|Born||January 5, 1994 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
|National team||Template:Country data Latvia|
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 2012|
Zemgus Girgensons (born on January 5, 1994) is a Latvian ice hockey player currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).
He was selected 14th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres.
With this selection, Zemgus became the highest drafted Latvian in NHL history, sixteen spots higher than previous highest selection Sandis Ozolins in 1991.
In the previous year, he was selected in the 2nd round (28th overall) in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft by the CSKA.
Early Playing Career
Zemgus began playing hockey in EVHS hockey school and was coached by former Dinamo Rīga player Edmunds Vasiļjevs.
He played in Latvian minor and youth leagues.
Junior Playing Career
In 2009, Zemgus moved to North America and played in the EJHL for the Green Mountain Glades.
The next season, he moved to the USHL and played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
In 2011, Zemgus became the USHL champion with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and he also participated in the All-Star game.
In the 2011–12 season (his last season as a junior), he was named as the captain of the Fighting Saints.
Zemgus entered his draft eligibility year as a projected first round draft pick. He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (14th overall).
The Sabres had already used their first round pick selecting Mikhail Grigorenko with the 12th pick, but they traded a first round (21st overall) pick (from Nashville) which Calgary used to select Mark Jankowski and second round (42nd overall) pick to move up seven spots to draft Zemgus.
Before going in to the Sabres prospects summer camp, he had committed to going to the Vermont Catamounts of the NCAA, however, he signed a professional contract with the Sabres on July 13, 2012 which forfeits his NCAA eligibility.
Zemgus began the 2012–13 season in the AHL with the Rochester Americans and had a slow start to the season.
At the beginning of 2013, he suffered an injury from a late hit by Richard Panik, however, he did finish strong, scoring three goals in the Americans' first round defeat in the AHL playoffs.
After scoring 3 goals and adding one assist in five pre-season games, Zemgus began the 2013–14 season in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres.
On October 2, 2013 (in the Sabres' season opener), he scored his first NHL goal against Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings.
|2009–10||Green Mountain Glades||EJHL||42||28||29||57||19||2||0||2||0||2|
|2010–11||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL||51||21||28||49||46||11||3||5||8||8|
|2011–12||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL||49||24||31||55||69||2||2||2||4||0|
|Junior int'l Totals||17||7||4||11||16|
Zemgus participated at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships as a member of the Latvia men's national junior ice hockey team and at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships.
He made his national team debut in 2013 World Championships against U.S. and scored his first international goal against Slovakia.
Zemgus was also suspended for one game for spearing Branislav Mezei in first period of the match in retaliation of a hit.
On January 7, 2014 it was announced that Ted Nolan has included Zemgus for national team roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.