Edward Purcell (born September 8, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Los Angeles Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers. He was not drafted by any NHL team.
Purcell in February 2015
September 8, 1985|
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Purcell moved to the United States to study at and play hockey for Lake Forest Academy, a prep school north of Chicago. He then played junior hockey for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he set the career scoring mark, scoring 138 points on 39 goals and 99 assists in two seasons. He was the team leader in scoring his first season with the RoughRiders, tallying 67 points. In his second season, he was outscored by teammate Chad Costello by one point, scoring 71 points. Undrafted by an NHL team in his first year of draft eligibility, Purcell then played one season of college hockey at the University of Maine with the Black Bears ice hockey team in 2006–07.
In 2007–08, his first professional season, Purcell played most of the year in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Manchester Monarchs, but also played ten games in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. On February 15, 2008, Purcell scored his first NHL goal against the Calgary Flames' Miikka Kiprusoff at Staples Center in Los Angeles. In the AHL, he was named to the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic and became the first rookie to score an All-Star Classic hat-trick. He also scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give the Canadian All Stars a 9–8 win over the PlanetUSA All-Stars. Purcell was named the game's MVP. Finishing his rookie AHL season with 83 points in 67 games, Purcell won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's top rookie. In 2008–09, Purcell split the season between the Monarchs and Kings, playing 40 games in the NHL while scoring 4 goals and 12 assists for 16 points.
At the NHL trade deadline in 2010, Purcell was traded (along with a third-round draft pick) to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Jeff Halpern. Purcell finished the 2009–10 season with 15 points. On July 6, 2010, new Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman re-signed Purcell (along with another former University of Maine player, Mike Lundin) to a one-year contract. Purcell then blossomed under new Lightning head coach Guy Boucher. On February 23, 2011, Purcell scored his first NHL hat-trick, against the Phoenix Coyotes. He went on to finish with 51 points in the regular season, and 17 points in 18 games during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.
On July 20, 2011, Purcell avoided arbitration by signing a two-year, $4.75 million contract extension with Tampa Bay just hours before his arbitration meeting. On April 7, 2012, in the Lightning's last game of the 2011–12 regular season, Purcell recorded his second career NHL hat-trick, helping Tampa Bay win 4–3 in overtime. After a breakout season in which he scored 24 goals and 65 points, Purcell was named to Canada's roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
In his second season with the Oilers in 2015–16, with the club out of contention for the Stanley Cup playoffs and in the last year of his contract, after scoring 32 points in 61 games, on February 27, 2016, Purcell was traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
On July 1, 2016, Purcell as a free agent opted to return to his original club, the Los Angeles Kings, signing a one-year, $1.6 million contract. In the 2016–17 season, Purcell endured an unsuccessful reunion with the Kings, contributing with just 2 assists in 12 games before he was waived and reassigned to the club's AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, for the remainder of the season. Purcell regained his offensive production with Ontario, collecting 38 points in as many games.
As a free agent from the Kings, and going unsigned over the summer, on September 14, 2017, it was announced Purcell had joined the Boston Bruins on a professional try-out (PTO) contract to attend training camp. After completing the pre-season with the Bruins, Purcell was released from his PTO without a contract on October 2, 2017.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2003–04||Notre Dame Hounds||SJHL||51||21||25||46||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||USHL||58||20||47||67||22||11||5||9||14||4|
|2005–06||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||USHL||55||19||52||71||14||8||3||8||11||4|
|2006–07||University of Maine||HE||40||16||27||43||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||10||1||2||3||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||40||4||12||16||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||41||3||3||6||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||19||3||6||9||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||81||17||34||51||10||18||6||11||17||2|
|2011–12||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||81||24||41||65||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||48||11||25||36||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||81||12||30||42||14||4||1||0||1||0|
|2016–17||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||12||0||2||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|Clark Cup Championship (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders)||2005|
|All-Hockey East Rookie Team||2007|
|First All-Star Team||2008|
|Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award||2008|
|All-Star Game||2008, 2009|
- Kennedy, Ryan (October 8, 2009). "Prep Watch: Dumba learns from the pros". The Hockey News. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
- "Purcell leads Canadians to All-Star victory". theahl.com. January 28, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2008.[dead link]
- Erlendsson, Erik (July 20, 2011). "Lightning, Purcell agree on two-year deal". Tampa Bay Online. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- "Lightning sign Purcell to three-year extension". nhl.com. July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
- "Gagner with Arizona after trades; Oilers get Purcell". National Hockey League. June 29, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
- "Oilers trade forward Teddy Purcell to Panthers for draft pick". Sportsnet.ca. February 27, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Kings sign Purcell for one-year $1.6m". Los Angeles Kings. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Bruins invite veteran Teddy Purcell to camp on PTO". weei.com. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "Bruins release Teddy Purcell from PTO". Boston Bruins. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.