Mark Stone (ice hockey)

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Mark Stone
Mark Stone WJC12 press conference
Stone at a press conference for the 2012 World Junior Championships
Born (1992-05-13) May 13, 1992 (age 26)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 178th overall, 2010
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2012–present

Mark Stone (born May 13, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, and alternate captain for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). A right winger, he was selected by the Senators in the sixth round, 178th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He tied Johnny Gaudreau to lead all NHL rookies in scoring during the 2014–15 season with 64 points and received a nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

After a season with the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba Midget 'AAA' Hockey League, in which he competed in the 2008 Telus Cup,[1] Stone began his major junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2008–09. He recorded 39 points (17 goals and 22 assists) over 56 games, tying for 12th in WHL rookie scoring.[2] During the 2009 playoffs, he added four points (one goal and three assists) over 12 games. The following season began with Stone ranked in the top 50 on several major scouting lists for the upcoming 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Suffering a concussion and thumb injury during the season, he was limited to 28 points (11 goals and 17 assists) over 39 games, hindering his final draft ranking among scouts.[3] Healthy during the playoffs, he competed in all the Wheat Kings' 15 contests, recording a goal and three assists. Although the Wheat Kings were eliminated in the WHL Conference Finals, they advanced to the 2010 Memorial Cup by way of having been chosen as the host team at the beginning of the year. Playing in the semi-final against the Calgary Hitmen, Stone competed opposite his older brother, Michael.[4] The Wheat Kings beat the Hitmen in dramatic fashion to advance to the Memorial Cup Final, which they lost to the Windsor Spitfires; Stone had no points in five tournament games. During the off-season, he was selected in the sixth round, 178th overall, by the Ottawa Senators in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Stone was scouted as a power forward with weak skating.[3]

Stone appeared in his first NHL training camp in September 2010 and was returned to junior for the subsequent season. Playing in his third WHL campaign, Stone emerged with 106 points (37 goals and 69 assists) over 71 games, first on his team and third in WHL scoring.[5] His performance earned him a spot on the WHL East First All-Star Team at the end of the year.[6] During the post-season, Stone recorded ten points over six games as the Wheat Kings were eliminated in the first round. Returning to the Senators' training camp for the second year, he was signed to a three-year, entry level contract before being sent back to the Wheat Kings for the 2011–12 season. Back in junior, Stone was named Brandon's new team captain,[3] replacing Shayne Wiebe,[7] who had turned professional.[8] Cory Clouston, the Senators' head coach from Stone's first training camp with the team, had been fired and became the Wheat Kings' new coach. He praised Stone as an intelligent hockey player and for improving his core strength from the previous year. During the season, he was selected to compete for Team WHL against the Russian under-20 select squad in the 2011 Subway Super Series. He recorded a goal and an assist in one of the contests on November 17, 2011, to be named the player of the game.[3] In December 2011, Stone was chosen as one of 16 nominees for the 54th annual H. L. (Krug) Crawford Memorial Award for sporting excellence in southwestern Manitoba.[9]

Stone concluded his junior career following the 2011–12 season by being named the winner of the Brad Hornung Trophy as the WHL's most sportsmanlike player, after finishing the season as the WHL's second-leading scorer with 123 points and being named an Eastern Conference First Team All-Star.[10]

Professional[edit]

On April 20, 2012 the Ottawa Senators announced Stone would be joining the team and would likely make his NHL debut for the Senators on April 21 in Game 5 of their first round playoff series against the New York Rangers.[11] Stone did indeed play, recording an assist on the winning goal scored by Jason Spezza.[12] Stone made his NHL regular season debut nearly one year later, on March 6, 2013, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored his first NHL goal on January 4, 2014, against Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. Stone split the 2013–14 season between Ottawa and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, recording 4 goals and 8 points in 19 NHL games.

Stone made the Senators' opening night line-up for the 2014–15 season and subsequently enjoyed success on the all-rookie "Kid Line" alongside Mike Hoffman and Curtis Lazar. That offensive success resulted in the Senators announcing on November 7, 2014, that Stone would be staying with the NHL club for the remainder of the season.[13] As the season progressed, Stone became one of Ottawa's top-six forwards, scoring 16 goals and 43 points in his first 62 games and receiving mention as a Calder Memorial Trophy candidate as the NHL's top rookie. He led all NHL players in scoring after the 2015 all-star break. Stone ended the 2014–15 season tied for the rookie scoring lead with the Calgary Flames' Johnny Gaudreau, with 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists) in 80 games, along with leading the NHL in takeaways (95).[14] However, on April 15, Stone suffered a fractured wrist from a slash by Montreal player P. K. Subban. Subban was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct as a result.[15] Despite the injury, Stone appeared in all of the Senators' post-season games against the Canadiens, achieving four assists in six games, although the Senators ultimately lost the series.

