Christian Wolanin (born March 17, 1995) is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Wolanin was selected by the Senators in the fourth round, 107th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
March 17, 1995|
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|NHL team||Ottawa Senators|
|National team||United States|
107th overall, 2015|
Wolanin began his hockey career with the Green Bay Gamblers and Muskegon Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League (USHL). While with the Lumberjacks, Wolanin was named to the USHL Second All-Star Team. After playing in the USHL, Wolanin committed to the University of North Dakota.
While majoring in Communications at North Dakota, Wolanin played in 32 games during his freshman season and ranked third in the conference amongst rookie defensemen in scoring. He was named to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team at the conclusion of the season. In his sophomore season, Wolanin tied for fifth amongst NCHC defensemen in scoring but led all conference defensemen during the playoffs. Wolanin helped the Fighting Hawks qualify for the 2017 Frozen Faceoff after he recorded the game tying goal in Game 2 of the NCHC Quarterfinals against the St. Cloud Huskies to send the game to overtime.
After playing three seasons with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, Wolanin signed a two-year entry level contract with the Senators. He made his NHL debut on March 22, 2018, in a 6–2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. He scored his first NHL goal April 2, 2018 in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Wolanin spent the beginning of the 2018–19 season with the Senators American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Belleville Senators, but was recalled to the NHL on October 25. On January 23, 2019, Wolanin was added to the 2019 AHL All-Star Game roster.
On July 4, 2019, Wolanin was signed to a two-year, $1.8 million contract extension with the final year on a one-way basis.
Wolanin's father, Craig played in 695 NHL games and won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. As a result of his father's career, Wolanin lived in Quebec City and Denver before his family permanently settled in Rochester, Michigan. He is a dual citizen of both Canada and the United States. and chose to play for the U.S. national team for the first time at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2012–13||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||54||0||8||8||70||4||1||0||1||2|
|2013–14||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||23||1||4||5||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||University of North Dakota||NCHC||32||4||11||15||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||University of North Dakota||NCHC||37||6||16||22||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||University of North Dakota||NCHC||40||12||23||35||50||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-USHL Second Team||2015|||
|NCHC Academic All-Conference Team||2016, 2017|||
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- Mick Hatten (March 11, 2017). "UND beats SCSU in OT, 6-5, to advance to Frozen Faceoff". St. Cloud Times. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
- "Senators sign Christian Wolanin to entry-level deal". sportsnet.ca. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
- Fraser, Callum (March 22, 2018). "Oilers at Senators preview". NHL.com. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
- Warren, Ken (March 22, 2018). "Christian Wolanin races into NHL debut with Senators". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
- Arila, John (April 2, 2018). "Senators defenseman Christian Wolanin scores first career NHL goal in loss to Jets". sportingnews.com. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- "Senators recall Christian Wolanin from AHL Belleville". sportsnet.ca. October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
- "More All-Star roster changes announced". American Hockey League. January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
- "Senators sign Christian Wolanin to a two-year contract". Ottawa Senators. July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
- Medaglia, Craig (July 1, 2016). "Catching up with: Christian Wolanin". NHL.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
I'll be missing the 4th of July because I'll be here for camp but I'm a dual citizen so I'll celebrate Canada Day with the guys
- Fox, Hughes, Wolanin Added To 2019 U.S. Men's National Team