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Nick Foligno
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Born October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31) (age 31)
Buffalo, New York
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Ottawa Senators
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 28th overall, 2006
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2007–present

Nick Foligno (born Nicholas Foligno on October 31, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey left winger currently serving as the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He previously played for the Ottawa Senators, the team that drafted him in the first round (28th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

His father, Mike Foligno also played in the NHL, as does his brother, current Minnesota Wild forward Marcus Foligno.

Playing CareerEdit

AmateurEdit

Nick began the 2003–04 season with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's under-17 team, where he had seven goals and 16 points.

He moved up to the under-18 team, which at the time played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) where he scored eight goals and 20 points in 43 games. In seven playoff games, Nick had two goals and three points.

Nick appeared in four games with the under-18 team in 2004–05, getting two goals and an assist.

After his tenure with the Development Program, Nick joined the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), who were coached by his father, Mike Foligno. During his rookie season in 2004–05, he had ten goals and 38 points in 65 games. He played his first game with the Wolves on September 24, 2004, earning no points in a 3–1 win over the Ottawa 67's.

Nick registered his first OHL point, an assist, in a 6–1 win over the Erie Otters on September 26, 2004. It took him 23 games, but he scored his first career OHL goal on November 20, 2004, beating Kitchener Rangers goaltender Dan Turple in a 6–3 loss.

In the playoffs, he had five goals and ten points in 12 games, as Sudbury lost to the Ottawa 67's in the second round of the playoffs.

Nick saw his offensive production increase during his second season with the Wolves in 2005–06, as he led the club with 70 points, scoring 24 goals and 46 assists, while registering 146 penalty minutes, helping the Wolves to the post-season. In ten playoff games, Foligno had a goal and four points as Sudbury was swept by the Peterborough Petes in the second round.

He returned to the Wolves for a third season in 2006–07, as he scored a team high 31 goals and 88 points in 66 games, helping Sudbury clinch a playoff berth.

In the post-season, he scored 12 goals and 29 points in 21 games to finish with the second highest point total in the League, but Sudbury lost to the Plymouth Whalers in six games in the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals.

ProfessionalEdit

The Ottawa Senators selected Foligno with the 28th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

On March 21, 2007, Senators General Manager John Muckler announced that the team and Nick agreed to a three-year, entry level contract.

Nick spent some time with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2007–08 season, appearing in 28 games, scoring six goals and 19 points. He earned his first AHL point in his first game on November 16, 2007, an assist in a 6–3 loss to the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Nick scored his first AHL goal on January 18, 2008, scoring on Adam Munro of the Syracuse Crunch in a 6–3 win.

He spent most of the 2007–08 with the Ottawa Senators. He began the season with Ottawa and played in his first game on October 3, 2007, earning no points in 7:36 ice time in a 4–3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On October 18, 2007, Nick scored his first career NHL goal and point as he beat Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in a 4–3 Senators win. When he scored the goal, he performed his father Mike Foligno's noted goal celebration, the "Foligno Leap."

He finished the season appearing in 45 games with Ottawa, scoring six goals and nine points. He appeared in his first Stanley Cup playoff game on April 9, 2008, in a 4–0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On April 14, 2008, he scored his first career playoff goal, beating the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury in a 4–1 Senators loss. The Senators were ultimately swept in four-straight games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals; Foligno's goal was his only registered point of the series.

Nick spent the entire 2008–09 season in the NHL with the Senators, scoring 17 goals and 32 points in 81 games, but The Senators struggled throughout the season and failed to make the 2009 playoffs.

In the 2009–10 season, Nick missed 21 games due to injuries, including a broken leg suffered from blocking a shot in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on January 30, 2010. He scored nine goals and 26 points in 61 games he appeared in.

The Senators qualified for the 2010 playoffs, and in six games, he had one assist as Ottawa again fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Nick appeared in all 82 games in the 2010–11 season for Ottawa, scoring 14 goals and 34 points. However, the team failed to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. He put up his best offensive numbers during the subsequent 2011–12 season, registering 15 goals and 47 points while again playing in all of Ottawa's 82 regular season games.

