Josef Boumedienne

Josef Sami Boumedienne (born January 12, 1978) is a Swedish former professional hockey defenceman. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. He is currently serving as the Director of European scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets.[1]

Josef Boumedienne
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Born (1978-01-12) January 12, 1978 (age 42)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Södertälje SK
Tappara
New Jersey Devils
Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals
Brynäs IF
Oulun Kärpät
ZSC Lions
Dinamo Minsk
EV Zug
Djurgårdens IF
Jokerit
Slovan Bratislava
NHL Draft 91st overall, 1996
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1996–2013

Playing careerEdit

Boumedienne started his career playing for Huddinge IK in the Swedish Allsvenskan in the season 1995-96. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft as their third-round pick, #91 overall. Boumedienne moved to play for Södertälje SK in the Elitserien. After two seasons with Södertälje SK he went to play with Tappara in the Finnish SM-liiga.

Boumedienne played two seasons with Tappara and in the 1999-00 season he led the team's defenders with 8 goals and 24 assists for 32 points. In the 2000–01 season he moved to the NHL, playing his first season on New Jersey's farm team, the Albany River Rats in the AHL. The next season he made his NHL debut on October 6, 2001[2] and played one game with New Jersey Devils, scoring his first NHL goal. In November 2001 the Devils traded Boumedienne along with Sascha Goc and Anton Butin to the Tampa Bay Lightning, in exchange for Andrei Zyuzin.

Boumedienne played three games with the Lightning, playing mainly with the Lightning's farm team, the Springfield Falcons. In 2002 Tampa Bay traded Boumedienne to the Ottawa Senators for a seventh-round draft pick. He played with the Senators organization until December 2002, when the Senators traded him to the Washington Capitals for Dean Melanson. He started his Capitals career playing mainly on the Capitals' farm team Portland Pirates, playing six games with the Capitals. In the 2003–04 season he continued with the Capitals, playing 37 games with the team. After a successful season he received a one-year contract extension from the Capitals.

In the NHL lockout season of 2004–05, Boumedienne started his season with Brynäs IF in Sweden's Elitserien. Only 13 games later, he moved to the SM-liiga when SML-team Kärpät acquired him. He won the Finnish championship with the team. In the 2005-06 season he started with the Zürich Lions in the Swiss NLA, but was released by the team after 17 games, where he scored 1 goal and 10 assists. According to the Zürich Lions, Boumedienne's defending was poor, leading to his release. He played the rest of the season with Södertälje SK, in the Elitserien.

Boumedienne signed a two-year contract with Kärpät in November 2006. He missed the start of the season due the abdominal surgery. In April 2007 Boumedienne won his second Finnish championship with Kärpät.

In the summer 2007 Boumedienne signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Washington Capitals. He played the entire season with the Hershey Bears. In the 2008-09 season he moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, playing 19 games with the Toronto Marlies. After this he returned to SM-liiga, winning his third SM-medal, gaining a silver with Kärpät.

For the 2009–10 season Boumedienne started with Dynamo Minsk in the KHL. However, he was released by Minsk, even though he led all Minsk defenders in points, with 7 points in 17 games.

In 2010 Boumedienne moved to play with EV Zug in the NLA. After the season Djurgårdens IF acquired Boumedienne on a one-year contract, with an option for 2011–12. On 30 January 2012, Finnish club Jokerit acquired Boumedienne and signed him to a contract for the rest of the season.

Boumedienne's last season of his professional career was in 2012–13, initially with HC Bratislava Slovan of the Kontinental Hockey League, finishing with Oulun Kärpät in the SM-liiga.

InternationalEdit

Boumedienne played for Sweden's national team at the European Hockey Tour, and has held Finnish nationality in addition since 2004.

PersonalEdit

Boumedienne is the son of an Algerian father and a Finnish mother. He is a co-owner of Helsinki Capital Partners, that offers fee-only, tailor-made wealth management solutions for professional athletes.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Södertälje SK SEL 32 1 1 2 32
1997–98 Södertälje SK SEL 26 3 3 6 28
1998–99 Tappara SM-l 51 6 8 14 119
1999–00 Tappara SM-l 50 8 24 32 160 4 1 2 3 10
2000–01 Albany River Rats AHL 79 8 29 37 117
2001–02 Albany River Rats AHL 9 0 3 3 10
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 1 0 1 2
2001–02 Springfield Falcons AHL 53 7 25 32 57
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 3 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 26 2 15 17 62
2002–03 Portland Pirates AHL 44 8 22 30 77
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 6 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Portland Pirates AHL 13 1 8 9 10
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 37 2 12 14 30
2004–05 Brynäs IF SEL 13 6 0 6 43
2004–05 Oulun Kärpät SM-l 32 5 10 15 58 12 1 5 6 12
2005–06 ZSC Lions NLA 17 1 10 11 24
2005–06 Södertälje SK SEL 26 1 19 20 62
2006–07 Oulun Kärpät SM-l 18 2 2 4 36 10 1 3 4 16
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 52 7 35 42 81 1 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Oulun Kärpät SM-l 17 3 7 10 32
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 19 0 7 7 29
2009–10 Dinamo Minsk KHL 17 0 7 7 30
2009–10 EV Zug NLA 7 0 4 4 8
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF SEL 52 5 25 30 73 7 0 3 3 6
2011–12 Djurgårdens IF SEL 36 2 15 17 32
2011–12 Jokerit SM-l 16 1 7 8 26 10 3 3 6 18
2012–13 Slovan Bratislava KHL 17 0 2 2 18
2012–13 Oulun Kärpät SM-l 14 0 1 1 6 3 0 3 3 4
NHL totals 47 4 12 16 36

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Sweden EJC18   5 1 1 2 14
1997 Sweden WJC 8th 6 1 0 1 2
1998 Sweden WJC 6th 1 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 12 2 1 3 18

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
AHL
All-Star Game 2001 [4]
SM-liiga
All-Star Team 2005

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Blue Jackets team staff directory". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2018-02-03. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  2. ^ 2007-2008 New Jersey Devils Media Guide. p. 62.
  3. ^ "Wealth management solutions for Professional Athletes". HCP Sports. 2017-07-21. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  4. ^ "Canadian All-Stars 11, Planet USA All-Stars 10". American Hockey League. 2001-01-15. Retrieved 2019-02-01.

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