Morgan Klimchuk
Born (1995-03-02)March 2, 1995,
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
F. teams
Ottawa Senators
Belleville Senators (AHL)
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 28th overall, 2013
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2014–present


Morgan Klimchuk (born March 2, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger for the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Klimchuk was selected in the first round, 28th overall, at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan in family with Ukrainian roots, Klimchuk grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and played his minor hockey in the Calgary Buffaloes system.[1] He was the captain of his team in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League in 2009–10 and led his squad to the final of the Western Canadian Bantam championship, ultimately settling for second place.[2] The Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Regina Pats selected him in the first round, fifth overall, at the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft,[3] and he appeared in five games with the Pats in 2010–11.[4] Klimchuk joined the Pats full-time in 2011–12. He played in 67 games, and his 36 points helped Regina reach the WHL playoffs for the first time since 2008.[5] He was a member of Team Pacific at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, finishing second in team scoring with six points in six games, and played with Team Alberta at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.[1]

In his second WHL season, 2012–13, Klimchuk improved to 76 points and finished second in team scoring.[6] He made two appearances with the Canadian national under-18 team. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Canadian team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Playing on the top line with Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid, Klimchuk scored eight points to help lead Canada to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships.[1]

Playing all roles in Regina, Klimchuk developed into a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and was ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau 25th among North American skaters. He credited the chance to play in all offensive and defensive situations with helping him develop a strong two-way game.[7] The Calgary Flames used the pick they acquired in the Jarome Iginla trade to select Klimchuk in the first round, 28th overall.[8] He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flames on December 17, 2013.[9]

On January 2, 2015, Klimchuk was dealt from the Pats to the Brandon Wheat Kings, in a trade that saw Jesse Gabrielle move to the Pats.[10]

Klimchuk was invited to the Flames' 2015 training camp, but was assigned to the Flames AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat for the 2015–16 season.[11] Klimchuk made his NHL debut on February 19, 2018, against the Boston Bruins.[12] The following day he was reassigned to the AHL.[13]

During the 2018–19 season, on November 27, 2018, Klimchuk was traded by the Flames to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Andrew Nielsen.[14] Klimchuk appeared in just 13 games with the Toronto Marlies, before he was traded by the Maple Leafs for the second time within the season to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Gabriel Gagne on January 11, 2019.[15]

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
2010–11 Regina Pats WHL 5 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Regina Pats WHL 67 18 18 36 27 5 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Regina Pats WHL 72 36 40 76 20
2013–14 Regina Pats WHL 57 30 44 74 27 4 3 2 5 2
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 4 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Regina Pats WHL 27 14 16 30 12
2014–15 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 33 20 30 50 12 13 3 10 13 2
2015–16 Stockton Heat AHL 55 3 6 9 10
2016–17 Stockton Heat AHL 66 19 24 43 36 2 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Stockton Heat AHL 62 19 21 40 24
2017–18 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Stockton Heat AHL 17 3 5 8 8
2018–19 Toronto Marlies AHL 13 2 0 2 21
2018–19 Belleville Senators AHL 8 4 1 5 4
2019–20 Belleville Senators AHL 49 12 14 26 14
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 0

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg 7 3 5 8 6
Junior totals 7 3 5 8 6

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Awards Year
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament gold medal 2012 [16]
IIHF World U18 Championship gold medal 2013 [17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Morgan Klimchuk draft profile. National Hockey League. Retrieved on July 1, 2013.
  2. Regina Pats sign first pick in 2010 Bantam Draft. Western Hockey League (May 31, 2010). Retrieved on July 1, 2013.
  3. (2012) 2012–13 WHL Official Guide. Western Hockey League, 110. 
  4. Morgan Klimchuk profile. Western Hockey League. Archived from the original on July 7, 2013. Retrieved on July 1, 2013.
  5. Watts, Jesse (October 17, 2012). Catching up with... Morgan Klimchuk. Western Hockey League. Retrieved on July 1, 2013.
  6. Peterson, Torie (July 1, 2013). Numerology: Morkan Klimchuk. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. Retrieved on July 1, 2013.
  7. Cruickshank, Scott. "Klimchuk always fond of Flames", Calgary Herald, July 1, 2013, p. C3. 
  8. Sportak, Randy. "Pressure on Poirier, Klimchuk", Calgary Sun, July 1, 2013, p. S5. 
  9. Flames sign Morgan Klimchuk (December 17, 2013). Retrieved on May 11, 2018.
  10. WHEAT KINGS ACQUIRE KLIMCHUK (January 2, 2015). Retrieved on May 12, 2018.
  11. Flames Make Training Camp Assignments (September 27, 2015). Retrieved on May 12, 2018.
  12. NHL DEBUT A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR KLIMCHUK (February 19, 2018). Retrieved on May 12, 2018.
  13. Flames assign Morgan Klimchuk to AHL Stockton (February 20, 2018). Retrieved on May 12, 2018.
  14. Maple Leafs Acquire Klimchuk From Calgary (November 27, 2018). Retrieved on November 28, 2018.
  15. Leafs send Klimchuk to Senators for Gagne (January 11, 2019). Retrieved on January 11, 2019.
  16. 22 CHL players win 2012 Ivan Hlinka gold. Canadian Hockey League (August 1, 2012). Retrieved on August 2, 2012.
  17. Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team wins gold medal at 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. Hockey Canada (May 6, 2013). Retrieved on May 6, 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Émile Poirier
Calgary Flames first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Sam Bennett
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