Tyson Sexsmith

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Tyson Sexsmith
Tyson Sexsmith2.jpg
Sexsmith with the Giants in 2007.
Born (1989-03-19) March 19, 1989 (age 26)
Priddis, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Worcester Sharks
Kalamazoo Wings
Stockton Thunder
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
HCB South Tyrol
NHL Draft 91st overall, 2007
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2009–2013

Tyson Sexsmith (born March 19, 1989) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. Sexsmith was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the 3rd round (91st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. During his major junior career with the Vancouver Giants, Sexsmith has won a President's Cup as Western Hockey League (WHL) champions in 2005–06 and a Memorial Cup in 2007. He is the WHL's all-time shutout record holder with 26 in his four-year career.

Playing career[edit]

Sexsmith made his major junior debut in the WHL during the 2004–05 season, playing a total of three games with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Vancouver Giants. After playing in the backup position with the Giants the next season, Sexsmith emerged as the starting goalie in 2006–07 after a goaltending controversy early in the season with Dustin Slade. Slade, who had led the team to a Memorial Cup appearance in 2006, began splitting time with Sexsmith, who, with his comparable play, began challenging Slade's starting position. Consequentially, Slade left the team to seek a professional career,[1] leaving Sexsmith as the undisputed starter.

Sexsmith would go on to complete the season as the league's leader in goals-against-average and would backstop the Giants to their first Memorial Cup. After his Memorial Cup win, Sexsmith was drafted 91st overall (3rd round) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He was the first WHL goalie to be taken in the draft that year.

Returning to the Giants upon being drafted, Sexsmith earned an invite to Team Canada's national junior selection camp for the 2008 World Junior Championships. Although he was not selected, Sexsmith went on to lead the WHL in goals-against-average (1.89) for a second straight season, as well as in shutouts, with 9. He was named to the WHL's Second All-Star Team,[2] however the Giants were eliminated in the second round by the eventual 2008 Memorial Cup champions, the Spokane Chiefs.

Near the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Sexsmith recorded his 22nd WHL shutout on November 7, 2008, in a 5-0 win against the Prince George Cougars, passing Bryan Bridges and Leland Irving as the all-time WHL leader in shutouts.[3] The next week, he was named CHL Goaltender of the Week on November 11.[4] Sexsmith finished his third WHL season with a 2.26 GAA and 6 shutouts to give him 26 overall in his WHL career. During the playoffs, Sexsmith earned his second CHL Goaltender of the Week recognition on April 21, 2009, after shutting the Spokane Chiefs out in the seventh game of the second round, then splitting the first two games of the semi-finals against the Kelowna Rockets.[5]

After finishing Juniors, Sexsmith would play three seasons in the San Jose Sharks organization before bounced between the of the KHL, the HCB South Tyrol of the Italian Series A hockey league and the Abbotsford Heat.[6] He has not played in a professional game since the end of the 2012-2013 season.

Personal life[edit]

Sexsmith was born in Priddis, Alberta, to Tim and Rawn Sexsmith[7] on March 19, 1989.

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L OTL SOL MIN GA Svs SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Olds Grizzlys AJHL 62
2004–05 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0.00 1.00
2004–05 Vancouver Giants WHL 2 1 0 0 0 80 4 27 0 3.00 .871
2005–06 Vancouver Giants WHL 11 6 3 0 1 547 21 178 1 2.30 .894
2006–07 Vancouver Giants WHL 51 31 12 2 6 3047 91 975 10 1.79 .915
2007–08 Vancouver Giants WHL 62 43 11 2 6 3678 116 1191 9 1.89 .911
2008–09 Vancouver Giants WHL 52 39 9 2 2 3109 117 1029 6 2.26 .898
WHL totals 179 120 35 6 14 10465 349 3401 26 2.00 .907

Playoffs[edit]

   
Year Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA Svs SO GAA SV%
2007 Vancouver Giants WHL 22 14 3 4 1339 40 426 4 1.79 .914
2008 Vancouver Giants WHL 11 7 4 0 658 20 268 0 1.82 .930
WHL totals 33 21 7 4 1997 60 694 4 1.86 .920

All stats taken from Tyson Sexsmith's player profile at NHL.com and WHL profile

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