Karl Stollery

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Karl Stollery
Karl Stollery.jpg
Born (1987-11-21) November 21, 1987 (age 31)
Camrose, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Frölunda HC
Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks
New Jersey Devils
Dinamo Riga
Jokerit
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

Karl Stollery (born November 21, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League (KHL)

Playing career[edit]

Stollery played minor junior hockey in his hometown for the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In his four seasons with the Kodiaks from 2004 to 2008, Stollery helped clinch the championship and Doyle Cup on three occasions and was a two-time AJHL South All-Star, captaining in his second appearance.

Stollery committed to a collegiate career, with Merrimack College of the Hockey East. In his freshman season in 2008–09, he played in all 34 games and led the defence in scoring with 16 points to be the lone defenceman named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team. In addition to his impact on the ice, Stollery was selected to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. He followed up in his Sophomore season, by again leading the defence in scoring and appearing in every game for the Warriors. With a second consecutive All-Academic berth, an undrafted Stollery showed his offensive ability and also a surprising physical all-round game, to be invited to the Atlanta Thrashers NHL rookie camp.[1]

As a Junior, Stollery produced a career high 27 points during the 2010–11 season, placing second among Hockey East defencemen and earning a selection to the HE All-Tournament Team and All-Conference honourable mention. He was subsequently announced as Merrimack's captain for his senior year prior to the 2011–12 season.[2] With 21 points in 37 games and a place in the Hockey East Second All-Star team, Stollery completed his career as the Warriors leading defensive scorer in each year. Having never missed a collegiate game, Stollery also became Merrimack's All-time leader in games played with 145.[3]

Upon the conclusion of his collegiate career, Stollery was signed to an amateur try-out contract with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League on March 24, 2012.[4] He tallied his first professional goal in his third game on March 29, in a 4–3 shoot-out victory over the Houston Aeros and appeared in the final 9 games of Lake Erie's season to score 7 points.[5] With his offensive ability able to show through on the powerplay he was then signed to a one-year AHL contract with the Monsters for the following season.

During the 2012–13 season, Stollery became a fixture on the Monsters blueline.[6] In anchoring the defence, he led the team with 34 points in 72 games, and was signed to a one-year contract with NHL parent affiliate, the Colorado Avalanche, at season's end.

After playing in five scoreless games with Colorado during the 2014–15 season, on March 2, 2015, Stollery was traded by the Avalanche to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Freddie Hamilton.[7] He was initially assigned to AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, before he was recalled to make his Sharks debut on April 3, 2015, against the Arizona Coyotes.[8] He completed the season with the out-of-contention Sharks playing in the final stretch before he was returned to Worcester for the playoffs.

On June 27, 2015, Stollery was re-signed to a one-year contract to remain with the San Jose Sharks.[9] In the 2015–16 season, Stollery was unable to add to his NHL experience, as he was assigned to new AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, for the duration of the year.

On July 1, 2016, Stollery signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils.[10] After starting the 2016-17 season, with the Albany Devils of the AHL, Stollery was recalled and appeared in a career best 11 games with the Devils, recording 3 assists.

On June 14, 2017, as an impending free agent, Stollery left North America in signing a one-year deal with Latvian club, Dinamo Riga of the KHL.[11] After a successful first season in Latvia, scoring 14 points in 53 games for the 2017–18 season, Stollery left Riga as a free agent in the off-season and agreed to a one-year deal to continue in the KHL with Finnish outfit, Jokerit, on August 17, 2018.[12]

On May 14, 2019, Stollery left the KHL as a free agent and extended his European career by agreeing to a one-year deal with Swedish club, Frölunda HC of the SHL.[13]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Pyeongchang

During the 2017–18 season, Stollery was selected to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Used in an bottom pairing role, he featured in four games to help Canada claim the Bronze medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 4 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 42 1 5 6 40
2006–07 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 59 11 24 35 57 17 2 7 9 26
2007–08 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 52 3 24 27 40 18 5 10 15 18
2008–09 Merrimack College HE 34 5 11 16 26
2009–10 Merrimack College HE 35 4 15 19 42
2010–11 Merrimack College HE 39 6 21 27 48
2011–12 Merrimack College HE 37 7 14 21 58
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 9 2 5 7 4
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 72 5 29 34 62
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 68 7 23 30 42
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 45 5 9 14 55
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Worcester Sharks AHL 14 2 4 6 8 4 1 1 2 6
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 5 0 0 0 4
2015–16 San Jose Barracuda AHL 67 6 18 24 65 4 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Albany Devils AHL 59 1 16 17 53 3 0 1 1 2
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 0 3 3 13
2017–18 Dinamo Riga KHL 53 3 11 14 21
2018–19 Jokerit KHL 54 3 7 10 8 3 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 23 0 3 3 21
KHL totals 107 6 18 24 56 3 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2018 Canada OG 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 0 0 0 0
Senior totals 4 0 0 0 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
AJHL
South All-Star Team 2007, 2008 [14]
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2008–09
HE All-Academic Team 2009, 2010 [4]
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2011 [15]
All-Hockey East Second Team 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thrashers prospect camp details". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2010-07-02. Archived from the original on 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2013-01-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "This Warrior packs a punch". Eagle-Tribune. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
  3. ^ "Cannata named Hockey East First Team All-Star, Stollery named to Second Team". themackreport.com. 2012-03-15. Archived from the original on 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2013-01-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Karl Stollery signs with Lake Erie of the AHL". Merrimack College. 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2013-01-01. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Monsters top Houston in Shootout". Lake Erie Monsters. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2013-01-01. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Offseason outlook: Karl Stollery". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-02. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Sharks acquire Karl Stollery from Avalanche for Freddie Hamilton". San Jose Sharks. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-02. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Sharks defeat Coyotes to continue playoff push". National Hockey League. 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2015-04-03. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Sharks re-sign Stollery". San Jose Sharks. 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-28. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Devils sign defenseman Karl Stollery to one-year deal". New Jersey Devils. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Canadian Karl Stollery joins Dinamo" (in Latvian). Dinamo Riga. 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2017-06-14. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ "Stollery joins the team next week" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2018-08-17. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "A real Karl" (in Swedish). Frölunda HC. May 14, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "Karl Stollery player profile". American Hockey League. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2013-01-01. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.

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