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Kole Sherwood (born January 22, 1997) is an American professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Kole Sherwood
Born (1997-01-22) January 22, 1997 (age 22)
New Albany, Ohio, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present

When Sherwood made his NHL debut during the 2018–19 season, he became the first player from central Ohio to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Prior to turning professional, Sherwood played in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights, Flint Firebirds, and Kitchener Rangers.

Playing careerEdit

Sherwood was introduced to hockey with his brother Kiefer by their father Roger.[1] After playing in 31 games for the Ohio Blue Jackets U18 team, Sherwood played three games with the Youngstown Phantoms in the United States Hockey League (USHL) during the 2014–15 season.[2]

On February 9, 2015, Sherwood committed to play NCAA hockey for Boston University.[3] While Sherwood and his brother went undrafted to the NHL, they were both invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2015 development camp.[4] He eventually signed an entry level contract with the Blue Jackets on July 17, 2015, forgoing his NCAA eligibility.[5] Instead of joining the Boston Terriers, Sherwood committed to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the 2015–16 season.[6]

On September 29, 2016, after playing his rookie season with the Knights, Sherwood was traded to the Flint Firebirds in exchange for two second round picks and one conditional pick.[7] After having a career-high season with Flint in which he recorded 85 points in 60 games, Sherwood was traded to the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for draft picks ranging from 2019 to 2021.[8] While with the Firebirds, Sherwood made his professional debut with the Cleveland Monsters, the Blue Jackets American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, in April.[9] Sherwood was returned to the OHL for the 2017–18 season where he completed his major junior career with the Rangers.[10]

After attending the Blue Jackets training camp prior to the 2018–19 season, he was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, to begin the season.[11] On November 21, 2018, after playing in eight AHL games, Sherwood was assigned to the Monsters ECHL affiliate, the Jacksonville Icemen.[12] The demotion was short-lived as he was recalled back to the AHL on November 26, after playing in three games.[13]

He was recalled to the NHL on January 13, 2019, after playing in 22 games for the Monsters.[14] Although he was sent down without making his NHL debut, he was recalled again in February.[15] Sherwood eventually made his NHL debut on February 16, 2019, against the Chicago Blackhawks, becoming the first player from central Ohio to play for the Blue Jackets.[1] In his debut, he played 6:58 minutes alongside Riley Nash, Lukáš Sedlák, and Anthony Duclair to help the Blue Jackets win 5–2.[16] He was reassigned to the Monsters on February 19 after Brandon Dubinsky was activated from injured reserve.[17]

Sherwood attended the Blue Jackets training camp but failed to make their opening night roster. After spending the beginning of the season with the Monsters, Sherwood was called up on November 3, 2019.[18] That night, Sherwood was roughed by Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic who was subsequently suspended for two games.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Sherwood was born to parents Roger and Yuko in New Albany, Ohio.[18] His older brother Kiefer is also a professional hockey player.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Ohio Blue Jackets T1EHL 31 22 26 48 29 4 1 3 4 16
2014–15 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 3 1 1 2 0 18 2 4 6 14
2015–16 London Knights OHL 63 12 22 34 53 7 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Flint Firebirds OHL 60 33 52 85 60 5 4 1 5 10
2016–17 Cleveland Monsters AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Kitchener Rangers OHL 57 30 30 60 56 19 14 12 26 30
2018–19 Cleveland Monsters AHL 56 16 9 25 71 6 0 1 1 13
2018–19 Jacksonville Icemen ECHL 3 1 0 1 4
2018–19 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jeff Svoboda (February 16, 2019). "Kole Sherwood becomes first central Ohio product to play for Jackets". NHL.com. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets sign New Albany native Kole Sherwood to three-year, entry level contract". NHL.com. July 7, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  3. ^ @92KSherwood (February 9, 2015). "Proud to announce I've officially committed to Boston University. Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way! #BU #Terriers" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Merz, Craig (July 4, 2015). "Undrafted Ohio brothers attend Blue Jackets camp". NHL.com. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Mixer, Rob (July 17, 2015). ""A dream come true" for Kole Sherwood". NHL.com. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "PICCINICH & SHERWOOD COMMIT TO KNIGHTS". londonknights.com. August 5, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "LONDON AND FLINT COMPLETE TRADE". londonknights.com. September 29, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Kitchener Rangers acquire Kole Sherwood from the Flint Firebirds". kitchenerrangers.com. October 17, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Kole Sherwood Called-Up to Columbus Blue Jackets' AHL Affiliate, Cleveland Monsters". flintfirebirds.com. April 2, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Brown, Josh (October 19, 2017). "Sherwood is happy to finish junior career in Kitchener". therecord.com. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets trim training camp roster to 34 players". NHL.com. September 24, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  12. ^ "Blue Jackets Assign F Kole Sherwood and Sam Vigneault to ECHL's Jacksonville IceMen". clevelandmonsters.com. November 21, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "ECHL TRANSACTIONS - NOV. 26". echl.com. November 26, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  14. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets Recall Kole Sherwood from Cleveland". clevelandmonsters.com. January 13, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "Blue Jackets recall Forward Kole Sherwood from Monsters". clevelandmonsters.com. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  16. ^ Jeff Svoboda (February 17, 2019). "Sherwood: Blue Jackets debut 'a dream come true'". NHL.com. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  17. ^ "CBJ activate C Brandon Dubinsky off IR". NHL.com. February 19, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Svoboda, Jeff (November 3, 2019). "Sherwood brings energy in return to Blue Jackets". nhl.com. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  19. ^ "Flames' Milan Lucic gets 2-game suspension for roughing Kole Sherwood". espn.com. November 3, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.

External linksEdit

Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database