Tommy Wingels

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Tommy Wingels
Tommy Wingels 2016.jpg
Wingels with the San Jose Sharks in 2016
Born (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 32)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for San Jose Sharks
Kouvola KooKoo
Ottawa Senators
Chicago Blackhawks
Boston Bruins
Genève-Servette HC
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
NHL Draft 177th overall, 2008
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 20102020

Thomas Wingels (born April 12, 1988) is an American former professional ice hockey forward. He played most of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the San Jose Sharks, the Ottawa Senators, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins and retired after two seasons in the National League (NL) with Genève-Servette HC.

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Playing career

As a youth, Wingels played in the 2002 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Chicago Young Americans minor ice hockey team. [1]

Wingels played three seasons with the Miami Redhawks of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). After his freshman season, he was drafted by the San Jose Sharks as the 177th pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on October 8, 2010, in San Jose's 2010–11 season opener wearing jersey number 57. Wingels scored his first career NHL goal in front of his hometown crowd in Chicago on January 15, 2012, against Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. [2] During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Wingels would play in Finland for KooKoo.[ citation needed ]

On January 24, 2017, in the midst of his seventh season with the Sharks and having contributed 8 points in 37 games, Wingels was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Buddy Robinson, Zack Stortini and a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.[ citation needed ]

On July 1, 2017, having left the Senators as a free agent, Wingels signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. [3] On February 26, 2018, Wingels was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. [4]

On August 15, 2018, after eight seasons in the NHL, Wingels signed a two-year optional, CHF 1.5 million contract with Swiss club Genève-Servette HC of the National League (NL). [5] He broke his jaw in the first regular season game with Genève-Servette, forcing him to sit out the first two months of the 2018–19 season. [6] Wingels only appeared in 19 regular season games (18 points) with multiple injuries throughout the season. He missed the first two games of the 2019 NL playoffs before appearing in game 3 of the 1/4 final against SC Bern, scoring one goal and tallying an assist. In that game, Wingels was also guilty of a boarding against SCB's Jan Muršak which resulted in a two-game suspension and a fine of CHF 4,000. Wingels made his return to the lineup for game 6, scoring a goal with 46 seconds to go in the game to come back to 1-2, before Daniel Winnik scored the tying goal for Geneva with 29 seconds left. The game went into overtime and Mark Arcobello scored the game-winning goal for Bern after 117 minutes, in the third OT, establishing a record for the longest game ever played in the National League. Wingels only played 2 playoffs games, putting up 3 points. On April 8, 2019, Wingels agreed to a two-year contract extension with Geneva worth CHF 1.6 million. Despite a valid contract for the 2020/21 season, Wingels was released by Servette on June 5, 2020. [7]

On June 11, 2020, Wingels' last professional team, Genève-Servette HC, announced that he decided to retire from professional hockey. [8] [9]

Personal life

Wingels graduated from Miami University in 2011 with a degree in accounting while playing in the American Hockey League (AHL). [10] Wingels married his wife Molly Wingels (née Meyer) in 2014 and the two have one daughter together. [11] [12]

Wingels is a member of the Advisory Board for You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports. [13] He has also appeared in a video supporting the campaign. [14] He was a close friend of Brendan Burke, whose death was the catalyst for the formation of the organization. Wingels was the Sharks' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2012, primarily for his work with You Can Play. He marched in the Chicago Pride Parade with the Chicago Gay Hockey Association on June 24, 2012. [15] [16]

On May 2, 2013, Wingels' work with You Can Play led him to be nominated for the NHL's King Clancy Memorial Trophy, an award given to player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. [17]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2004–05Team Illinois 18U AAA MWEHL 15751215
2005–06Team Illinois 18U AAAT1EHL221552036
2006–07 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 471018285263036
2007–08 Miami RedHawks CCHA 4215142922
2008–09 Miami RedHawksCCHA4111172866
2009–10 Miami RedHawksCCHA4417254249
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 50000
2010–11 Worcester Sharks AHL 6917133069
2011–12 San Jose SharksNHL333691850117
2011–12 Worcester SharksAHL291382128
2012–13 KooKoo Mestis 188142233
2012–13 San Jose SharksNHL42581326110226
2013–14 San Jose SharksNHL771622383570334
2014–15 San Jose SharksNHL7515213640
2015–16 San Jose SharksNHL6871118632220221
2016–17 San Jose SharksNHL3753815
2016–17 Ottawa Senators NHL362241290004
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL57751243
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL18235240000
2018–19 Genève-Servette HC NL 19117181022130
2019–20 Genève-Servette HCNL4316233941
NHL totals44862811432545826842
NL totals622730575122130

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2014 United States WC 6th70006
Senior totals70006

Awards and honors

AwardYear
College
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2009 [18]
All-CCHA Second Team 2009–10
NHL
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl 2016

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tim Miller
CCHA Best Defensive Forward
2009–10
Succeeded by
Carl Hagelin