Jordan Leopold

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Jordan Leopold
Jordan Leopold Sabres 2012-02-19.JPG
Leopold with the Sabres in 2012.
Born(1980-08-03) August 3, 1980 (age 33)
Golden Valley, MN, USA
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionDefense
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
National team United States
NHL Draft44th overall, 1999
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career2002–present
 
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Jordan Leopold
Jordan Leopold Sabres 2012-02-19.JPG
Leopold with the Sabres in 2012.
Born(1980-08-03) August 3, 1980 (age 33)
Golden Valley, MN, USA
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionDefense
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
National team United States
NHL Draft44th overall, 1999
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career2002–present

Jordan Douglas Leopold (born August 3, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, currently playing with the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Prior to joining the NHL, Leopold played for the Armstrong Falcons of Plymouth, MN. played US college hockey with the University of Minnesota from 1998 until 2002 where he helped the Gophers win an NCAA national championship despite pressure to leave early to the NHL. After his first year with Minnesota, scoring 23 points, Leopold was drafted in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft 44th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as a prospective offensive defenseman. After completing his sophomore season with the Gophers, Leopold became the property of the Calgary Flames, traded by the Ducks for Andrei Nazarov and a second-round draft pick.[1] In 2001-02, his final season with Minnesota, he won the Hobey Baker Award for being the season's outstanding player in college hockey.[2] He also played for the USA in the World Championships that year.

With the Flames during 2008–09 season

Leopold started his professional career in the NHL in the 2002–03 NHL season. He played 58 games for the Calgary Flames and scored 4 goals and 14 points. In his second season, Leopold would look like a seasoned veteran, playing in all 82 regular season games and scoring 33 points as well as contributing to the Flames' playoff run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, play which earned him a spot in the defense of the American national team for the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics.

After one more season with the Flames, Leopold was traded to the Colorado Avalanche at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.[3] Leopold's first season with the Avalanche, in 2006–07, was all but wiped out due to injury. Having missed the first 25 games of the season recovering from hernia surgery,[4] he then suffered a groin injury on December 11, 2006, ruling him out for another 17 games.[5] Just a month later Leopold was injured again, fracturing his wrist on February 17, 2007, effectively missing the rest of the season, and playing in just 15 games.[6] At season's end Leopold was re-signed by the Avalanche to a two-year contract on May 22, 2007.[7]

In the 2007–08 season, Leopold was again struck down with another injury-plagued season. Throughout the course of the season Jordan missed 35 games with a hip ailment, lacerated leg and pneumonia.[8] Jordan also suffered a concussion when he was hit high by Steve Ott on March 9, 2008.[9] Ott was subsequently suspended for three games.

Leopold recovered to full health in time for the 2008–09 season. He played in every game with the Avalanche until the NHL trade deadline, when he was traded back to the Flames for Lawrence Nycholat, prospect Ryan Wilson and a second-round pick.[10] Leopold then played all 19 games for the Flames becoming the first Flames player to play 83 games of an 82 game season, Ian White repeated the feat in 2010.[11]

On June 27, 2009, as an impending free agent, Leopold's negotiation rights were traded by the Flames to the Florida Panthers, for the negotiation rights of Jay Bouwmeester, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[12] After testing free-agency, Leopold signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on July 2, 2009.[13]

In the 2009–10 season, Leopold scored 7 goals and 18 points in 61 games with the Panthers. On March 1, 2010, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2nd round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[14] On April 16, 2010, in Game 2 of a playoff series between the Penguins and the Ottawa Senators, Leopold's series was ended by a devastating hit from Senators' defenceman Andy Sutton. Leopold, who had a history of concussion injuries, remained unconscious on the ice for several minutes.[15] He returned to the lineup in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.

Leopold skating with teammate Drew Stafford in 2011

On July 1, 2010, Leopold left the Penguins as a free agent and signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.[16]

In the final year of his contract with the Sabres, during the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on March 30, 2013.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Jordan and wife Jamie have two daughters and a son.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1998–99U. of MinnesotaWCHA397162320
1999–00U. of MinnesotaWCHA396182420
2000–01U. of MinnesotaWCHA4212374938
2001–02U. of MinnesotaWCHA4420284828
2002–03Saint John FlamesAHL31230
2002–03Calgary FlamesNHL584101412
2003–04Calgary FlamesNHL82924332426010106
2005–06Calgary FlamesNHL74218206870114
2006–07Colorado AvalancheNHL1523514
2007–08Colorado AvalancheNHL4358132070330
2008–09Colorado AvalancheNHL646142018
2008–09Calgary FlamesNHL19134660118
2009–10Florida PanthersNHL617111822
2009–10Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL20448680002
2010–11Buffalo SabresNHL711322353650114
2011–12Buffalo SabresNHL7910142428
2012–13Buffalo SabresNHL2426814
2012–13St. Louis BluesNHL15022060000
NHL totals62565139204268650161624

International[edit]

YearTeamCompGPGAPtsPIM
1999United StatesWJC60110
2000United StatesWJC71230
2002United StatesWC70114
2003United StatesWC61342
2005United StatesWC70110
2006United StatesOG61014
2008United StatesWC40116
Junior int'l totals131340
Senior int'l totals3026816

Awards and honours[edit]

AwardYear
College
WCHA All-Rookie Team1999
WCHA Third All-Star Team1999
WCHA Second All-Star Team2000
WCHA First All-Star Team2001, 2002
WCHA Defensive player of the year2001, 2002
NCAA West First All-American Team2001, 2002
Hobey Baker Award2002
NHL
NHL YoungStars Game2003

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flames trade Nazarov to Ducks for Leopold". cbc.ca. 2000-09-26. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Gopher's Leopold named 2002 Hobey Baker winner". USCHO.com. 2002-04-05. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Avs send Tanguay to Flames for Leopold". ESPN.com. 2006-06-24. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Leopold might miss opener". rockymountainnews.com. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Avs' Leopold feeling fine after return from groin injury". ESPN.com. 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  6. ^ "Fractured wrist to sideline Leopold for four weeks". ESPN.com. 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Avalanche sign Leopold, three others". ESPN.com. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold finally feeling healthy again". thehockeynews.com. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  9. ^ "League hands Ott three-game suspension for hit to leopold's head". ESPN.com. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  10. ^ Frei, Terry (2009-03-04). "Avs send Leopold back to Calgary". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  11. ^ "NHL.com - Players: Jordan Leopold, Flames - Stats". nhl.com. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Flames get 1st dibs on Bouwmeester". CBC.ca. 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  13. ^ "Panthers get Leopold...Randy Sexton "ecstatic"". miamiherald.com. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  14. ^ "Panthers trade defenceman Leopold to Penguins". tsn.ca. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  15. ^ Anderson, Shelly (2010-04-17). "Senators' Sutton delivers crushing hit on Penguins' Leopold". Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  16. ^ "Buffalo Sabres sign defensman Jordan Leopold". WGRZ.com. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  17. ^ "Blues get Leopold in trade with Sabres". National Hockey League. 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  18. ^ "Colorado Avalanche 2008-09 media guide". Colorado Avalanche. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Miller
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
2001–02
Succeeded by
Peter Sejna