Jordan Douglas Leopold (born August 3, 1980) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He was drafted in the second round, 44th overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1999, though never making an appearance with the team. In his NHL career, Leopold played for the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild.
August 3, 1980|
Golden Valley, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
|National team||United States|
44th overall, 1999|
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Prior to joining the NHL, Leopold played for the Armstrong Falcons of Plymouth, Minnesota, and went on to play collegiate hockey with the University of Minnesota from 1998 until 2002, where he helped the Golden Gophers win an NCAA national championship despite pressure to leave the University early to play in the NHL. After his first year with Minnesota, scoring 23 points, Leopold was drafted in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft in the second round, 44th overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as a prospective offensive defenseman. After completing his sophomore season with the Golden Gophers, Leopold became the property of the Calgary Flames, traded by the Mighty Ducks in exchange for Andrei Nazarov and a second-round draft pick. In 2001–02, his final season with the University of Minnesota, he won the Hobey Baker Award for being the season's outstanding player in college hockey. He also played for the US in the World Championships that year.
Leopold started his professional career in the NHL in 2002. He played 58 games for the Calgary Flames and scored four goals and 14 points. In his second season, Leopold would play in all 82 regular season games, scoring 33 points as well as contributing to the Flames' playoff run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, play which earned him a spot in the defense of the American national team for the 2005 World Championships as well as for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
After one more season with the Flames, Leopold was traded to the Colorado Avalanche at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Leopold's first season with the Avalanche, in 2006–07, was all but wiped out due to injury. Having missed the first 25 games of the season recovering from hernia surgery, he then suffered a groin injury on December 11, 2006, ruling him out for another 17 games. Just a month later, Leopold was injured again, fracturing his wrist on February 17, 2007, effectively missing the rest of the season, and playing in just 15 games. At season's end, Leopold was re-signed by the Avalanche to a two-year contract on May 22, 2007.
In the 2007–08 season, Leopold was again struck down by another injury-plagued season. Throughout the course of the season, he missed 35 games with a hip ailment, lacerated leg and pneumonia. He also suffered a concussion when he was hit high by Steve Ott on March 9, 2008. Ott was subsequently suspended for three games.
Leopold recovered to full health in time for the 2008–09 season. He played in every game with the Avalanche until the NHL trade deadline, when he was traded back to the Calgary Flames for Lawrence Nycholat, prospect Ryan Wilson and a second-round draft pick. Leopold then played all 19 games for the Flames, becoming the first Flames player to play 83 games of an 82-game season, a feat that Ian White would repeat in 2010.
On June 27, 2009, as an impending free agent, Leopold's negotiation rights were traded by the Flames to the Florida Panthers, for the negotiation rights of Jay Bouwmeester, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After testing free-agency, Leopold signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on July 2, 2009.
In the 2009–10 season, Leopold scored seven goals and 18 points in 61 games with the Panthers. On March 1, 2010, he was then traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On April 16, 2010, in Game 2 of a playoff series between the Penguins and the Ottawa Senators, Leopold's series was ended by a devastating hit from Senators defenseman Andy Sutton. Leopold, who had a history of concussion injuries, remained unconscious on the ice for several minutes. Leopold later returned to the Pens' lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-final matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.
In the final year of his contract with the Sabres, during the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on March 30, 2013.
In the 2014–15 season, with limited playing time in St. Louis, on November 15, 2014, Leopold was traded from the Blues to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2016. Leopold played 18 games with the Blue Jackets, registering one goal and two assists, before he joined his third team in the year when he was dealt to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in 2015 on March 2, 2015.
