NHL PLAYER, Travis Sanheim
Born Mar 19, 1996 -- Elkhorn, Manitoba
Selected by Philadelphia Flyers round 1 #17 overall 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Travis Sanheim is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Sanheim was selected by the Flyers in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Sanheim, who was raised in the small town of Elkhorn, Manitoba, was selected by the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Calgary Hitmen in the ninth round, 177th overall, of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. He played midget hockey with his twin brother Taylor in the Manitoba Midget 'AAA' Hockey League before joining the Hitmen for the 2013–14 season.In his first season of major junior hockey, Sanheim recorded a +25 plus-minus rating with 5 goals, 24 assists and 14 penalty minutes, helping the Hitmen earn 103 points to tie with the top placed Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL's Central Division.
Sanheim made Philadelphia's final roster out of training camp and started the 2017–18 season in the NHL. He scored his first NHL goal on December 14, 2017, in his 28th NHL game, to help the Flyers defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2–1.
Sanheim made his Stanley Cup playoff debut during the first round of the 2018 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He recorded his first career playoff goal on April 15 in a 5–1 loss to the Penguins. The Flyers ended up losing to the Penguins in six games, after which Sanheim was loaned to the Phantoms to help them with their run in the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs.
Sanheim was chosen to compete with the Canada Western squad at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, and he led Canada to capture the bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships (WJC-18). At the WJC-18, Sanheim led all defencemen with six points, and was named one of Canada's top three players in the tournament, also earning recognition as the tournament's best defenceman.
Sanheim and Flyers come to terms on new contract June 26, 2019
Travis Sanheim and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed on a new, two-year contract extension worth $3.25m annually earlier this week. Drafted 17th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old Elkhorn, Manitoba-native has been progressing nicely in the Flyers system. The talented defenseman had a breakout season in 2018-19, tallying a career-high 35 points (9 goals, 26 assists) while playing in all 82 games.
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