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Luke Gazdic
Born (1989-07-25)July 25, 1989,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
233 lb (106 kg; 16 st 9 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Edmonton Oilers
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 172nd overall, 2007
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2009–2020

Luke Gazdic (born July 25, 1989) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger. Gazdic was selected 172nd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. He played for the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils during his National Hockey League (NHL) career. Gazdic mainly played as an enforcer.

Playing career

Gazdic in 2014.

On September 29, 2013, Gazdic was claimed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers from the Dallas Stars.[1]

Playing on opening night of the 2013–14 NHL season, Gazdic made his NHL debut on October 1, 2013,[2] and scored his first NHL goal at 2:21 of the first period past Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec, to record the first goal of the 2013–14 Edmonton Oilers season.[3] He made eight points in his time with the Oilers, playing as an enforcer with a fierce reputation.

On July 5, 2016, having left the Oilers as a free agent, Gazdic agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils.[4] He appeared in 11 games throughout the 2016–17 season with the Devils.

On July 2, 2017, Gazdic returned to Canada as a free agent in signing a one-year, two-way deal with the Calgary Flames.[5] Gazdic was reassigned to the AHL with affiliate, the Stockton Heat for the duration of the 2017–18 season. In 61 regular season games, he contributed with 1 goal and 2 points while posting 59 penalty minutes.

As a free agent from the Flames, and with no NHL contract over the summer, Gazdic joined the San Diego Gulls training camp on a try-out and later made the AHL opening night roster for the 2018–19 season.[6] He made 20 appearances with the Gulls posting 3 goals and 7 points. In the following off-season, Gazdic opted to continue his tenure with the Gulls agreeing to a one-year contract on August 14, 2019.[7] In June 2021, Gazdic announced his retirement.[8][9]

Personal life

His brothers Benjamin and Mark are also ice hockey players. His father, Mike Gazdic, was drafted in 1978 NHL Amateur Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 North York Rangers U16 AAA GTHL 38 13 16 29 24
2004–05 North York Rangers OPJHL 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Wexford Raiders OPJHL 47 17 16 33 105 10 0 5 5 14
2006–07 Erie Otters OHL 58 5 8 13 136
2007–08 Erie Otters OHL 67 17 12 29 144
2008–09 Erie Otters OHL 63 20 10 30 127 5 0 0 0 9
2008–09 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 2 1 0 1 14 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Texas Stars AHL 49 3 1 4 155
2009–10 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 4 1 1 2 10
2010–11 Texas Stars AHL 72 9 8 17 110 5 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Texas Stars AHL 76 11 12 23 102
2012–13 Texas Stars AHL 59 4 7 11 80 8 0 0 0 19
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 2 2 4 127
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 2 1 3 43
2014–15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 5 2 0 2 7
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 29 1 0 1 24
2015–16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 11 1 2 3 6
2016–17 Albany Devils AHL 37 1 6 7 63
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 0 0 0 12
2017–18 Stockton Heat AHL 61 1 1 2 59
2018–19 San Diego Gulls AHL 20 3 4 7 39 1 0 0 0 2
2019–20 San Diego Gulls AHL 7 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 147 5 3 8 206

References

  1. Oilers claim Gazdic. Edmonton Oilers (2013-09-29). Retrieved on 2013-09-29.
  2. Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Schedule. NHL. Retrieved on 30 September 2013.
  3. Jets spoil Eakins' debut with win over Oilers. National Hockey League (2013-10-02). Retrieved on 2013-10-02.
  4. Gazdic inks one-year contract with Devils. NHL (2016-07-05). Retrieved on 2016-07-05.
  5. Flames sign forward Luke Gazdic to one-year deal. Sportsnet.ca (2017-07-02). Retrieved on 2017-07-02.
  6. Gulls announces training camp roster. San Diego Gulls (2018-10-02). Retrieved on 2018-10-02.
  7. Gulls sign six players to one-year contracts. San Diego Gulls (August 14, 2019). Retrieved on August 14, 2019.
  8. Luke Gazdic: Hangs up skates (June 4, 2021).
  9. Luke Gazdic looks back fondly on days with Edmonton Oilers (June 4, 2021).

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