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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.

Teddy Purcell
Teddy Purcell - Edmonton Oilers.jpg
Purcell in February 2015
Born (1985-09-08) September 8, 1985 (age 33)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers
Avangard Omsk
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–2018

Contents

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Purcell moved to the United States to study at and play hockey for Lake Forest Academy, a prep school north of Chicago.[1] 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.

ProfessionalEdit

 
Purcell as a member of the Lightning.

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.

On July 10, 2012, Purcell signed a three-year contract extension with the Lightning to keep him with the club through to the 2015–16 season.[4]

On June 29, 2014, Purcell was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Sam Gagner, who was himself immediately traded to the Arizona Coyotes.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] After completing the pre-season with the Bruins, Purcell was released from his PTO without a contract on October 2, 2017.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Purcell with the Manchester Monarchs in 2009.

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 Manchester Monarchs AHL 67 25 58 83 34 4 0 3 3 0
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 10 1 2 3 0
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 38 16 22 38 12
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
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 12 22 34 24
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 11 21 32 10
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 15 3 8 11 2 6 2 0 2 0
2016–17 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 0 2 2 0
2016–17 Ontario Reign AHL 38 10 28 38 2 5 0 2 2 2
2017–18 Avangard Omsk KHL 21 3 9 12 4 7 1 4 5 4
NHL totals 571 101 206 307 102 28 9 11 20 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada WC 5th 8 1 1 2 0
Senior totals 8 1 1 2 0

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
USHL
Clark Cup Championship (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) 2005
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2007
AHL
All-Rookie Team 2008
First All-Star Team 2008
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award 2008
All-Star Game 2008, 2009

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Purcell leads Canadians to All-Star victory". theahl.com. January 28, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Lightning sign Purcell to three-year extension". nhl.com. July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "Gagner with Arizona after trades; Oilers get Purcell". National Hockey League. June 29, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Oilers trade forward Teddy Purcell to Panthers for draft pick". Sportsnet.ca. February 27, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "Kings sign Purcell for one-year $1.6m". Los Angeles Kings. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Bruins invite veteran Teddy Purcell to camp on PTO". weei.com. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "Bruins release Teddy Purcell from PTO". Boston Bruins. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brandon Yip
Hockey East Rookie of the Year
2006–07
Succeeded by
Colin Wilson