Paul Albert Bissonnette (born March 11, 1985), nicknamed "BizNasty", is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes.
March 11, 1985|
Welland, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
121st overall, 2003|
Paul Albert Bissonnette was born March 11, 1985, in Welland, Ontario, to parents Yolande and Cam Bissonnette. Paul's mother was an office administration professor at Niagara College for 30 years in Southern Ontario. His father was a steel worker.
At age 16, Bissonnette was drafted 31st overall by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s North Bay Centennials in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection. He played in 57 games as a rookie and scored three goals and three assists. Following the 2001–02 season, the Centennials relocated and became the Saginaw Spirit.
Bissonnette was named co-captain on the Spirit and also became a member of Canada's under-18 gold medal-winning team. During the 2003 Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, Bissonnette was named Team Orr player of the game after recording a goal and fighting Dion Phaneuf.
Bissonnette was selected in the fourth round, 121st overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. When drafted, he was playing with the Saginaw Spirit of the junior OHL. During the 2003–04 season, Bissonnette served as the Spirit captain and finished ninth in points. He played another half season with the Spirit before being traded to the Owen Sound Attack, where he finished the 2004–05 season.
Bissonnette began his professional career in 2005 with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. He appeared in 14 games for the Nailers, while also playing 55 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). On November 12, 2005, Bissonnette received his first professional fighting major when he fought Jordan Smith of the Portland Pirates. The following season, Bissonnette played spent 65 games with the Nailers, while spending on three with the Penguins. Bissonnette scored his first professional goal in the AHL on February 25, 2006, on goaltender Maxime Ouellet of the Manitoba Moose. The following season, Bissonnette appeared in 65 games for the Nailers, while only skating in three for the Penguins. After 22 games with the Nailers during the 2007–08 season, Bissonnette was recalled by the Penguins, where he would spend the remainder of the season. While in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, teammates Dennis Bonvie and Deryk Engelland worked with Bissonnette, often practicing fighting techniques. During his time in Wheeling, he was also named to the ECHL all-star game twice
Bissonnette earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins' roster to begin the 2008–09 season. He earned his first NHL fighting major on October 16, 2008, when he fought Matt Bradley of the Washington Capitals. During the fight, Bissonnette knocked Bradley to the ice, bloodying his nose. On January 13, 2009, Bissonnette recorded his first career NHL point, assisting on a goal by Tyler Kennedy against the Philadelphia Flyers.
On May 5, 2009, during a playoff game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears, Bissonnette was hit awkwardly by Greg Amadio and Steve Pinizzotto. He was deeply cut by the skate of one of the Hershey players on his left wrist and suffered nerve damage in his left hand.
On October 1, 2009, Bissonnette was claimed on waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes after failing to make the Penguins' NHL roster out of training camp. On October 12, 2009, Bissonnette's first fight as a Coyote occurred against Jody Shelley of the San Jose Sharks. On November 12, 2009, Bissonnette scored his first NHL goal, against goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in a 4–2 loss.
On October 5, 2011, Bissonnette signed a two-year contract extension with the Coyotes. During the 2011–12 season, on November 19, 2011, Bissonnette scored the game-winning goal, playing in front of his mother and grandparents for the first time as an NHL player. The Coyotes went on to win 4–2 over the Buffalo Sabres.
With the 2012–13 NHL lock-out in effect, on November 1, 2012, Bissonnette signed with the Cardiff Devils of the British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). In ten games for the Devils, Bissonnette scored 6 goals and 19 points before returning to the Coyotes.
Bissonnette left the Coyotes' organization after five seasons following the 2013–14 season. On September 16, 2014, he accepted a tryout agreement from the St. Louis Blues to attend their training camp. After playing the entirety of the pre-season, Bissonnette was released from his tryout on October 4.
A few weeks later, on October 24, Bissonnette returned to the Cardiff Devils of the EIHL. He re-joined the team "on a temporary basis while he still looks for opportunities in the NHL". Bissonnette returned to the Coyotes' organization just three days later on October 27 when he signed a professional tryout agreement with the club's AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. After just eight games, Bissonnette was released from his tryout on December 9.
