Stempniak in March 2016
February 4, 1983 |
West Seneca, New York, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||148th overall, 2003
St. Louis Blues
Lee Edward Stempniak (born February 4, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stempniak graduated from St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, New York, in 2001, and played his college hockey at Dartmouth College.
Stempniak lived near an ice hockey rink where he knew the owner would let him practice whenever he could. After high school, he wanted to continue to play hockey, but his parents wanted him to go to college. Stempniak went to the only college that showed interest in him, Dartmouth. At Dartmouth, he majored in economics. He became a top player for the Big Green ice hockey team and was named a two-time All American, as well as his team's captain.
Stempniak was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round, 148th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He led the team in goals in his first full season (2006–07), with 27, despite being just 23 years of age. He and David Backes joined Jay McClement to form one of the NHL's youngest lines. On November 24, 2008, Stempniak was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Alexander Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo. Stempniak wore number 12 in Toronto.
On March 3, 2010, Stempniak was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Matt Jones and a fourth- and seventh-round draft pick 2010. Twelve days later, Stempniak was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week, scoring five goals in three games, all in victories for the Coyotes. On April 1, 2010, Stempniak earned the NHL's Player of the Month honor for March after scoring 13 goals since the trade to Phoenix.
On August 30, 2010, Stempniak signed a two-year contract extension with the Coyotes.
On August 29, 2011, the Coyotes traded Stempniak to the Calgary Flames for Daymond Langkow. He went on to record 14 goals with 14 assists during 61 games in 2011–12. On June 29, 2012, Stempniak re-signed with the Flames on a two-year, $5 million deal. During the 2013–14 season, on March 5, 2014, Stempniak was dealt at the NHL trade deadline to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a third-round draft pick.
On July 19, 2014, Stempniak agreed to join his sixth NHL team, signing a one-year contract as a free agent with the New York Rangers. In the 2014–15 season, Stempniak was primarily used by the Rangers in a bottom six role, compiling nine goals and 18 points in 53 games before he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Carl Klingberg on March 1, 2015.
On September 16, 2015, Stempniak agreed to join the New Jersey Devils on a professional tryout. He was signed by the Devils to a one-year contract worth $850,000 on October 3, 2015. In the 2015–16 season, Stempniak made a seamless transition to provide instant value to the Devils. In a scoring role, Stempniak was leading the Devils with 41 points in 63 games, having his best offensive season since 2010, before he was traded for a third consecutive season at the trade deadline to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a second round and fourth round pick on February 29, 2016.
Unable to help the Bruins into the post-season, Stempniak familiarly approached the off-season as a free agent. Following a successful individual year, on July 1, 2016, Stempniak was promptly signed to a two-year contract to join his 10th NHL club, the Carolina Hurricanes.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||St. Louis Blues||NHL||57||14||13||27||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||St. Louis Blues||NHL||82||27||25||52||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||St. Louis Blues||NHL||80||13||25||38||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||St. Louis Blues||NHL||14||3||10||13||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||61||11||20||31||31||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||62||14||16||30||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New York Rangers||NHL||53||9||9||18||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||New Jersey Devils||NHL||63||16||25||41||34||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||2001–02|
|All-ECAC Hockey First Team||2003–04|
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2003–04|
|All-ECAC Hockey First Team||2004–05|
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||2004–05|
- "Central: Stempniak a smart addition to Blues' attack". nhl.com. Retrieved 2007-07-10.[dead link]
- "Leafs acquire winger Stempniak from Blues". tsn.ca. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
- "Leafs trade Steen, Colaiacovo". sportsnet.ca. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
- "Stempniak named NHL's second star of the Week". Phoenix Coyotes. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- "Stempniak, Howard and Henrik Sedin named NHL three stars of month". National Hockey League. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
- "Coyotes re-sign Stempniak to two-year contract". Phoenix Coyotes. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "Flames acquire Lee Stempniak". Calgary Flames. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- "Stempniak re-signs for 2 years, $5 million". Twitter. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
- "Flames forward Stempniak headed to Pittsburgh". Calgary Herald. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
- "Rangers agree to terms with Lee Stempniak". New York Rangers. 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
- "Rangers trade Lee Stempniak to Jets for Carl Klingberg". National Hockey League. 2015-03-01. Retrieved 2015-03-01.
- "Lee Stempniak scores first Stanley Cup playoff goal in Winnipeg since 1996 (Video)". Yahoo Sports. 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
- "Stempniak, Devils agree to terms on one-year contract". National Hockey League. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
- "Boston Bruins announce trade deadline acquisitions". Boston Bruins. 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
- "Lee Stempniak agrees to terms with Hurricanes". Carolina Hurricanes. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.