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Joffrey Lupul

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Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul - Toronto Maple Leafs.jpg
Lupul in 2011
Born (1983-09-23) September 23, 1983 (age 31)
Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Anaheim Ducks
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2002
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 2003–present

Joffrey Douglas Sheldon Lupul (born September 23, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and an alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). In his professional career, Lupul has also played in the NHL for the Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers. He was originally selected seventh overall at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by Anaheim, beginning his NHL career with the organization and later playing a second stint with the team prior to joining the Maple Leafs in 2011.

A right hand-shooting natural right winger earlier in his career, Lupul has made the transition to become a left winger since joining Toronto.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Two years into his three-year major junior career with the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Medicine Hat Tigers, Lupul was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as the team's first choice, seventh overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. London Knights' Rick Nash was chosen first and Lupul's Tigers teammate Jay Bouwmeester went third that year. The following season, Lupul made the final roster for Team Canada and played in the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Lupul dueling for position with Roman Hamrlík during his time with Anaheim.

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Lupul made the jump directly to the Anaheim lineup his first season out of the WHL, but the following season, with the NHL locked-out, he was assigned to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, for the entirety of the 2004–05 season. In his third professional season, however, Lupul was a regular with Anaheim and during the team's run in the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, he became the first player in NHL playoff history to cap a three-goal game with an overtime score, as he tallied all the Ducks goals in a 4–3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.[1]

After the 2005–06 season, Lupul was traded to the Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers along with Ladislav Šmíd and draft picks in exchange for Chris Pronger on July 4, 2006.[2]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

On July 1, 2007, after just one season with Edmonton in which he scored 16 goals, Lupul was traded, along with Oilers captain Jason Smith, to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Joni Pitkänen, Geoff Sanderson and a third-round draft pick in 2007.[3]

During the 2007–08 season, his first with the Flyers, Lupul was diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion after a collision with teammate Derian Hatcher in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 5, 2008.[4] Lupul made his return to the lineup just over one month later, on February 9, in a game against the New York Rangers. On April 22, Lupul scored the series-winning goal in the first overtime of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between Philadelphia and the Washington Capitals. After helping the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference Finals, in which Philadelphia fell to rivals Pittsburgh, Lupul agreed to a four-year contract extension with the team on July 21.[5]

Return to Anaheim[edit]

On June 26, 2009, following his second season with Philadelphia and just one year into his four-year contract, Lupul was traded by the Flyers to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft along with Luca Sbisa and two first-round picks in exchange for Chris Pronger, the second time in Lupul's career that he had been part of a trade involving the Ducks with Pronger going the other way.[6]

Back surgery in December 2009 and a subsequent blood infection limited him to just 23 games during the 2009–10 season. He ultimately missed a total of 12 months of playing time—the final 59 games of that season and carrying over into the first 28 games of the following 2010–11 season.

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

On February 9, 2011, nearing the end of his second season back with Anaheim, but having played only 49 games during his second stint, Lupul was traded, along with Jake Gardiner and a conditional draft pick in 2013, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for François Beauchemin, marking the third time Lupul has been involved in a trade with the Ducks organization.[7] After being dealt to Toronto, he made the transition from right to left wing and finished with 18 points in 28 games to close out the 2010–11 season.

The following year, 2011–12, Lupul began the year on the opposite wing of Phil Kessel, putting together a strong first half of the season that led to his invitation to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa as an alternate captain to Zdeno Chára. There, he scored two goals for Team Chara in a 12–9 win over Team Alfredsson. On March 2, 2012, Toronto fired Head Coach Ron Wilson and replaced him with Randy Carlyle, Lupul's former head coach in Anaheim. Lupul suffered a severe shoulder separation on March 6 that necessitated immediate season-ending surgery. Nonetheless, he finished with a career-high of 67 points on the year despite playing in just 66 games, marking the first time in his NHL career he scored at at least a point-per-game pace.[8] At the end of the season, Lupul was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy—awarded annually to the NHL player best exemplifying qualities in perserverence, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey—which was ultimately awarded to Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens.[9]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Lupul played for the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)'s Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in Yekaterinburg, Russia. After the lockout was resolved and just prior to the start of the truncated 2012–13 season, Lupul, along with teammate Clarke MacArthur, was named an alternate captain of the Maple Leafs under captain Dion Phaneuf. Days later, on January 20, 2013, Lupul signed a five-year, US$26.25 million contract extension with Toronto.[10] Only three games into the season, Lupul fractured his right forearm when he was hit by a Phaneuf slapshot whilst screening opposing goaltender Marc-André Fleury in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[11] Lupul subsequently missed 25 games. In his return to the ice on March 16, he scored on his first shift of the night and once again in the second period of the game.[12] The Maple Leafs, however, went on to lose the game in a ten-round shootout to the Winnipeg Jets. Rejuvenated in his return after a long absence, Lupul scored goals in six consecutive games and recorded points in a prolific rate—eight goals and six assists in six games—before he suffered another injury in a game against his former club, the Flyers. While chasing the puck deep in his own zone, Lupul was hit by two Flyers simultaneously, one of which accidentally contacted his head resulting in a mild concussion. He would miss an additional two weeks before making his return on April 16 against Washington. Lupul finished the season with totals of 18 points in 16 games, including a goals per game rate of .69, which would put him amongst NHL leaders Alexander Ovechkin (.67), Steven Stamkos (.60) and John Tavares (.58).

