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Cédric Paquette (born August 13, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Paquette was selected by the Lightning in the fourth round, 101st overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Cédric Paquette
Cedric Paquette - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Paquette with the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2014
Born (1993-08-13) August 13, 1993 (age 25)
Gaspé, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 101st overall, 2012
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2013–present

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Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Paquette played in the 2006 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Chandler, Quebec.[1]

JuniorEdit

Paquette played major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, scoring 58 goals and 73 assists for 131 points, with 193 penalty minutes, in 130 games played.

ProfessionalEdit

On May 3, 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Paquette to a three-year, entry-level professional contract,[2] assigning him to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, to start the 2013–14 season.[3] On April 11, 2014, after posting 20 goals and 22 assists, with 153 penalty minutes, in 70 games played with the Crunch, the Lighting recalled Paquette.[4]

On November 4, 2014, during the 2014–15 season the Lightning recalled Paquette from Syracuse, his second recall of the season after having previously appeared in four games with the team.[5] Two nights later, on November 6, Paquette scored his first two NHL goals in Tampa Bay's victory over the Calgary Flames, 5–2.[6] On January 29, 2015, Paquette scored his first career NHL hat-trick in a 5–1 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.[7] On April 27, he scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal in a 5–2 Lightning win over the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.[8]

On June 24, 2016, the Lightning announced that it had re-signed Paquette to a two-year contract extension. Paquette appeared in 56 games with the team last season, registering six goals, eleven points, and 51 penalty minutes. His 51 penalty minutes were good for fourth on the team during the regular season. He was also one of five Lightning players to score a shorthanded goal last season. Paquette also played in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the team, posting one assist and 24 penalty minutes. Paquette has played in 122 NHL games, all with the Lightning, over the past three seasons. During that span he has recorded 18 goals and 31 points to go along with 102 penalty minutes.[9]

On November 30, 2017, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Paquette had been suspended for one game for boarding Boston Bruins' defenseman Torey Krug on November 29, 2017, at TD Garden.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Paquette's cousin, Christopher Paquette, was also drafted by the Lightning in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. His cousin was taken in the fifth round with the 148th overall pick.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Collège Notre-Dame Albatros QMAAA 45 12 6 18 34 4 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Collège Notre-Dame Albatros QMAAA 32 10 18 28 83 8 5 2 7 24
2010–11 Collège Notre-Dame Albatros QMAAA 34 28 27 55 102 17 5 11 16 36
2010–11 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 4 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 63 31 17 48 88 11 7 10 17 22
2012–13 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 63 27 56 83 103 15 7 5 12 33
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 70 20 24 44 153
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 2 16
2014–15 Syracuse Crunch AHL 5 4 3 7 7
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 64 12 7 19 51 24 3 0 3 28
2015–16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 56 6 5 11 51 17 0 1 1 24
2016–17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 58 4 6 10 80
2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 56 5 4 9 41 17 1 1 2 37
2018–19 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 13 4 17 80 4 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 316 40 27 67 303 66 5 4 9 105

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Lightning Agree To Terms With 2012 Draftee Cedric Paquette - Tampa Bay Lightning - News
  3. ^ Lightning Assign Four to Syracuse - Tampa Bay Lightning - News
  4. ^ Syracuse Crunch forward Cedric Paquette gets first promotion to Tampa Bay | syracuse.com
  5. ^ Tampa bay, Lightning (November 4, 2014). "Lightning Recalls Cedric Paquette From Syracuse Crunch". Lightning Press Release. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  6. ^ The, Canadian Press (November 11, 2014). "Paquette scores 1st 2 NHL goals, Lightning complete 4-game home sweep by beating Flames 5-2". National Hockey League. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  7. ^ O'Brien, James (January 29, 2015). "Lightning ride Paquette's first hat trick to Atlantic lead". ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  8. ^ Burns, Bryan (April 27, 2015). "Lightning force Game 7 with 5-2 win in Detroit". Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  9. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (June 24, 2016). "Lightning Re-Sign Cedric Paquette to a Two-Year Contract". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Paquette suspended one game". NHL.com. National Hockey League. November 30, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  11. ^ Tampa Bay (June 25, 2016). "Lightning Select Christopher Paquette with No. 148 Pick at NHL Draft". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved June 28, 2016.

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