Nolan Baumgartner

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Nolan Baumgartner
Nolan Baumgartner 2009.jpg
Born (1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 38)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Washington Capitals
Chicago Blackhawks
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Philadelphia Flyers
Dallas Stars
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1994
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1996–2012

Nolan Baumgartner (born March 23, 1976) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently an assistant coach with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League (AHL). Baumgartner was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round (10th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played parts of ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for six different teams. Baumgartner played only one full season in the NHL, 2005–06 with the Vancouver Canucks, and spent most of his playing career in the AHL.

Playing career[edit]

Coming off a 1994 Memorial Cup championship with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, Baumgartner was chosen by the Washington Capitals in the first round, 10th overall of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Upon being drafted, he returned to the WHL and joined future NHLers Darcy Tucker, Shane Doan and Jarome Iginla to capture a second consecutive Memorial Cup in 1995. Baumgartner was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. En route to the CHL championship, Baumgartner was distinguished with the airBC Trophy as the WHL playoffs MVP after scoring 17 points in 21 games and at the season's end, he was also awarded the Bill Hunter Trophy as the league's best defenceman.

Baumgartner's NHL career got off to an uneven start due to a serious shoulder injury. After playing the majority of his tenure in Washington with the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on July 20, 2000, for Rémi Royer.[1] Baumgartner would continue to play in the AHL with Chicago's minor league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

On July 11, 2002, he was signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Canucks.[1] After one season with the Canucks, he was placed on waivers and picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 3, 2003.[1] However, after just five games with the Penguins, he was placed on waivers again and reclaimed by Vancouver on November 1.[1] Playing with the Canucks' AHL affiliate, Baumgartner captained the Manitoba Moose in the season of 2003–04 and scored, 27 points. As the Moose began play at the newly opened MTS Center in 2004–05, Baumgartner earned the distinction of scoring the first ever professional goal at the arena, on November 17, 2004.[2] When NHL play resumed the following season, Baumgartner cracked the Canucks regular lineup and set NHL career highs in every statistical category, as well as leading all team defencemen with 34 points.

Following Baumgartner's breakout season, he became an unrestricted free agent, and on July 1, 2006, he signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.[1] However, after six games, he was waived on October 17, 2006, and assigned to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL a week later. Baumgartner was claimed on re-entry waivers by the Dallas Stars on February 24, 2007, and after spending the 2007–08 season with Dallas's AHL affiliate, the Iowa Stars, Baumgartner was reassigned by Dallas to the Manitoba Moose.[clarification needed]

On July 2, 2008, he returned for a third stint with the Canucks, signing a one-year, two-way contract.[3] He continued to play in the AHL for the Moose in 2008–09 and recorded 33 points in 72 games. He helped the Moose to the 2009 Calder Cup Finals, where they were defeated by the Hershey Bears. The following season, Baumgartner was named captain of the Canadian team for the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.[4] He was called up by the Canucks on January 22, 2010, to replace injured defenceman Sami Salo.[5]

On October 20, 2010, Baumgartner was named captain of the Manitoba Moose. This was Baumgartner's second stint as Moose captain, when he held this position during the 2005-06 AHL season.

Baumgarter retired from hockey at the end of the 2011–12 season with the Chicago Wolves and was named an assistant coach of the team.

International play[edit]

Baumgartner represented Team Canada twice in the World Junior Championships (1995, 1996), captaining the team in 1996 and capturing gold both years

Coaching career[edit]

On July 6, 2012 the Vancouver Canucks announced that Baumgartner would be an assistant coach with their AHL affiliate in Chicago.[6] On June 14, 2013 The Vancouver Canucks relocated their AHL team to Utica, New York. Baumgartner was subsequently hired to be an assistant coach with the new Utica Comets.[7][8]

Awards[edit]

Baumgartner with the Canucks during the 2005–06 season.

Major Junior

AHL

*starter, **captain of Canadian All-Stars

International

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Kamloops Blazers WHL 43 0 5 5 30 11 1 1 2 0
1993–94 Kamloops Blazers WHL 69 13 42 55 109 19 3 14 17 16
1994–95 Kamloops Blazers WHL 62 8 36 44 71 21 4 13 17 16
1995–96 Kamloops Blazers WHL 28 13 15 28 45 16 1 9 10 26
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10
1996–97 Portland Pirates AHL 8 2 2 4 4
1997–98 Portland Pirates AHL 70 2 24 26 70 10 1 4 5 10
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1998–99 Portland Pirates AHL 38 5 14 19 62
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Portland Pirates AHL 71 5 18 23 56 4 1 2 3 10
1999–00 Washington Capitals NHL 8 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 63 5 28 33 75 9 2 3 5 11
2000–01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 0 0 0 6
2001–02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 76 10 24 34 72 4 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 1 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 59 8 31 39 82 1 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 0 3 3 2
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 55 6 21 27 101
2004–05 Manitoba Moose AHL 78 9 30 39 51 14 0 4 4 10
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 5 29 34 30
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 1 1 21
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 51 6 20 26 46
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 7 0 2 2 0
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 56 5 13 18 47
2007–08 Manitoba Moose AHL 18 0 6 6 10 3 0 1 1 4
2008–09 Manitoba Moose AHL 72 11 22 33 50 22 0 5 5 22
2009–10 Manitoba Moose AHL 37 3 9 12 22
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Manitoba Moose AHL 66 4 25 29 36 14 0 3 3 10
2011–12 Chicago Wolves AHL 60 2 20 22 31 5 0 2 2 2
NHL totals 143 7 40 47 69 4 0 0 0 10
AHL totals 887 83 307 390 815 86 4 25 29 75

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1996 United States
Gold 1995 Canada
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg 7 0 1 1 4
1996 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg 6 1 1 2 22
Junior int'l totals 13 2 1 3 26

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Preceded by
Jason Allison
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
1994
Succeeded by
Alexander Kharlamov