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Jeff Taffe
Jeff Taffe
Position Center
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
207 lb (94 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Minnesota Wild
Florida Panthers
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born February 19 1981 (1981-02-19) (age 35),
Hastings, MN, USA
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2000
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 2002 – present

Jeffrey Charles Taffe (born February 19, 1981 in Hastings, Minnesota) is a center for the Minnesota Wild organization. He was acquired by Chicago on July 22, 2010 in exchange for center Marty Reasoner.[1] Taffe was drafted in the first round, 30th overall, by the St. Louis Blues in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

After playing three seasons with the University of Minnesota, during which the Blues traded his rights to the Phoenix Coyotes in a deal involving Keith Tkachuk, Taffe made his professional debut with Coyotes' American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, in the 2002–03 season. He also appeared in 20 NHL games with the Coyotes that same season, scoring three goals.

Taffe spent the 2004-2005 season as a member of the American Hockey League's Utah Grizzlies. On November 28, 2004, Taffe was involved in an on-ice incident where he elbowed Houston Aeros goalie Josh Harding in the back of Harding's neck, resulting in a grade two concussion to Harding. Taffe was suspended for four games by the league.

Taffe appeared in 82 games over parts of three seasons with the Coyotes before being traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Jamie Lundmark during the 2005–06 season. He appeared in two games with the Rangers, before being traded back to Phoenix later in the season in exchange for Martin Sonnenberg.

On July 13, 2007, Taffe signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2] After beginning the 2007–08 with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Taffe was recalled to Pittsburgh and found a checking role on the fourth line.[3] He remained on the team as a healthy scratch in the playoffs that year as Adam Hall was favored to fill Taffe's fourth line position.

After re-signing with the Penguins,[4] Taffe played a handful of games with Pittsburgh during the 2008–09 season mainly playing in Wilkes-Barre. After Wilkes-Barre was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, Taffe was recalled for the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run and eventual 2009 Stanley Cup Championship. He was on the practice squad but did not play in any games and was not included on the Stanley Cup due to this fact. However, Taffe and a number of other Wilkes-Barre players and healthy scratches took part in the on-ice celebration and team photo.

Taffe then signed a two year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers on July 3, 2009.[5]

The Florida Panthers traded Jeff Taffe to the Chicago Blackhawks for Marty Reasoner on July 22, 2010. Taffe was assigned to Chicago's AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs shortly before the 2010 NHL regular season began.

On July 3, 2011, Taffe signed a two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

AwardsEdit

  • 1998–99 Minnesota Mr. Hockey (most outstanding senior high school player in Minnesota)
  • 2001–02 WCHA Third All-Star Team

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Rochester Mustangs USHL 17 12 9 21 26
1999–00 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 10 10 20 22
2000–01 University of Minnesota WCHA 38 12 23 35 56
2001–02 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 34 24 58 86
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 57 23 26 49 44 5 0 3 3 8
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 20 3 1 4 4
2003–04 Springfield Falcons AHL 15 10 6 16 19
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 8 10 18 20
2004–05 Utah Grizzlies AHL 27 9 10 19 35
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 36 6 16 22 34
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 33 5 6 11 29
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59 20 20 40 22
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 17 4 2 6 2
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 27 11 10 21 22
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 5 7 12 8
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 74 25 50 75 65 12 5 6 11 22
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 0 2 2 2
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 61 28 28 56 47 7 1 6 7 9
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 21 1 1 2 4
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 74 30 37 67 22
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 175 21 23 44 40

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blackhawks acquire Jeff Taffe from Florida. Chicago Blackhawks (2010-07-22). Retrieved on 2010-07-22.
  2. Penguins sign Jeff Taffe and John Curry. Pittsburgh Penguins (2007-07-13). Retrieved on 2010-04-04.
  3. Taffe Working Hard In Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Penguins (2007-12-28). Retrieved on 2010-04-04.
  4. Penguins re-sign forward Jeff Taffe. Pittsburgh Penguins (2008-07-21). Retrieved on 2010-04-04.
  5. Panthers sign C Jeff Taffe. Florida Panthers (2009-07-03). Retrieved on 2010-04-04.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Johnny Pohl
Minnesota Mr. Hockey
1998–99 season
Succeeded by
Paul Martin
Preceded by
Barret Jackman
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Shawn Belle
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