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Phil Varone (ice hockey)

For the American musician, see Phil Varone.

Philip Varone (born December 4, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He currently plays for the Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Varone was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Phil Varone
Phil Varone Amerks.jpg
Born (1990-12-04) December 4, 1990 (age 29)
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Laval Rocket (AHL)
Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft 147th overall, 2009
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2011–present

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Varone played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2006–07 to 2010–11, collecting 78 goals and 152 assists for 230 points in 228 games.

ProfessionalEdit

Varone attended the San Jose Sharks training camp in 2010, but was sent down to London for the season. By July 2011, the Sharks had not signed Varone to a contract, making him a free agent. Varone attended the Buffalo Sabres training camp in 2011, but did not make the team. He instead signed a one-year AHL contract with the Sabres' affiliate Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). He led Rochester in scoring with 11 goals and 41 assists.[1]

On March 19, 2012, the Buffalo Sabres signed Varone to a three-year entry level contract.[2] Varone was recalled to the Sabres' active roster on January 22, 2014,[3] and scored his first career point with an assist on a goal by Brian Flynn the next night against the Carolina Hurricanes.[4] Varone scored his first goal in his fourth career game, against Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals on January 28, 2014.[5]

Following the 2014–15 season, Varone became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Buffalo Sabres made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Varone filed for salary arbitration.[6] The two sides reached an agreement on a one-year, two-way contract on July 13.

In the 2015–16 season, Varone played in a further five games with the Sabres, but was on assignment with the Rochester Americans when on February 27, 2016, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators as part of a seven-player deal.[7] Varone was called up to Ottawa for the final game of the season, April 9, 2016 and recorded an assist. In the following 2016–17 season, Varone split between Ottawa and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Serving as an alternate captain he appeared in 65 regular season games for Binghamton, where he recorded 36 assists and 51 points. He was scoreless over 7 games in the NHL with Ottawa.

On July 1, 2017, having left the Senators as a free agent, Varone signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.[8] At the end of the 2017–18 regular season, Varone was named the AHL's Most Valuable Player.[9]

On December 7, 2018, Varone was recalled by the Flyers. He made his Flyers debut on December 8 against the Buffalo Sabres. He scored his first goal as a member of the Flyers on December 22 in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

As a free agent Varone left the Flyers to sign a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 3, 2019.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 13 1 3 4 2
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 36 5 20 25 12
2007–08 London Knights OHL 31 10 26 36 14 5 1 1 2 7
2008–09 London Knights OHL 58 19 33 52 32 14 10 9 19 19
2009–10 London Knights OHL 31 9 22 31 17
2010–11 London Knights OHL 4 1 0 1 2
2010–11 Erie Otters OHL 55 33 48 81 30 7 3 10 13 4
2011–12 Rochester Americans AHL 76 11 41 52 42 3 2 1 3 0
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 62 11 24 35 42 3 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 69 18 43 61 58 5 0 3 3 0
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 1 1 2 4
2014–15 Rochester Americans AHL 55 15 29 44 22
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 28 3 2 5 10
2015–16 Rochester Americans AHL 44 13 19 32 20
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Binghamton Senators AHL 21 6 17 23 8
2015–16 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Ottawa Senators NHL 7 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Binghamton Senators AHL 65 15 36 51 22
2017–18 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 74 23 47 70 36 7 0 3 3 2
2018–19 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 22 11 17 28 6
2018–19 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 3 4 7 8
NHL totals 97 8 9 17 26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Phil Varone". Hockey's Future. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sabres Sign Varone To Entry-Level Contract". Buffalo Sabres. March 19, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "Phil Varone Recalled From Amerks". Buffalo Sabres. January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Recap: Hurricanes 5 - Sabres 3". Buffalo Sabres. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Varone scores 1st NHL goal in OT loss". Buffalo Sabres. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Four players headed to arbitration". National Hockey League. July 5, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Sabres acquire four from Senators". Buffalo Sabres. February 27, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Flyers sign Vecchione, Knight and Varone". Philadelphia Flyers. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "PHANTOMS' VARONE VOTED AHL MVP". American Hockey League. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "One-year, two-way contract for free agent forward Phil Varone". Montreal Canadiens. July 3, 2019. Retrieved July 3, 2019.

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