Paul Bissonnette

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Paul Bissonnette
Paul Bissonnette sporting the Zappa.jpg
Born (1985-03-11) March 11, 1985 (age 33)
Welland, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Cardiff Devils
Phoenix Coyotes
NHL Draft 121st overall, 2003
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2003–2017

Paul Albert Bissonnette[1] (born March 11, 1985), nicknamed "BizNasty",[2] is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes.

Bissonnette is currently the color analyst for the Arizona Coyotes radio and a host on the Barstool Sports hockey podcast , Spittin' Chiclets.

Early life[edit]

Paul Albert Bissonnette was born March 11, 1985, in Welland, Ontario to parents Yolande and Cam Bissonnette. Paul’s mother was an Office Administration professor at Niagara College for 30 years in Southern Ontario. His father was a steel worker.[3]

When Bissonnette was 16, he was drafted 31st overall by the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Centennials in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection. He played in 57 games as a rookie and scored three goals and three assists. Following the 2001-02 season, the Centennials relocated and became the Saginaw Spirit.

Bissonnette was named co-captain on the Spirit and also became a member of Canada’s Under-18 gold medal winning team. During the 2003 Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, Bissonnette was named Team Orr player of the game after recording a goal and fighting Dion Phaneuf.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bissonnette was selected in the fourth round, 121st overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. When drafted, he was playing with the Saginaw Spirit of the junior Ontario Hockey League. During the 2003–04 season, Bissonnette served as the Spirit captain, and finished ninth in points. He played another half season with the Spirit before being traded to the Owen Sound Attack, where he finished the 2004–05 season.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Bissonnette began his professional career in 2005 with the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He appeared in 14 games for the Nailers, while also playing 55 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). On November 12, 2005, Bissonnette received his first professional fighting major when he fought Jordan Smith of the Portland Pirates. The following season, Bissonnette played spent 65 games with the Nailers, while spending on three with the Penguins. Bissonnette scored his first professional goal in the AHL on February 25, 2006, on goaltender Maxime Ouellet of the Manitoba Moose. The following season, Bissonnette appeared in 65 games for the Nailers, while only skating in three for the Penguins. After 22 games with the Nailers during the 2007-08 season, Bissonnette was recalled by the Penguins, where he'd spend the remainder of the season. While in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, teammates Dennis Bonvie and Deryk Engelland worked with Bissonnette often practicing fighting techniques.

Bissonnette earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins' roster to begin the 2008-09 season. Bissonnette earned his first NHL fighting major on October 16, 2008, when he fought Matt Bradley of the Washington Capitals.During the fight, Bissonnette knocked Bradley to the ice, bloodying his nose. On January 13, 2009, Bissonnette recorded his first career NHL point, assisting on a goal by Tyler Kennedy against the Philadelphia Flyers.

On May 5, 2009, during a playoff game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears, Bissonnette was hit awkwardly by Greg Amadio and Steve Pinizzotto. He was deeply cut by the skate of one of the Hershey players on his left wrist and suffered nerve damage in his left hand.[6]

Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes[edit]

On October 1, 2009, Bissonnette was claimed on waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes, after failing to make the Penguins out of training camp.[7] On October 12, 2009, Bissonnette's first fight as a Coyote occurred against Jody Shelley of the San Jose Sharks. On November 12, 2009, Bissonnette scored his first NHL goal on Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-2 loss.[8]

On October 5, 2011, Bissonnette signed a two-year contract extension with the Coyotes.[9] During the 2011–12 season, on November 19, 2011, Bissonnette scored the game-winning goal, playing in front of his mother and grandparents for the first time as an NHL player. The Coyotes went on to win 4–2 over the Buffalo Sabres.[10]

With the 2012–13 NHL lock-out in effect, Bissonnette signed with the Cardiff Devils of the Elite Ice Hockey League on November 1, 2012.[11] In ten games for the Devils, Bissonnette recorded six goals and 19 points before returning to the Coyotes.

Various teams[edit]

Bissonnette left the Coyotes' organization after five seasons following the 2013-14 season. On September 16, 2014, Bissonnette accepted a tryout agreement from the St. Louis Blues to attend their training camp.[12] After playing the entirety of the preseason, Bissonnette was released from his tryout on October 4.[13]

A few weeks later on October 24, Bissonnette returned to the Devils. He re-joined the team "on a temporary basis while he still looks for opportunities in the NHL."[14] Bissonnette returned to the Coyotes' organization just three days later on October 27, when he signed a professional tryout agreement with the club's AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.[15] After just eight games, Bissonnette was released from his tryout on December 9.[16]

Manchester Monarchs/Ontario Reign[edit]

On the same day, Bissonnette signed a tryout agreement with the Manchester Monarchs, the American League affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.[17] After 19 games, the Monarchs signed Bissonnette to a standard AHL contract for the remainder of the season on February 3, 2015.[18] Bissonnette and the Monarchs won the Calder Cup by defeating the Utica Comets in five games.[19]

