Yannick Tifu

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Yannick Tifu
Yannick Tifu Royals.jpg
Born (1984-10-12) October 12, 1984 (age 32)
Brossard, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
LNAH team
Former teams
Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5
AHL
Albany River Rats
Binghamton Senators
Rochester Americans
ECHL
Phoenix RoadRunners
Dayton Bombers
Florida Everblades
Victoria Salmon Kings
Elmira Jackals
Chicago Express
Reading Royals
Brampton Beast
Ligue Magnus
Ducs d'Angers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Yannick Tifu (born October 12, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey Centre who currently plays for the Saint-Georges Cool FM 103.5 of the LNAH. Tifu is described as an agitator with scoring prowess.

Playing career[edit]

Prior to turning professional, Tifu played major junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Undrafted on August 14, 2008, the Dayton Bombers traded Tifu to the Florida Everblades for Jarret Lukin, Steve Czech, Mike McLean, and future considerations.[1] After completion of his second season with the Elmira Jackals which included loan stints in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators, Tifu signed as a free agent with the inaugural Chicago Express of the ECHL on October 7, 2011, despite considerable interest from Jackals rivals, the Reading Royals.

In the 2011–12 season, on November 28, 2011, and after only 17 games with the Express, Tifu was traded to the Reading Royals in exchange for Chad Painchaud.[2] Tifu immediately established himself within the Royals and by March 2012, was selected as team Captain. He finished the season leading the team with 59 points in just 52 games before suffering a first round defeat.

Tifu was extended by the Royals to continue as captain in the 2012–13 season.[3] He appeared as the only player to partake in every game for the Royals throughout the season, used as the teams primary offensive center. In leading the team in each offensive category with 27 goals, 45 assists and 72 points he became the third player in Royals history to reach the feat and the second to lead the Royals in consecutive seasons. In the post-season, Tifu completed what is considered as the best individual season by any Royals player, by leading the league with 12 goals and 25 points to help capture the Royals first Kelly Cup. Selected as both the Team and Fans MVP, Tifu was the first player re-signed to a contract for the following season on July 4, 2013.[4]

After three seasons with the Royals, Tifu signed abroad in agreeing to a one-year contract with French club, Ducs d'Angers of the Ligue Magnus on June 10, 2014.[5] In his only season with the club, Tifu adapted quickly to an elite status in France contributing with 35 points in just 26 games.

In the off-season returned to the ECHL in signing a contract with the Brampton Beast on July 29, 2015. In the 2015–16 season, Tifu appeared in 5 games with the Beast, and recorded his 500th ECHL point before he was traded in a return to the Reading Royals on October 28, 2015.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 69 8 17 25 48 4 1 0 1 4
2002–03 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 70 21 30 51 74 4 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 70 42 48 90 39 11 4 6 10 8
2004–05 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 70 28 54 82 55 10 5 1 6 11
2005–06 Rockford IceHogs UHL 76 23 49 72 102 9 1 7 8 12
2006–07 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL 13 2 10 12 20
2006–07 Dayton Bombers ECHL 65 26 51 77 84 22 7 10 17 20
2007–08 Dayton Bombers ECHL 39 15 42 57 39
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 9 2 3 5 0
2007–08 Rochester Americans AHL 15 1 2 3 15
2008–09 Albany River Rats AHL 37 3 15 18 33
2008–09 Florida Everblades ECHL 24 6 27 33 49 9 1 4 5 4
2009–10 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 6 0 0 0 6
2009–10 Elmira Jackals ECHL 48 15 41 56 69 5 2 3 5 6
2009–10 Albany River Rats AHL 3 1 0 1 4
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 7 2 1 3 2
2010–11 Elmira Jackals ECHL 68 28 45 73 109 4 2 3 5 2
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 10 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Chicago Express ECHL 17 3 8 11 19
2011–12 Reading Royals ECHL 52 20 39 59 46 5 2 1 3 2
2012–13 Reading Royals ECHL 72 27 45 72 84 22 12 13 25 14
2013–14 Reading Royals ECHL 60 19 29 48 59 5 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Ducs d'Angers FRA 26 14 21 35 48 10 3 4 7 12
2015–16 Brampton Beast ECHL 5 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Reading Royals ECHL 61 18 25 43 46 14 2 6 8 8
ECHL totals 526 180 363 543 632 86 28 40 68 56
AHL totals 81 9 23 32 56

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bombers Get Everblades Trio in Trade". OurSportsCentral.com. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Royals add punch to their offense, signing Painchaud". ReadingEagle.com. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Tifu re-signs with the Royals". Reading Royals. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Royals agree to terms with Yannick Tifu". Reading Royals. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  5. ^ "Rookie chooses Dukes" (in French). Ducs d'Angers. 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Former NHLer and Battalion legend Vernace joins beast". Brampton Beast. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 

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