played ice hockey at Minnetonka High School.[2] He then attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Playing career[edit]

Gardiner was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, 17th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[3] He spent the 2007–08 hockey season playing for Minnetonka High School Skippers.

Gardiner with the Maple Leafs in 2012

On February 9, 2011, Anaheim traded Gardiner, along with Joffrey Lupul and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2013, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman François Beauchemin.[4]

On March 15, 2011, Gardiner agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs.[5]

Gardiner started the 2011–12 season with the Leafs, scoring his first career NHL goal on January 24, 2012, against Al Montoya of the New York Islanders.[6] At the end of the season, Gardiner was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after scoring 30 points in 75 games with Toronto.

Gardiner started his second season with the Toronto Marlies, due to the NHL Lockout. He posted 31 points in 43 games in the AHL, and then, once the NHL started up, he had 4 assists in 12 games. On May 6, 2013, Gardiner became the first Toronto Maple Leaf to score a home Stanley Cup playoff goal since Mats Sundin scored in a 3–2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on May 4, 2004, a span of nine years and two days. He finished the playoffs with points in 6 games.

Gardiner scored a career high 10 goals and 31 points in the 2013-14 season, trailing only Cody Franson in points among Leafs' defenders.[7]

On July 29, 2014, the Leafs signed Gardiner to a five-year, $20.25 million contract extension.[8] The Leafs struggled that season, and Gardiner managed only 4 goals and 24 points in 79 games, 4th among Leafs' defenders.[9]

For the 2015-16 season, the Leafs hired a new head coach, Mike Babcock, and cleared out Dion Phaneuf by the trade deadline. Gardiner had 7 goals and 31 points, 2nd to Morgan Rielly among Leafs' defenders, taking a step forward under a new coach, even though the team lost the scoring presence of Phil Kessel.

In 2016–17, the Leafs became a winning team once again, an especially high scoring one with the addition of scoring phenoms Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner, among others. Gardiner posted a career high of 43 points, and was a +24, leading all Leafs' defenders in both categories.

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother Max was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 3rd round (74th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[10]

On July 9, 2017, Gardiner married his longtime girlfriend Lucy.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Minnetonka Skippers MNHS 23 10 22 32 20
2007–08 Minnetonka Skippers MNHS 25 16 27 43 18
2008–09 University of Wisconsin WCHA 39 3 18 21 16
2009–10 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 6 7 13 20
2010–11 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 10 31 41 24
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 10 0 3 3 4
2011–12 Toronto Marlies AHL 4 0 2 2 2 17 2 9 11 10
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 7 23 30 18
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 43 10 21 31 12
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 0 4 4 0 6 1 4 5 0
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 10 21 31 19
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 4 20 24 24
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 7 24 31 32
2016–17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 9 34 43 13 6 1 2 3 4
NHL totals 407 37 126 163 127 12 2 6 8 4
Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Canada

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 3 3 4
2014 United States WC 6th 8 1 3 4 0
2015 United States WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8 1 0 1 0
Junior totals 7 0 3 3 4
Senior totals 16 2 3 5 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2008–09
All-WCHA Second Team 2010–11
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2010–11
NHL All-Rookie Team 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Jake Gardiner Stats". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jake Gardiner". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ducks deal for Beauchemin; Leafs get Lupul". National Hockey League. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Maple Leafs sign prospect Gardiner". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  6. ^ "MacArthur's OT goal leads Leafs past Isles". National Hockey League. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  7. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=18592
  8. ^ Hornby, Lance (July 29, 2014). "Maple Leafs sign Jake Gardiner to five-year deal". Toronto Sun. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=18592
  10. ^ "Max Gardiner player profile". eliteprospects.com. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  11. ^ "Here's how Maple Leafs players are spending their summer". DailyHive Toronto. August 22, 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Logan MacMillan
Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Peter Holland