Drew Stafford

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Drew Stafford
Drew Stafford Sabres 2012-02-19.JPG
Stafford with the Sabres in 2012
Born(1985-10-30) October 30, 1985 (age 28)
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShootsRight
NHL teamBuffalo Sabres
National team United States
NHL Draft13th overall, 2004
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career2006–present
 
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Drew Stafford
Drew Stafford Sabres 2012-02-19.JPG
Stafford with the Sabres in 2012
Born(1985-10-30) October 30, 1985 (age 28)
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShootsRight
NHL teamBuffalo Sabres
National team United States
NHL Draft13th overall, 2004
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career2006–present

Drew Stafford (born October 30, 1985) is an American ice hockey player. Stafford plays forward for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He started his professional career with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans before being called up to the NHL on November 5, 2006.

Early life[edit]

Stafford was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but grew up in Faribault, Minnesota. His father, Gordie, played professional hockey in the International Hockey League and is the head coach of the girl's hockey team at Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota, where Drew played high-school hockey.[1] His uncle, Barrie Stafford, was the head equipment manager for the Edmonton Oilers for 28 years before retiring in 2012.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Stafford played for the St. Albert Bantam AA Flyers in St. Albert, Alberta in 1999–2000. During this season he finished 3rd in league scoring with 26 goals and 47 points in 30 league games, and led his team to a provincial berth. At the conclusion of the season Stafford was selected to participate in Hockey Alberta's elite development program as a member of the Northwest Sharks in the 2000 Pioneer Chrysler Alberta Cup.

Stafford played at Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota for two years and played on the US national team at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships. He then played for three seasons at the University of North Dakota and on the US national team at the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Following his freshman season, Stafford was drafted 13th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. After two more seasons, he signed a contract with the Sabres in 2006, foregoing his senior season at the University of North Dakota. Stafford finished his three-year collegiate career with 118 points (48 goals, 70 assists).

Stafford skating with teammate Jordan Leopold in 2011

Stafford started his professional career with Buffalo's AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. With nine points in the first eleven games of the season, he caught the attention of the Sabres' management, and was called up to Buffalo in early November to replace injured winger Maxim Afinogenov. In his NHL debut on November 5 against the New York Rangers, Stafford assisted on a game-winning overtime goal by Danny Brière, receiving his first NHL point. On November 11, he scored his first goal in the NHL on the Philadelphia Flyers' Antero Niittymäki. He won NHL Rookie of the Month honors for March 2007 despite the fact that Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche had his record breaking rookie scoring streak in the same month. Stafford scored his first game-winning goal on February 27 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Stafford became a regular to the Sabres lineup in the 2007–2008 season, scoring his first career hat trick against the Atlanta Thrashers on January 18, 2008. More than a year later he went on to score his second hat trick in a 10-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers on January 27, 2009. A little less than a year after that, he celebrated his third hat trick on December 15, 2010 against the Boston Bruins. He added his fourth, also against Boston, on January 1, 2011, his fifth on February 8, 2011 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, and his sixth on February 13, 2011 against the New York Islanders.

On June 3, 2011, Stafford signed a 4 year, $16 million extension with the Sabres.[3]

Personal Life[edit]

His father, Gord Stafford, played professional hockey with the Milwaukee Admirals and Wichita Wind during the 1980s.[4]

Stafford formed a band called "Red Seal Peach" while at UND with goaltender Jordan Parise.[5]

Stafford appears in the Every Time I Die video for "Decayin with the Boys," playing jenga at a party in full uniform.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2003–04University of North DakotaWCHA3611213230
2004–05University of North DakotaWCHA4013223534
2005–06University of North DakotaWCHA4124234763
2006–07Rochester AmericansAHL3422224430
2006–07Buffalo SabresNHL4113142733102244
2007–08Buffalo SabresNHL6416223851
2008–09Buffalo SabresNHL7920254529
2009–10Buffalo SabresNHL711420343530000
2010–11Buffalo SabresNHL623121523471232
2011–12Buffalo SabresNHL8020305046
2012–13Buffalo SabresNHL466121821
2013–14Buffalo SabresNHL7016183439
NHL totals513136162298288203476

International[edit]

Medal record
ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
World Junior Championships
Gold2004 Helsinki
YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2003United StatesWJC184th63258
2004United StatesWJC60222
2005United StatesWJC4th754914
2006United StatesWC7th70110
2008United StatesWC6th71346
2009United StatesWC4th92136
Junior totals19881624
Senior totals2335812

Awards and honors[edit]

AwardYear
All-WCHA Third Team2005–06
AHL All-Star Classic2006–07

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shattuck St. Mary's Hockey Staff". Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Oilers Long-Time Equipment Manager Barrie Stafford Honoured by Hockey Legends". Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ James O'Brien. "Buffalo Sabres sign Drew Stafford to four-year, $16M contract extension". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gord Stafford". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Stephen Sickles. "Multi-talented: Getting to know the real Drew Stafford". Let's Go Sabres. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVmlf6koQXA

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Thomas Vanek
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Marek Zagrapan