Manchester Monarchs/Ontario ReignEdit
On the same day, Bissonnette signed a tryout agreement with the Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. After 19 games, on February 3, 2015, the Monarchs signed Bissonnette to a standard AHL contract for the remainder of the season. Bissonnette and the Monarchs won the Calder Cup after defeating the Utica Comets in five games.
With the Monarchs joining the ECHL, the team was replaced by the Ontario Reign as the Kings' AHL affiliate. On July 8, 2015, the Reign signed Bissonnette to a one-year contract. He played 35 games for the team during the 2015–16 season. On July 6, 2016, he returned to the Reign after signing a one-year extension.
On June 24, 2017, it was announced that Bissonnette would join the Coyotes' radio booth as an color commentator, replacing Nick Boynton. On September 7, Bissonnette officially confirmed his retirement from professional hockey on his Instagram account.
On May 14, 2018, Bissonnette released a mockumentary series named BizNasty Does BC, which he co-created with Pasha Eshghi. The series features 17 past and present NHL stars and shows off the beauty of the province of British Columbia.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2001–02||North Bay Centennials||OHL||57||3||3||6||21||5||0||0||0||2|
|2004–05||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||35||2||11||13||46||8||1||3||4||2|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
Awards and honoursEdit
- @BizNasty2point0 (August 11, 2011). "No ones going to guess my middle name. It's Albert, yes Albert. So next question is who was my first NHL game against?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Boivin, Paola. "Phoenix Coyotes' Paul 'Biznasty' Bissonnette proves players willing to bite back online". 12 News & The Arizona Republic. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Fitz-Gerald, Sean (November 18, 2011). "Mom wishes Paul Bissonnette's Twitter feed had cleaner … grammar". National Post. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- "Fritsche goal caps Cherry comeback in Home Hardware CHL Top Prospects Game". CHL. Retrieved January 22, 2003.
- Chalk, Dan. "Spirit trade Bissonnette". Midland Daily News. Retrieved November 24, 2004.
- Bombulie, Jonathan. "Ins and Outs of Playoff Hockey – Penguins Insider – Community Server". Retrieved July 9, 2009.[permanent dead link]
- Bombulie, Jonathan. "Bissonnette claimed by Coyotes". Retrieved October 8, 2009.
- "Canadiens 4, Coyotes 2". cbssports.com. November 12, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- NHL. "Coyotes sign Bissonnette to a Two-Year Contract Extension". Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- "Bissonnette helps Coyotes beat Sabres 4-2". Daily Messenger. November 20, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- "NHL player Paul Bissonnette joins Cardiff Devils". Wales Online. November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
- Peters, Chris. "Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette earns tryout invite from Blues". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
- Rutherford, Jeremy. "Blues release Bissonnette from tryout". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- "Bissonnette signs with Britain's Devils". Sportsnet. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
- McLellan, Sarah. "Paul Bissonnette returning to Coyotes organization". USA Today. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
- Silverman, Catherine. "Bidding Biznasty Farewell: Paul Bissonnette Released From PTO". Howlin' Hockey. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
- "Monarchs Sign Bissonnette to PTO". Manchester Monarchs. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
- "Monarchs Sign Bissonnette to AHL Contract". Manchester Monarchs. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
- "AT LAST, MONARCHS RULE THE AHL". AHL. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
- Clinton, Jared. "ECHL WILL REPLACE THREE RELOCATED AHL TEAMS IN 2015-16". The Hockey News. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
- Mahiban, Dhiren (July 8, 2015). "Bissonnette signs a one-year, one-way deal with Kings' affiliate". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
- "BISSONNETTE RETURNING TO REIGN". AHL. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
- "Paul Bissonnette to join Coyotes radio broadcast team". Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- Bissonnette, Paul. "Well. That's all she wrote". Instagram. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
- Grinnell, Mike. "BREAKING NEWS: BIZ NASTY IS JOINING SPITTIN' CHICLETS". Barstool Sports. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- "Bissonnette's new mockumentary aims to show lighter side of NHL players". SportsNet. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- "Manchester defeats Utica to win Calder Cup". National Hockey League. June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.