November 29, 1989 |
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||164 lb (74 kg; 11 st 10 lb)|
|NHL team||Minnesota Wild|
|NHL Draft||156th overall, 2008
New York Islanders
Jared Spurgeon (born November 29, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Spurgeon was selected 156th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
After drafting him 156th overall in 2008, the New York Islanders failed to sign Spurgeon to a professional contract. After playing five seasons with the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he won a Memorial Cup with the team, the unsigned defenceman was invited to attend the Minnesota Wild's 2010–11 training camp, and on September 23, 2010, he was rewarded when Minnesota signed him to a three-year, entry-level contract, assigning him to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros.
Spurgeon played 23 games in the AHL before being recalled to the NHL to make his debut on his 21st birthday. Wearing number 46 for the Wild, Spurgeon played 14:42 minutes and registered one shot on goal in a 3–0 shutout loss to the Calgary Flames. He scored his first NHL goal on February 22 against Nikolai Khabibulin of the Edmonton Oilers.
On December 21, 2015, the Minnesota Wild announced they signed Spurgeon to a 4-year, $20.75 million contract extension. He played much of the season on the Wild's top defensive pairing with Ryan Suter.
Spurgeon is married to Danielle and they have two children, Zachary and Colbie.
Jared has an older brother, Tyler Spurgeon, who is also a professional hockey player. At a young age, Jared grew up watching his brother play hockey and he slowly began to idolize his brother. After seeing his brother enjoy his time on the ice, Jared credits his brother igniting his interest in the game and helping him transition into hockey. Jared started skating at the age of 4.
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