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Charles Robert Coyle (born March 2, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Minnesota Wild.

Charlie Coyle
Charlie Coyle at Minnesota Wild open practice at Tria Rink in St Paul, MN.jpg
Coyle practicing with the Minnesota Wild in 2019
Born (1992-03-02) March 2, 1992 (age 27)
Weymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Minnesota Wild
National team  United States
NHL Draft 28th overall, 2010
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2012–present

Coyle played part of a single season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2012. He played for the Boston University Terriers hockey program before he was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round, 28th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[1] In 2011, he was traded to the Minnesota Wild, with whom he played the first six years of his professional career before he was traded to the Bruins in 2019.[2][3]

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

A native of Massachusetts, Coyle played for Weymouth High School, a public school, during his freshman year and helped the Wildcat varsity hockey team to their first ever MIAA finals appearance, played at the TD Garden against Boston College High School, a private school. The Wildcats beat notable private schools during the playoffs during their stunning run, eliminating schools such as Malden Catholic High School, Austin Preparatory School and Central Catholic High School.[3] He played for Thayer Academy in Braintree before finishing his senior season back with the Wildcats.

Coyle played Tier III Junior A ice hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) with the South Shore Kings, based in Foxboro. In the first and only season with South Shore, he finished fifth overall in scoring with 63 points in 42 games.[4]

Coyle committed to play NCAA Division I college ice hockey with the Boston University Terriers of the Hockey East for the 2010–11 season. In his first game for the Terriers (an exhibition game against the University of Toronto), he scored two assists. He went on to record 26 points in 37 regular season games for the Terriers.[5]

On December 16, 2011, Coyle made the decision to leave Boston University and sign with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).[6]

ProfessionalEdit

Minnesota WildEdit

Coyle was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On June 25, 2011, he was traded (along with Devin Setoguchi) to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Brent Burns and second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and a first-round pick in the 2011 Draft.[7]

On March 1, 2012, Coyle signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild, with the team keeping him in the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs until the end of the 2011–12 season.[8]

Coyle made his NHL debut on February 4, 2013. Wearing number 63, Charlie skated 12:44, with two shots and a hit. Coyle scored his first NHL goal (and point) against Joey MacDonald of the Calgary Flames on February 23, 2013.[9] Coyle scored a memorable goal against the Los Angeles Kings on March 30, 2013—while shooting a one-timer, Coyle got taken down to his knees, received his own rebound, then buried a backhand shot for his eighth goal of the season. Coyle also got into his first NHL fight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, taking on Brandon Dubinsky.[10] He was given a match penalty for a hit on Artem Anisimov, which sparked the fight. After further review from the NHL, he was not given any additional discipline.

Coyle switched his jersey number from 63 to 3, the same number he wore in college and in the QMJHL.

Charlie made headlines after making a fan named Henry's dreams come true after waving to the boy during warm-ups. The gesture and Henry's reaction to the gesture were put on YouTube and it went viral.[11] Charlie met Henry and his family a few weeks later, a day before a game between the Wild and the St. Louis Blues.[12]

In the 2015–16 season, Coyle was second on the team in goals scored, behind veteran Zach Parise. He set personal bests in goals, assists and points, breaking the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career.

Early in the 2017–18 season, Coyle was placed on long term injury reserve after breaking his leg in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.[13] This ended his franchise-record game streak of 316 consecutive games.[14] He returned to the Wild's lineup on November 20, 2017, after missing 16 games.[15] In a game against the New York Rangers on February 13, 2018, a puck caught him high on the mouth, requiring stitches to close it.[16] He required more stitches later on in the season against the Arizona Coyotes when a stick caught him in the mouth.[16]

Boston BruinsEdit

On February 20, 2019, Coyle was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.[17][3] Although Coyle initially struggled with the Bruins, he was able to find consistency in time for the 2019 playoffs, centering the Bruins' third line along with Marcus Johansson and Danton Heinen, scoring 9 goals and 16 points in 24 games. The Bruins would advance to the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, ultimately losing to the St. Louis Blues in seven games. He finished the playoffs with nine goals and seven assists.