On April 23, 2015, Stone was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy, though he ultimately finished second in voting to Florida Panthers' defenceman Aaron Ekblad.[16] On June 25, 2015, Stone signed a three-year contract extension with the Senators worth an average annual value of $3.5 million, with former Senators general manager Bryan Murray calling Stone "one of [the team's] better players, if not one of the best".[17]

Stone appeared in most of the Senators' games during the 2015–16 season, scoring 61 points across 75 games. He led the NHL in takeaways for the second-straight season and was one of the best-performing players after the All-Star Game break.[18] On a March 30 game against the Winnipeg Jets, Dustin Byfuglien delivered a devastating bodycheck to Stone that forced Stone to immediately leave the ice for concussion tests.[19] Though Stone returned to the ice later that game, he would not appear in the remaining games of the season.[20]

During the 2016–17 regular season, Stone would score 54 points across 71 games and led the NHL in takeaways for the third-straight season with 96, surpassing second-placed Nick Schmaltz by 13.[21]

Despite missing much of the 2017–18 season with injuries, Stone had a successful year production-wise with 62 points in 58 games to put him just over point-per-game production on a poorly performing Senators team.

International play[edit]

Mark Stone goal WJC12 crop.jpg
Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2016 Russia
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Canada

Stone was selected to Canada's junior team for the 2012 World Junior Championships, held in Alberta. He began the tournament with a hat-trick and an assist in the first contest, an 8–1 win against Finland, and consequently was named Canada's player of the game.[22] After losing their semi-final against Russia, Canada defeated Finland to win the bronze medal.[23] Finishing the tournament with a team-leading seven goals and ten points,[24] Stone was named one of Canada's three best players, as selected by the coaches.

Stone was named to Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships, where he won a gold medal.

Personal life[edit]

Stone was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to parents Rob and Jackie. He attended Westwood Collegiate High School.[25] His older brother, Michael, also plays in the NHL as a defenceman with the Calgary Flames. The two have competed against each other in the WHL as well as in the 2010 Memorial Cup, as Michael played for the Calgary Hitmen.[4] The two played against each other at the NHL level for the first time on January 31, 2015, when the Senators defeated the Arizona Coyotes 7–2.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 56 17 22 39 27 12 1 3 4 4
2009–10 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 39 11 17 28 25 15 1 3 4 4
2010–11 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 71 37 69 106 28 6 1 9 10 4
2011–12 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 66 41 82 123 22 8 2 4 6 6
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Binghamton Senators AHL 54 15 23 38 14 3 1 2 3 0
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Binghamton Senators AHL 37 15 26 41 6 4 1 3 4 0
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 19 4 4 8 4
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 26 38 64 14 6 0 4 4 2
2015–16 Ottawa Senators NHL 75 23 38 61 38
2016–17 Ottawa Senators NHL 71 22 32 54 25 19 5 3 8 20
2017–18 Ottawa Senators NHL 58 20 42 62 10
NHL totals 307 95 154 249 93 27 5 8 13 22

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 7 3 10 2
2016 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 4 6 10 6
Senior totals 10 4 6 10 6
Junior totals 6 7 3 10 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
WHL
East First All-Star Team 2010–11, 2011–12 [6][27]
Brad Hornung Trophy 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Stone - Elite Prospects". EliteProspects.com. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ "2008-09 Regular Season - Rookies". Western Hockey League. Archived from the original on December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Warren, Ken (November 20, 2011). "Ottawa Senators rising stars: Mark Stone". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Odland, Kristen (December 26, 2011). "Mark Stone's rival brother is watching". Calgary Herald. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "2010-11 Regular Season - All Players". Western Hockey League. Archived from the original on December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "WHL East All-Stars and Awards". March 23, 2011. Archived from the original on April 26, 2011.
  7. ^ "Team Captaincy History - Brandon Wheat Kings". EliteProspects.com. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  8. ^ "Shayne Wiebe". EliteProspects.com. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "Mark Stone nominated for sporting award". Winnipeg Free Press. December 27, 2011.
  10. ^ Stone caps brilliant junior career with WHL honour http://senators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=630525
  11. ^ "Mark Stone joins the Ottawa Senators". TSN. April 20, 2012.
  12. ^ "Anderson steals win for Sens". Canoe.ca. April 21, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  13. ^ Warren: Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman staying put in Ottawa, too https://ottawacitizen.com/sports/hockey/nhl/senators-extra/mark-stone-staying-put-in-ottawa-too
  14. ^ Stone, Hoffman Calder material http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/03/08/stone-hoffman-calder-material
  15. ^ Mark Stone suffers fractured wrist from P.K. Subban slash http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/mark-stone-suffers-fractured-wrist-from-p-k-subban-slash-1.3035802
  16. ^ "Panthers rookie Ekblad wins Calder Trophy". NHL. 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  17. ^ "Senators agree to terms with Stone, Zibanejad". NHL.com. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  18. ^ Warren, Ken (2016-03-24). "Stone provides troubled Sens with hope for future". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  19. ^ "Mark Stone leaves game with chest injury after huge Byfuglien hit". Sportsnet. 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  20. ^ Garrioch, Bruce (2016-04-07). "Mark Stone still smarting from Byfuglien body hit". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  21. ^ Fraser, Callum (2017-04-10). "By The Numbers: The Forwards". NHL.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  22. ^ "Game Summary" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. December 26, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  23. ^ "Games & Results". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  24. ^ "Player Statistics By Team" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  25. ^ Senators blow out brothers, Coyotes "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  26. ^ Garrioch, Bruce (2015-01-08). "Stone brothers square off in the desert". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  27. ^ "Stone caps brilliant junior career with WHL honour". Ottawa Senators. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-05.

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