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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
177 lb (80 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
Edmonton Oilers
Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Born April 12 1993 (1993-04-12) (age 23),
Burnaby, BC, CAN
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2011
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 2009 – present

Ryan Jeremy Noel Nugent-Hopkins (born April 12, 1993) is a Canadian ice hockey centre who plays for the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. He was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Hockey careerEdit


Nugent-Hopkins played most of his minor hockey for the Burnaby Winter Club in his hometown, while attending Burnaby North Secondary. In 2005, he led his team to a quarter-final berth in the annual Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament, and later in the season captured a provincial championship.[1] He was the captain of the Burnaby Winter Club Bruins when he was drafted first overall in the 2008 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft by the Red Deer Rebels.[2] In 2007 and 2008, he played in the Western Canada Bantam Championships. The Burnaby Winter Club Bruins captured the gold medal in 2007 and the silver medal in 2008. Nugent-Hopkins was named the tournament MVP in 2008.[1] After being drafted, Nugent-Hopkins played midget hockey for the Vancouver NW Giants during the 2008–09 season. During the 2008 Mac's AAA midget hockey tournament, Nugent-Hopkins was named the Tournament MVP[3] and earned a spot on the All-Star Team.[4] Nugent-Hopkins was named the 2008 BC Minor Hockey Player of the Year, in recognition of his sportsmanship, leadership and hockey skill.[5]


Nugent-Hopkins made his WHL debut with the Rebels as an underage player during the 2008–09 WHL season. He played in five games, scoring two goals and adding four assists.[6] During the 2009–10 WHL season, Nugent-Hopkins played in 67 games, scoring 24 goals and adding 41 assists.[6] He was awarded the WHL rookie of the year award.[5] He was a finalist for the CHL rookie of the year but lost to Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes.

In their pre-season rankings for the 2011 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, the International Scouting Service ranked Nugent-Hopkins sixth overall, the second highest WHL player after Vancouver Giants defenceman David Musil.[7] E.J. McGuire, the director of the NHL Central Scouting Bureau said of Nugent-Hopkins: "He's got great skill and a knack for offense,"[5] while Cam Moon, the Rebels play-by-play announcer called him the best player the team had ever seen.[8]


On June 24, 2011, Nugent-Hopkins was selected first overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. On July 2, 2011, he agreed to terms with the Oilers on a three-year NHL entry level contract.[9]


Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2010 Slovakia

Nugent-Hopkins started his experience with Hockey Canada by representing Team Pacific at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He finished the tournament with one goal and four assists in five games.[10] Team Pacific finished the tournament in fifth place.[1] He had the chance to represent Canada at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held in Slovakia during the summer. He served as an alternate captain on the team, and scored the game winning goal in the gold medal game against the United States.[11] Nugent-Hopkins finished the tournament as Canada's leading scorer with five goals and two assists in five games.[12] He was also selected to play for the WHL team in the 2010 Subway Super Series.[13] During the 2010-11 season, Nugent-Hopkins was invited to try out at Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp,[14] but was amongst the final players cut.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Nugent-Hopkins' parents are Roger Hopkins and Deb Nugent. He has one older brother, Adam. He was born in Burnaby, British Columbia and attended Suncrest Elementary School, and attended Burnaby North Secondary School where he participated in the school's hockey academy[1]

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09Red Deer RebelsWHL52460
2009–10Red Deer RebelsWHL672441652840220
2010–11Red Deer RebelsWHL69317510651947116
WHL totals 141 57 120 177 79 13 4 9 13 6

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy (WHL Rookie of the Year) 2009–10[16]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 National Men's Summer Under-18 Team (pdf). Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  2. Red Deer takes Nugent-Hopkins tops in WHL draft. The Sports Network (2008-05-01). Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  3. Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament Male Division Player and Coaches Awards. Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  4. Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament All-Star Selections. Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Morreale, Mike G. (2010-09-02). No question about Nugent-Hopkins' prospects. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Western Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  7. 2011 ISS Top 30. The Sports Network (2010-08-31). Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  8. Fisher, Scott. "Top prospect is Rebel with a cause", Calgary Sun, December 7, 2010. Retrieved on March 29, 2011. 
  9. THE CANADIAN PRESS. "OILERS INK NUGENT-HOPKINS TO THREE-YEAR ENTRY LEVEL DEAL", The Sports Network, July 2, 2011. Retrieved on July 12, 2011. 
  10. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  11. Nugent-Hopkins pots winner for Canada at Hlinka Final. The Sports Network (2010-08-14). Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  12. Canada Statistics 2010 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka. Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 2010-10-05.
  13. "Top Prospect Nugent-Hopkins a Sophomore Success With Rebels", The Sports Network, November 8, 2010. Retrieved on March 29, 2011. 
  14. Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile
  15. Nugent-Hopkins among final world junior cuts. Canadian Broadcast Corporation (2010-12-15). Retrieved on 2011-01-16.
  16. WHL Rookie of the Year. Western Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-10-17.

External links Edit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brett Connolly
Winner of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Taylor Hall
First overall pick in NHL Entry Draft
Succeeded by
Nail Yakupov
Preceded by
Taylor Hall
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Oscar Klefbom

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