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Born October 12 1994 (1994-10-12) (age 22),
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Calgary Flames
Ntl. team Flag of Canada Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2013
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2013–present

Sean Monahan (born October 12, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is a first round selection of the Flames, sixth overall, at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and played junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he served as team captain.

Early lifeEdit

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Sean is the son of Cathy and John Monahan, and has a sister, Jacqueline.[1] He attended St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School. A shy child who developed into a prankster, Monahan excelled athletically. He played minor hockey and lacrosse for the Brampton Excelsiors.[2]

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Monahan played with the Mississauga Rebels. As a 15-year-old in 2010, he captained the Rebels to an OHL Cup title and was named most valuable player of the tournament.[3] He finished the 2009–10 season with 46 goals and 40 assists in 47 games for the Rebels and was then selected by the Ottawa 67's in the first round, 16th overall, at the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection draft.[4] Monahan's junior hockey career began with difficulty as he suffered a sprained wrist in his first training camp with the 67's, resulting in a slow start for him in the 2010–11 OHL season.[4] An invitation to play in the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, in which he was a key performer for the gold medal-winning Team Ontario, allowed Monahan to regain confidence; he completed his first OHL season on the 67's second line and recorded 47 points in 65 games.[4] Monahan played in his second international tournament following the season. He joined the Canadian Under-18 National Team for the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and scored a goal in the championship game to help Canada win a fourth consecutive gold medal at the event.[5]

Playing alongside NHL prospects Tyler Toffoli, Shane Prince and Cody Ceci,[3] Monahan was one of the OHL's top scorers in the 2011–12. He finished tied for 15th in league scoring with 78 points.[6] He was named to the OHL's Second All-Star team and was the 67's representative on the league's All-Scholastic team.[7] Monahan's third season in Ottawa was a transitional one for the franchise. The 67's had won three consecutive East Division titles between 2010 and 2012,[8] but the graduation of top players caused the team to enter a rebuilding phase. The 67's finished in last place in the 2012–13 OHL season with just 16 wins.[9] Monahan served as the team's captain, sharing the role with Ceci in the first half of the season until the latter player's departure in a trade.[3] He finished the season with 31 goals and 78 points.[9] He was invited to Team Canada's selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, but failed to make the team.[10] He also missed ten games during the season after being suspended for an elbowing incident.[11]

Calgary FlamesEdit

Monahan was one of the top-ranked prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft: The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked him as the 5th best North American skater in its final ranking while International Scouting Services ranked him 9th overall.[12] Among OHL draft prospects, the league's coaches rated Monahan highly for his intelligence on the ice, playmaking and stickhandling, and for his faceoff ability.[3] He was selected in the first round, sixth overall, by the Calgary Flames. Upon his selection, the 18-year-old centre expressed his confidence that he was ready to immediately play in the NHL.[12] He earned a spot on the Flames roster to begin the 2013–14 season and made his NHL debut on October 3, 2013, against the Washington Capitals. Monahan scored his first career point in the game, assisting on David Jones' goal in a 5–4 shootout loss.[13] He then scored his first goal the following night against goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 4–3 win.[14]

Though he remained eligible to return to junior without impacting his NHL contract, Monahan scored six goals in his first nine games to earn a permanent spot in Calgary.[15] In doing so, he became the first junior-eligible player to make the full-time jump to the Flames roster since Kevin LaVallee in 33 years.[16] Monahan scored his 20th goal in a late-season loss to the Ottawa Senators, and in doing so, became the first Flames rookie to score 20 goals since Dion Phaneuf in 2005–06 and first rookie forward since Jarome Iginla in 1996–97 to reach the mark.[17]

On August 19, 2016, following back-to-back seasons in which he scored 60 or more points, Monahan, as a restricted free agent signed a seven-year, $44.625 million contract extension to remain in the Flames' organization through 2023. [18]

MilestonesEdit

Monahan scored his 100th career goal against Andrei Vasilevski of the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 23, 2017. He is the 6th youngest active player to achieve this milestone, joining the elite company of Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Jaromír Jágr, Steven Stamkos, and Patrick Kane. [19] His 100th goal also marked his 20th of the season, marking the 4 consecutive season he has scored at least 20 goals. [20]

He is now the youngest Calgary Flame to reach the 100 goal milestone (22 years, 134 days), passing Joe Nieuwendyk, who was 22 years and 185 days old when he scored 100 career goals. [21]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Ottawa 67's OHL 65 20 27 47 32 4 2 2 4 0
2011–12 Ottawa 67's OHL 62 33 45 78 38 18 8 7 15 12
2012–13 Ottawa 67's OHL 58 31 47 78 24
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 75 22 12 34 8
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 81 31 31 62 12 11 3 3 6 2
2015–16 Calgary Flames NHL 81 27 36 63 18
2016–17 Calgary Flames NHL 82 27 31 58 20 4 4 1 5 0
NHL totals 319 107 110 217 58 15 7 4 11 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Ontario U17 Gold medal icon 5 3 2 5 2
2012 Canada IH18 Gold medal icon 5 2 1 3 12
2014 Canada WC 5th 7 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 10 5 3 8 14
Senior totals 7 0 2 2 2

Awards and honoursEdit

Junior
Award Year Ref.
OHL Cup Most Valuable Player 2010 [3]
World U-17 Hockey Challenge Gold Medal 2011 [4]
OHL Second Team All-Star 2011–12 [22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Monahan, Sean (2013-06-28). Monahan excited for NHL Draft. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2013-07-01.
  2. Campbell, Don. "Born to play", Ottawa Citizen, 2012-11-09. Retrieved on 2013-07-01. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Morreale, Mike G.. "Monahan developed thanks to ex-teammates' help", National Hockey League, 2013-03-20. Retrieved on 2013-07-01. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Girard, Daniel. "Sean Monahan right at home on 67’s top line", Toronto Star, 2011-11-05. Retrieved on 2013-07-01. 
  5. "Canada wins gold at Ivan Hlinka tournament", The Globe and Mail (Toronto), 2011-08-13. Retrieved on 2013-07-01. 
  6. (2012) 2012–13 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League, 68. 
  7. (2012) 2012–13 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League, 139, 145. 
  8. (2012) 2012–13 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League, 42. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sportak, Randy. "Money Man", Calgary Sun, 2013-07-01, p. S2. 
  10. Gilbertson, Wes. "Team Canada cuts Ottawa 67's Sean Monahan, Tyler Graovac", Ottawa Sun, 2012-12-12. Retrieved on 2013-07-01. 
  11. Helmer, Aedan. "Ottawa 67's co-captain Sean Monahan suspended 10 games for elbow to head of Plymouth Whalers captain Colin MacDonald", Ottawa Sun, 2012-11-23. Retrieved on 2013-07-01. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Cruickshank, Scott. "Flames stick to script, take Monahan at No. 6", Calgary Herald, 2013-07-01, p. C1. 
  13. Gilbertson, Wes. "Ovie and out", Calgary Sun, 2013-10-04, p. S2. 
  14. "Flames slip past Blue Jackets 4-3", ESPN, 2013-10-04. Retrieved on 2013-10-04. 
  15. "Rookie Sean Monahan earns season-long stay with Flames", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2013-10-23. Retrieved on 2014-04-11. 
  16. Sportak, Randy. "Flames rookie Sean Monahan looks to make rare jump from juniors to NHL", Calgary Sun, 2013-10-20. Retrieved on 2014-04-11. 
  17. Yerdon, Joe. "PHT Morning Skate: Monahan excites Flames with 20-goal season", NBC Sports, 2013-03-31. Retrieved on 2013-03-31. 
  18. http://flames.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=891274
  19. AP (Feb 23, 2017) 'Flames squeeze past Lightening on Sean Monahan's 100th career goal'.Associated Press retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/calgary-flames-tampa-bay-lightning-recap-1.3997036, retrieved on Feb 23, 2017
  20. (Feb 23, 2017) 'Calgary Flames’ Sean Monahan Makes History As They Top Lightning'. retrieved from http://flameforthought.com/2017/02/23/calgary-flames-monahan-history-lightning/
  21. AP (Feb 23, 2017) Calgary Sun (Feb 24, 2017) 'Sean Monahan just landed himself inside a pretty tight circle of NHL history makers ' retrieved from http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/02/24/sean-monahan-just-landed-himself-in-a-small-circle-of-nhl-history-makers, retrieved on Feb 24, 2017
  22. (2012) 2012–13 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League, 145. 

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Jankowski
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Émile Poirier

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