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Calvin Pickard (born April 15, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pickard was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (49th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He played his junior hockey with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was also the first selection by the Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. His older brother, Chet, also a goaltender, was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators.

Calvin Pickard
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Pickard with the Marlies in 2018
Born (1992-04-15) April 15, 1992 (age 27)
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Toronto Maple Leafs
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 49th overall, 2010
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2012–present

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Playing careerEdit

Pickard began his major junior career with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL in 2008–09. Despite only totalling 16 wins in 62 games with the Thunderbirds in his second season, Pickard posted a save percentage of 0.914 and was named to the 2010 WHL West First All-Star Team.[1] Although ranked as the top North American goaltender by central scouting, Pickard was the third goaltender chosen in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, when selected in the second round, 49th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche.[2] During the 2010–11 season with the Thunderbirds, Pickard was invited to take part in Canada's National Junior Team selection camp for the 2011 World Junior Championships.[3] He was not selected for the final roster.[4]

 
Pickard with the Lake Erie Monsters in 2013. Pickard played for the Monsters from 2011 to 2015.

Colorado AvalancheEdit

On March 25, 2011, it was announced that Pickard signed a three-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. He spent the remainder of the season with their American Hockey League affiliate team, the Lake Erie Monsters.[5] At the outset of the 2011–12 season, Pickard was assigned to the Seattle Thunderbirds, where he finished his junior career.[6] The 2012–13 season was his first full season as a professional, and Pickard played in 47 games for Lake Erie, recording 20 wins.[7]

In the 2014–15 season, Pickard began the year with the Monsters but was recalled to the Colorado Avalanche on October 16, 2014 after Semyon Varlamov was placed on injured reserve, he made his NHL debut the same day against the Ottawa Senators as he had to come in for Reto Berra who was injured in a collision; Pickard allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 5-3 loss. Pickard was sent back to the Lake Erie Monsters on October 25 but was recalled on November 18 after Semyon Varlamov suffered a groin injury.[8] Pickard earned his first win on November 22 after coming in to relieve an ineffective Reto Berra, Pickard stopped all 17 shots he faced in an eventual 4-3 Overtime win. After more poor play from Berra, Pickard became the starting goaltender and continued in impressive form until Semyon Varlamov permanently returned to the team, after which Pickard became the team's primary backup goaltender. Pickard was returned to Lake Erie on December 28, in order to resume a starting goaltender role.[9] In the 2015–16 season Pickard began the year with Colorado's new AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage, he was recalled early on in the season when Semyon Varlamov suffered a groin injury. He would return to the club in late December when Reto Berra injured his ankle, Pickard recorded his first NHL shutout on January 16, 2016 against the New Jersey Devils.[10][11]

As a restricted free agent, Pickard was signed to his first one-way deal with the Avalanche, agreeing to a two-year, $2 million contract on July 5, 2016.[12] In his first full season in the NHL in 2016–17, Pickard was slated as the backup goaltender, however with an early season-ending injury suffered to Varlamov, Pickard was thrust into the starting role for the Avalanche. He established a career high in making 50 appearances, leading the last placed Avalanche in save percentage, goals against average and wins.

Expansion draft selection, waiver exchangesEdit

In the off-season, having been exposed at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Pickard was the first player selected by the Vegas Golden Knights on June 21, 2017.[13] Pickard was poised to be the Golden Knight's backup behind Marc-André Fleury heading into the inaugural season, and even went as far as holding a contest with Vegas fans to design his goaltender mask. However, on October 3, the team claimed goaltender Malcolm Subban off waivers.[14] With the Golden Knights deciding to go with a tandem of Fleury and Subban instead, Pickard was placed on waivers on October 5, in order to be sent to the team's minor league AHL affiliate. He cleared the following day, but a few hours after clearing, Pickard was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick and Tobias Lindberg.[15] As he had already cleared waivers, Pickard was immediately assigned to the Maple Leafs affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. On April 15, 2018, Pickard, and fellow Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks, were awarded the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award.[16] After Pickard helped the Marlies win their first Calder Cup, he signed a one year $800,000 contract extension to stay with the organization.[17]

During the 2018–19 pre-season, Sparks was chosen to be the Maple Leafs' backup, forcing Pickard to be put on waivers on October 1, 2018. He was claimed the following day by the Philadelphia Flyers.[18]

