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Spencer Abbott (born April 30, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing under contract to Leksands IF in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks.

Spencer Abbott
Spencer Abbott Marlies.jpg
Abbott with the Marlies in 2013
Born (1988-04-30) April 30, 1988 (age 31)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Left Wing / Right wing
Shoots Right
SHL team
Former teams
Leksands IF
Toronto Maple Leafs
Frölunda HC
Chicago Blackhawks
EHC Kloten
Mora IK
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

Playing careerEdit

Abbott spent his collegiate career playing for the Maine Black Bears in the a NCAA Men's Division I Hockey East conference. In his senior year, Abbott's outstanding play was rewarded with a unanimous selection to the 2011–12 Hockey East First-Team All-Stars, as well as being named the 2011–12 Athletic Republic Player of the Year.[1]

Abbott was assigned to the Toronto Marlies on September 15, 2012, to participate in the upcoming AHL training camp. He made his NHL debut on October 5, 2013, in the Maple Leafs home opener against the Ottawa Senators.

In the 2014–15 season, on February 26, 2015, Abbott was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for T. J. Brennan.[2] He was reassigned to their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, where he remained for the duration of the season, recapturing his offense to produce 21 points in 19 games.

As an impending free agent, Abbott signed his first contract abroad in agreeing to a one-year contract with Swedish club Frölunda HC of the SHL on June 16, 2015.[3] He had a very successful season in Sweden, including winning the Swedish national championship[4] and the Champions Hockey League (CHL).[5] In 51 SHL contests, Abbott tallied 14 goals and 22 assists, while scoring eight goals and five assists in eleven CHL appearances.

On July 1, 2016, he returned to the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent on a one-year, two-way deal.[6] Abbott began the 2016–17 season, in his second stint with the Rockford IceHogs. Amongst the IceHogs scoring leaders, Abbott was recalled and made his debut for Chicago, his second NHL appearance, in a 4–3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on January 5, 2017.[7] He was returned to Rockford following the game and proceeded to collect 35 points in 53 games. At the NHL trade deadline, Abbott was dealt by the Blackhawks, along with Sam Carrick to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Kenton Helgesen and a 7th round pick in 2019 on March 1, 2017.[8]

As a free agent from the Ducks, Abbott opted to extend his tenure with affiliate, the San Diego Gulls, signing a one-year AHL contract on September 25, 2017.[9] In the 2017–18 season, while leading the Gulls in scoring with 20 points in 17 games, Abbott was traded to the Binghamton Devils in exchange for future considerations on December 8, 2017.[10] He initially refused to report to Binghamton and was suspended without pay by the team.[11] On December 22, he signed for the remainder of the season with Swiss-based club, EHC Kloten in the National League.[12]

Helping Kloten avoid relegation, Abbott left as a free agent and returned for a second tenure in the SHL, agreeing to terms with Mora IK on September 17, 2018.[13] In the 2018–19 season, Abbott led Mora's offense, registering 29 assists and 36 points in 42 regular season games. He was unable to prevent Mora from relegation, with only 3 points in 5 games against bitter rivals Leksands IF.

On June 26, 2019, Abbott left Mora to continue in the SHL, agreeing to a one-year contract with the newly promoted Leksands.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Hamilton Red Wings OPJHL 11 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Hamilton Red Wings OPJHL 49 32 43 75 22 19 4 5 9 12
2007–08 Hamilton Red Wings OPJHL 48 42 41 83 42 5 2 4 6 2
2008–09 University of Maine HE 38 7 9 16 8
2009–10 University of Maine HE 38 9 19 28 6
2010–11 University of Maine HE 36 17 23 40 16
2011–12 University of Maine HE 39 21 41 62 34
2011–12 Toronto Marlies AHL 3 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 55 13 20 33 10 5 2 3 5 2
2013–14 Toronto Marlies AHL 64 17 52 69 16 11 4 7 11 2
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 46 7 17 24 10
2014–15 Rockford IceHogs AHL 19 12 9 21 6 8 3 3 6 2
2015–16 Frölunda HC SHL 42 14 21 35 4 9 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Rockford IceHogs AHL 53 15 20 35 14
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 San Diego Gulls AHL 16 3 11 14 2 8 1 5 6 0
2017–18 San Diego Gulls AHL 17 6 14 20 2
2017–18 EHC Kloten NL 13 5 5 10 2
2018–19 Mora IK SHL 42 7 29 36 8
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Dumoulin, Almeida Highlight 2011–2012 Hockey East All-Star Teams
  2. ^ "Brennan Acquired for Abbott". nhl.com. National Hockey League.
  3. ^ "Abbott to Frolunda" (in Swedish). Frölunda HC. June 16, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Spencer Abbott Wins Title In Sweden". 92.9 The Ticket. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Champion of the Champions". www.iihf.com. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with forward Spencer Abbott". July 4, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Kane, Blackhawks beat Sabres in overtime". CBS Sports. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "Ducks acquire Abbott and Carrick from Chicago". Anaheim Ducks. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Gulls sign RW Spencer Abbott to one-year deal". San Diego Gulls. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Devils acquire Spencer Abbott from Gulls". Binghamton Devils. December 8, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Rob Lippolis (December 15, 2017). "B-Devils update". Twitter. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Spencer Abbott signs with EHC Kloten". EHC Kloten. December 22, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Mora captures Abbott for the offense" (in Swedish). Mora IK. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Spencer Abbott signs for Leksands IF" (in Swedish). Leksands IF. June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  15. ^ "College Hockey All-Americans". USCHO.com. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  16. ^ "Hobey Finalists". insidecollegehockey.com. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  17. ^ "First and Second AHL All-Stars named". American Hockey League. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.

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