Leopold and his wife Jamie have three daughters and a son. Leopold's trade to the Minnesota Wild, marking a return to his homestate, gained the attention of media outlets after it was revealed that one of his daughters wrote a letter to the Minnesota Wild coaching staff asking for them to trade for Jordan to be closer to family.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1995–96||Robbinsdale Armstrong High School||HS-MN||19||11||14||25||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Robbinsdale Armstrong High School||HS-MN||30||24||36||60||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||University of Minnesota||WCHA||39||7||16||23||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–2000||University of Minnesota||WCHA||39||6||18||24||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||University of Minnesota||WCHA||42||12||37||49||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||University of Minnesota||WCHA||44||20||28||48||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Saint John Flames||AHL||3||1||2||3||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||15||0||2||2||0||6||0||0||0||0|
|2013–14||St. Louis Blues||NHL||27||1||5||6||6||6||0||1||1||2|
|2014–15||St. Louis Blues||NHL||7||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||18||1||2||3||9||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|WCHA All-Rookie Team||1999|
|WCHA Third All-Star Team||1999|
|WCHA Second All-Star Team||2000|
|WCHA First All-Star Team||2001, 2002|
|WCHA Defensive player of the year||2001, 2002|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2001, 2002|
|WCHA All-Tournament Team||2002|||
|Hobey Baker Award||2002|
|NHL YoungStars Game||2003|
- September 26, 2000 – traded to Calgary by Anaheim Ducks for Andrei Nazarov and Calgary's second-round choice (later traded to Phoenix later traded back to Calgary Calgary selected Andrei Taratukhin) in 2001 Entry Draft.
- June 24, 2006 – traded to Colorado Avalanche by Calgary with Calgary's second-round choice (Codey Burki) in 2006 Entry Draft and Calgary's second-round choice (Trevor Cann) in 2007 Entry Draft for Alex Tanguay.
- March 4, 2009 – traded to Calgary Flames by Colorado for Lawrence Nycholat, prospect Ryan Wilson and Montreal's second-round choice (Stefan Elliott) in the 2009 Entry Draft.
- June 27, 2009 – rights traded to Florida Panthers by Calgary with Phoenix's third-round choice (Josh Birkholz) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft for rights to Jay Bouwmeester.
- March 1, 2010 – traded to Pittsburgh Penguins by Florida for Pittsburgh's second-round choice (Connor Brickley) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
- March 30, 2013 – traded to St. Louis Blues by Buffalo for St. Louis' second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
- November 15, 2014 – traded from the Blues to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
- March 2, 2015 - traded to Minnesota Wild by Columbus for Justin Falk and a fifth-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
- Stensaas, Brian (March 15, 2006). "Before the Olympics and NHL, he was one of ours; Jordan Leopold, who played hockey for Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, will be returning to the Twin Cities this weekend with the Calgary Flames for two games against the Minnesota Wild". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
- "Flames trade Nazarov to Ducks for Leopold". cbc.ca. September 26, 2000. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "Gopher's Leopold named 2002 Hobey Baker winner". USCHO.com. April 5, 2002. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "Avs send Tanguay to Flames for Leopold". ESPN.com. June 24, 2006. Retrieved January 8, 2009.
- Dater, Adrian (December 1, 2006). "Decision on defensemen looming". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
- "Avs' Leopold feeling fine after return from groin injury". ESPN.com. January 27, 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "Fractured wrist to sideline Leopold for four weeks". ESPN.com. February 20, 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "Avalanche sign Leopold, three others". ESPN.com. May 23, 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold finally feeling healthy again". thehockeynews.com. September 23, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "League hands Ott three-game suspension for hit to leopold's head". ESPN.com. March 12, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2009.
- Frei, Terry (March 4, 2009). "Avs send Leopold back to Calgary". denverpost.com. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- "NHL.com - Players: Jordan Leopold, Flames - Stats". nhl.com. April 27, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
- "Ian White - stats - NHL.com". Retrieved November 15, 2014.
- "Flames get 1st dibs on Bouwmeester". CBC.ca. June 27, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
- "Panthers get Leopold...Randy Sexton "ecstatic"". miamiherald.com. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
- "Panthers trade defenceman Leopold to Penguins". tsn.ca. March 1, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
- Anderson, Shelly (April 17, 2010). "Senators' Sutton delivers crushing hit on Penguins' Leopold". Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
- "Buffalo Sabres sign defensman Jordan Leopold". WGRZ.com. July 1, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
- "Blues get Leopold in trade with Sabres". National Hockey League. March 30, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
- Gretz, Adam (November 15, 2014). "Blues trade D Jordan Leopold to Blue Jackets for draft pick". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
- "Wild acquires Chris Stewart, Jordan Leopold". Minnesota Star Tribune. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- "Colorado Avalanche 2008-09 media guide" (PDF). Colorado Avalanche. June 7, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
- "Leopold's daughter asked for trade to Wild in letter". National Hockey League. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Jordan Leopold's U.S. Olympic Team bio
|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the Hobey Baker Award