On November 23, 2018, Pickard had the fourth shutout of his career and his first with the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4–0 over the New York Rangers in the Flyers's traditional Black Friday matinee. The following day, he surrendered four goals on six Toronto Maple Leafs shots, and was pulled from the net in favor of Anthony Stolarz about twelve minutes into the contest. He did not start another game with the Flyers; with a .863 save percentage and a poor 4.01 goals allowed average, Pickard was once again placed on waivers on November 28. The following day, the Arizona Coyotes claimed Pickard off waivers.[19]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF World Championship
  2016 Russia
  2017 Germany/France

Following a second successful season as a backup with the Avalanche, Pickard was selected for his first International Tournament for Canada at the 2016 World Championships in Russia. He played two round-robin games for Canada, winning both times, en route to help claim a gold medal.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Calvin was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba when he was eight.[21] Pickard's older brother, Chet, is also a professional goaltender, drafted by the Nashville Predators and currently playing with a German club, the Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[22]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2008–09 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 47 23 16 5 2694 137 3 3.05 .896 5 1 4 297 15 0 3.03 .915
2009–10 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 62 16 34 12 3688 190 3 3.09 .914
2010–11 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 68 27 33 8 4013 225 1 3.36 .916
2011–12 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 64 25 37 2 3630 217 5 3.59 .906
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 2 1 0 0 77 4 0 3.12 .892
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 47 20 19 5 2749 113 5 2.47 .918
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 43 16 18 7 2445 116 2 2.85 .906
2014–15 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 50 23 17 9 2943 128 3 2.61 .917
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 16 6 7 3 895 35 0 2.35 .932
2015–16 San Antonio Rampage AHL 21 9 8 4 1264 58 1 2.75 .917
2015–16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 20 7 6 1 975 42 1 2.56 .922
2016–17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 15 31 2 2821 140 2 2.98 .904
2017–18 Toronto Marlies AHL 31 21 9 1 1923 74 1 2.31 .918 3 1 0 120 2 0 1.00 .956
2017–18 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 1 63 4 0 3.81 .857
2018–19 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 11 4 2 2 465 31 1 4.01 .863
2018–19 Arizona Coyotes NHL 6 0 4 0 283 17 0 3.60 .892
NHL totals 104 32 50 9 5,510 269 4 2.93 .908

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2016 Canada WC   2 2 0 0 120 1 1 0.50 .971
2017 Canada WC   7 5 2 0 444 11 1 1.49 .938
Senior totals 9 7 2 0 564 12 1 1.28 .944

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
West First All-Star Team 2010 [1]
West Second All-Star Team 2011 [23]
AHL
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award 2018 [16]
Calder Cup 2018 [24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "WHL unveils western award winners". The Province. March 18, 2010. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  2. ^ "Hockey/WHL: NHL Draft Prospect - Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds". King5.com. June 25, 2010. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  3. ^ "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins among final cuts for Canada's junior team". TSN. December 15, 2010. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Avalanche signs Calvin Pickard". Colorado Avalanche. March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "Avalanche Reassigns Four Players". Colorado Avalanche. September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Calvin Pickard". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Avalanche recall Calvin Pickard". Colorado Avalanche. November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  9. ^ Colorado Avalanche (December 28, 2014). "Avalanche re-assigns Pickard, Everberg". Twitter. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Pickard posts first career shutout". thescore.com. January 16, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "Avalanche goalie Reto Berra out about 10 days". National Hockey League. January 10, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Calvin Pickard signs modest two-year contract with Avalanche". Denver Post. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Avalanche loses goalie Calvin Pickard to Vegas Golden Knights". Denver Post. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Golden Knights Announce Several Roster Transactions". NHL.com. October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Maple Leafs acquire goalie Calvin Pickard from Vegas Golden Knights". Sportsnet. October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "MARLIES' SPARKS, PICKARD WIN HAP HOLMES AWARD". theahl.com. April 15, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Maples Leafs sign Calvin Pickard to one-year contract". sportsnet.ca. June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Flyers claim goaltender Calvin Pickard from waivers". Philadelphia Flyers. October 2, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  19. ^ "Coyotes Claim Pickard off Waivers". NHL.com. November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  20. ^ "Canada team profile". International Ice Hockey Federation. May 24, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  21. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/pickard-brothers/
  22. ^ "Decision made on backup Goaltender" (in German). Iserlohn Roosters. May 22, 2015. Archived from the original on May 25, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  23. ^ "WHL West All-Stars and awards finalists". Western Hockey League. March 23, 2011. Archived from the original on March 25, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  24. ^ "Marlies bring a hockey championship to Toronto, win Calder Cup". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.

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