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NHL PLAYER, Jeff Petry


Born Dec 09, 1987 -- Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 2 #45 overall 2006 NHL Entry Draft

Jeff Petry (born December 9, 1987) is an American defenseman currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round, 45th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, playing for the organization from 2010 until his trade to Montreal in 2015.  

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Petry spent three years playing varsity hockey at St. Mary's Preparatory, in nearby Orchard Lake Village. He left prior to his senior season in November 2005 to play for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), a member of the team's 2006 Tier 1 National Championship-winning team.  

Petry was then drafted by the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 45th overall. He was the Oilers' highest draft pick that year, as the Oilers had previously traded their first-round pick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Petry would play the following season with the Buccaneers, once again helping the team reach the playoffs.  

Upon completing what would be his final year at collegiate level, Petry signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers on March 10, 2010. He was then briefly assigned to the Oilers' then-American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, playing in eight games. He played his first game as a professional on March 26.   On September 30, 2010, Petry was assigned by the Oilers to their new AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, for its inaugural season. On December 27, Edmonton recalled Petry from Oklahoma City. He then made his NHL debut against the Buffalo Sabres on December 28, 2010, and recorded his first NHL point, a secondary assist on a goal by Ryan Jones. His first NHL goal was scored on January 20, 2011, against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars. On February 4, 2011, Petry was reassigned back to the Barons.  

Petry improved in his second NHL season, leading all Oilers defensemen in points, with 25, and was trusted into a shutdown role alongside Ladislav Šmíd. At the end of the 2011–12 season, on June 7, 2012, Petry re-signed on a two-year, $3.4 million contract with the Oilers.  

After the Oilers missed the playoffs in 2012, Petry was invited to play for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship. He amassed six points in nine games, though the United States were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Finland. Petry stayed as a permanent member of the Oilers for the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, playing in all 48 games as the Oilers again failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs that year.  

On March 2, 2015, during the 2014–15 season, Petry was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2015 second-round draft pick and conditional fifth-round pick. After the Canadiens post-season run, on June 2, 2015, Petry opted to surrender his impending free agent status in signing a six-year contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens until the 2020–21 season.  

Petry is a second-generation professional athlete. His father, Dan Petry, is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who earned a World Series ring as a member of the Detroit Tigers in 1984. Petry has an older brother, Matt.



In a move that's sure to resonate with Detroit sports fans, defenseman Jeff Petry, a native of Ann Arbor, has made his return to the Motor City. The Detroit Red Wings announced today that they have acquired Petry from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Gustav Lindstrom and a conditional draft pick. The Petry name carries significant weight in Detroit's sports history, with Jeff's father, Dan Petry, having played a pivotal role in guiding the Detroit Tigers to a triumphant 1984 World Series victory. Now, stepping onto the ice with the Red Wings, Jeff Petry will be wearing the same iconic uniform number, 46, that his father proudly donned during his time with the Tigers.




Petry named 3rd Star of the Week
 February 09, 2021

Jeff Petry was named the 3rd star of the week on Monday, after tallying 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) with a +7 rating in four games played. The 33-year-old native of Ann Arbor, Michigan has gotten off to a terrific start to the season, helping guide the Montreal Canadiens to 8-2-2 record. The veteran D-man currently sits tied for 1st in the NHL in plus-minus with a +14 rating, while amongst defensemen, he leads the way in goals (6) and is second in points (14).

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Petry shines in preseason debut September 20, 2019

Jeff Petry was excellent in his first exhibition game of the 2019-20 season last night, tallying a goal and an assist in a 4-3, Montreal Canadiens’ victory over the Florida Panthers. The 31-year-old defenseman is coming off of a career year in 2018-19 that saw him register new highs in both goals (13), and assists (33).

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Petry scores winner in overtime thriller January 15, 2019

Jeff Petry tallied 2 points last night – including the overtime winning goal – as the Montreal Canadiens defeated Atlantic Division rivals the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2. The offensive defenseman finished the game with a goal and an assist, while registering game-highs in ice-time (25:00) and hits (4). The Ann Arbor-native is well on his way to eclipsing the career-highs he set in goals (12) and assists (30) last season. Through 47 games in 2018-19, Petry has already scored 10 goals and added 23 assists.

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Petry delivers again in Habs’ triumph December 14, 2018

Jeff Petry’s offensive explosion continued last night, as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in a 10-goal thriller, 6-4. The Ann Arbor-native would eventually go on to be named the 1st star of the contest, scoring twice – including a late insurance goal – while adding a game-high 7 shots on net. The 31-year-old defenseman has been on fire of late, tallying 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games played.

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Petry plays key role in Habs’ victory December 07, 2018

Jeff Petry scored a goal and added an assist last night, as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators, 5-2. The 30-year-old defenseman, who would go on to be named the 3rd star of the contest, finished the game with 2 points, 6 shots on net, 2 hits, 2 blocked shots, and a +3 rating.  The Ann Arbor-native has followed up his career-best, 42-point season in 2017-18 with another excellent campaign thus far. Through 29 games, Petry has already tallied an impressive 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists).

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Petry continues fast start in Habs’ win October 24, 2018

Jeff Petry was named the 3rd star of the game last night, as the Montreal Canadiens held on for a 3-2 victory versus the Calgary Flames. The veteran d-man tallied 2 points in the contest, including his 1st goal of the season. He would finish the game with a game-high 25:53 of ice-time, as well as 3 shots on net, 2 hits and 2 blocked shots. The 30-year-old native of Ann Arbor, Michigan is off to the best offensive start of his career, registering 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in the first 8 games of the season.

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Petry proved he was a top-pairing defenseman in 2017-18 August 16, 2018

The Montreal Canadiens may have struggled mightily in 2017-18, but Jeff Petry was an outlier, recording his best campaign to date.  The 30-year-old rearguard tallied career-highs in a plethora of categories including points (42), goals (12), and TOI/G (23:30). Though his offensive potential came to the fore last season, advanced stats prove that the Ann Arbor-native has been excellent for a while now. In the past 3 seasons, he has a +454 SAT (shot attempts by your team in 5-on-5 situations) ranking him 15th among defensemen, 23rd in hits with 424, 31st in shots with 448, and 54th in blocked shots with 356.

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Petry contributes to another Habs’ win February 06, 2018

Jeff Petry scored for a second consecutive game on Sunday, as the Montreal Canadiens took down the Ottawa Senators by a score of 4-3. The 30-year-old defenseman also led his team in ice-time (24:13) in the win, while adding 3 blocked shots and 2 takeaways. The Ann Arbor-native is currently in the offensive form of his life, with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games. For the season, Petry has already matched his career-high for goals with 8, and is on pace to easily best his 2016-17 mark for points (28).

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