Eric Tangradi (born February 10, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He has previously played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, and the New Jersey Devils. Tangradi was drafted 42nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.
Tangradi as a member of the Jets in 2013.
February 10, 1989|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
42nd overall, 2007|
Tangradi, originally from the Philadelphia area, played High School Hockey for Archbishop Carroll and won a Pennsylvania State AA Championship in 2004 over 2-time champions Peters Township and played one season for Wyoming Seminary Prep School in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
He played three seasons of junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2008, Tangradi was named captain of the Bulls team. In 2008-09, Tangradi had a break-out junior season, posting 38 goals and 88 points in just 55 games. During the season on December 9, 2008, he was also signed to a three-year entry-level deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
On February 26, 2009, Tangradi was traded along with Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Kunitz to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney. Tangradi was named the Boston Pizza OHL & CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 12. Tangradi at seasons end was named the Belleville Bulls Humanitarian of the Year, Most Outstanding Forward, and Top Scorer.
Tangradi tallied his first professional point in his first professional game in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on October 3, 2009 against the Syracuse Crunch. He assisted on a Wyatt Smith goal in the second period. He later scored his first professional goal in the AHL on November 11, 2009 against Jean-Philippe Lamoureux of the Portland Pirates. Off of the following face-off, Tangradi entered his first professional fight taking on Kyle Rank.
Tangradi made his NHL debut during the last game of the season, on April 11, 2010 against the New York Islanders.
The following season, Tangradi made the NHL club out of training camp. On October 11, 2010, Tangradi scored his first NHL point against the New Jersey Devils assisting on an Alex Goligoski goal. On October 15, 2010, Tangradi scored his first NHL goal against goaltender Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders. After being reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on December 8, 2010, Tangradi scored his first professional hat trick against goalies Jussi Rynnas and Ben Scrivens of the Toronto Marlies.
During a February 11, 2011, game vs. the New York Islanders Tangradi was a victim of an elbow to the head by forward Trevor Gillies. Gillies was suspended 9 games for the hit. Tangradi was sidelined for two months, due to concussion symptoms. On January 13, 2012, Tangradi picked up his first NHL fighting major when he took on Erik Gudbranson of the Florida Panthers. On April 18, 2012, Tangradi tallied his first NHL playoff point against his hometown Philadelphia Flyers, assisting on a Jordan Staal goal. Tangradi's legacy with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins is that he is ninth on W-B/S' all-time goals list with 60 in 178 games.
Tangradi scored his first goal as a Winnipeg Jet on March 7, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Lightning's Anders Lindback. Tangradi played his first full season at the NHL level with Winnipeg in 2013-14 where he assumed a fourth-line left wing role.
On July 8, 2015, the Detroit Red Wings signed Tangradi to a one-year contract. On October 4, 2015, Tangradi was assigned to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. On December 28, 2015, Tangradi was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. He was assigned to the Griffins on December 30. On January 24, 2016, Tangradi was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, Tangradi led the Griffins with 31 points, and was tied for fifth in the AHL with 16 goals in 36 games. He was reassigned to the Griffins on January 26. On March 21, 2016, the Red Wings signed Tangradi to a two-year contract extension.
Growing up in Philadelphia as the son of a postal worker, Tangradi was a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, and had Eric Lindros' and Keith Primeau's jerseys along with the Flyers' Legion of Doom poster hanging on his room's wall. In addition to ice hockey he also played lacrosse as a youth.
Tangradi is a dog lover, and owns a Boxer named Carson in honor of the street in Pittsburgh where he met his wife, Caitlyn Hess. The couple married on June 21, 2014. A Penn State graduate with an interest for fashion, Hess started SCHEÉ (pronounced SHE-ay), a shoe company with a philanthropic twist where a percentage of each sale goes to a charity.
|2015–16||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||72||28||28||56||66||7||2||3||5||4|
|2015–16||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||54||17||27||44||53||19||2||17||19||12|
|2017–18||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||74||31||33||64||51||4||2||2||4||4|
|2018–19||New Jersey Devils||NHL||6||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Tangradi was a member of the United States team in the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships.
- Tangradi was a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Tangradi was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 12, 2010.
- Named to the 2011 AHL All-Star game.
- Named Huntington Bank Grand Rapids Griffins Player of the Month for March 2017.
- Tangradi was a member of the 2017 Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins.
- Named Huntington Bank Grand Rapids Griffins Player of the Month for December 2017.
- "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League.
- "Barn Hockey Profile". Barn Hockey. Sep 2008.
- Yohe, Josh (Sep 2011). "Penguins' Tangradi more comfortable, confident". Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
- Rosten, Tyler (Aug 2012). "Tangradi Sees Chance To Stick Up Top". Official Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- "NHL Slaps Godard with 10-game suspension, Gillies gets nine". Feb 2011.
- Molinari, Dave (Feb 2011). "Penguins Notebook: Tangradi isn't sure about severity of injury". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "WBS PENGUINS: Tangradi dealt to Winnipeg". Feb 2013.
- "Penguins GM Shero still pondering approach to the draft". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- Peters, Chris (5 October 2014). "Jets acquire G Peter Budaj in three-player trade with Canadiens". cbssports.com. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- Kujawa, Kyle (July 8, 2015). "Red Wings sign winger Eric Tangradi". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
- "Reinforcements Arrive". Grand Rapids Griffins. October 4, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- Kujawa, Kyle (December 28, 2015). "Wings recall Tangradi from Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
- Kujawa, Kyle (December 30, 2015). "Red Wings assign Tangradi to Griffins". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
- "Tangradi, Jensen recalled; assign Andersson". Detroit Red Wings. January 24, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (January 26, 2016). "Andersson recalled, two reassigned". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
- Kujawa, Kyle (March 21, 2016). "Red Wings extend Tangradi for two years". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
- "Devils sign forward Eric Tangradi to a one-year, two-way contract". NHL.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
- "Mind over matter - Eric Tangradi". www.griffinshockey.com. December 9, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
- Bosco, Andrea (February 17, 2015). "Real Wedding: Caitlyn Hess + Eric Tangradi". whirlmagazine.com. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
- "Schee shoes' new bridal collection marries fashion, philanthropy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 18, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2016.