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J.C. Sawyer
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
194 lb (88 kg)
ECHL Team
F. Teams
Toledo Walleye
AHL
Rockford IceHogs
ECHL
Pensacola Ice Pilots
Fresno Falcons
Gwinnett Gladiators
Nationality Flag of Canada Canada
Born August 12 1986 (1986-08-12) (age 30),
Saint John, NB, CAN
NHL Draft 161st overall, 2004
Minnesota Wild
Pro Career 2007 – present


Jean-Claude Sawyer (born August 12, 1986 in Saint John, New Brunswick) is a professional ice hockey defenceman, currently with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.

Juniors career Edit

Sawyer played five seasons in juniors, suiting up with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2003 until 2007.

In his first two seasons, Sawyer played in 87 games, notching 8 goals and 15 assists for 23 points. Following the 2003-04 season, Sawyer was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fifth round (161st overall) of the draft. Sawyer opted to return to the Eagles, increasing his numbers in each of the next three seasons. In his final season with Cape Breton, Sawyer would score 15 goals and 62 assists for 77 points and helped lead the Screaming Eagles to the semifinals of the President's Cup playoffs. Sawyer would net 3 goals with 16 assists for 19 points in the 16 games he played with Cape Breton during the playoffs.

Sawyer's play during the 2006-07 season earned him a 2nd team selection to the All-QMJHL team.

Professional career Edit

Sawyer began his professional career in 2007 with the ECHL's Pensacola Ice Pilots. Sawyer would play in 65 games for Pensacola, scoring 7 goals and 25 assists for 32 points. During the 2007-08 season, Sawyer would also make four appearances for the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

Sawyer would bounce around the AHL and ECHL in his second professional season, playing for Rockford of the AHL(4 points in 19 games) and splitting time with both the Fresno Falcons (3 points in 6 games) and Gwinnett Gladiators (22 points in 31 games) of the ECHL.

Sawyer would join the Toledo Walleye for the 2009-10 season and proved to be a major impact for the first year team. Sawyer would have career highs netting 21 goals and 38 assists for 59 points in his first season with Toledo. Sawyer would be selected to the American Conference All-Star team as a starter and was named the team's captain. At the end of the season, Sawyer was selected 1st Team All-ECHL and was named the ECHL Defenseman of the Year.

Awards Edit

QMJHL Edit

ECHL Edit

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 31 3 2 5 44 3 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 56 5 13 18 48 2 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 58 10 22 32 53 5 2 2 4 4
2005–06 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 69 12 41 53 108 9 4 0 4 15
2006–07 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 68 15 62 77 87 16 3 16 19 6
2007–08 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL 65 7 25 32 50
2007–08 Rockford Ice Hogs AHL 4 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Rockford Ice Hogs AHL 19 3 1 4 19
2008–09 Fresno Falcons ECHL 6 1 2 3 6
2008-09 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 31 5 17 22 35 5 1 0 1 2
QMJHL totals 282 45 140 185 340 35 9 18 27 29
ECHL totals 102 13 44 57 91 5 1 0 1 2
AHL totals 23 3 1 4 23

Bolded numbers indicate league leader.


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