Shawn Horcoff

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Shawn Horcoff
Shawn Horcoff - Dallas Stars.jpg
Horcoff in October 2014 while playing for the Dallas Stars
Born (1978-09-17) September 17, 1978 (age 38)
Trail, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Dallas Stars
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 99th overall, 1998
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2000–2016

Shawn Paul Horcoff (born September 17, 1978) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 99th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers, with whom he played 11 seasons and served as team captain during three seasons. He currently serves as Director of Player Development for the Detroit Red Wings.

Playing career[edit]


Horcoff played his first college season with Michigan State University, in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), in 1996. After a respectable first season in which he was considered a contender for the CCHA All-Rookie Team,[1] Horcoff improved his numbers as a sophomore in 1997–98, despite playing in fewer games than the year before. This led to him being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The following season, 1998–99, Horcoff again improved his totals with the Spartans, and was named to the CCHA All-Academic Team at season's end.

The 1999–00 season was Horcoff's final year with Michigan State, and he posted career high totals in goals, assists and points. Along with a second CCHA All-Academic Team spot, Horcoff received a number of major awards, including CCHA Player of the Year.[2] He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award,[3] given to the top player in college hockey.

While at Michigan State, Horcoff studied finance and mathematics, receiving his degree before beginning his professional hockey career.[4]


Horcoff in 2012.

After leaving university, Horcoff failed to make the 2000–01 Edmonton Oilers out of training camp, and was assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Horcoff excelled in Hamilton, leading the team in scoring as well as sitting sixth overall in AHL scoring. He was also tied for the lead in AHL rookie scoring (with Toby Petersen), and was named AHL Rookie of the Month for November 2000.[5] On December 4, 2000, the Oilers recalled Horcoff, and on December 13, Horcoff scored his first NHL goal against the Dallas Stars. This call-up prevented Horcoff from appearing in the 2000–01 AHL All-Star Game, where he had been named as a starter for the Canadian All-Star Team. Horcoff played the remainder of the season in the NHL, and played his first five playoff games in April against the Stars.[6]

Horcoff with the Oilers in 2010

Horcoff played his 100th NHL game in 2001–02, and spent the majority of the season with the Oilers, only appearing in two games with Hamilton as part of a conditioning stint.[5] The next season, Horcoff played the entire year with Edmonton, appearing in the 2003 NHL YoungStars Game. In the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs, Horcoff led the Oilers in goals. In 2003–04, Horcoff set career highs in goals, assists and points, and was named the Oilers' Outstanding Defensive Forward.[5]

During the NHL lockout, Horcoff sought out a team where he would be able to play more of an offensive role.,[7] and signed a contract with for Mora IK of the Swedish Elitserien. This season marked a turning point in his career, where he played the role of an offensive leader (finishing fourth in the league in scoring) with a professional team. He has also represented Canada at the Ice Hockey World Championships. After the lockout, Horcoff returned to the NHL in 2005–06 and experienced an offensive breakthrough, posting career highs in goals, assists and points, and for the first time in his career took on the role of number one centre.[8] He also tied Wayne Gretzky's team record for most points in a period when he assisted on four third period goals against the Detroit Red Wings on November 18, 2005.[9]

On January 10, 2006, Horcoff scored his first career NHL hat-trick, scoring all Oiler goals in a 3–1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.[10]

Horcoff was part of the Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in Game 7 of the Finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Horcoff had seven goals and 12 assists in the 2006 playoffs.

In July 2006, Horcoff re-signed with the Oilers on a three-year contract. After a disappointing 2006–07 season, Horcoff used the off-season to make some changes. In addition to a demanding conditioning regimen, Horcoff went to the Easton factory in Tijuana, Mexico, and had a stick custom designed for him.[11] In the summer of 2007, with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) looking for a replacement for ousted leader Ted Saskin, Horcoff was one of five players named to the search committee that eventually selected Paul Kelly.[12]

Horcoff has represented Canada three times internationally, winning gold in 2003 and 2004 and silver in 2005 at the World Championships.

In 2008, Horcoff was elected to the 56th NHL All-Star Game, held in Atlanta, where he won Fastest Skater in the Skills Competition.

In February 2008, Horcoff underwent shoulder surgery, ending his 2007–08 season. On July 16, 2008, the Oilers announced that Horcoff had been signed to a six-year, $33-million contract extension.[13] He would see action in 80 games during the 2008–09 season, scoring 17 goals and 36 assists.

On October 6, 2010, Shawn Horcoff was named the 13th captain in Edmonton Oilers' history, succeeding Ethan Moreau, who had departed the team for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the previous off-season.

On March 3, 2011, Horcoff recorded his 400th career point, tallying two assists in a 4–2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Despite recording 20 points in the first 27 games of the 2011–12 season, Horcoff would only record 14 points in his last 54 games, capping off a disappointing end to a disappointing season.

After completion of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, on July 4, 2013, Horcoff was traded by the Oilers to the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenceman Philip Larsen and a seventh-round draft pick in 2016.[14]

After two seasons with the Stars, as a free agent on July 1, 2015, Horcoff signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks.[15] On January 26, 2016 Horcoff was suspended 20 games by the NHL for violating the league's performance enhancing substance program.[16]

Post playing career[edit]

On September 16, 2016, Horcoff was named director of player development for the Detroit Red Wings.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Horcoff's eyes are two different colours, a condition known as heterochromia; he has one brown eye and one green eye.

Horcoff and former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder Jason Bay are friends, having grown up near each other in British Columbia.[18]

Shawn Horcoff has been married to his wife Cindy, of Northville, Michigan, since 2003 and has one daughter, Jade, and one son, Will. Although born in Trail, British Columbia, he grew up and went to school in Castlegar, British Columbia.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 58 49 96 145 44 9 5 19 24 12
1996–97 Michigan State University CCHA 40 10 13 23 20
1997–98 Michigan State University CCHA 34 14 13 27 50
1998–99 Michigan State University CCHA 39 12 25 37 70
1999–00 Michigan State University CCHA 42 14 51 65 50
2000–01 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 24 10 18 28 19
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 49 9 7 16 10 5 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 2 1 2 3 6
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 8 14 22 18
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 12 21 33 55 6 3 1 4 6
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 15 25 40 73
2004–05 Mora IK SEL 50 19 27 46 117
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 22 51 73 85 24 7 12 19 12
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 16 35 51 56
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 53 21 29 50 30
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 17 36 53 39
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 13 23 36 51
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 9 18 27 46
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 13 21 34 24
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 31 7 5 12 24
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 77 7 13 20 52 6 1 5 6 5
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 76 11 18 29 27
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 59 6 9 15 34 5 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 1008 186 325 511 624 46 11 19 30 25


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 3 4 7 0
2004 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 3 4 7 8
2009 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9 1 1 2 6
Senior totals 27 7 9 16 14

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
CCHA All-Academic Team 1998–99
CCHA All-Academic Team 1999–00
All-CCHA First Team 1999–00 [20]
All-CCHA Best Defensive Forward 1999–00
All-CCHA Player of the Year 1999–00
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1999–00
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2000 [21]


External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mike York
CCHA Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Ryan Miller
Preceded by
Mike York
CCHA Best Defensive Forward
Succeeded by
John Nail
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ethan Moreau
Edmonton Oilers captain
Succeeded by
Andrew Ference