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Pierre-Alexandre "P. A." Parenteau (born March 24, 1983) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger. In the National Hockey League (NHL) he played for the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators, and then finished his career with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was originally drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the ninth round, 264th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, though he never made an appearance for the team. Parenteau led the Maple Leafs in team scoring during the 2015–16 season.

P. A. Parenteau
PA Parenteau - Montreal Canadiens.jpg
Parenteau with the Montreal Canadiens in January 2015
Born (1983-03-24) March 24, 1983 (age 36)
Hull, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Colorado Avalanche
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
New Jersey Devils
Nashville Predators
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
NHL Draft 264th overall, 2001
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 2003–2018

Playing careerEdit

Mighty Ducks of AnaheimEdit

Parenteau was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the ninth round, 264th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. During his tenure with the organization, Parenteau never appeared in a game for the club.

Chicago BlackhawksEdit

On December 28, 2006, he was traded from the Ducks, along with Bruno St. Jacques, to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Sébastien Caron, Matt Keith and Chris Durno.[1] Parenteau spent majority of the season in the American Hockey League with the Norfolk Admirals, recording 51 points in 40 games. Parenteau also made his NHL debut during the 2006–07 season with the Blackhawks, playing in five games by season's end.

New York RangersEdit

On October 11, 2007, he was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2008.[2]

In 2009–10, after starting the season with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, Parenteau was recalled to New York and scored his first NHL goal in his first game with the Rangers against Dwayne Roloson of the New York Islanders on October 28, 2009.[3]

New York IslandersEdit

With two more extended stints with the Rangers throughout the season, Parenteau posted eight points in 22 games, producing enough league-wide interest to earn him a free agent contract from the New York Islanders for one-year on July 2, 2010.

 
Parenteau with the Colorado Avalanche in December 2013

Parenteau made the Islanders' opening night roster out of training camp and found a permanent spot on the top line alongside John Tavares and Matt Moulson. After establishing himself with the Islanders, Parenteau was quickly signed to a one-year extension on February 17, 2011.[4] At the end of his first full season in the NHL, he scored 20 goals and 53 points, finishing the season second in scoring for the Islanders.

With the ambition to build upon his break-out season, Parenteau followed up his success in the 2011–12 season, producing 49 assists and 67 points to finish third amongst the Islanders in scoring.[5]

Colorado AvalancheEdit

On July 1, 2012, Parenteau signed, as an unrestricted free agent, to a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[6] With the lock-out-shortened 2012–13 season delaying his Colorado debut, Parenteau later scored his first goal for the Avalanche in a 3–1 home opening victory over the Los Angeles Kings on January 22, 2013.[7][8] He scored in the Avalanche's first four home games, becoming the first Avalanche to do so since Peter Forsberg and Chris Drury in 2000–01. On February 14, 2013, in a 4–3 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild, Parenteau appeared in his 200th career NHL game.[9] In participating in every game for the Avalanche that season, he recorded a career-best points-per-game average to lead the team with 18 goals and co-lead, alongside linemate Matt Duchene, with 43 points.[10]

Montreal CanadiensEdit

On June 30, 2014, Parenteau was traded, along with a fifth-round draft pick in 2015, to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Daniel Brière.[11] In the 2014–15 season with the Canadiens, Parenteau was hampered by injury and occasions of healthy scratches, to finish with an output on 22 points in 56 games.[12] On June 28, 2015, Parenteau was placed on unconditional waivers by the Canadiens for the purpose of buying the final year of his contract out.[13] Having cleared waivers, the next day he was formally bought out and released to free agency.[14]

Toronto Maple LeafsEdit

Following his buyout, Parenteau signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, 2015.[15] Parenteau cited head coach Mike Babcock as the main reason for the signing.[16] The two had previously worked together within the Mighty Ducks organization more than a decade earlier. Parenteau's year in Toronto was arguably his best season since 2012–13 season as he finished second in team scoring and first for goals scored on a rebuilding Maple Leafs team that finished last place in the NHL. Parenteau's play lead him to be included among lists of most likely players to be traded come the February 29, 2016, trade deadline, however, the Maple Leafs were unable to move Parenteau, likely due to an injury suffered a few days prior. As the season came to an end, Parenteau spoke highly of his time in Toronto, saying it was "the best I've felt in the last three years." He added his wish to re-sign with the team in the offseason.[17]

Return to the Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Nashville PredatorsEdit

On July 3, 2016, Parenteau signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders, a team he had previously played for between 2010 and 2012,[18] but was waived on October 10, 2016.[19] He was claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils on October 11, 2016.[20] Upon joining the Devils, Parenteau joined the likes of Sergei Nemchinov and Kevin Weekes as being one of a few players to complete the Hudson River Triple (being a member of the Rangers, Islanders and Devils). In the 2016–17 season, Parenteau continued his scoring rate in producing 13 goals and 27 points in 59 games.

