Jeff Skinner

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Jeff Skinner
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Skinner with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011
Born (1992-05-16) May 16, 1992 (age 26)
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2010
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2010present

Jeffrey Scott Skinner (born May 16, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Carolina Hurricanes for eight seasons, and was an alternate captain of the Hurricanes during the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons. Selected seventh overall by the Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, [1] Skinner was the youngest player in the NHL during the 2010–11 season and is the youngest player ever to play in the NHL All-Star Game, as well as any All-Star game within the four major North American sports leagues. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy for best rookie in the 2010–11 season, becoming the first Hurricanes' player to do so.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League franchise in Buffalo, New York

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Early life

Skinner was born to lawyers Andrew Skinner and Elisabeth Campin. He has five siblings, each of whom either are or have been involved with hockey. He is the second-youngest among those siblings, [2] four of which are sisters: Jennifer (a former Harvard Crimson forward); Andrea (a former Cornell Big Red forward and lawyer at Bay Street law firm Aird & Berlis); Erica (current Carleton Ravens defence [3] ); and the youngest of the Skinner family, Jillian (currently a defenceman wearing the number 25 for the Mercyhurst Lakers [4] ). He also has one brother, Benjamin, who was in the Kitchener Rangers system, but now plays for the Herforder EV in Germany. [5]

Lawyer legal professional who helps clients and represents them in a court of law

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Harvard Crimson womens ice hockey womens ice hockey team of Harvard University

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Skinner attended William Armstrong Public School and then Markham District High School. Involved in both ice hockey and figure skating growing up, he won a bronze medal in the juvenile division at the 2004 Canadian Junior National Figure Skating Championships. [6] Soon after, he made the decision to focus solely on hockey. Skinner played minor ice hockey with the Toronto Jr. Canadians and Toronto Young Nationals of the Greater Toronto Hockey League and the Markham Waxers of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.[ citation needed ] He played in the 2005 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with Markham. [7]

Markham District High School

Markham District High School is a public high school in the city of Markham, Ontario, Canada. It is one of 32 high schools in the York Region District School Board. Until the 2016-17 academic year, it was the only publicly funded school within York Region which had a non-semestered system. In the 2016–17 academic year the school switched to a semestered system.

Figure skating Ice sport performed on figure skates

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Minor hockey is an umbrella term for amateur ice hockey which is played below the junior age level. Players are classified by age, with each age group playing in its own league. The rules, especially as it relates to body contact, vary from class to class. In North America, the rules are governed by the national bodies, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, while local hockey associations administer players and leagues for their region. Many provinces and states organize regional and provincial championship tournaments, and the highest age groups in Canada and USA also participate in national championships.

Playing career


Skinner as a Kitchener Ranger in September 2010 Jeff Skinner As Ranger 20100903.jpg
Skinner as a Kitchener Ranger in September 2010

Skinner was drafted 20th overall in the 2008 Ontario Hockey League draft by the Kitchener Rangers from the Toronto Young Nationals, where he played on the wing with future Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. After leading the Rangers in goal scoring in his rookie season, Skinner participated in the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, scoring 6 goals for 6 points, while winning the gold medal with Team Canada. In his second OHL season, Skinner scored 50 goals and led all CHL draft-eligible forwards in goal scoring. He became the first Ranger in 23 years to reach the 50-goal milestone. [8]

Winger, in the game of ice hockey, is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They typically work by flanking the centre forward. Originally the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wingers in the game — out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents, and forwards who work along the boards and in the corners. They tend to be bigger than centreman and smaller than defenseman.

The 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament was an under-18 ice hockey tournament held in Břeclav, Czech Republic and Piešťany, Slovakia from August 11–15, 2009. The two venues were Alcaplast Arena in Břeclav and Patrícia Ice Arena 37 in Piešťany. Canada captured their fifth championship in six years and fourteenth gold medal of the tournament overall, defeating Russia 9–2 in the gold medal game. Sweden defeated the United States by an identical 9–2 score to earn the bronze medal. The tournament marked the second straight year that Canada, Russia and Sweden medalled in that order.

The 2009–10 OHL season was the 30th season of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Twenty teams played 68 games each during the regular season schedule, which started on September 17, 2009 and ended on March 14, 2010. On September 9, 2009, all 20 teams in the OHL unveiled their new Reebok Edge jerseys, which have been used in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 2007 until 2017. The playoffs began on March 18, 2010, and ended on May 4, 2010, with the Windsor Spitfires winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup for the second consecutive year, which they followed up by winning the 2010 Memorial Cup, hosted by the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL in Brandon, Manitoba.

Despite leading the league in goals at the time, Central Scouting ranked Skinner as the 47th best North American skater during their midterm rankings, and only 34th during the final rankings. This contrasted ratings from other organizations such as ISS and TSN's Bob McKenzie who had him much higher. During the 2010 NHL Draft, he was taken 7th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.[ citation needed ]

The NHL Central Scouting Services (CSS) is a department within the National Hockey League that ranks prospects for the NHL Entry Draft at specific times during the hockey season. Players are ranked based on how well they will translate to the professional game in the National Hockey League. It was founded by hockey executive Jack Button in 1975 to establish a centralized database of NHL prospects. Button served as the director until 1979. Its current director is Dan Marr. The Department consists of staff at the NHL Offices in Toronto, along with eight full-time scouts, and fifteen part-time scouts throughout North America. To report on prospects playing in Europe, the NHL employs the services of Göran Stubb and his staff of six scouts at European Scouting Services based in Finland. All twenty-nine scouts reporting for Central Scouting will combine to see approximately 3000 games each year.

