Luca Sbisa

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Luca Sbisa
Luca Sbisa 02-2015.JPG
Luca Sbisa in February 2015.
Born (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 27)
Ozieri, Italy
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
EV Zug
Philadelphia Flyers
HC Lugano
Anaheim Ducks
Vancouver Canucks
National team   Switzerland
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2008
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2006–present

Luca Sbisa (born 30 January 1990) is an Italian-born Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and the Vancouver Canucks. Sbisa played major junior hockey in Canada with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL) before being selected by the Flyers in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut that year before returning to Lethbridge.

Sbisa has also played for Switzerland in multiple international tournaments, including several International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championships as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Playing career[edit]

Sbisa was drafted 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. On 1 October 2008, Sbisa signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers.[1]Archived 2 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.</ref> Prior to his entry into the NHL, Sbisa started his hockey career with EV Zug in Switzerland. In the 2006–07 season, he made his debut for that club in the Swiss National League A (NLA). Later, he played with the EHC Seewen in the Swiss Liga. In the summer of 2007, he was drafted in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL)'s annual import draft to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Sbisa joined the Flyers for the start of the 2008–09 season, playing 39 games before being returned to the Hurricanes to complete the season. He returned to the Flyers to play in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs. He replaced Daniel Carcillo on a line when Carcillo was suspended for taking a hit on the Pittsburgh Penguins' forward Maxime Talbot during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.[2] He was widely regarded as one of the Flyers' top prospects during his tenure in Philadelphia.

At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, on 26 June 2009, Sbisa was traded, along with Joffrey Lupul and Philadelphia's 2009 and 2010 first-round picks, to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle.[3]

On 16 October 2010, the Ducks sent Sbisa down to their then-American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, later recalling him on 10 November. Later in the 2010–11 season, on 8 March 2011, Sbisa signed a four-year contract extension with the Ducks, worth $8.7 million with a yearly cap hit of $2.175 million.[4]

On 27 June 2014, Sbisa was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, along with teammate Nick Bonino and a first- and third-round pick in 2014, in exchange for Ryan Kesler and a third-round pick in 2015.[5] On 8 April 2015 the Canucks signed Sbisa to a three-year extension worth $10.8 million.[6]

On June 21, 2017, having been left exposed by the Vancouver Canucks, Sbisa was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.[7]

International play[edit]

Luca Sbisa at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Sbisa played for Switzerland in the 2010 Winter Olympics, where the Swiss finished in eighth place.

Personal life[edit]

Sbisa was born in Ozieri, a city on the island of Sardinia, Italy, the first son and second child of Massimo and Isabella Sbisa. He has a sister, Chiara, who is two years older.[8] The Sbisa family moved to Oberägeri, Switzerland, when he was one. At the age of three, his parents took him to a game of EV Zug which made him want to become a hockey player.[9] Sbisa speaks four languages: English, German, Italian and French.[10] On July 9, 2016, Sbisa married long-time girlfriend, Lauren Anaka Sbisa. The two met while he was competing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In August 2016 they reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, citing this as major dream and personal achievement for the pair.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 EV Zug NLA 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 62 6 27 33 63 19 3 12 15 17
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 39 0 7 7 36 1 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 18 4 11 15 19 11 2 1 3 12
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 2 1 1 2 2
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 8 0 0 0 6
2009–10 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 17 1 12 13 18
2009–10 Portland Winterhawks WHL 12 3 2 5 11 13 2 2 4 26
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 68 2 9 11 43 6 0 1 1 8
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 8 2 7 9 4
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 80 5 19 24 66
2012–13 HC Lugano NLA 28 5 6 11 12
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 41 1 7 8 23 5 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 4 0 2 2 0
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 30 1 5 6 43 2 0 1 1 5
2014–15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 3 8 11 46 6 1 1 2 7
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 41 2 6 8 26
2016–17 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 2 11 13 40
NHL totals 465 16 72 88 329 20 1 3 4 26

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Switzerland WJC 9th 6 0 0 0 4
2010 Switzerland WJC 4th 3 0 0 0 0
2010 Switzerland OG 8th 5 0 0 0 0
2011 Switzerland WC 9th 6 0 1 1 4
2012 Switzerland WC 11th 7 0 1 1 8
2016 Team Europe WCH 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 9 0 0 0 4
Senior totals 19 0 2 2 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News: Flyers Sign Sbisa to Contract". Philadelphia Flyers. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Flyers in denial as Carcillo suspended". Philly.com. 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Anaheim Ducks trade Chris Pronger to Philadelphia Flyers for Joffrey Lupul and Luca Sbisa". ESPN.com. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ducks extend Sbisa with four-year contract". ESPN. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Canucks, Vancouver (27 June 2014). "Canucks acquire Bonino, Sbisa & picks for Kesler". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Canucks sign Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa to contract extensions, making cap picture tighter next year | The Hockey News". www.thehockeynews.com. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Losing Sbisa allows Canucks to reshape Blueline". Vancouver Sun. 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  8. ^ Fleischman, Bill (2008). "Sbisa Hoping to Stick". PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Luca Sbisa – My Hometwon". Vancouver Canucks. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Carchidi, Sam (19 November 2008). "Youngest Flyer is fitting right in". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 February 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Sbisa looks to reach World Cup Summit with Team Europe". NHLPA. 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
James van Riemsdyk
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Sean Couturier