With 57 points gained in 48 games, the Maple Leafs qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2004. During Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins, Lupul scored two goals to help propel the Leafs to a 4–2 win and even the series at one game apiece. He would score again in Game 4 at the Air Canada Centre when he scored the game's opener, though Toronto would eventually lose in overtime, 4–3. Lupul ended his first playoff series with Toronto with three goals and one assist in seven games as the team fell 5–4 in overtime of Game 7.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Halifax

Lupul was selected by Hockey Canada to play for the nation's junior team in the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He posted two goals and one assist for a total of three points in six games as Canada finished with the silver medal, falling 3–2 to Russia in the tournament final.

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • First player to score a playoff hat-trick in Anaheim franchise history;
  • First player to score four playoff goals in one game, including an overtime winner;
  • First player to score all four of his team's goals in a playoff game.

Personal[edit]

As featured during an NHL Network Online video, Lupul enjoys playing guitar.[13] He is a Ukrainian-Canadian.[nb 1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Fort Saskatchewan ABHL 36 40 50 90 40
1999–00 Fort Saskatchewan AMHL 34 43 30 73 47 16 17 19 36 26
2000–01 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 69 30 26 56 39
2001–02 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 56 50 106 95
2002–03 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 50 41 37 78 82 11 4 11 15 20
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 75 13 21 34 28
2003–04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 3 3 2 5 2
2004–05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 65 30 26 56 58 12 3 9 12 27
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 81 28 25 53 48 16 9 2 11 31
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 16 12 28 45
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 20 26 46 35 17 4 6 10 2
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 25 25 50 58 6 1 1 2 2
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 23 10 4 14 18
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 26 5 8 13 14
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 1 3 4 0
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 28 9 9 18 19
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 25 42 67 48
2012–13 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL 9 1 3 4 4
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 11 7 18 12 7 3 1 4 4
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 22 22 44 44
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 10 11 21 26
NHL totals 655 194 212 406 395 46 17 10 27 39

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC 2nd 6 2 1 3 27
Junior totals 6 2 1 3 27

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lupul is named on a list of famous Ukrainian Canadians,[14][15] and when asked in an interview about his Ukrainian heritage and cultural traditions, he said, "My grandma will be happy to hear that, that's for sure. I think the only cultural Ukrainian thing that I take part in is eating!"[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4, Colorado Avalanche 3". NHL.com. 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Pronger traded to Anaheim". CBC.ca. 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Oilers swing blockbuster deal, Leafs sign Blake". cbc.ca. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 2". Associated Press. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lupul extends contract". flyers.nhl.com. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  6. ^ "Anaheim Ducks trade Chris Pronger to Philadelphia Flyers for Joffrey Lupul and Lucas Sbisa". ESPN.com. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  7. ^ "Ducks deal for Beauchemin; Leafs get Lupul". National Hockey League. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Joffrey Lupul #19 Stats". NHL.com. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ Kimelman, Adam (April 24, 2012). "Alfredsson, Lupul, Pacioretty are Masterton finalists". NHL.com. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=414053
  11. ^ Greg Wyshynski. "Joffrey Lupul fractures forearm on Phaneuf shot; out indefinitely for Maple Leafs". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jets outlast Maple Leafs in 10-round shootout". NHL.com. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lupul enjoys his guitar". NHL.com. 2008-10-20. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ Windsor Public Library (2006). "Famous Ukrainian-Canadians". Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.wetpaint.com/dancing-with-the-stars/articles/5-things-to-know-about-cheryl-burkes-rumored-boyfriend-joffrey-lupul
  16. ^ Lupul, Joffrey. "Tapped In: Maple Leafs' Lupul loving life in Toronto". NHL.com. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 

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Preceded by
Stanislav Chistov
Anaheim Mighty Ducks first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Ryan Getzlaf