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Bob McKenzie (broadcaster) Canadian broadcaster

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Carolina Hurricanes

During his first NHL training camp, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on September 21, 2010, worth $2.7 million. [9] On October 7, Skinner made his NHL debut with the opening roster in the Hurricanes' 4–3 win against the Minnesota Wild during the NHL Premiere Series in Helsinki, Finland. In 16 minutes of ice time, he had two shots. [10] The following day, Skinner recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Tuomo Ruutu's goal. He also scored the game winning shootout goal to become the third-youngest player in NHL history to score a shootout goal. [11] On October 20, Skinner scored his first NHL career goal against Jonathan Bernier of the Los Angeles Kings in his fifth game of the season. [12]

Minnesota Wild ice hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Wild are the only Minneapolis–Saint Paul area major professional sports league franchise to play in Saint Paul until Minnesota United FC move to their new home, Allianz Field, in 2019. The other three teams play in Minneapolis.

Helsinki Capital city in Uusimaa, Finland

Helsinki is the capital and most populous city of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the seat of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland, and has a population of 650,058. The city's urban area has a population of 1,268,296, making it by far the most populous urban area in Finland as well as the country's most important center for politics, education, finance, culture, and research. Helsinki is located 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 390 km (240 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It has close historical ties with these three cities.

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Midway through his rookie campaign, Skinner was named to the 2011 All-Star Game roster as an injury replacement for Sidney Crosby, making him the first member of the 2010 draft class to be named to the All-Star Game, and the first 18-year-old NHL All-Star since Steve Yzerman. [13] He was chosen by fellow Hurricane Eric Staal, captain of Team Staal. He was later named January 2011's NHL Rookie of the Month. [14]

At the NHL Awards ceremony on June 22, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Skinner was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, beating-out fellow rookies Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks and Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders. At that time, he was the NHL's youngest player as well as the first Hurricanes player to ever win the Calder. [15] [16]

On December 7, 2011, Skinner was diagnosed with a concussion after a game in Edmonton. He returned to the Hurricanes lineup after missing 16 games on January 5, 2012. [17] Skinner was suspended for two games after kicking Scott Nichol of the St. Louis Blues during a game on March 15, 2012. [18] [19]

On August 7, 2012, Skinner agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $34.4 million which would keep him under contract until the 2018–19 season. [20]

On February 14, 2013 Skinner was diagnosed with an upper body injury, later deemed a concussion, after a game in Toronto. [21] On December 4, 2013 Skinner earned his first career hat trick against the Nashville Predators. [22]

On October 6, 2014, Skinner sustained a concussion on a hit from Washington Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen. [23]

On December 11, 2015, Skinner got his second hat trick against the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-1 victory. [24] Three games later, on December 15, 2015, he got another hat trick, this time against the Philadelphia Flyers. [25]

Skinner was named alternate captain of the Hurricanes for the 2016–17 [26] and the 2017–18 seasons. [27]

Buffalo Sabres

On August 2, 2018, after eight seasons with the Hurricanes, Skinner was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Cliff Pu, a second-round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a third- and sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. [28] In November 2018, Skinner became the second player in Sabres' history to score 20 goals before December, and the seventh player to score at least 20 goals in less than 27 games. [29] On April 6, Skinner scored twice in the season finale against the Detroit Red Wings, upping his total to 40 goals scored on the season, the first time in his career that he has reached that mark. [30]

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Skinner at the 2012 World Championships
Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2017 Germany/France

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2007–08Toronto Young Nats GTHL 50623597137
2008–09 Kitchener Rangers OHL 6327245172
2009–10 Kitchener RangersOHL64504090342020133314
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 8231326346
2011–12 Carolina HurricanesNHL6420244456
2012–13 Carolina HurricanesNHL4213112426
2013–14 Carolina HurricanesNHL7133215422
2014–15 Carolina HurricanesNHL7718133118
2015–16 Carolina HurricanesNHL8228235138
2016–17 Carolina HurricanesNHL7937266328
2017–18 Carolina HurricanesNHL8224254934
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL8240236336
NHL totals661244198442304


2009 Canada Ontario U17 Gold medal icon.svg62464
2010 Canada IH18 Gold medal icon.svg460616
2011 Canada WC 5th73368
2012 CanadaWC5th83254
2013 CanadaWC5th82242
2017 CanadaWCSilver medal icon.svg1045927
Junior totals10841220
Senior totals3312122441

Achievements and awards

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Philippe Paradis
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Ryan Murphy
Preceded by
Tyler Myers
Winner of the Calder Trophy
Succeeded by
Gabriel Landeskog