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Colin Blackwell (born March 28, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey center who is currently playing for the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1]

Colin Blackwell
Born (1993-03-28) March 28, 1993 (age 26)
Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Nashville Predators
Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
NHL Draft 194th overall, 2011
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2016–present

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Playing careerEdit

Blackwell played high school hockey with St. John's Prep in Massachusetts from 2007 to 2011. As a standout with St. John's, recording 66 points in just 25 games, Blackwell was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 194th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Blackwell embarked on a collegiate career with Harvard University of the ECAC. During his tenure with the Crimson, Blackwell was affected by a concussion injury, forcing him to sit out the majority of his junior and senior seasons. He returned towards the end of his senior year in 2014–15, appearing in 11 games to help the team claim the ECAC Tournament Championship.[2]

Following his red-shirted senior season, Blackwell began his professional career in the 2016–17 season, signing a one-year AHL contract with the San Jose Barracuda, primary affiliate to the San Jose Sharks. In a checking line role, Blackwell produced 11 points in 57 games before making 15 post-season appearances in the playoffs.

As a free agent, Blackwell left the Sharks organization in agreeing to participate in the Buffalo Sabres rookie camp, before joining affiliate, the Rochester Americans, on a professional tryout to begin the 2017–18 season.[2] He produced 3 points in 8 games before securing an AHL contract with the Americans on November 2, 2017.[3] He continued to find an offensive role with the Americans, increasing his points totals to lead all forwards with 17 goals and 45 points in 61 games.

On July 3, 2018, Blackwell signed his first NHL contract as a free agent, agreeing to a two-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators.[4] After attending the Predators training camp, Blackwell was re-assigned to start the 2018–19 season with AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.[5] Despite missing 27 games through injury, Blackwell recorded 7 goals in 14 games to earn his first recall to the Predators on January 19, 2019.[6] He made his NHL debut the same day, playing on the fourth-line, in a 4–2 defeat to the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 St. John's Prep USHS 25 33 33 66 10
2011–12 Harvard University ECAC 34 5 14 19 46
2012–13 Harvard University ECAC 21 3 11 14 10
2014–15 Harvard University ECAC 11 5 1 6 6
2015–16 Harvard University ECAC 28 6 13 19 12
2016–17 San Jose Barracuda AHL 57 4 7 11 24 15 3 0 3 8
2017–18 Rochester Americans AHL 61 17 28 45 23 3 1 2 3 0
2018–19 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 43 14 12 26 22 5 1 0 1 4
2018–19 Nashville Predators NHL 6 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 6 0 0 0 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
College
New England Unsung Hero Award 2016

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colin Blackwell player profile". Elite Prospects. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Harvard graduate Colin Blackwell impressing Sabres". buffalohockeybeat.com. 2017-09-09. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ "Amerks sign Colin Blackwell to AHL deal". Rochester Americans. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ "Predators sign Colin Blackwell to two-year contract". Nashville Predators. 2018-07-03. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  5. ^ "Predators assign Blackwell to Milwaukee". Nashville Predators. 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ "Predators recall forward Colin Blackwell from Milwaukee". 2019-01-19. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ "Ekblad, Trochek lead Panthers over Predators". ESPN. 2019-01-19. Retrieved 2019-02-01.

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