Geoffrey M. Sanderson (born February 1, 1972) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger, most notably for the Hartford Whalers and Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).
February 1, 1972|
Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
36th overall, 1990|
Drafted by the Hartford Whalers 36th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Sanderson made his NHL debut at the tail end of the 1990–91 season. After playing in 64 games in his first full season for the club in 1991–92, he registered career highs in goals (46), assists (43), and points (89) in 1992–93. Sanderson spent his first six NHL seasons with Hartford and played half a season with the franchise when they moved to Carolina. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in January 1998 and a little over a month later was sent to the Buffalo Sabres. He saw the most playoff action of his career during his three seasons with Buffalo, making it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998–99.
Left unprotected by Buffalo during the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft, Sanderson joined the Columbus Blue Jackets and scored 30-plus goals in 2000–01 and 2002–03. He was the first Blue Jacket to score a hat trick. He returned to Vancouver at the trade deadline in 2003–04 and was reclaimed by Columbus off waivers in the off-season which was a condition of the trade. Once the 2004–05 NHL lockout came to an end, Sanderson was traded two games into the 2005–06 season to the Phoenix Coyotes. After scoring 25 goals in 75 games with Phoenix, Sanderson signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in the off-season.
A disappointing year with Philadelphia resulted in Sanderson being traded to Edmonton with Joni Pitkanen in exchange for Joffrey Lupul and former Oilers captain Jason Smith. Sanderson scored two goals against Philadelphia the first time he played against his former team. Following the 2008 season, Edmonton declined to tender Sanderson a contract, ending his professional playing career.
Sanderson accepted a developmental coaching and scouting role within the New York Islanders organization to begin the 2010–11 season. After his second season with the Islanders, Sanderson opted to step away from his position citing family reasons, and a similar lifestyle to his playing days. Sanderson formed and currently runs an oil and gas rental equipment company, Breakaway Matting, alongside former teammate Brendan Morrison.
Sanderson is the only NHL player to have been raised in the Northwest Territories, a place in which he grew up while his father worked as a pharmacist in the now defunct town of Pine Point, Northwest Territories. As a teenager, he relocated with his family to Edmonton. Sanderson currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife Ellen and three sons.
In 2013, Sanderson coached his oldest son's peewee team, the Springbank Whalers of Calgary.
He has two cousins who have also played in the NHL: Wade Brookbank, who most recently played for the Rockford IceHogs and Sheldon Brookbank, who is currently an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1987–88||St. Albert Royals||AMHL||45||65||55||120||175||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||58||17||11||28||16||12||3||5||8||6|
|1989–90||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||70||32||62||94||56||4||1||4||5||8|
|1990–91||Swift Current Broncos||WHL||70||62||50||112||57||3||1||2||3||4|
|2000–01||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||68||30||26||56||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||42||11||5||16||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||34||33||67||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||67||13||16||29||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|Men's ice hockey|
Awards and honoursEdit
|WHL Champions (Swift Current Broncos)||1989|
|Calder Cup (Springfield Indians)||1991|
|All-Star Game||1994, 1997|
- "Flyers sign free agent left wing Geoff Sanderson". Philadelphia Flyers. 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
- "Oilers acquire Pitkanen, Sanderson from Flyers for Lupul, Smith". National Hockey League. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- "Throwback Thursday: Catching Up with Geoff Sanderson". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Geoff Sanderson about breakaway". breakawaymatting.com. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
- "Hometown Sanderson". Sports Illustrated. 1999-10-27. Retrieved 2013-04-05.