Ben Scrivens

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Ben Scrivens
20140927-Scrivens.jpg
at the 2014 Edmonton Oilers training camp
Born(1986-09-11) September 11, 1986 (age 28)
Spruce Grove, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
National team Canada
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career2010–present
 
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Ben Scrivens
20140927-Scrivens.jpg
at the 2014 Edmonton Oilers training camp
Born(1986-09-11) September 11, 1986 (age 28)
Spruce Grove, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
National team Canada
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career2010–present

Benjamin John Scrivens (born September 11, 1986) is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings.

Scrivens played four years with the Cornell Big Red of the ECAC. After his senior season, Scrivens was named a first team All-American, ECAC Goaltender of the Year, and was one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. He started his professional career with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, before being called up to join the Marlies at the end of the 2010–11 AHL season.

Playing career[edit]

Junior hockey[edit]

Scrivens played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) for two seasons. He broke into the league with the Drayton Valley Thunder during the 2004–05 season, playing a single game with the team before moving on to the Calgary Canucks.[1] During his final year of junior hockey, Scrivens played with the Spruce Grove Saints. He won 27 games, while losing 12 and tying 3, finishing the year with a 2.43 goals against average (GAA) and .921 save percentage. He was named the Saints Most Valuable Player and Player of the Year for the 2005–06 season. Scrivens played in the AJHL All-Star game, and represented Team North at the 2006 Viking Cup, where they won the championship.[2]

Collegiate hockey[edit]

Scrivens joined the Cornell Big Red for the 2006–07 season.[1] He played in 12 games, starting eight and recording three wins. He recorded his first collegiate shutout in a 6—0 win against Union College.[2] During his sophomore season at Cornell, Scrivens established himself as the team's starting goaltender, playing in 35 of the team's 36 games. For the week of December 3, 2007, Scrivens was named the ECAC Hockey goaltender of the week. He was an honorable mention All-Ivy League after the season.[2] He won 19 games, and finished with a 2.30 GAA and .911 save percentage.[1] Scrivens retained his starting job with the Big Red during his junior season, and joined the ranks of top NCAA goalies across the country.[2] He played in 36 games with the Big Red, recording 22 wins, a GAA of 1.81 and a .931 save percentage.[1] Scrivens picked up many awards for his playing during the 2008–09 season, including being named the National Player of the Week for the first week of the season, as well as second team All-ECAC and an honorable mention All-Ivy League at the end of the season.[2]

Scrivens' senior season with the Big Red saw him earn First Team All-American honors,[2] while playing in 34 games and winning 21. He had a 1.87 GAA and a .934 save percentage.[1] Scrivens captured the Ken Dryden Trophy as ECAC goaltender of the year, and was named one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.[3] He finished his collegiate career with 19 shutouts, fourth all-time in NCAA history.[3]

Professional hockey[edit]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

After completing his collegiate career, Scrivens had not been selected in the National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, making him an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team in the league. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Scrivens to a one-year contract on April 28, 2010.[4] Scrivens decision to sign with the Leafs was largely due to the presence of goaltending coach Francois Allaire, whom Scrivens had worked with during an off-season goalie camp.[5]

Scrivens started the 2010–11 season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, the Maple Leafs second tier affiliate. He played in 13 games with the Royals, winning 10.[1] For his efforts he was selected to represent the Royals in the ECHL All-Star Classic.[6] His strong play at the ECHL level, and injuries to other goalies in the Maple Leafs systems earned Scrivens two separate callups to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL), one in November[7] and one in February.[8] Scrivens was one of two goalies on the Marlies Clear Day roster announced on March 8, 2011, meaning he would be spending the remainder of the season at the AHL level, barring injury or suspension.[9]

