Mike Hoffman (ice hockey, born 1989)

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Mike Hoffman
Mike Hoffman 2017-05-13.jpg
Hoffman with the Senators in 2017
Born (1989-11-24) November 24, 1989 (age 27)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 130th overall, 2009
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2010–present

Michael Hoffman (born November 24, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]


Hoffman started his junior hockey career with the Kitchener Dutchmen of the Mid-Western Junior Hockey League in 2006–07.[1] earning a rookie of the year nomination.[2] At the end of the 2006–07 season, the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) called him up for two games in the season, and four in the playoffs. At the start of the 2007–08 season, he failed to make the Rangers.[3] Since no OHL team picked him up,[4] he transferred to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where he played until 2010.

Hoffman first joined the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL but was released after 19 games. In 2010, Olympiques General Manager Charlie Henry said that Hoffman was "a good player for us, but he didn't work as hard as he works today."[5] The last-place Drummondville Voltigeurs eventually picked him up and he finished the season with 24 goals in 62 games. He was not selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, his first year of eligibility. However, he attended the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp on an amateur tryout and was released on September 29.[6]

Hoffman then returned to Drummondville. In the 2008–09 season, he achieved prominence by scoring 52 goals in 62 games with the Voltigeurs, who came from last in the 2007–08 season to win the 2009 QMJHL championship title[7] and a berth in the 2009 Memorial Cup.[8] In Game 7 for the QMJHL championship, Hoffman scored a goal and an assist in Drummondville's 3–2 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes, finishing with 21 goals in 19 games in the playoffs.[7] He was then selected by the Senators 130th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the age of 19.[9] The Senators could have signed him after the Draft as a free agent had he gone unselected, but 14 other NHL teams had shown interest in drafting him, necessitating Ottawa's selection.[9] Hoffman subsequently attended the Senators' development and training camps and played in a pre-season game against the Montreal Canadiens, but was designated for assignment and returned to the QMJHL.[10]

Hoffman played the 2009–10 season, his "over-age" season, for the Saint John Sea Dogs, who traded a second-round draft choice to Drummondville for the player.[11] Hoffman recorded 85 points (46 goals, 39 assists) in 56 games.[8] His goal scoring broke the all-time goal single-season scoring record for the Sea Dogs, surpassing Scott Howes' goal total.[12] His point total also placed him third in the QMJHL in goals, tied for second in power-play goals (17) and seventh in overall scoring. Hoffman was also named a First Team QMJHL All-Star, won the League Most Valuable Player trophy,[5] the League Sportsman of the Year trophy[5] and was a finalist for the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Year award.[13]


Hoffman with the Binghamton Senators (2011)

In July 2010, Hoffman attended the Ottawa Senators' development camp, and on July 22, 2010, he signed an entry-level contract with the NHL club.[13] After attending rookie camp and training camp with Ottawa, Hoffman was assigned to the Binghamton Senators, the Senators' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. Hoffman played the majority of the season with Binghamton and was a member of the 2011 Calder Cup-winning team. He also spent time in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals during the season, Ottawa's second-tier affiliate.

Hoffman returned to Binghamton for the 2011–12 season. He was called up to Ottawa in December 2011 and made his NHL debut on December 23, 2011, against the Carolina Hurricanes; he was held pointless in his debut.[14]

Hoffman was the leading scorer for Binghamton during the 2012–13 season prior to suffering a broken collarbone just before the AHL All-Star Game. He played three games with Ottawa before re-injuring the collarbone and missing the last 12 regular season and first 10 playoff games.[15]

Hoffman began the 2013–14 season in Binghamton. He was recalled to Ottawa on December 2, 2013, after recording 26 points in 21 games, the second-highest point total in the AHL at the time.[16] He was returned to Binghamton, but returned to Ottawa in February 2014 and remained with the team for the final 23 games. In 2014–15, Hoffman played the whole season in Ottawa and his 27 goals led the team. He was selected to play in the NHL All-Star weekend and led all NHL rookies in goals.

