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Position Center
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Halpie
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
198 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals
Dallas Stars
Nationality USA
Born May 3 1976 (1976-05-03) (age 33),
Potomac, Maryland
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 1999 – present


Jeff Halpern (born May 3 1976 in Potomac, Maryland) is an American professional ice hockey player with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

After graduating from Princeton University, Halpern began his NHL career in the 1999–2000 NHL season for the Washington Capitals; he played in 79 games, scoring 18 goals with 11 assists, and was +21. He was the first member of the Capitals to come from the Washington, D.C. area, as he hails from the suburb of Potomac, Maryland as an alum of Winston Churchill High School. The Capitals signed him as a free agent as he was not picked in the NHL Entry Draft.

The 2003–04 NHL season was his highest-scoring season to date as he finished with 19 goals and 27 assists in 79 games.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Halpern played for the Kloten Flyers and for HC Ajoie in Switzerland, and returned to the Capitals when the lockout ended. On September 23, 2005, the Washington Capitals named Halpern as their team captain. He became the 12th captain in the Capitals' franchise history. In the 2005–06 NHL season, he scored 11 goals, and added a career-high 33 assists.

On July 5, 2006, Halpern left the Capitals as a free agent and signed a 4-year deal with the Dallas Stars.

On February 26, 2008, Halpern was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen, and a 2009 4th-round draft pick in exchange for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist. Halpern scored a goal in his Lightning debut, and added an assist. After being acquired by the Lightning, Halpern went on a huge hot streak, scoring 10 goals and 18 points in 19 games. He also led the league during the 2007–08 NHL season in games played as one of only two players to appear in 83 games, or one more than a team's full schedule, as based on his trade to Tampa Bay (the other being Brian Campbell.)

Halpern was named as the captain of the United States national team for the 2008 World Championships in Canada. Playing in a 5-4 loss in the opening round against the Canadian team on May 6, 2008, he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to be out of action for 6-8 months, after leaving the team for Washington where a diagnosis was made.

Awards

  • Halpern is a member of the Greater Washington (D.C.) Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Family Tragedy

On February 11, 2005, Halpern's mother Gloria was killed in a fiery car accident, one involving a fuel tanker carrying some 9,000 gallons of fuel. Also killed were Jeff's uncle and aunt. The driver of the tanker lost control of his vehicle and it flipped over before exploding several times, with the car trapped underneath. One person managed to escape the vehicle, running down an embankment and jumping into a pond, but all four passengers died at the scene. The driver of the tanker Flavio F. Santisteban, was hospitalized. Stantisteban was later convicted on four counts of vehicular homicide, in September 2008. The prosecution said that Santisteban was driving up to 25mph over the 35mph speed limit.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Princeton University ECAC 29 3 11 14 30
1996–97 Princeton University ECAC 33 7 24 31 35
1997–98 Princeton University ECAC 36 28 25 53 46
1998–99 Princeton University ECAC 33 22 22 44 32
1998–99 Portland Pirates AHL 6 2 1 3 4 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Washington Capitals NHL 79 18 11 29 39 5 2 1 3 0
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 80 21 21 42 60 6 2 3 5 17
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 48 5 14 19 29 -- -- -- -- --
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 82 13 21 34 88 6 0 1 1 2
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 79 19 27 46 56 -- -- -- -- --
2004–05 HC Ajoie NLB 15 5 12 17 52 -- -- -- -- --
2004–05 Kloten Flyers NLA 9 7 4 11 6 -- -- -- -- --
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 70 11 33 44 79 -- -- -- -- --
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 76 8 17 25 78 7 2 1 3 4
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 64 10 14 24 40 -- -- -- -- --
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 10 8 18 14 -- -- -- -- --
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 7 9 16 32 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 649 122 175 297 515 24 6 6 12 23

International play

Played for the United States in:

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International statistics

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 WC 7 1 1 2 4
2001 WC 9 1 1 2 8
2004 WC 9 2 2 4 4
2004 WCH 4 0 0 0 7
2005 WC 7 1 0 1 6
2008 WC 3 0 1 1 4
Senior Int'l totals 39 5 5 10 33

External links

  • Jeff Halpern's NHL player profile
  • Jeff Halpern's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
Preceded by
Steve Konowalchuk
Washington Capitals captains
2005–06
Succeeded by
Chris Clark
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