Samuel Girard
Born May 12 1998 (1998-05-12) (age 21),
Roberval, Quebec, Canada
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
162 lb (73 kg; 11 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Colorado Avalanche
Nashville Predators
NHL Draft 47th overall, 2016
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2017–present

Samuel Girard (born May 12, 1998) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). Girard was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 2nd round (47th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit


Girard was drafted by the Shawinigan Cataractes in the 1st round, 3rd overall of the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft.[1] In his first season with the team, in 2014-15, he appeared in 64 games, scoring 5 goals and 38 assists. Girard was named to the league's All-Rookie Team for the season and was awarded the Raymond Lagacé Trophy, the award given every year to the league's defensive rookie of the year.

In the 2015-16 season, he played in 67 games scoring 10 goals and 64 assists for 74 points in 67 games. Girard was awarded the Emile Bouchard Trophy, the QMJHL's award given annually to the league's best defenceman.[2] At the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Girard was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round, 47th overall, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

Girard played his final season with Shawnigan in 2016-17, playing in 59 games and adding 9 goals and 66 assits for 75 points, one point more than Girard's previous career high with the Cataractes in the previous season. Girard led the league in assits, had the most points by a defenceman and was named to the league's First All Star Team.[4]


On September 29, 2016, after having an impressive training camp, Girard was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Nashville Predators.[5]

Girard made his NHL debut on October 10, 2017, during the 2017-18 season. He registered an assist from a goal by Filip Forsberg in the team's season home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers.[6] The next game, on October 12, Girard scored his first career NHL goal against the Dallas Stars.[7] Girard remained in 5 of the team's first 14 games before he was traded on October 5, 2017 in a three-team trade to the Colorado Avalanche.[8] Girard tallied his first point, an assit for the Avalanche in a 4-3 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators during the Avalanche's Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.[9]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2015

Girard has represented Canada in international competition and participated in the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. In the tournament he played in 4 games for Canada, scoring once. The team won a gold medal after defeating Sweden in the tournament.[10] He also skated with Canada Black at the 2015 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, playing in 3 games adding 1 goal and 2 assists.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014-15 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 64 5 38 43 8 7 0 2 2 2
2015-16 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 67 10 64 74 10 21 2 20 22 4
2016-17 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 59 9 66 75 29 5 1 8 9 4
2016-17 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 6 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2
2017-18 Nashville Predators NHL 5 1 2 3 2
NHL totals 5 1 2 3 2


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 Canada Black U17 8th 5 1 2 3 0
2015 Canada IH18 Gold medal icon 4 1 0 1 0
Junior totals 9 2 2 4 0

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-Rookie Team 2015
Raymond Lagacé Trophy 2015
First All-Star Team 2016, 2017
Emile Bouchard Trophy 2016 [11]
Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy 2016
CHL Sportsman of the Year 2016


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