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Sean Zimmerman (born May 24, 1987) is a professional ice hockey defenseman, who is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. Born in Denver, Colorado Zimmerman represented the United States at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships helping Team USA win a Bronze medal.

Sean Zimmerman
Sean Zimmerman 2011.jpg
Born (1987-05-24) May 24, 1987 (age 32)
Denver, Colorado, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Albany River Rats
Lowell Devils
San Antonio Rampage
Rochester Americans
Providence Bruins
Syracuse Crunch
NHL Draft 170th overall, 2005
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2005–present

Playing careerEdit

Zimmerman played Major junior with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He played four season with Spokane registering 10 goals and 59 points to go with 165 PIMs in 270 games.[1] He is brother of Washington nationals player Ryan Zimmerman He was drafted in 2005 by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round (170th overall). After seeing time in the Devils farm system he was traded in September 2008 from New Jersey to the Phoenix Coyotes. New Jersey received Kevin Cormier in exchange for Zimmerman.[1] He attended Coyotes training camp that same year, but did not make the team and was assigned to the minor leagues.[2] In the minors he split time between Phoenix's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the San Antonio Rampage and their Central Hockey League (CHL) affiliate the Arizona Sundogs. Zimmerman recorded 2 goals and 5 points in 56 games with the two clubs.[3] He again participated in Coyotes training camp the following season, but was once again sent to the minors.[4] He played in 72 games during the year for the Rampage and improved his point total to 9 and added a +13 rating (up from a combined -10 the season before).[3] At the NHL trade deadline Zimmerman, along with a sixth round pick in the 2010 draft, was traded by Phoenix to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Mathieu Schneider.[5]

During the off season Zimmerman re-signed with the Canucks organization.[6] However, Vancouver traded him shortly into the season to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Nathan Paetsch.[7] Just two months later on December 9, 2010 Florida traded him and a conditional 7th round pick to the Boston Bruins for Jeff LoVecchio and Jordan Knackstedt.[8] On February 27, 2011, Zimmerman was on the move again for the third time in the season when he was dealt by the Bruins along with Brian McGrattan to the Anaheim Ducks for David Laliberte and Stefan Chaput.[9]

On September 13, 2012, Zimmerman returned to his native state, signing as a free agent with the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL.[10] He played with the team through the 2013–14 season. However, in August 2014, he became a free agent when the team suspended operations, effective immediately.[11]

On September 8, 2014, the Colorado Eagles announced that they had signed Zimmerman.[12]

After helping guide the Eagles as Captain to their first Kelly Cup in his third season with the club in 2016–17, Zimmerman left his home state as a free agent to sign a one-year deal with the Orlando Solar Bears on August 8, 2017.[13]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2007 Sweden

In 2007 Zimmerman represented the United States at the World Junior Championships.[1] In seven games he registered a +1 rating and six PIMs.[14] Team USA defeated Finland in the opening round of the play-offs 6–3, but lost to Canada in their next game 2–1. They rebounded in the Bronze medal game to defeat host Sweden 2–1 giving Zimmerman his first and only international medal.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Spokane Braves KIJHL 45 3 5 8 70
2003–04 Spokane Chiefs WHL 67 4 4 8 16 4 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Spokane Chiefs WHL 71 2 14 16 36
2005–06 Spokane Chiefs WHL 72 2 19 21 44
2005–06 Albany River Rats AHL 6 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Spokane Chiefs WHL 60 2 12 14 69 6 0 2 2 2
2006–07 Lowell Devils AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Lowell Devils AHL 66 0 6 6 47
2007–08 Trenton Devils ECHL 8 0 1 1 10
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 36 2 0 2 30
2008–09 Arizona Sundogs CHL 20 0 3 3 20
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 72 2 7 9 105
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 7 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Providence Bruins AHL 23 0 4 4 23
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 21 0 3 3 24
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 42 1 6 7 39
2012–13 Denver Cutthroats CHL 61 0 13 13 77 5 0 0 0 33
2013–14 Denver Cutthroats CHL 66 3 8 11 112 16 0 4 4 26
2014–15 Colorado Eagles ECHL 63 0 10 10 116 7 0 0 0 41
2015–16 Colorado Eagles ECHL 72 2 6 8 196 6 0 0 0 8
2016–17 Colorado Eagles ECHL 58 1 12 13 168 17 2 1 3 10
2017–18 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 52 1 7 8 122 8 0 1 1 43
AHL totals 274 5 26 31 274

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 United States WJC   7 0 0 0 6
Junior totals 7 0 0 0 6
  • All statistics taken from NHL.com[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
ECHL
Kelly Cup (Colorado Eagles) 2017 [16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Coyotes Acquire Sean Zimmerman from New Jersey". Coyotes.NHL.com. September 12, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "Coyotes Send 13 Players to San Antonio". Coyotes.NHL.com. September 26, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Sean Zimmerman hockeycard". NHL.com. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  4. ^ "Coyotes Reduce Roster by 15". Coyotes.NHL.com. September 20, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "Veteran D Schneider heading to Coyotes". TSN. March 3, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "Sean Zimmerman's player profile". TSN.
  7. ^ "Canucks acquire Nathan Paetsch". Vancouver Canucks. November 7, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "Panthers Acquire Forwards LoVecchio and Knackstedt From Boston". Panthers.NHL.com. December 9, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "Ducks acquire McGrattan and Zimmerman from Boston". Anaheim Ducks. February 27, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Fish add AHL experience in Denver Native Zimmerman". Central Hockey League. September 13, 2012. Archived from the original on August 27, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Denver Elects Dormancy for the 2014-15 Season". centralhockeyleague.com. August 20, 2014. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Eagles Add Colorado Native Sean Zimmerman". Colorado Eagles Official Website. September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Solar Bears add Sean Zimmerman". Orlando Solar Bears. August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "Player Statistics by Team - USA" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. May 1, 2007. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  15. ^ "Tournament Progress" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. May 1, 2007. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  16. ^ "Sweeping Success: Colorado Eagles win Kelly Cup". ReporterHerald.com. June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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