With the Devils falling in the standings, he was traded at the NHL deadline to join his 8th NHL club, the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick on March 1, 2017.[21] Parenteau appeared in 8 regular season games with the club, scoring one assist. He also skated in five playoff games. The Predators made it to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals, but were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg and retirementEdit

Parenteau as a free agent from the Predators, was unsigned over the summer before agreeing to a professional tryout contract with the Detroit Red Wings on September 6, 2017.[22] Following the training camp and preseason, Parenteau was released by the Red Wings without a contract offer. On November 1, 2017, he signed for the remainder of the 2017–18 season with Russian outfit, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[23] On June 14, 2018, Parenteau announced his retirement.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the cousin of former NHL player, Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

Career statisticsEdit

 
Parenteau during his tenure with the New York Islanders

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 45 10 19 29 38
2000–01 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 28 10 13 23 14 7 4 7 11 2
2001–02 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 68 51 67 118 120 4 3 1 4 10
2002–03 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 31 20 35 55 56
2002–03 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 28 13 35 48 84 12 8 11 19 6
2003–04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 66 14 16 30 20 7 1 2 3 6
2004–05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 76 17 24 41 58 9 2 0 2 8
2005–06 Augusta Lynx ECHL 2 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 56 22 27 49 42 19 5 17 22 24
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 28 15 13 28 35
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 40 15 36 51 12 6 2 1 3 2
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 0 1 1 2
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 75 34 47 81 81 5 3 2 5 13
2008–09 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 74 29 49 78 142
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 35 20 25 45 63
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 22 3 5 8 4
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 81 20 33 53 46
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 80 18 49 67 89
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 48 18 25 43 38
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 55 14 19 33 30 7 1 2 3 2
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 8 14 22 30 8 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 20 21 41 68
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 59 13 14 27 35
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 8 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL 20 3 10 13 4 5 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 491 114 182 296 342 20 2 3 5 4
Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2003 Halifax

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC   6 4 3 7 2
Junior totals 6 4 3 7 2

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
AHL
Second All-Star Team 2007–08
First All-Star Team 2008–09

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Blackhawks send Caron to Ducks in multi-player deal". ESPN. 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  2. ^ "Rangers acquire Parenteau from Hawks". New York Rangers. 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  3. ^ "Returning Weight factors in Islanders' win over Rangers". CBS Sports. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  4. ^ "Parenteau agrees to terms on one-year extension". New York Islanders. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-17.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Parenteau aims higher for second season". New York Islanders. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  6. ^ "Avs sign P.A. Parenteau to $16 million deal; add John Mitchell". Denver Post. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  7. ^ "P.A. Parenteau finally gets to join Avalanche teammates". Denver Post. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  8. ^ "Colorado Avalanche defeats Los Angeles Kings in home opener". Denver Post. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  9. ^ "Avalanche end three-game slide, beat Wild in shootout". CBS Sports. 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  10. ^ "P.A Parenteau season in review". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  11. ^ "Canadiens send Briere to Avalanche for Parenteau and draft pick". The Sports Network. 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
  12. ^ "Canadiens waive Parenteau, buyout looming". Sportsnet.ca. 2015-06-28. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  13. ^ "F Richards, F Parenteau placed on waivers". TSN. 2015-06-28. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  14. ^ "Canadiens buy out Parenteau's contract". National Hockey League. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
  15. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Parenteau, Arcobello and Hunwick". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  16. ^ "Winnik, Parenteau glad to be Leafs". Toronto Sun. 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  17. ^ "Parenteau would consider re-signing with Maple Leafs even if he's traded". theScore. 2016-02-19. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  18. ^ "PA Parenteau agrees to terms with Islanders". NHL.com. July 3, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  19. ^ "New York Islanders Transactions". NHL.com. October 11, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  20. ^ "Devils claim Parenteau off waivers". NHL.com. October 11, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  21. ^ Ryan, Chris (2017-03-01). "Devils trade forward P.A. Parenteau to Predators for pick, report says". NJ.com. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  22. ^ "Parenteau to attend Red Wings training camp". MLive.com. 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  23. ^ "Motorist sign P.A. Parenteau" (in Russian). Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. 2017-11-01. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  24. ^ "Report: Parenteau retires after 10-year career". TSN. June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.

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