Horcoff with the Edmonton Oilers
September 17, 1978|
Trail, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
99th overall, 1998|
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.
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, 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. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
During the NHL lockout, Horcoff sought out a team where he would be able to play more of an offensive role., 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. 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.
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. 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.
Horcoff has represented Canada three times internationally, winning gold in 2003 and 2004 and silver in 2005 at the World Championships.
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. He would see action in 80 games during the 2008–09 season, scoring 17 goals and 36 assists.
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.
After two seasons with the Stars, as a free agent on July 1, 2015, Horcoff signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. On January 26, 2016 Horcoff was suspended 20 games by the NHL for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance program.
Horcoff's eyes are two different colours, a condition known as heterochromia; he has one brown eye and one green eye.
Shawn Horcoff has been married to his wife Cindy, of Northville, Michigan and together the couple have three children. Although born in Trail, British Columbia, he grew up and went to school in Castlegar, British Columbia.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|CCHA All-Academic Team||1998–99|
|CCHA All-Academic Team||1999–00|
|All-CCHA First Team||1999–00|||
|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|||
- "CCHA Rookie team announced". USCHO.com. 1997-03-03. Archived from the original on 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- "Horcoff sweeps CCHA awards". USCHO.com. 2000-03-17. Archived from the original on 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2004-03-18.
- "2000 Hobey Baker Award finalists". USCHO.com. 2000-03-16. Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2006-03-05.
- James Mirtle (2007-09-20). "NHLPA meetings with Shawn Horcoff as new face". Mirtle.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
- Shawn Horcoff's biography Archived 2007-11-06 at the Wayback Machine at Edmonton Oilers.com
-  ESPN Team Transactions from ESPN.com
- NHL.com, May 3, 2006[permanent dead link]
- CBC.ca, November 23, 2005
- Washington Post, November 18, 2005
- "Horcoff records first career hat-trick in win over Penguins". Edmonton Oilers. 2006-01-10. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2006-01-10.
- National Post, December 12, 2007[permanent dead link]
- New York Times, June 29, 2007
- TSN.ca, July 16, 2008
- "Oilers inform Horcoff he's been traded to Stars". The Sports Network. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "Ducks sign Horcoff for one-year at $1.75m". NBC Sports. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- "NHL suspends Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff 20 games for violating performance enhancing program". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
- Kujawa, Kyle (September 16, 2016). "Red Wings hire Shawn Horcoff as director of player development". Detroit Red Wings. Archived from the original on September 19, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
- NHL.com, June 6, 2006[permanent dead link]
- Horcoff makes most of occasion Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
- "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
- "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Horcoff's biography at the NHLPA website
|Awards and achievements|
| CCHA Player of the Year
| CCHA Best Defensive Forward
| Edmonton Oilers captain