Dakota Mermis
Born (1994-01-05)January 5, 1994,
Alton, Illinois, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
New Jersey Devils
Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present

Dakota Mermis (born January 5, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Undrafted, Mermis originally played in the United States Hockey League with the Lincoln Stars before developing within the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in the 2010–11 season. He left the U.S. Junior program the following season in linking up with the Green Bay Gamblers in his last season in the USHL.

Mermis committed and began his freshman year of college hockey at the University of Denver in the 2012–13 season, before leaving the Pioneers after just 19 games to progress to major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights and Oshawa Generals.[1]

Following the conclusion of his major junior career with the Memorial Cup winning Generals after the 2014–15 season, Mermis' unconventional development path was rewarded as he was signed as a free agent to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes on July 2, 2015.[2]

In the 2017–18 season, having played in the opening 7 games of the season with AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners, Mermis received his first recall by the Coyotes on November 1, 2017.[3] With an injury to fellow Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, Mermis made his NHL debut the following day in a defeat to the Buffalo Sabres.[4]

Having appeared in 10 NHL games with the Coyotes during his four seasons within the organization, Mermis left as a free agent to sign a one-year, two-way $700,000 contract with the New Jersey Devils on July 1, 2019.[5]

On March 6, 2020, Mermis scored his first career NHL goal against the St. Louis Blues.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 St. Louis Amateur Blues T1EHL 48 11 26 37 76
2009–10 Lincoln Stars USHL 2 0 1 1 0
2010–11 U.S. National Development Team USHL 36 4 4 8 53 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 60 5 22 27 98 12 0 1 1 20
2012–13 University of Denver WCHA 19 1 3 4 14
2012–13 London Knights OHL 27 2 9 11 34 21 1 3 4 21
2013–14 London Knights OHL 66 5 20 25 76 9 1 3 4 12
2014–15 London Knights OHL 36 1 10 11 36
2014–15 Oshawa Generals OHL 30 5 14 19 50 21 1 14 15 14
2015–16 Springfield Falcons AHL 63 3 10 13 58
2015–16 Rapid City Rush ECHL 5 1 2 3 6
2016–17 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 67 2 10 12 75
2017–18 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 59 2 17 19 45 9 3 2 5 11
2017–18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 9 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 62 3 21 24 49
2018–19 Arizona Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2019–20 Binghamton Devils AHL 53 3 16 19 23
2019–20 New Jersey Devils NHL 10 1 3 4 4
NHL totals 20 1 3 4 4

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States U17 Silver medal icon.svg 5 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 5 0 1 1 4

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year
USHL
USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2012
Clark Cup (Green Bay Gamblers) 2012
OHL
J. Ross Robertson Cup (London Knights) 2013
J. Ross Robertson Cup (Oshawa Generals) 2015
Memorial Cup (Oshawa Generals) 2015

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Altons' Dakota Mermis called up the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. The Telegraph (2017-11-02). Retrieved on 2017-11-02.
  2. Coyotes sign Dakota Mermis to entry-level contract. Arizona Coyotes (2015-07-02). Retrieved on 2015-07-02.
  3. Coyotes recall Domingue and Mermis. Arizona Coyotes (2017-11-02). Retrieved on 2017-11-02.
  4. Defenseman Dakota Mermis ready to make debut thursday. AZ Central (2017-11-02). Retrieved on 2017-11-02.
  5. Devils sign defenseman Dakota Mermis. New Jersey Devils (July 1, 2019). Retrieved on July 1, 2019.

External links[edit | edit source]

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