On July 1, 2012, Foligno was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Marc Methot. Having lost two of their starting six defensemen via free agency, Ottawa desperately needed to acquire a defenseman.

Nick had earlier been offered to Columbus as part of a package for disgruntled superstar Rick Nash; however, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson informed the Senators that Nash was unwilling to accept a trade to Ottawa.

Five days after acquiring him, Columbus signed him to a three-year contract worth a reported $9.15 million; Nick had previously been a restricted free agent.

Nick scored a notable goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins; Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger blocked a slapshot with his head whereupon Nick picked up the puck, skated down the ice and shot a knuckle-puck past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the come-from-behind overtime winner.

In 2015, Nick was selected by the NHL general managers to represent Columbus, in addition to Blue Jackets teammates Ryan Johansen and Sergei Bobrovsky at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, held in Columbus, Ohio. He was additionally named a captain for one of the teams during the Game, Team Foligno. His team lost to Team Toews 17–12.

On April 4, 2015, he scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On May 20, 2015, shortly after the end of the 2014–15 season, Nick was named captain of the Blue Jackets, filling a vacancy existent since previous team captain Rick Nash's departure to the New York Rangers in the 2012 off-season. He became the sixth captain in Blue Jackets history.

The captaincy came after Nick posted career-highs in goals (31) and points (73) from 79 regular season games played, ranking tenth in the League in the latter statistic, points.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 U.S. National Development Team USDP 6817223980
2004–05 U.S. National Development Team USDP 42130
2004–05 Sudbury Wolves OHL 65102838111 12551016
2005–06 Sudbury Wolves OHL 65244670146 1013428
2006–07 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66315788135 10871580
2007–08 Binghamton Senators AHL 286131916
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 4563916 41012
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 8117153249
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 619172653 60112
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 8214203443
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 82153247124 71348
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 456131928
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7018213996 42024
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7931427350
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7212253753
2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7926255155 40226
NHL totals 696 154 213 367 581 25 4 6 10 22

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States U17 4th 5 4 6 10 2
2009 United States WC 4th 9 0 2 2 4
2010 United States WC 13th 6 3 0 3 0
2016 United States WC 4th 10 3 2 5 10
Junior totals 5 4 6 10 2
Senior totals 25 6 4 10 14

International PlayEdit

Nick represented the United States in the 2009 IIHF World Championship held in Switzerland.

In nine games, he had two assists as the USA finished in fourth place, losing 4–2 to Sweden in the bronze medal game.

Nick again represented the U.S. in the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany, and in six games, he scored three goals, but the United States struggled in the tournament, finishing in 13th place.

AccoladesEdit

  • NHL All Star: 2015
  • King Clancy Memorial Trophy: 2017
  • Mark Messier Leadership Award: 2017

Personal LifeEdit

Born in the United States to Canadian parents, Nick has dual Canadian-American citizenship. At the time of his birth, his father, Mike played for the Buffalo Sabres and the family resided in the Buffalo area.

Although his brother Marcus has represented Canada internationally, Nick has chosen to represent the United States.

His younger brother, Marcus, was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The two brothers also have two sisters, Lisa and Cara.

In the summer of 2009, he lost his mother, Janis to breast cancer.

Nick is an avid supporter of cancer patient care and research at Roger’s House, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

He is also the "Celebrity Chair" of Cystic Fibrosis Canada's Ottawa Chapter where he and his wife, Janelle are very active participants.

Nick and Janelle have two children, Milania and Landon. The family resides year round in Sudbury, Ontario.

On October 11, 2016, Nick and Janelle donated $1 million to Nationwide Children's Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital, the same facilities that took care of their daughter Milania's heart defects when she was a newborn.

He wears jersey number 71, an inversion of the number 17 his father wore for most of his NHL career (although Mike did wear 71 whilst playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs).

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