Lee Stempniak

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Lee Stempniak
Lee Stempniak 2 2014-03-22.jpg
Lee Stempniak with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014.
Born (1983-02-04) February 4, 1983 (age 32)
West Seneca, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Winnipeg Jets
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 148th overall, 2003
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2005–present

Lee Edward Stempniak (born February 4, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Stempniak as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

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.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

On August 30, 2010, Stempniak signed a two-year contract extension with the Coyotes.[6]

Lee Stempniak prior to making his debut with the Flames in 2011.

On August 29, 2011, the Coyotes traded Stempniak to the Calgary Flames for Daymond Langkow. [7] 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.[8] 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. [9]

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.[10] 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.[11] Stempniak scored the first playoff goal in Winnipeg since 1996 when he beat Anaheim's Frederik Andersen in the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter Finals for a 1-0 WInnipeg lead.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Dartmouth College ECAC 32 12 9 21 8
2002–03 Dartmouth College ECAC 34 21 28 49 32
2003–04 Dartmouth College ECAC 34 16 22 38 42
2004–05 Dartmouth College ECAC 35 14 29 43 34
2005–06 Peoria Rivermen AHL 20 8 5 13 25 3 0 3 3 2
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
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 18 14 4 18 8 7 0 2 2 0
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 19 19 38 19 4 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 61 14 14 28 16
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 47 9 23 32 12
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 52 8 15 23 28
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 4 7 11 4 13 2 1 3 6
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 53 9 9 18 18
2014–15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 18 6 4 10 2 4 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 708 165 204 369 253 28 3 3 6 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 United States WC 5th 7 6 4 10 27
2008 United States WC 6th 7 0 3 3 6
2009 United States WC 4th 9 2 0 2 6
Senior totals 23 8 7 15 39

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Central: Stempniak a smart addition to Blues' attack". nhl.com. Retrieved 2007-07-10. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Leafs acquire winger Stempniak from Blues". tsn.ca. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Leafs trade Steen, Colaiacovo". sportsnet.ca. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Stempniak named NHL's second star of the Week". Phoenix Coyotes. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Stempniak, Howard and Henrik Sedin named NHL three stars of month". National Hockey League. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Coyotes re-sign Stempniak to two-year contract". Phoenix Coyotes. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  7. ^ "Flames acquire Lee Stempniak". 
  8. ^ "Stempniak re-signs for 2 years, $5 million". Twitter. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  9. ^ "Flames forward Stempniak headed to Pittsburgh". Calgary Herald. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  10. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Lee Stempniak". New York Rangers. 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  11. ^ "Rangers trade Lee Stempniak to Jets for Carl Klingberg". National Hockey League. 2015-03-01. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 

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