Postma in 2014.
February 22, 1989 |
Red Deer, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|NHL Draft||205th overall, 2007
Paul Edward Postma (born February 22, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 205th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. During his major junior career with the Swift Current Broncos and Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) Postma won the WHL Plus-Minus Award and was a WHL East First Team All-Star in 2009.
Postma has played major junior in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos and Calgary Hitmen. After a 24-point season in 2006–07, he was drafted in the 7th round, 205th overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The next season, he was traded to the Calgary Hitmen, where he recorded 14 goals and 42 points. In 2008–09, Postma emerged with a 23-goal, 84-point campaign, first among league defencemen, setting team records for single-season goals (surpassed Kenton Smith's 19 goals in 1998–99) and points (tied with Matt Kinch) by a defenceman.
He earned WHL East First Team All-Star honours, along with teammates Brandon Kozun and Brett Sonne and a nomination for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenceman, opposite Jonathon Blum of the Vancouver Giants. With a league-high +67 plus-minus rating, he won the WHL Plus-Minus Award. During the second round of the subsequent 2009 playoffs, Postma was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Thrashers. He finished the 2009 playoffs with 13 points in 18 games, as the Hitmen were defeated in the finals by the Kelowna Rockets.
While playing for the Winnipeg Jets, Postma scored his first NHL goal on February 1, 2013, against Anders Lindbäck of the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 2013-14, Postma missed most of the season due to injury, including a blood clot that had him sidelined for 47 games. Postma played a total of 42 games for the Jets during the 2014-15 season, but was sidelined in March, due to a lower-body injury.
On July 10, 2015, Postma signed a two-year, $1,775,000 contract extension with the Jets.
Postma attended Gateway Christian School and Notre Dame High School in Red Deer, Alberta. He is the son of John and Janet Postma and has three sisters; Alissa, Jamie-Lea and Sharlene. Alissa is married to former NHL defenseman Noah Welch.
- Calgary Hitmen team record; single-season points by a defenceman - 84 in 2008–09 (tied with Matt Kinch - 2000–01)
|2004–05||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||4||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||58||2||9||11||6||4||0||0||0||0|
|2006–07||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||70||5||19||24||42||6||0||1||1||0|
|2007–08||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||2||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||56||13||31||44||32||15||1||9||10||14|
|2012–13||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||27||7||11||18||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||4||1||5||6||4||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|East First All-Star Team||2009|||
|WHL Plus-Minus Award||2009|
|Nominated for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy||2009|
|CHL Second All-Star Team||2009|
|All-Star Game||2011, 2012|
|First All-Star Team||2012|||
- "Postma claims spot in Hitmen history". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2009-03-26.[dead link]
- "A look at the 2008-09 WHL Award Finalists". Western Hockey League. 2008-03-26. Archived from the original on March 29, 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
- "WHL Announces 2008-09 Conference All-Stars and Award Finalists". Western Hockey League. Archived from the original on March 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
- "Postma inks contract with Thrashers". CanWest News Services. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- "Winnipeg - Tampa Bay Boxscore". National Hockey League. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
- "Byfuglien returns to practice for Jets, but Postma out with lower-body injury". nhl.com. March 16, 2015.
- "Jets agree to terms with Postma on two-year contract". nhl.com. July 10, 2015.
- "Paul Postma's AHL player profile". American Hockey League. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-15.