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Tyler Austin Biggs (born April 30, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played under contract with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. Biggs was selected in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1]

Tyler Biggs
Born (1993-04-30) April 30, 1993 (age 26)
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Toronto Marlies
WBS Penguins
Nottingham Panthers
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 2011
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2013–present

Playing careerEdit

The son of former NHL centre Don Biggs, Tyler Biggs was born in Binghamton, New York, and grew up in Loveland, Ohio. He played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens during the 2008–09 season while enrolled at Loveland High School, then transferred to Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the following fall, to join the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.[2] Biggs played one season with the Miami RedHawks of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA)[3] before joining the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2012–13 OHL season.

On July 1, 2015, Biggs was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Phil Kessel, Tim Erixon, and a 2016 2nd round pick for Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, and Pittsburgh's 3rd round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft along with a conditional pick exchange between the teams depending on Pittsburgh's 2016 NHL regular season performance. Toronto also retained 15% of Kessel's salary in this trade.[4]

After two seasons with the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL, Biggs left North America as a free agent in signing a one-year contract with UK based club, the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) on July 14, 2018.[5] Biggs featured in 24 games with the Panthers, recording 4 goals and 9 points, before opting to return to the ECHL with former club, the Kalamazoo Wings, for the remainder of the 2018–19 season, on December 8, 2018.[6]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   United States
World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
  2010 WHC U17
IIHF World U18 Championship
  2010 WJC U18
  2011 WJC U18
World Junior Championships
  2013 Ufa

Biggs represented the United States internationally, playing for Team USA in the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring five goals and adding an assist in six games, helping the U.S. to a gold medal finish. That same season, he competed for Team USA in the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships, finishing the tournament with no points in seven games. A year later, he played in the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championships and scored two goals and one assist in six games during the tournament,[7] including the overtime goal in the semifinal round against Canada.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 80 40 46 86 24
2008–09 Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 USNTDP USHL 24 6 5 11 54
2010–11 USNTDP USHL 20 7 4 11 41
2011–12 Miami RedHawks CCHA 37 9 8 17 63
2012–13 Oshawa Generals OHL 60 26 27 53 55 9 0 1 1 13
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Toronto Marlies AHL 57 7 2 9 39 3 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 47 2 3 5 56
2014–15 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 8 4 2 6 16
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 11 1 1 2 11 1 0 0 0 4
2015–16 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 2 1 0 1 16
2016–17 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 58 13 19 32 42 7 0 5 5 8
2017–18 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 55 18 21 39 60
2018–19 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 24 4 5 9 57
2018–19 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 13 4 5 9 18
AHL totals 119 11 6 17 106 5 0 0 0 8

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States U17   6 5 1 6 2
2010 United States WJC18   7 0 0 0 4
2011 United States WJC18   6 2 1 3 49
2013 United States WJC   7 0 1 1 8
Junior totals 26 7 3 10 63

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Staff (June 24, 2011). "Maple Leafs move up to take American forward Tyler Biggs with 22nd overall pick". Fox News. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Tyler Biggs To Play For U.S. National Under-17 Development Team" (Press release). Cincinnati Cyclones. April 13, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "Biggs Commits to Miami University". USHL. December 14, 2009. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "Penguins Acquires Phil Kessel". Pittsburgh Penguins. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Nottingham Tyler Biggs". Nottingham Panthers. July 14, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Biggs is back with the Wings". Kalamazoo Wings. December 8, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tyler Biggs". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  8. ^ Allen, Kevin (April 24, 2011). "U.S. prospect Tyler Biggs continues to fascinate scouts". USA Today. Retrieved June 25, 2011.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nazem Kadri
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Stuart Percy