Scott Lee Clemmensen (born July 23, 1977) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender, who played with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Clemmensen in September 2014.
July 23, 1977|
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
New Jersey Devils|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
215th overall, 1997|
New Jersey Devils
A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Clemmensen was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 8th round, 215th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft after playing high school hockey with the Des Moines Capitals of the MHSHL, and then junior hockey with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Upon being drafted, Clemmensen went on to play college hockey with the Boston College Eagles from 1997–2001, and won the NCAA National Championship with them as a senior.
Turning pro in the 2001–02 season, Clemmensen made his NHL debut in New Jersey's season opener vs. the Washington Capitols and played  in two games for the Devils, while playing the majority of his professional rookie season with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Devils' minor league affiliate. He remained for the following three seasons in Albany, competing with fellow Devils' goaltending prospect Ari Ahonen for starts. In 2003–04, Clemmensen was called up and appeared in four games for the Devils, posting a 1.01 goals against average (GAA). He received his first NHL start against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 20, 2004, winning 3–0. In doing so, Clemmensen became the first player in the history of the National Hockey League to have been born in the state of Iowa.
Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Clemmensen became Martin Brodeur's permanent backup, appearing in 13 games (starting in 9) and posting a 3.35 GAA for the 2005–06 season. The following year, Clemmensen appeared in six games in relief of Brodeur, recording a 3.14 GAA. In the off-season, he became a free agent and after the Devils signed Kevin Weekes to back up Brodeur, Clemmensen signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 6, 2007. He played the majority of the 2007–08 season splitting starts with Maple Leafs Justin Pogge with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, while appearing in three games for the Maple Leafs. He made his first start with the Maple Leafs on January 1, 2008, as the result of an injury to starter Vesa Toskala, and recorded a 4–3 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Going into the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs back with the Marlies, Clemmensen assumed the starting role over Pogge and helped the club to the Western Conference semi-finals against the Chicago Wolves, where they were eliminated in five games.
On July 10, 2008, Clemmensen returned to the New Jersey Devils, signing a one-year contract. He started the 2008–09 season with New Jersey's new AHL affiliate, the Lowell Devils. However, when Brodeur suffered a major injury early in the season, Clemmensen was called up to backup second-string goalie Kevin Weekes. However, as Weekes struggled in his early starts following Brodeur's injury, Clemmensen took over and started the majority of the games in Brodeur's absence. On February 25, 2009, Brodeur was taken off the injured reserve and Clemmensen was sent back to the Lowell Devils. In 40 games, Clemmensen posted a 25-13-1 record and two shutouts. His 25 wins are the highest total by a goaltender besides Brodeur in franchise history, while his 2.39 GAA and .917 save percentage were statistically in the league's top ten. He was awarded the Devils' Unsung Hero Award, as voted by his teammates, and was also selected as the Devils' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded for perseverance and sportsmanship. He was not, however, retained as one of the league's three finalists. In April 2009, Clemmensen was called up once again, this time to backup Brodeur for the 2009 playoffs after an injury to Weekes.
Clemmensen signed with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2009. On November 3, 2011, the Panthers loaned Clemmensen, who suffered a knee injury in the pre-season, to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League for conditioning purposes.
On July 1, 2014, Clemmensen returned to his original club, the New Jersey Devils as a free agent on a one-year contract. On June 30, 2015, Clemmensen ended his professional career but remained with the Devils in accepting a development goaltending coach role.
On May 1, 2009, Clemmensen was selected to represent Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World Championships as the starting goalie. He also played for Team USA in the 2010 IIHF World Championships, posting two consecutive shutouts: a 10-0 win over Kazakhstan, which he shared with Ben Bishop, and a 4-0 victory against France.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1995–96||Des Moines Buccaneers||USHL||20||10||7||1||1,082||62||0||3.44||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Des Moines Buccaneers||USHL||36||22||9||2||2,042||111||1||3.26||.907||4||1||2||200||9||1||2.70|
|2001–02||New Jersey Devils||NHL||2||0||0||0||20||1||0||2.95||.800||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Albany River Rats||AHL||29||5||19||4||1,677||92||0||3.29||.908||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Albany River Rats||AHL||47||12||24||8||2,694||119||1||2.65||.910||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Albany River Rats||AHL||22||5||12||4||1,309||67||0||3.07||.902||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||4||3||1||0||238||4||2||1.01||.952||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Albany River Rats||AHL||46||13||25||5||2,654||124||2||2.81||.916||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New Jersey Devils||NHL||13||3||4||2||627||35||0||3.35||.881||1||0||0||7||0||0||0.00||1.000|
|2005–06||Albany River Rats||AHL||1||0||1||0||59||5||0||5.05||.848||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||6||1||1||2||305||16||0||3.15||.889||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||3||1||1||0||154||10||0||3.90||.839||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||40||25||13||1||2,356||94||2||2.39||.917||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||1||1||0||0||60||1||0||1.00||.969||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||11||4||7||0||652||31||0||2.85||.907||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||3||0||0||1||102||8||0||4.71||.852||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-Hockey East Rookie Team||1997–98|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||1999|||
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2001|||
|NCAA All-Tournament Team||2001|||
- Urbandale's Clemmensen finds home in NHL - Hell - The Rock-Forums for the New Jersey Devils NHL Retrieved 2014-11-20.
- "New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals Box Score — October 6, 2001".
- "Scott Clemmensen". Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- @PR_NHL (April 2, 2017). "Per @EliasSports: C.J. Smith is the second Iowa-born player to appear in an NHL game, joining goaltender Scott Clemmensen (191 GP)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Clemmensen signs, Muckler drops by for a chat". Toronto Star. 2007-07-07. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
- Hunter, Paul (2008-01-02). "Blake snaps out of it to lead Leafs". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
- "Devils activate Brodeur, demote Clemmensen". National Post. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-25.[permanent dead link]
- "Scott Clemmensen voted New Jersey Devils' Unsung Hero by teammates". Star-Ledger. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Scott Clemmensen, still banished to AHL, nabs Masterton nomination". National Post. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-03-31.[permanent dead link]
- "Chelios, Sullivan, Zednik are the finalists for NHL's Masterton trophy". National Hockey League. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- Florida Panthers send goalie Scott Clemmensen to AHL San Antonio Rampage for NHL rehab stint - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
- "Clemmensen signs with Devils". New Jersey Devils. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- "Clemmensen to join Devils as Goaltending coach". The Sports Network. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
- "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.