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NHL PLAYER, Dion Phaneuf


Born Apr 10, 1985 -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Selected by Calgary Flames round 1 #9 overall 2003 NHL Entry Draft

Dion Phaneuf (born April 10, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. He was drafted ninth overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, and made his NHL debut in 2005 after a four-year junior career with the Red Deer Rebels of theWestern Hockey League in which he was twice named the Defenceman of the Year. He set a Flames record for most goals by a first-year defenceman and was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie in 2005–06. Two years later, he was a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as top defenceman, though he did not win either award. Phaneuf is a three-time NHL All-Star. He has represented Canada internationally four times in his career, winning silver and gold medals at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and a gold medal at the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Phaneuf joined the Flames for the 2005–06 NHL season after signing his first professional contract in September 2005. He made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005 against the Minnesota Wild. Five nights later, he scored his first career goal, assist and points against the Colorado Avalanche. He was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November after leading all rookie defencemen with nine points and two game-winning goals. By January, Phaneuf was being named alongside Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin as a candidate for the NHL's top rookie. He finished the season with 20 goals, only the third player in NHL history after Brian Leetch and Barry Beck to score 20 as a rookie defenceman. His 20 goals also broke the Flames franchise record for goals by a rookie, surpassing Gary Suter's total of 18. He was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie, but lost out to Ovechkin.

On January 31, 2010, the Flames dealt Phaneuf, along with Fredrik Sjöström and Keith Aulie to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers.

Phaneuf made his international debut for the Canadian junior team at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland, earning a leadership role under head coach Mario Durocher. he Canadian team at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships dominated the tournament, outscoring their opposition 35–6 in the games leading up to the gold medal match-up with Russia. Phaneuf scored a goal and threw a memorable bodycheck that knocked down two Russian players in the championship game as Canada routed the Russians 6–1 to win their first gold medal in eight years. He was again named a tournament All-Star, as well as being named the outstanding defenceman of the tournament. He was described as one of the most intimidating players of the tournament for a Canadian team that has been called the greatest of all-time.

On February 13, 2018, Phaneuf and Nate Thompson were traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forwards Marián Gáborík and Nick Shore.

Source: Wikipedia


Phaneuf traded to playoff contending Kings February 14, 2018

Ottawa Senators’ defenseman Dion Phaneuf was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-player deal yesterday.  The 34-year-old veteran rearguard will look to bolster the Kings’ defence, as they look to make push for the 2018 NHL Playoffs in the coming weeks. The native of Edmonton, Alberta had appeared in 53 of the Senators’ 55 games this season, tallying 3 goals and 13 assists in that span.

For more on Phaneuf and the trade, keep reading the story here

Phaneuf and Karlsson bolster attack in win March 07, 2017

Defensemen Dion Phaenuf and Erik Karlsson were named the 1st and 2nd stars respectively last night, in the Ottawa Senators 4-2 defeat of Atlantic Division rival, the Boston Bruins. Phaneuf tallied his 18th and 19th assists in the victory, and he would go on to finish the game with 3 hits and a blocked shot. Karlsson also registered two assists in the contest, along with 3 shots on net, 4 block shots and a +2 rating.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the story here

Phaneuf stays hot as Senators’ roll February 17, 2017

Dion Phaneuf was named the 2nd star of the game last night, in the Ottawa Senators’ 3-0 defeat of the New Jersey Devils. The hulking defenseman played a key role in the victory, scoring what eventually turned out to be the winning goal late in the second period. The Edmonton-native has been on an offensive tear of late, with three goals and an assist in his last four games.  With 24 points through his first 55 games, Phaneuf is on pace for his best offensive season since 2011-2012.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the recap here

Phaneuf finds new home in Ottawa February 09, 2016

Dion Phaneuf was traded to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, as part of a nine-player, blockbuster deal. The 30-year-old stalwart defenseman will provide his new team with a wealth of experience on the blue line, and an ability to log big minutes. Over his 11-year career, the Edmonton-native has regularly averaged well over 20 minutes of ice time per game. With the Senators relying heavily on star D-man Erik Karlsson, the addition of Phaneuf will take some pressure off of their captain.  In 50 games this year, the 3-time All-Star defenseman has 24 points, including 21 assists.

For more on the trade, check out the article here.  

Phaneuf signs long-term contract agreement January 02, 2014

Dion Phaneuf and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to terms on a seven-year contract Tuesday, a deal that will pay the defenseman an annual salary of $7 million a year. The team’s captain since 2010, Phaneuf has been a pillar of strength on the Leafs blueline ever since, averaging over 25 minutes a game. The 28-year-old has been solid again this year, especially on the defensive end of the ice. Through 40 games the Edmonton-native leads Toronto in +/- with a mark of +15, and is second on the team in both blocked shots (79) and hits (104).

For more on Phaneuf’s deal, check out the article here.

