Paul Bissonnette

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Paul Bissonnette
Born(1985-03-11) March 11, 1985 (age 27)
Welland, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft121st overall, 2003
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career2005–present
 
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Paul Bissonnette
Born(1985-03-11) March 11, 1985 (age 27)
Welland, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft121st overall, 2003
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career2005–present

Paul Albert Bissonnette[1] (born March 11, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently with the Phoenix Coyotes organization of the National Hockey League.

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Early life

Paul Albert “Biznasty” Bissonette was born March 11, 1985 in Welland, Ontario, Canada to parents Yolande and Cam Bissonette. Paul’s mother was a college English professor for 30 years in Southern Ontario. His father, whom Paul credits for his own off the cuff personality, was a steel worker.

Paul’s mother often woke at five in the morning to make sure Paul could attend practices for his favourite sport: hockey. Bissonette was passionate about sports growing up and also played goalie for a youth soccer team for a short time.

When Bissonette was 16, he was drafted 31st overall by the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Centennials. He played in 57 games as a rookie and scored three goals and three assists. According to his father, Paul averaged about 30 minutes a game. Following the 2001-02 season, the Centennials relocated and became the Saginaw Spirit.

Bissonette was named co-captain on the Spirit and also became a member of Canada’s Under-18 gold medal winning team. He was named the MVP of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospects game after scoring a goal and scrapping with top defensive prospect Dion Phaneuf.

Playing career

Bissonnette was selected in the fourth round, 121st overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. When drafted, he was playing with the Saginaw Spirit of the junior Ontario Hockey League. During the 2003-04 season, Bissonnette served as the Spirit captain, and finished ninth in points. He played another half season with the Spirit before being traded to the Owen Sound Attack, where he finished the 2004-05 season.

He began his professional career in 2005 with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Bissonnette finished the season with only 14 games in Wheeling. He then played 55 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. During the 2006-07 season, he played 65 games with Wheeling. He only appeared in 3 games with the AHL Penguins. After beginning the 2007-08 season in Wheeling, Bissonnette was recalled to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he earned a permanent roster position. Due to his size and physicality, Bissonnette earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster for the beginning of the 2008-09 season. He was waived in November and spent the rest of the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.[2]

On May 5, 2009, during a playoff game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears, Bissonnette was hit awkwardly by Greg Amadio and Steve Pinizzotto. He was deeply cut by the skate of one of the Hershey players on his left wrist and suffered nerve damage in his left hand.[3]

On October 1, 2009, Bissonnette was claimed on waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes, after failing to make the Penguins out of training camp.[4]

On October 5, 2011, Bissonnette signed a two year contract extension with the Coyotes.[5] During the 2011–12 season, on November 19, 2011, Bissonnette scored the game-winning goal, playing in front of his mother and grandparents for the first time as an NHL player. The Coyotes went on to win 4-2 over the Buffalo Sabres.

With the 2012–13 NHL lockout in affect and in order to keep game shape, Bissonnette signed a contract for the duration of the lockout dispute with Welsh side, the Cardiff Devils of the Elite Ice Hockey League on November 1, 2012.[6] In the lower level EIHL, Bissonnette rediscovered his scoring touch posting 21 points in 11 games before returning to the NHL.

Twitter

Paul Bissonnette has attracted over 300,000 followers on Twitter, and is known for his blunt and entertaining tweets.[7] Bissonnette went by the screen name "@PaulBizNasty" until he made a "racist" comment about Ilya Kovalchuk and his rejection from the NHL for a violation of the CBA which resulted in the removal of "@PaulBizNasty" on Twitter.[7] Bissonnette's fans began a "Free BizNasty" campaign following his dismissal from Twitter.[8]

In 2010, Bissonnette began using Twitter again as "@BizNasty2point0".[7]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2001–02North Bay CentennialsOHL573362150002
2002–03Saginaw SpiritOHL677162357
2003–04Saginaw SpiritOHL675141996
2004–05Saginaw SpiritOHL2816746
2004–05Owen Sound AttackOHL35211134681342
2005–06Wheeling NailersECHL1437104
2005–06Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL5515660110114
2006–07Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL30000
2006–07Wheeling NailersECHL65103242115
2007–08Wheeling NailersECHL223141743
2007–08Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL46358145700011
2008–09Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL1501122
2008–09Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL57971617680229
2009–10Phoenix CoyotesNHL41325117
2010–11Phoenix CoyotesNHL481017110000
2011–12Phoenix CoyotesNHL3110141300015
2012–13Cardiff DevilsEIHL11615218
NHL totals135538251400015
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold2003 Yaroslavl

International

YearTeamCompGPGAPtsPIM
2003CanadaWJC1870110
Junior int'l totals70110

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