Yohann Auvitu

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Yohann Auvitu
CHL, HC Davos vs. IFK Helsinki, 6th October 2015 11.JPG
Born (1989-07-27) July 27, 1989 (age 28)
Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Sochi
Mont-Blanc
JYP Jyväskylä
HIFK
New Jersey Devils
Edmonton Oilers
National team  France
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present

Yohann Auvitu (born July 27, 1989) is a French professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing under contract with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Auvitu preparing for face-off with JYP Jyväskylä at the 2011–12 season.

Auvitu left his native France in 2008 to continue his development with JYP Jyväskylä of Finland. He logged his first minutes in Finland's top-flight Liiga during the 2010-11 season. In 2012, he claimed the Finnish championship with JYP as well as the 2013-14 edition of the European Trophy. Auvitu left JYP to sign with fellow Liiga side HIFK prior to the 2014-15 campaign. After reaching the finals with HIFK, he won the 2015–16 Pekka Rautakallio trophy as the best defenceman in the Finnish Liiga. He was the first French player to win a Liiga player award.[1] Auvitu also competed in the Champions Hockey League with HIFK.[2]

Auvitu signed a one-year entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League on May 27, 2016.[3] He made his NHL debut in the 2016–17 season opener on October 13, 2016 against the Florida Panthers where he got his first NHL point with an assist.[4] On November 11, 2016, Auvitu scored his first NHL goal.[5] He appeared in 25 games with the Devils before splitting the year in the AHL with affiliate, the Albany Devils.

Leaving as a free agent from the Devils in the off-season, Auvitu agreed to a one-year, one-way deal with the Edmonton Oilers on July 10, 2017.[6] Auvitu remained with the Oilers throughout the 2017–18 season, used in a depth role Auvitu registered 3 goals and 9 points in 33 games. He played as a forward for the first time in his career in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, on January 7, 2018.

On July 2, 2018, Auvitu left the NHL as a free agent in signing a two-year contract with Russian club, HC Sochi of the KHL.[7]

International play[edit]

Auvitu has participated in multiple editions of the IIHF World Championship beginning with the 2010 IIHF World Championship tournament as a member of the France National men's ice hockey team.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Auvitu married Ilariia Gorelova in 2014. The couple met at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences in central Finland.[9] The couple gave birth to their daughter, Liya Auvitu in March 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.[citation needed]

He is fluent in five languages – French, English, Finnish, Russian and German.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Mont-Blanc FRA 23 8 2 10 4 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Mont-Blanc FRA 20 5 5 10 8 6 0 3 3 2
2008–09 JYP Jr. A 39 12 14 26 6
2009–10 JYP Jr. A 2 1 2 3 2
2009–10 D Team Mestis 44 9 6 15 12 12 2 1 3 6
2010–11 D Team Mestis 34 10 11 21 34 8 4 2 6 4
2010–11 JYP Liiga 7 0 0 0 0
2011–12 JYP Liiga 33 1 1 2 8 11 1 0 1 6
2011–12 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 9 2 4 6 6
2012–13 JYP Liiga 44 3 9 12 18 10 1 1 2 8
2012–13 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 1 1 0 1 0
2013–14 JYP Liiga 29 1 5 6 8 6 2 1 3 2
2013–14 JYP-Akatemia Mestis 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 HIFK Liiga 55 8 8 16 10 8 3 2 5 2
2015–16 HIFK Liiga 48 6 15 21 6 18 6 7 13 14
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 25 2 2 4 2
2016–17 Albany Devils AHL 29 5 8 13 2
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 33 3 6 9 8
Liiga totals 216 19 38 57 50 53 13 11 24 32
NHL totals 58 5 8 13 10

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 France WJC18-D1 18th 5 2 4 6 2
2007 France WJC18-D1 22nd 5 2 3 5 4
2007 France WJC-D1 17th 5 1 0 1 2
2008 France WJC-D1 19th 5 0 1 1 2
2009 France WJC-D1 15th 5 3 7 10 0
2010 France WC 14th 6 0 2 2 4
2011 France WC 12th 6 0 1 1 2
2012 France WC 9th 6 2 2 4 0
2013 France OGQ NQ 3 0 2 2 0
2013 France WC 13th 7 0 0 0 2
2014 France WC 8th 8 0 2 2 2
2015 France WC 12th 7 0 3 3 0
2016 France WC 14th 7 0 3 3 2
2017 France WC 9th 7 2 5 7 2
Junior totals 25 8 15 23 10
Senior totals 57 4 20 24 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liigakauden parhaat palkittu - HIFK vei pelipaikkojen parhaat, Laine yksimielisesti paras tulokas" (in Finnish). Jatkoaika.com. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Statistics | Champions Hockey League". www.championshockeyleague.net. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Devils sign defenseman Yohann Auvitu". NHL.com. 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Devils fall to Panthers in OT in season opener". NJ.com. 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Andy Greene lifts Devils over Sabres with penalty shot goal in overtime". NY Daily News. November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Oilers sign Auvitu". NHL.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Yohann Auvitu is a Sochi player" (in Russian). HC Sochi. 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2018-07-02. 
  8. ^ IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1. 
  9. ^ Seravalli, Frank (October 28, 2016). "The unlikely emergence of Yohann Auvitu". TSN.ca. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ Pinchevsky, Tal (November 1, 2016). "Meet the World's Most Interesting Hockey Player". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 

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