Shawn Bates
Position Center
Shoots Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
AHL Team
F. Teams
Free Agent
HIFK (SM-liiga)
New York Islanders
Boston Bruins
Nationality USA
Born April 3 1975 (1975-04-03) (age 45),
Medford, MA, USA
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 1993
Boston Bruins
Pro Career 1997 – 2010

Shawn William Bates (born April 3, 1975 in Medford, Massachusetts) was an American professional ice hockey Centre. He previously played in the National Hockey League, in which he played for the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders.

Playing CareerEdit


Bates played four seasons with the Boston University Terriers. In his four years he helped lead the team to the Frozen Four each year. Bates' teams appeared in two NCAA Finals and won the NCAA Championship in 1995, Bates was named to the All Tournament team. Overall, Bates compiled 73 goals, 71 assists, 144 points, and 190 penalty minutes in a total of 160 games.


Bates was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 4th Round, 103rd Overall. After four years with the Bruins, he was signed as a free agent by the Islanders on April 8, 2001. Bates is remembered most for scoring on a penalty shot in Game 4 of the Islanders' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bates beat Maple Leaf goaltender Curtis Joseph top shelf to give the Islanders a 4–3 lead with 2:30 to go in regulation, and the Islanders went on to win the game and tied the series 2–2. The penalty shot was the third playoff Penalty Shot in Islander history and the first to be successful. He was placed on waivers by the Islanders on June 27, 2008 and ultimately had his contract bought out.

In the 2002–03 NHL season, Bates led the NHL with six short-handed goals.

SM-liiga Edit

In November 2008, after almost a full season without playing, Shawn Bates debuted in Finnish SM-liiga when he played for HIFK in a regular season matchup against TPS. HIFK lost the game but Bates scored one goal and 3 assists in his debut, which attracted praise from his Head Coach Kari Jalonen.

International PlayEdit

Bates played for Team USA in the 1995 World Juniors, recording six points (5–1–6) in seven games.

NHL Career StatisticsEdit

                                  Regular Season              
Season  Team                    Lge   GP   G   A    Pts  PIM   
1997–98 Boston Bruins           NHL   13   2   0    2    2
1998–99 Boston Bruins           NHL   33   5   4    9    2
1999–2000 Boston Bruins         NHL   44   5   7    12   14
2000–01 Boston Bruins           NHL   45   2   3    5    26
2001–02 New York Islanders      NHL   71   17  35   52   30   
2002–03 New York Islanders      NHL   74   13  29   42   52
2003–04 New York Islanders      NHL   69   9   23   32   46  
2005–06 New York Islanders      NHL   66   15  19   34   60
2006–07 New York Islanders      NHL   48   4   6    10   34
2007-08 New York Islanders      NHL   2    0   0    0    0

                   NHL Totals         465  72  126  198  266

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