| 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)|
190 lb (86 kg)
| NHL Team (P)|
| Colorado Avalanche|
Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
|Born|| June 25 1987,|
Erie, PA, USA
|NHL Draft|| 168th overall, 2005|
|Pro Career||2009 – present|
Mercier was drafted 168th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Mercier was drafted from the United States National Development Team Program after previously playing with the St. Louis Heartland Eagles in the USHL.
Mercier committed to Miami University in the summer of 2004, and after recording 10 points in his freshman year, Mercier developed into an aggressive scoring forward in the following years for Miami. As a senior Mercier was named the West regional MVP as he helped guide the Redhawks to the Frozen Four, losing the 2008–09 National Championship game 4-3 in overtime to Boston University.
On July 10, 2009, Mercier was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Mercier was then assigned to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to start his first professional season in 2009–10. Expected to provide an energetic, physical presence, Mercier got off to a slow start recording a single assist in 24 games with Lake Erie before he was surprisingly recalled to the Avalanche on Demember 8, 2009. He made his NHL debut the next night in a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on December 9, 2009. Mercier returned to his Native Erie and on the turn of the year finally scored his first professional goals in a 3-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on January 2, 2010. In his second recall to the Avalanche, Justin scored his first NHL goal in a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators on February 4, 2010.
|Competitor for United States of America|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
|Gold||2005 České Budějovice|
Apart of the U.S. development program, Mercier was named to the United States Team for the 2005 U18 World Championships. Far from the most skilled player, he was praised for his tenacity and tireless work as he recorded 1 assist in 6 games helping the U.S. capture Gold. In the gold medal game, a 5-1 victory over Canada, Mercier gained notoriety when he was assessed a match penalty and ejected in the third period following a dangerous hit along the boards against Colton Yellow Horn.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2003–04||St. Louis Heartland Eagles||USHL||60||12||9||21||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||42||5||10||15||64||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Miami University (Ohio)||CCHA||35||3||7||10||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Miami University (Ohio)||CCHA||40||10||15||25||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Miami University (Ohio)||CCHA||42||25||15||40||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Miami University (Ohio)||CCHA||40||14||15||29||58||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||64||13||10||23||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||80||12||16||28||66||7||3||2||5||2|
|Junior int'l totals||6||0||1||1||29|
- ↑ West Regional: Minneapolis-Ties Make Sweet Homecoming Frozen-Bound Blasi. insidecollegehockey (2009-03-29). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ Former foes now teammates and friends. AHL (2009-11-03). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ Cumiskey, Mercier under contract. Colorado Avalanche (2009-07-10). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ Lack of goals can't keep Mercier from his NHL goal. NHL (2009-12-08). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ Mercier makes NHL debut. GOErie.com (2009-12-11). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ Tyler Weiman makes 31 saves as Monsters edge Bulldogs 3-2. NHL (2010-01-02). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ Predators 5, Avalanche 3. CBS Sports (2010-02-04). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ Team USA roster. IIHF (2005-03-20). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ North American teens put stamp on U-18 worlds. USA Today (2005-04-21). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
- ↑ U.S. beats Canada; Win U18 Championship. TSN (2005-04-24). Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
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