Subban, Stamkos among top names invited to Canada’s Olympic camp July 23, 2013

With the Sochi 2014 Olympics right around the corner, Hockey Canada announced their preliminary list of 47 players for the nation’s upcoming orientation camp in late August. Headlining that list is the newly crowned Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, along with 2-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard award winner Steven Stamkos. Other notable invitees include: Drew Doughty, Jordan Eberle, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Brad Marchand, James Neal, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Pietrangelo, and Mike Richards.

For more on this story, keep reading the piece here.

For more on Subban's reaction to being invited to the Olympic camp, check out the article here.

Phaneuf, Kessel, help force game 7 in Boston May 13, 2013

Toronto’s long awaited return to the playoffs may not be short lived after all.  Once down 3-1 in the series, the Maple Leafs have made a valiant comeback to force a final and decisive game 7 against their bitter rivals, the Boston Bruins.

Last night’s 2-1 victory was a classic case of star players stepping up for their team. With the game tied 0-0 going into the 3rd, Dion Phaneuf scored early in the period to break the deadlock. Phil Kessel scored what would be the winning goal seven minutes later, and James Reimer held off the Bruins the rest of the way.

Kessel was the most dangerous forward on the ice all night long. Besides scoring the winner, he led all skaters in shots on net, and also participated in the Leafs first goal.

Phaneuf was equally effective, leading his squad in ice time (25:16) while blocking 3 shots and adding 2 hits.

Kessel and Phaneuf were named the game’s 2nd and 3rd stars, respectively.

Game 7 goes tonight in Boston. For more on last night’s affair, keep reading the TSN story here.

For an insight into Dion Phaneuf’s rollercoaster playoff series, check out the Globe and Mail’s article here.

Welcome Back! Leafs, Wild, Islanders and Habs return to the playoffs April 29, 2013

In a shortened season with storylines a plenty, the playoffs begin with a decidedly “old school vibe”, as a number of teams with legendary pasts return to the fold.  Most notable of all are the Toronto Maple Leafs, coming back after a dry spell kept them out since the 2003-04 season. They will take on their old rivals the Boston Bruins, a classic original six matchup that should prove to be a hard-hitting, action-packed affair. 

For more on the Leafs/Bruins series, keep reading The Globe and Mail article here

The Islanders and Wild return after not making the playoffs since 07’ and 08’, respectively. Both teams will look to do better this time around. Neither has made it out of the first round since the Wild advanced all the way to the conference finals in 02-03.

For what makes the Islanders a fun team to watch in these playoffs, click on the SB Nation write-up  here.

To find out about the Wild’s chances, keep reading the Star Tribune story here

As for the Canadiens, It has only been a year since they last qualified, but it was the turnaround from last year that was so impressive. After finishing 15th in the east in the 2011-12 season, few could have imagined a 2nd place finish this year.  

For a peek into how the Habs could win it all, read the post here.


PK Subban A Serious Norris Trophy Candidate April 02, 2013 – Montréal, Québec - Fred Poulin, The Hockey Writers, Writer

After missing the first six games of the 2013 season because of a contract dispute, PK Subban finally signed a two-year pact worth $5.75 million with the Montreal Canadiens. The bridge contract has proven to be a genius move by rookie general manager Marc Bergevin when we look at Subban’s production on the ice. Thanks to his improved attitude and near-perfect play, the 23-year-old rearguard has shut up his most severe critics since the beginning of the season.

In 28 games for the Canadiens, the puck-moving defenseman is leading all NHL blue liners with 10 goals to go along with 17 assists for 27 points, good for 3rd in the NHL, only one point behind Kris Letang and Ryan Suter, who both have 28 points. The Toronto native has also cut down dramatically on his penalty minutes after earning 124 and 118 penalty minutes in the past two campaigns respectively. So far in 2013, Subban has only received 22 penalty minutes with no more than 4 penalty minutes in a single game.

For more on this story, Click here.

Source: Fred Poulin, The Hockey Writers, Writer

Toronto Maple Leafs: The sensitive side of Dion Phaneuf February 15, 2013 – Toronto, Ontario - Paul Hunter, Toronto Sun, Feature Reporter

At Maple Leafs home games, no matter how fierce the on-ice action, a kinder, gentler side of hockey plays out in a luxury suite tucked high in the northwest corner of the Air Canada Centre.

There, in a blue-and-white themed private box decorated with a framed Dion Phaneuf jersey and a poster of the Toronto defenceman, patients from The Hospital for Sick Children gaze down with their families.
They are there as Phaneuf’s guests. He has paid for the tickets, food, Leafs T-shirts, flags and hats as he does for every home game. The price tag has topped $250,000 since Phaneuf arrived in Toronto from Calgary during the 2010-11 season. When he can, he’ll also pay a visit after the game, as he did when the Leafs hosted Philadelphia earlier this week.

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Source: Paul Hunter, Toronto Sun, Feature Reporter