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Hoffman became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Ottawa Senators made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Hoffman filed for salary arbitration.[17] According to media reports, Hoffman asked for $3.4 million, while the Senators countered with $1.7 million. Hoffman was awarded a one-year $2 million deal, which the Senators accepted. Hoffman became a restricted free agent at the end of the 2015–16 season.

On July 27, 2016, he re-signed a four-year, $20.75M deal with the Senators to avoid arbitration.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 2 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 19 5 7 12 16
2007–08 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 43 19 17 36 77
2008–09 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 62 52 42 94 86 19 21 13 34 26
2009–10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 56 46 39 85 38 21 11 13 24 23
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 74 7 18 25 16 19 1 8 9 16
2010–11 Elmira Jackals ECHL 4 0 3 3 0
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 76 21 28 49 44
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Binghamton Senators AHL 41 13 15 28 38
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Binghamton Senators AHL 51 30 37 67 32
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 25 3 3 6 2
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 27 21 48 14 6 1 2 3 2
2015–16 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 29 30 59 18
2016–17 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 26 35 61 51 19 6 5 11 10
NHL totals 260 85 89 174 87 25 7 7 14 12

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL First Team All-Star 2008–09
QMJHL First Team All-Star 2009–10
Michel Brière Memorial Trophy 2009–10
Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy 2009–10
AHL First All-Star Team 2013–14 [19]
NHL All-Star Skills Competition (Rookie Competitor) 2014–15


  1. ^ "First-place Sugar Kings dump Dutchmen 7–3". The Record. Kitchener, Ontario. January 15, 2007. p. C2. 
  2. ^ O'Brien, Richard. "Time to honour Mid-Western's best players". The Record. Kitchener, Ontario. p. C6. 
  3. ^ Brown, Josh (September 4, 2007). "Rangers rookie blanks Battalion; Eganville native shakes away butterflies to put in solid outing". The Record. Kitchener, Ontario. p. D1. 
  4. ^ "Hoffman aims to make point with Sens". Ottawa Senators. June 30, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Briggs, Scott (April 6, 2010). "Simply indispensable; Hockey: Mike Hoffman has gone from being released in 2007 to league MVP". Saint John Telegraph Journal. p. B8. 
  6. ^ "Flyers Assign 13 to Phantoms" (Press release). September 30, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Hicks, Jeff (May 14, 2009). "Rangers castoff shoots for Memorial Cup". The Record. Kitchener, Ontario. p. C3. 
  8. ^ a b "Mike Hoffman hockey statistics & profile at hockeydb.com". hockeydb.com. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Hicks, Jeff (June 29, 2009). "Sens draft Kitchener's Hoffman; Passed over in last year's draft, Mike Hoffman grabbed attention by banging in 52 goals for Quebec league champions". The Record. Kitchener, Ontario. p. C1. 
  10. ^ Briggs, Scott (September 21, 2009). "Saint John acquires instant offence with addition of sniper from Sens; Return Ottawa sends Mike Hoffman back to QMJHL to provide optimum ice time". Saint John Telegraph Journal. p. B10. 
  11. ^ "Mike Hoffman Added To Sea Dogs Roster". Our Sports Central. September 20, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Mike Hoffman Breaks Scott Howes' Single-Season Goal Scoring Record in Dramatic Road Victory". Our Sports Central. February 27, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Bulletin: Senators sign forward Mike Hoffman to entry-level contract" (Press release). July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Mike Hoffman Stats". NHL. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ TSN.CA STAFF (July 17, 2013). "SENATORS SIGN RFA HOFFMAN TO ONE-YEAR, TWO WAY CONTRACT". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ Lund, Chris (December 2, 2013). "Sens recall Hoffman; re-assign Borowiecki, Grant". Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=773987[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "News Release: Senators agree to terms with forward Mike Hoffman on a four-year contract". Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  19. ^ "First, Second Team AHL All-Stars named". 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nicola Riopel
Michel Brière Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Sean Couturier