Cody Ceci (born December 21, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). After playing junior-age ice hockey with the Ottawa 67's, Ceci was selected 15th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He made his NHL debut in the 2013–14 season after playing for the Senators' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Binghamton Senators.
Ceci with the Ottawa Senators in 2017
December 21, 1993|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs|
15th overall, 2012|
Born and raised in Ottawa, Ceci is the son of former Canadian Football League receiver and 1984 Vanier Cup MVP Parri Ceci. He has a younger brother, Cole, who is currently playing with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. He also has an older sister Chelsea. Cody left Ottawa at the age of 13 to attend Lakefield College School, a private boarding institution just north of Peterborough, Ontario. After being drafted, Ceci joined the Ottawa 67's. While playing with the Ottawa 67's, Ceci attended Carleton University.
With the Ottawa 67's in 2011–12, Ceci finished second in scoring amongst all OHL defenceman with 60 points. So eager was Ottawa Senators' GM Bryan Murray to select Ceci that he contacted three different teams early in the 2012 draft in an effort to move up and take the defenceman before another team could. "I honestly never thought he would be available at 15," said Murray. On August 23, 2012, Ceci signed a three-year entry level contract with the Senators.
On January 8, 2013, in an effort to overtake the London Knights in the OHL's Western Conference, the Owen Sound Attack obtained Ceci from the 67's. Ceci did not have NHL callup rights and was thus able to finish the season in junior. Once the Attack were eliminated, Ceci was called up to finish the season in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators, playing in the team's final three games of the regular season. Paired on defence with team captain Mark Borowiecki, he scored his first professional point in his second game with Binghamton and scored his first professional goal a day later in the season finale.
In October 2013, Ceci was assigned to the Binghamton Senators after training camp. After a suspension to Senators defenceman Jared Cowen, Ceci was called up to Ottawa in December and played his first game in the NHL on December 12, 2013 in Ottawa against the Buffalo Sabres, a 2–1 win for Ottawa. Two games later, on December 16, 2013 at 3:59 of overtime against goaltender Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues, Ceci scored his first NHL goal, to win the game 3–2. At the beginning of the 2016–17 season, Ceci signed a 2-year 5-million dollar contract extension. In the 2016-17 season he made 2.25 million and in the 2017–18 season he made 3.35 million.
On July 1, 2019, Ceci was traded by the Senators, along with Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and Michael Carcone. Ceci soon agreed to sign a one-year, $4.5 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs on July 4, 2019.
|Representing Canada Ontario|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge|
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2008–09||Peterborough Minor Petes||ETA||57||24||48||72||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||27||8||16||24||2||12||1||9||10||0|
Awards and honoursEdit
- "Youngest junior invite hoping to improve on dad's story". Calgary Herald. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.[dead link]
- "Oshawa Generals acquire Cole Ceci from the Guelph Storm". oshawagenerals.com. Oshawa Generals. October 17, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
- Campbell, Don (June 19, 2012). "NHL Draft the next stop on Ceci's hockey journey". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
- "Cody Ceci: Top Academics in OHL". lcs.on.ca. January 8, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Draft prospect Ceci learned from dad's CFL disappointment". The Sports Network. February 4, 2014. Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Draft Profiles: No.10 – Cody Ceci". The Score. June 21, 2012. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- "Patience a virtue for GM Bryan Murray as Senators draft Cody Ceci". National Post. June 23, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "Senators sign first-round pick Ceci to Entry-level deal". The Sports Network. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
- "Owen Sound land Cody Ceci in OHL blockbuster". Yahoo! Sports. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Helmer, Aedan (April 6, 2009). "Ottawa Sens prospect Cody Ceci reaches pro ranks". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
- "Ceci's first goal see Sen past Blues in OT". Sportsnet.ca. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- The Canadian Press (December 16, 2013). "Homecoming: Cody Ceci scores overtime winner in Senators' 3–2 victory over Blues". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
- "Cody Ceci signs 2-year contract with Ottawa Senators". cbc.ca. August 23, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Cody Ceci agrees to contract with Senators". NHL.com. August 23, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Senators acquire Zaitsev, Brown from Toronto in six-player deal". Ottawa Senators. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- "Maple Leafs sign Ceci and Kerfoot to contract extensions". Toronto Maple Leafs. July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.