With the Monarchs moving down to the ECHL, the team was replaced by the Ontario Reign as the Kings' AHL affiliate.[20] On July 8, 2015, the Reign signed Bissonnette to a one-year contract.[21] He played 35 games for the team during the 2015-16 season. On July 6, 2016, Bissonnette returned to the Reign on a one-year extension.[22]

Post-playing career[edit]

On June 24, 2017, it was announced Bissonnette would join the Coyotes' radio booth as an color commentator, replacing Nick Boynton.[23] On September 7, Bissonnette officially confirmed his retirement on his Instagram account.[24]

On April 11, 2018, Bissonnette was announced as a new member of the Barstool Sports' hockey podcast, Spittin' Chiclets, joining former Penguins' teammate Ryan Whitney.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 North Bay Centennials OHL 57 3 3 6 21 5 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Saginaw Spirit OHL 67 7 16 23 57
2003–04 Saginaw Spirit OHL 67 5 14 19 96
2004–05 Saginaw Spirit OHL 28 1 6 7 46
2004–05 Owen Sound Attack OHL 35 2 11 13 46 8 1 3 4 2
2005–06 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 14 3 7 10 4
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 55 1 5 6 60 11 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 65 10 32 42 115
2007–08 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 22 3 14 17 43
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 46 3 5 8 145 7 0 0 0 11
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 0 1 1 22
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 57 9 7 16 176 8 0 2 2 9
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 41 3 2 5 117
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 1 0 1 71 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 31 1 0 1 41 3 0 0 0 15
2012–13 Cardiff Devils EIHL 11 6 15 21 8
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 28 0 6 6 36
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 39 2 6 8 53
2014–15 Portland Pirates AHL 8 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Manchester Monarchs AHL 48 1 6 7 167 11 0 0 0 5
2015–16 Ontario Reign AHL 35 2 1 3 51 13 1 1 2 17
2016–17 Ontario Reign AHL 18 0 3 3 48
NHL totals 202 7 15 22 340 4 0 0 0 15

International[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Yaroslavl
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 7 0 1 1 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Ref
AHL
Calder Cup 2015 [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ @BizNasty2point0 (August 11, 2011). "No ones going to guess my middle name. It's Albert, yes Albert. So next question is who was my first NHL game against?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Boivin, Paola. "Phoenix Coyotes' Paul 'Biznasty' Bissonnette proves players willing to bite back online". 12 News & The Arizona Republic. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (November 18, 2011). "Mom wishes Paul Bissonnette's Twitter feed had cleaner … grammar". National Post. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Fritsche goal caps Cherry comeback in Home Hardware CHL Top Prospects Game". CHL. Retrieved January 22, 2003.
  5. ^ Chalk, Dan. "Spirit trade Bissonnette". Midland Daily News. Retrieved November 24, 2004.
  6. ^ Bombulie, Jonathan. "Ins and Outs of Playoff Hockey – Penguins Insider – Community Server". Retrieved July 9, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Bombulie, Jonathan. "Bissonnette claimed by Coyotes". Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  8. ^ "Canadiens 4, Coyotes 2". cbssports.com. November 12, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  9. ^ NHL. "Coyotes sign Bissonnette to a Two-Year Contract Extension". Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  10. ^ "Bissonnette helps Coyotes beat Sabres 4-2". Daily Messenger. November 20, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "NHL player Paul Bissonnette joins Cardiff Devils". Wales Online. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  12. ^ Peters, Chris. "Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette earns tryout invite from Blues". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  13. ^ Rutherford, Jeremy. "Blues release Bissonnette from tryout". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  14. ^ "Bissonnette signs with Britain's Devils". Sportsnet. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  15. ^ McLellan, Sarah. "Paul Bissonnette returning to Coyotes organization". USA Today. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  16. ^ Silverman, Catherine. "Bidding Biznasty Farewell: Paul Bissonnette Released From PTO". Howlin' Hockey. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  17. ^ "Monarchs Sign Bissonnette to PTO". Manchester Monarchs. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  18. ^ "Monarchs Sign Bissonnette to AHL Contract". Manchester Monarchs. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  19. ^ "AT LAST, MONARCHS RULE THE AHL". AHL. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  20. ^ Clinton, Jared. "ECHL WILL REPLACE THREE RELOCATED AHL TEAMS IN 2015-16". The Hockey News. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  21. ^ Mahiban, Dhiren (July 8, 2015). "Bissonnette signs a one-year, one-way deal with Kings' affiliate". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  22. ^ "BISSONNETTE RETURNING TO REIGN". AHL. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  23. ^ "Paul Bissonnette to join Coyotes radio broadcast team". Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  24. ^ Bissonnette, Paul. "Well. That's all she wrote". Instagram. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  25. ^ Grinnell, Mike. "BREAKING NEWS: BIZ NASTY IS JOINING SPITTIN' CHICLETS". Barstool Sports. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  26. ^ "Manchester defeats Utica to win Calder Cup". National Hockey League. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19.

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