PersonalEdit

 
Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
  2011 United States

Coyle is the cousin of two former NHL players: Tony Amonte and Bobby Sheehan.[3][18] He is close friends with Wild left winger Jason Zucker.[19][20][21]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Thayer Academy USHS 26 20 28 48 4
2009–10 U.S. National U18 Team USDP 4 1 0 1 2
2009–10 South Shore Kings EJHL 47 23 49 72 54 4 2 1 3 0
2010–11 Boston University HE 37 7 19 26 34
2011–12 Boston University HE 16 3 11 14 20
2011–12 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 23 15 23 38 8 17 15 19 34 8
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 47 14 11 25 22
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 8 6 14 28 5 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 70 12 18 30 33 13 3 4 7 6
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 11 24 35 39 10 1 1 2 0
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 21 21 42 16 6 1 1 2 6
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 18 38 56 36 5 2 0 2 2
2017–18 Minnesota Wild NHL 66 11 26 37 18 5 0 0 0 2
2018–19 Minnesota Wild NHL 60 10 18 28 16
2018–19 Boston Bruins NHL 21 2 4 6 4 24 9 7 16 12
NHL totals 500 93 155 248 190 68 16 15 31 30

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States WJC   6 2 4 6 4
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 3 1 5 2
2015 United States WC   5 3 2 5 6
Junior totals 12 6 5 11 6
Senior totals 5 3 2 5 6

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. June 26, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Coyle on a roll going into Draft". National Hockey League. June 20, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Coyle, Charlie (May 27, 2019). "Let's Bring it Home". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Eastern Junior Hockey League News". Pointstreak.com. June 26, 2010. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  5. ^ "2010 prospects: Charlie Coyle". HockeysFuture.com. June 20, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  6. ^ "Charlie Coyle to join Sea Dogs". Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  7. ^ "Sharks trade Setoguchi, first-rounder to Wild for Burns". The Sports Network. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  8. ^ Glen Andresen (March 3, 2012). "Wild Signs Coyle To Entry Level Contract". Minnesota Wild. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Coyle scores first career goal in game against Flames". National Hockey League. February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  10. ^ Graff, Chad (April 14, 2013). "Minnesota Wild: Charlie Coyle made first fight a family affair". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Priceless: Wild's Coyle Makes Young Fan's Day". National Hockey League. December 12, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  12. ^ "Young fan gets his wish to meet Charlie Coyle". National Hockey League. December 31, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  13. ^ "Coyle, Niederreiter placed on injured reserve by Wild". NHL.com. October 13, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  14. ^ The Associated Press (October 14, 2017). "Wild forward Charlie Coyle out 6-8 weeks with broken leg". ESPN.com. St. Paul, Minn: ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  15. ^ Mizutani, Dave (November 20, 2017). "Wild's Charlie Coyle returns to lineup for first time in 16 games". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  16. ^ a b McLellan, Sarah (March 5, 2018). "Wild's Charlie Coyle having a run of stitches to his face of late". The Star Tribune. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  17. ^ Feb 20, FOX Sports North; ET, 2019 at 10:45p (February 20, 2019). "Wild trade Coyle for Bruins' Donato, fifth-round pick". FOX Sports. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Coyle, Charlie - NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles". National Hockey League. June 26, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  19. ^ Doyle, Mike (October 22, 2014). "Coyle, Zucker Closer Than Step Brothers". NHL.com. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  20. ^ Russo, Michael (October 12, 2016). "From initial ire grew a tight friendship for Wild's Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  21. ^ Graff, Chad (November 2, 2014). "Wild's Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker inseparable off, and now on, the ice". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 11, 2017.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stéphane Da Costa
Hockey East Rookie of the Year
2010–11
Succeeded by
Scott Wilson
Preceded by
Nick Petrecki
San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Tomáš Hertl