Yanni Gourde

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Yanni Gourde
Born (1991-12-15) December 15, 1991 (age 25)
Saint-Narcisse, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Tampa Bay Lightning
Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Yanni Gourde (born December 15, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Gourde played major junior in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Victoriaville Tigres. He was the QMJHL's top scoring award as well as the league MVP in 2011–12 after compiling an impressive 87 assists and 124 points in just 68 games. On March 10, 2014, Gourde agreed to a one-year AHL contract with the Syracuse Crunch and a two-year entry level contract with NHL affiliate the Tampa Bay Lightning beginning in the following 2014–15 season.[1] He responded to surprisingly lead the Crunch in goal scoring with 29, producing a team-leading 8 on the powerplay. He completed his break-out season with 57 points in 76 games.

Gourde was returned to the Crunch after competing in the Lightning's training camp to begin the 2015–16 season.[2] Gourde continued his scoring pace from the previous season and was placed third amongst the team points when he received his first NHL recall to the Lightning on December 14, 2015.[3]

On December 14, 2015, the Lightning recalled Gourde along with Syracuse Crunch teammate Joel Vermin.[4] On December 15, 2015, Gourde made his NHL debut in a 5–4 OT Lightning win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gourde also registered his first career NHL assist and point on a Mike Blunden goal.[5]

On July 25, 2016, the Lightning announced the re-signing of Gourde to a one-year, two-way contract. Gourde appeared in two games last season, recording an assist and two penalty minutes. He also played in 65 games with the Syracuse Crunch, recording 14 goals and 44 points.[6]

On March 11, 2017, Gourde scored his first NHL goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Florida Panthers. Gourde's first goal was shorthanded on the penalty kill.[7] Gourde was also the 4th Lightning player all-time to score their first career goal shorthanded.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 4 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 59 11 17 28 36 16 2 3 5 20
2010–11 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 68 26 42 68 48 9 4 6 10 12
2011–12 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 68 37 87 124 70 4 1 2 3 6
2011–12 Worcester Sharks AHL 4 1 2 3 6
2012–13 Worcester Sharks AHL 54 8 6 14 41
2012–13 San Francisco Bulls ECHL 8 4 6 10 9
2013–14 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 30 15 19 34 19
2013–14 Worcester Sharks AHL 25 4 20 24 26
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 18 2 6 8 16
2014–15 Syracuse Crunch AHL 76 29 28 57 61 3 1 1 2 10
2015–16 Syracuse Crunch AHL 65 14 30 44 42
2015–16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 1 1 2
2016–17 Syracuse Crunch AHL 56 22 26 48 54
2016–17 Tampa Bay lightning NHL 20 6 2 8 8
NHL totals 22 6 3 9 10
AHL totals 242 58 92 150 184 3 1 1 2 10

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Jean Béliveau TrophyQMJHL Top Scorer 2011–12 [9]
Michel Brière Memorial Trophy – QMJHL MVP 2011–12 [10]
QMJHL First All-Star Team 2011–12 [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lightning agree to terms with forward Yanni Gourde". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Lightning reduce training camp roster by 23". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Lightning recall forwards Vermin and Gourde". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  4. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (December 14, 2015). "Tampa Bay Lightning recall 2 more forwards from Syracuse Crunch". Syracuse.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Brophy, Mike (December 15, 2015). "Lightning rally past Maple Leafs in Bernier's return". NHL.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (July 25, 2016). "Lightning Re-Sign Forward Yanni Gourde". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Long, Corey (March 11, 2017). "Lightning hand Panthers fifth straight loss". NHL.com. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ BBurnsNHL (11 March 2017). "Gourde 4th Lightning player to score first goal shorthanded" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  9. ^ "Place au Drakkar!" (in French). La Nouvelle Union. 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  10. ^ a b "The Golden Puck Awards: recognition of excellence". QMJHL. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 

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