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Joffrey Lupul



 Joffrey Lupul

Joffrey Douglas Sheldon Lupul (born September 23, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He plays forward and uses an Easton stick.

Playing career

Lupul was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as their first choice, seventh overall, during the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Lupul dueling for position with Roman Hamrlíkduring his first stint with Anaheim.

In the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Lupul became the first player in NHL playoff history to cap a three-goal game with an overtime score, as he tallied all the Ducks goals in a 4–3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Western Conference semi-finals.[1] After the 2005–06 season, Lupul was traded to theEdmonton Oilers along with Ladislav Šmíd and draft picks for Chris Pronger on July 4, 2006.[2]

On July 1, 2007, Lupul was traded along with Jason Smith to the Philadelphia Flyers for Joni Pitkänen,Geoff Sanderson, and a third round draft pick in 2007.[3]

During the 2007–08 season, his first with the Flyers, Lupul was diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion after a collision with teammate Derian Hatcher in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 6, 2008. Lupul made his return playing for the team on February 9, 2008 against the New York Rangers. On April 22, 2008, Lupul scored the series-winning goal in the first overtime of Game 7 in the first-round playoff series between the Flyers and the Washington Capitals. After helping the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals, Lupul agreed to a four-year contract extension with Philadelphia on July 21, 2008.[4]

On June 26, 2009, Lupul was traded by the Flyers to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft along with Luca Sbisa and two first round picks for Chris Pronger, the second time in his short career he has been part of a trade involving the Ducks with Pronger going the other way.[5] Injuries limited him to just 23 games during the 2009–10 season, and Lupul missed the final 59 games of that season and the first 28 games of the next season as the result of a blood infection after the back surgery.

On February 9, 2011, Lupul was traded by the Anaheim Ducks along with Jake Gardiner and a conditional 2013 draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs forFrançois Beauchemin, marking the third time Lupul has been involved in a trade with the Ducks organization.[6] Playing on a line with Phil Kessel, he put together a strong first half of the season, resulting in his being invited to the 2012 National Hockey League All-Star Game as an alternate captain to Zdeno Chára. There, he scored two goals for Team Chara resulting in their 12-9 win over Team Alfredsson.

[edit]Awards

[edit]Records

  • First player to score a playoff hat-trick in Anaheim franchise history
  • First player to score four playoff goals in one game, including an overtime winner
  • First player to score all four of his team’s goals in a playoff game.

[edit]Personal

As featured during an NHL Network Online video, Lupul enjoys playing guitar.[7] He is also a Romanian Canadian.[8]

Lupul has appeared in a video supporting You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.[9]

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