January 30, 1990 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|NHL Draft||19th overall, 2008
Luca Sbisa (born January 30, 1990) is an Italian-born Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks, as well as their respective American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates. 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.
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. The Sbisa family moved to Oberägeri, Switzerland, when he was one. Sbisa speaks four languages: English, German, Italian and French.
Sbisa was drafted 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. On October 1, 2008, Sbisa signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers. 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. He was widely regarded as one of the Flyers' top prospects during his tenure in Philadelphia.
At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, on June 26, 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.
On October 16, 2010, the Ducks sent Sbisa down to their then-American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, later recalling him on November 10. Later in the 2010–11 season, on March 8, 2011, Sbisa signed a four-year contract extension with the Ducks, worth $8.7 million with a yearly cap hit of $2.175 million.
Regular season and playoffs
- Fleischman, Bill (2008). "Sbisa Hoping to Stick". PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
- Carchidi, Sam (November 19, 2008). "Youngest Flyer is fitting right in". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 23, 2009.[dead link]
- Philadelphia Flyers - News: Flyers Sign Sbisa to Contract - 10/01/2008
- "Anaheim Ducks trade Chris Pronger to Philadelphia Flyers for Joffrey Lupul and Luca Sbisa". ESPN.com. June 26, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
- "Ducks extend Sbisa with four-year contract". ESPN. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
- Canucks, Vancouver (June 27, 2014). "Canucks acquire Bonino, Sbisa & picks for Kesler". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
James van Riemsdyk
|Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick