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Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m)
245 lb (111 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Edmonton Oilers
Anaheim Ducks
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 28 1982 (1982-09-28) (age 27),
Winkler, MB
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2005 – present


Dustin Penner (born September 28, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Penner was never drafted; he was discovered and signed as a free agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim after playing college hockey for the University of Maine in the NCAA. Penner won the Stanley Cup in his rookie season with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is known as a power forward, using his ability to maneuver his way around and behind the net with his big size.

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Playing career

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Minors and collegiate

Growing up in Winkler, Manitoba, Penner played on his high school team, the Garden Valley Collegiate Zodiacs. Pursuing hockey beyond his high school, he was, however cut by many minor hockey teams, including his local junior club three times.

With little hope of ever playing hockey professionally, Penner agreed to play with Minot State University-Bottineau, but immediately broke his femur, ending his his first year with the club. The next year, in the 2001-02 season, he became a very important player for the club, scoring 20 goals with 13 assists in 23 games, also earning the Most Determined Player Award for his improvement and stellar play after recovering from his injury.

Penner then went to an evaluation camp at Saskatoon. He played well there, scoring an average of three points per game. There he was spotted by Grant Stanbrook, the assistant coach for the University of Maine. Penner was offered a scholarship, which he accepted. Although he did not inititally join the team that year, in 2003–04, he helped lead the Black Bears and to the NCAA Championship game, scoring the game winning goal in the semifinals against Boston College. Maine then lost the championship title game to the University of Denver 1-0.

Professional

Undrafted, he was signed as a free agent by the Mighty Ducks on May 12, 2004. He was assigned to the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Anaheim's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He recorded 28 points in his professionl rookie season with Cincinnati, then took a major step the next season as he was moved to the Portland Pirates, who became the Mighty Ducks' AHL affiliate in 2005–06. He scored 39 goals and 84 points in 57 games with Portland while also making his NHL debut, appearing in 19 games with the Mighty Ducks that season. He was originally called up on November 23, 2005, being sent back and forth from the minors. Penner shone in the Mighty Ducks' 2006 playoff run, scoring 9 points in 13 games until Anaheim was eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals.

Penner earned a full-time roster spot with the Ducks in 2006–07 and broke out with 29 goals and 45 points playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on a unit dubbed the "Kid Line". His goals total was second most on the team, only trailing superstar Teemu Selänne who scored 48, while setting the Ducks' franchise rookie record for most points (surpassed by Bobby Ryan in 2008–09). During the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup run, Penner scored the game-winner in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Minnesota Wild and Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Ottawa Senators. In Game 5, Penner and the Ducks defeated the Senators 6-2 to win the Stanley Cup. Penner became the first former Maine Black Bear to win the Stanley Cup as a player.

After winning the Stanley Cup with the Ducks, Penner became a restricted free agent in the off-season. With the Ducks dealing with salary cap issues, Penner remained unsigned. General manager Kevin Lowe of the Edmonton Oilers jumped on the opportunity and signed Penner to a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet. Lowe was criticized by the media and specifically Ducks general manager Brian Burke for the contract as being grossly inflated. After seven days, the Ducks were unwilling to match the offer and Penner became an Oiler.

In his first season with the Oilers, Penner scored a team-high 23 goals and improved to 47 points. Penner began the 2008–09 season with a slow start and was publicly criticized by head coach Craig MacTavish for a lack of fitness and competitiveness after being made a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.

Awards

Transactions

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001-02 MSU-Bottineau NJCAA 38 22 14 36 -- -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Maine NCAA 43 11 12 23 52 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 77 10 18 28 82 9 2 3 5 13
2005-06 Portland Pirates AHL 57 39 45 84 68 5 4 3 7 0
2005-06 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 19 4 3 7 14 13 3 6 9 12
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 29 16 45 58 21 3 5 8 2
2007-08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 23 24 47 45 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 17 20 37 61 -- -- -- -- --
AHL totals 134 49 63 112 150 14 6 6 12 13
NHL totals 261 73 63 136 178 34 6 11 17 14

References

  • Dustin Penner's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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