The Maple Leafs re-signed Scrivens on July 1, 2011. He was called up to the NHL as of October 24, 2011, in an emergency situation. After serving as backup for the previous games, he made his first regular season start on November 3, 2011, in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.[10] In that game, he recorded his first career win and stopped 38 shots in a 4-1 game.[11][12] As the NHL resumed play after the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Scrivens became a full-time NHL goaltender for the first time, as the backup to James Reimer, starting Toronto's first two games. Scrivens recorded his first NHL career shutout February 16, 2013 in a 3-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.[13]

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in June 2013, along with Matt Frattin, and a second round pick in exchange for Jonathan Bernier. Scrivens served as the backup goaltender to Jonathan Quick.[14]

On November 12 of the 2013-2014 season, Scrivens stepped in for Kings starting goaltender, Jonathan Quick, after Quick suffered a lower body injury with 1:20 remaining in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres. Scrivens then started the next three games, posting 23 saves in a 3-2 comeback victory over the New York Islanders November 14 and recording consecutive shutouts against the New Jersey Devils November 15 (26 saves) and New York Rangers November 17 (37 saves). However, in January, shortly after Quick's return, Scrivens became expendable due to the play of third goaltender Martin Jones, and was traded to Edmonton.[15]

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

On January 29, 2014, Scrivens set the NHL record for most saves by a goaltender in a regular season shutout, stopping 59 shots from the San Jose Sharks during 60 minutes of regulation time, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-0 victory. Scrivens also set an Oilers franchise record in the process for most saves in a game, surpassing the previous record of 56 set by Bill Ranford in 1993,[16] and, at the time, moved into first place in save percentage among qualified goaltenders for the 2013-14 season.

The Oilers re-signed Scrivens to a two year contract worth $2.3 million per season on March 3, 2014.

International play[edit]

Scrivens was invited and accepted to play for Team Canada at the 2014 World Championships. In his International debut Tournament, he finished as Canada's starting goaltender in the Quarterfinal loss to Finland, finishing fifth.

Personal life[edit]

Scrivens is from Spruce Grove, Alberta. He is the middle child of Wayne and Dawna Scrivens, with an older brother (Adam) and a younger sister (Bronwyn). While playing hockey at Cornell, Scrivens studied Hotel Administration. He is married to Jenny Scrivens. [2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLOTLMINGASOGAASV%GPWLMINGASOGAASV%
2004–05Drayton Valley ThunderAJHL101059303.03
2004–05Calgary CanucksAJHL167338574313.01
2005–06Spruce Grove SaintsAJHL4527122246910032.4313947773722.86
2006–07Cornell Big RedNCAA123625742212.30.911
2007–08Cornell Big RedNCAA351912319656642.02.930
2008–09Cornell Big RedNCAA362210421526571.81.931
2009–10Cornell Big RedNCAA34219420186371.87.934
2010–11Reading RoyalsECHL1310307792902.23.938301107905.04.873
2010–11Toronto MarliesAHL331312519307522.33.924
2011–12Toronto MarliesAHL392215122937842.04.9261711610303331.92.935
2011–12Toronto Maple LeafsNHL124526723503.13.902
2012–13Toronto Maple LeafsNHL2079210254622.69.915
2013–14Los Angeles KingsNHL197549753231.97.931
2013–14Edmonton OilersNHL21911012356213.01.916
NHL totals7227306390717562.69.917

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResultGPWLT/OTMINGASOGAASV%
2014CanadaWC5th4310241701.74.937
Senior totals4310241701.74.938

Awards and achievements[edit]

Junior hockey[edit]

AwardYear
Spruce Grove Saints Most Valuable Player2006[2]
Spruce Grove Saints Player of the Year2006[2]
Alberta Junior Hockey League All-Star2006[2]

College[edit]

AwardYear
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team2008–09
All-ECAC Hockey First Team2009–10
AHCA East First-Team All-American2009–10
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team2010[17]

AHL[edit]

AwardYear
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award2011–12

NHL[edit]

Records
Most shots faced by a goaltender, during a shutout in a game, 59 (29 January, 2014)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sean Backman
ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament
2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Rondeau