Stefan Della Rovere

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Stefan Della Rovere
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Born (1990-02-25) February 25, 1990 (age 27)
Richmond Hill, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
EIHL team
Former teams
Braehead Clan
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 204th overall, 2008
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2009–present

Stefan Gabriel Della Rovere (born February 25, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing under contract to Braehead Clan. Della Rovere was drafted 204th overall by the Washington Capitals during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Internationally, he represented Canada at the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning a gold and silver medal respectively.

Playing career[edit]

Della Rovere grew up in Maple, Ontario, a suburban community northwest of Toronto. He attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Maple. He played his minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League with the Vaughan Rangers, Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Jr. Canadians.

After his 2005-06 Minor Midget year with the Jr. Canadians, Della Rovere joined the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as their first round selection, 16th overall, in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection draft.[1] He scored seven goals in 48 games as a 17-year-old rookie, and won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.[2]

After improving to 13 goals and 32 points in 2007–08, Della Rovere was selected by the Washington Capitals in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has become a valuable prospect in the eyes of the Capitals following a standout season with the Colts in 2008–09 that also saw him earn a spot on Canada's gold medal winning team at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[3] He signed a contract with the Capitals late in the season and made his professional debut with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL,[3] recording one assist in two games played.

He returned to Barrie for the 2009–10 season, where he was named the team captain.[4] While praised by his coaches and teammates for his hard working attitude, Della Rovere has also been criticized for a lack of discipline on the ice, which he promised to change upon earning a spot on the Canadian roster for the 2010 World Junior tournament.[4]

Following the 2010 season, his NHL rights were traded by Washington to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for D. J. King.[5] He was called up by the Blues on December 1, 2010, and made his NHL debut that evening against the team that drafted him, the Washington Capitals.

On September 28, 2014, the Toronto Marlies announced that they had signed Della Rovere to an AHL contract. After competing in the Marlies training camp, He was reassigned to ECHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears for the duration of the 2014–15 season. He was designated as team Captain as he compiled 26 points in 59 games.

On August 30, 2015, Della Rovere was revealed at a roster ceremony to have signed a one-year contract abroad with Italian club, HC Valpellice of the Serie A.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Toronto Jr. Canadians GTHL 47 25 31 56 69
2006–07 Barrie Colts OHL 48 7 7 14 37 6 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Barrie Colts OHL 68 13 19 32 171 9 1 2 3 16
2008–09 Barrie Colts OHL 57 27 24 51 146 5 2 2 4 19
2008–09 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 2 0 1 1 6
2009–10 Barrie Colts OHL 57 18 23 41 125 17 8 1 9 29
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 66 8 8 16 110 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 0 0 0 11
2011–12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 69 4 6 10 116
2012–13 Peoria Rivermen AHL 33 1 1 2 43
2012–13 Evansville IceMen ECHL 12 2 5 7 36
2013–14 Florida Everblades ECHL 23 5 9 14 52
2014–15 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 59 12 14 26 86 6 0 0 0 6
NHL totals 7 0 0 0 11
Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Gold medal – first place 2009 Canada
Silver medal – second place 2010 Canada

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 1 1 2 26
2010 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 3 3 6 8
Junior totals 12 4 4 8 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, Sharon (2006-12-15). "Learning the ropes". Metroland Media Group. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Ontario wins Winter Games hockey gold". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b Masisak, Corey (2009-07-16). "Della Rovere leaves mark". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  4. ^ a b Shantz, Ian (2009-12-16). "Della Rovere proof dreams come true". Slam! Sports. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  5. ^ Yerdon, Joe (2010-07-28). "Capitals trade prospect Stefan Della Rovere for Blues enforcer D.J. King". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ "HC Valpellice roster unveiled" (in Italian). HC Valpellice. 2015-08-30. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 

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