NHL PLAYER, Nick Foligno
Born Oct 31, 1987 -- Buffalo, New York, United States
Selected by Ottawa Senators round 1 #28 overall 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Nick Foligno is an American professional ice hockey left winger currently serving as the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Foligno previously played for the Ottawa Senators, the team that drafted him in the first round, 28th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. His father, Mike Foligno, also played in the NHL, as does his brother, current Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno.
The Ottawa Senators selected Foligno with the 28th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft held in Vancouver, British Columbia. On March 21, 2007, Senators General Manager John Muckler announced that the team and Foligno agreed to a three-year, entry level contract. He spent some time with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2007–08 season, appearing in 28 games, scoring six goals and 19 points. He earned his first AHL point in his first game on November 16, 2007, an assist in a 6–3 loss to the Philadelphia Phantoms. Foligno scored his first AHL goal on January 18, 2008, scoring on Adam Munro of the Syracuse Crunch in a 6–3 win.
Foligno scored his first career NHL goal and point on October 18, 2007, as he beat Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in a 4–3 Senators win. When he scored the goal, he performed his father Mike Foligno's noted goal celebration, the "Foligno Leap."
He appeared in his first Stanley Cup playoff game on April 9, 2008, in a 4–0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. On April 14, 2008, he scored his first career playoff goal, beating the Penguins' Marc-André Fleury in a 4–1 Senators loss. The Senators were ultimately swept in four-straight games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals; Foligno's goal was his only registered point of the series.
On July 1, 2012, Foligno was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Marc Methot.
In 2015, Foligno was selected by the NHL general managers to represent Columbus, in addition to Blue Jackets teammates Ryan Johansen and Sergei Bobrovsky, at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, held in Columbus, Ohio. Foligno was additionally named a captain for one of the teams during the Game, Team Foligno. His team lost to Team Toews 17–12. On April 4, Foligno scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On May 20, shortly after the end of the 2014–15 season, Foligno was named captain of the Blue Jackets, the sixth in team history, filling a vacancy existent since previous team captain Rick Nash's departure to the New York Rangers in the 2013 off-season.
Foligno became the sixth captain in Blue Jackets history. The captaincy came after Foligno posted career-highs in goals (31) and points (73) from 79 regular season games played, ranking tenth in the League in the latter statistic, points. Foligno is one of 6 current captains who are from the United States and is 1 of 4 that are from the state of New York.
Challenges have made Foligno a better player, on and off the ice January 17, 2017
Columbus Blue Jackets’ captain Nick Foligno has seen his fair share of ups and downs over the last few years, but through it all, he has persevered and come out stronger. In late October of 2013, his 2-week-old daughter needed life-saving surgery to fix a congenital heart defect. A year later, the Buffalo-native produced the best season of his career, was named captain of his team, and earned a big, six-year contract extension.
After a tough campaign in 2015-16, the talk of the NHL this season has been the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets, and the 29-year-old center has been key to the team’s revival. Besides excelling from a statistical standpoint (15 goals, 21 assists in 40 games), Foligno has shown he can be the great leader the team always envisioned him to be, proving that hard work and perseverance really does pay off.
For more on Foligno, keep reading the si.com column here.
Foligno propels Blue Jackets back into win column January 09, 2017
Nick Foligno made quick work of the Blue Jackets’ short-lived losing streak last night, scoring the overtime winner in a 2-1 defeat of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Buffalo-native has been a huge contributing factor to Columbus’ dominating season thus far, which sees them sitting 1st in the NHL’s overall standings with a record of 28-7-4. The Blue Jackets’ captain is second on the team in points with 35 in 37 games, and leads all forwards in average time on ice (ATOI) with 18:25.
For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here.
Foligno and Blue Jackets keep respective streaks alive January 04, 2017
Nick Foligno was instrumental in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 16th consecutive win last night, tallying the insurance goal in their 3-1 defeat of the Edmonton Oilers. The 29-year-old Blue Jackets captain is currently on a streak of his own, with a point or more in his last six games (3 goals, 7 assists). For the season, Foligno currently sits 14th in points per game with 33 (13 goals, 20 assists) in 34 games.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Foligno key in big Columbus road win November 21, 2016
Nick Foligno was front and center in another Blue Jackets’ victory last night, tallying a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. The Columbus captain has had a fantastic start to the season, averaging more than a point per game through his first 16 games, and currently sits tied for 9th overall in scoring with 18 points. In his last five games, the Buffalo, New York-native has three goals and three assists, helping guide the Blue Jackets to four wins in that span.
For more on last night’s contest, check out the nhl.com story here.