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Tyler Wotherspoon

Tyler Wotherspoon (born March 12, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Calgary Flames in the second round, 57th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Wotherspon played four seasons of junior hockey for the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Portland Winterhawks and was a member of the team's Western Hockey League championship team before turning professional in 2013.

Tyler Wotherspoon
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Born (1993-03-12) March 12, 1993 (age 26)
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 57th overall, 2011
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2013–present

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

A native of Surrey, British Columbia,[1] Wotherspoon was selected by the Portland Winter Hawks in the second round of the 2008 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft.[2] He made his WHL debut as a 15-year-old in 2008–09, appearing in four games for Portland, then played four full seasons between 2009 and 2013. In his WHL career, he has appeared in 239 games in his WHL career and scored 17 goals along with 65 assists.[3] With the Winterhawks, he appeared in the WHL championship series in three consecutive years as Portland lost the final in 2011 and 2012 to the Kootenay Ice and Edmonton Oil Kings, respectively, before finally winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup championship in 2013 by defeating Edmonton.[4][5] Wotherspoon was also named to the WHL's Western Conference second All-Star Team in 2012–13.[6] Wotherspoon scored three points in five games at the 2013 Memorial Cup,[3] however Portland lost the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) championship game, the Memorial Cup, to the Halifax Mooseheads, 6–4.[7] During the season, Wotherspoon was also a member of the Canadian junior team, recording two points in six games at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[8]

ProfessionalEdit

The Calgary Flames had selected Wotherspoon with their second round pick, 57th overall, at the 2011 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft.[9] Flames Special Assistant to the General Manager Craig Conroy described Wotherspoon as a player whose qualities often go unnoticed: "If you're a stay-at-home defenceman that can join the rush, make the good first pass, doesn't get beat one-on-one, very sound, it doesn’t stand out."[1] Upon turning professional, Wotherspoon was assigned to Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, for the 2013–14 season.[1] He had nine points in his first 48 games and a plus-minus of +13 when an injury to Dennis Wideman late in the season caused the Flames to recall Wotherspoon on an emergency basis. He made his NHL debut on March 7, 2014, a 4–3 victory over the New York Islanders.[10] He recorded his first point the following night with an assist on a Brian McGrattan goal in a contest against the Vancouver Canucks.[11] Wotherspoon appeared in 14 games with the Flames, recording four assists, before suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery and ended his season.[12] Wotherspoon has been recalled and sent down by the Flames multiple times during the 2015-16 season.

On September 5, 2017, the Flames re-signed Wotherspoon to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000.[13]

After five seasons within the Flames organization, Wotherspoon left as a free agent to sign a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on July 1, 2018.[14]

On July 1, 2019, Wotherspoon was signed to a two-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Wotherspoon has a brother, Parker, who was drafted 112th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 4 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Portland Winterhawks WHL 43 1 4 5 21 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Portland Winterhawks WHL 64 2 10 12 73 20 3 1 4 10
2011–12 Portland Winterhawks WHL 67 7 21 28 42 22 1 6 7 6
2012–13 Portland Winterhawks WHL 61 7 30 37 30 21 2 8 10 20
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 48 1 8 9 12
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 14 0 4 4 4
2014–15 Adirondack Flames AHL 61 2 22 24 20
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Stockton Heat AHL 53 2 8 10 16
2015–16 Calgary Flames NHL 11 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Stockton Heat AHL 56 6 12 18 24 5 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Stockton Heat AHL 67 7 30 37 46
2018–19 San Antonio Rampage AHL 70 4 18 22 28
NHL totals 30 0 5 5 4 6 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada Pacific U17 5th 5 0 0 0 4
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 11 1 1 2 4

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
Second All-Star Team 2012–13 [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Sportak, Randy (July 15, 2013). "Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Wotherspoon could crack roster". Calgary Sun. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Watts, Jesse (2013). 2013–14 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 110.
  3. ^ a b "Tyler Wotherspoon player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "Portland Winterhawks clinch WHL championship with win over Edmonton Oil Kings". National Hockey League. May 12, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  5. ^ Watts, Jesse (2013). 2013–14 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 216.
  6. ^ a b Watts, Jesse (2013). 2013–14 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 261.
  7. ^ "Halifax Mooseheads win Mastercard Memorial Cup". Canadian Hockey League. May 26, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  8. ^ "Player statistics by team – Canada" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. January 4, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Hanlon, Peter; Kelso, Sean; Thomas, Rob, eds. (2013). 2013–14 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 130.
  10. ^ Vickers, Aaron (March 7, 2014). "Wotherspoon latest Flames player to make NHL debut". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  11. ^ Sportak, Randy (March 9, 2014). "West toasted". Calgary Sun. p. S3.
  12. ^ Sportak, Randy (April 2, 2014). "Flames' Ramo makes return to Tampa". Calgary Sun. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  13. ^ "Flames re-sign Tyler Wotherspoon". Calgary Flames. September 5, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  14. ^ @DarrenDreger (July 1, 2018). "St Louis agrees to 1 year two way deal with Tyler Wotherspoon. $700,000 (nhl) or $325,009 (AHL), however $400,000 guaranteed" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Flyers free agency tracker". Philadelphia Flyers. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Islanders Sign Wotherspoon to Entry-Level Contract". whl.ca. May 3, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2018.

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