Shawn Horcoff
Shawn Horcoff 2010
Horcoff with the Oilers in 2010
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
208 lb (95 kg)
NHL Team Edmonton Oilers
Born September 17 1978 (1978-09-17) (age 41),
Trail, BC, CAN
NHL Draft 99th overall, 1998
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 2000 – present

Shawn Horcoff (born September 17, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the fourth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 99th overall, by the Oilers, the team with which he has spent his entire NHL career.

Amateur careerEdit

Horcoff played his first college season with Michigan State University, in the CCHA, in 1996. After a respectable first season in which he was considered a contender for the CCHA All-Rookie Team,[1] Horcoff improved his numbers as a sophomore in 1997–98, despite playing in fewer games than the year before. This led to him being drafted by the Oilers in the 1998 Draft. The following season, 1998–99, Horcoff again improved his totals, and was named to the CCHA All-Academic Team at season's end.

The 1999–00 season was Horcoff's final year with Michigan State, and he posted career high totals in goals, assists and points. Along with a second CCHA All-Academic Team spot, Horcoff received a number of major awards, including CCHA Player of the Year.[2] He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award,[3] given to the top player in college hockey.

While at Michigan State, Horcoff studied finance and mathematics, receiving his degree before graduating to professional hockey.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Shawn Horcoff

Horcoff during a game in 2009

After leaving university, Horcoff failed to make the 2000–01 Edmonton Oilers out of training camp, and was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Horcoff excelled in Hamilton, leading the team in scoring as well as sitting sixth overall in AHL scoring. He was also tied for the lead in AHL rookie scoring (with Toby Petersen), and was named AHL Rookie of the Month for November, 2000.[5] On December 4, 2000, the Oilers recalled Horcoff, and on December 13, Horcoff scored his first NHL goal against the Dallas Stars. This call-up prevented Horcoff from appearing in the 2000–01 AHL All-Star Game, where he had been named as a starter for the Canadian All-Star Team. Horcoff played the remainder of the season in the NHL, and played his first five playoff games in April versus the Stars.[6]

Horcoff played his 100th NHL game in 2001–02, and spent the majority of the season with the Oilers, only appearing in two games with Hamilton as part of a conditioning stint[5] . The next season Horcoff played the entire year with Edmonton, and appeared in the 2003 NHL YoungStars Game. In the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs, Horcoff led the Oilers in goals. In 2003–04, Horcoff set career highs in goals, assists and points, and was named the Oilers Outstanding Defensive Forward.[5]

During the NHL lockout, Horcoff sought out a team where he would be able to play more of an offensive role.,[7] and signed a contract with for Mora IK of the Elitserien. This season marked a turning point in his career, where he played the role of an offensive leader (finishing 4th in the league in scoring) with a professional team. He has also represented Canada at the Ice Hockey World Championships. After the lockout Horcoff returned to the NHL in 2005–06 and experienced an offensive breakthrough, posting career highs in goals, assists, and points, and for the first time in his career took on the role of number one centre.[8] He also tied Wayne Gretzky's team record for most points in a period when he assisted on four third period goals against the Detroit Red Wings on November 18, 2005.[9]

Horcoff was part of the Edmonton Oilers team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Horcoff had 7 goals and 12 assists in the 2006 Playoffs.

In July 2006, Horcoff re-signed with the Oilers on a three-year contract. After a disappointing 2006–07 season, Horcoff used the offseason to make some changes. In addition to a demanding conditioning regimen, Horcoff went to the Easton factory in Tijuana, Mexico and had a stick custom designed for him.[10] In the summer of 2007, with the NHLPA looking for a replacement for ousted leader Ted Saskin, Horcoff was one of five players named to the search committee that eventually selected Paul Kelly.[11]

Horcoff has represented Canada three times internationally, winning gold in 2003 and 2004 and silver in 2005 at the World Championships. In 2008 Horcoff was elected to the All-Star game in Atlanta where he won the fastest skater in the skills competition.

In February 2008, Horcoff underwent a shoulder surgery ending his 2007–08 season. On July 16, 2008, the Oilers announced that Horcoff had been signed to a six-year, $33-million contract.[12] Horcoff would see action in 80 games during the 2008-09 NHL Season, scoring 17 goals to go with 36 assists.

On October 6, 2010, Shawn Horcoff was named the 13th captain in Edmonton Oilers' history.

On March 3, 2011, Horcoff recorded his 400th career point, tallying 2 assists, in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Personal life Edit

His eyes are two different colours, a condition known as heterochromia. He has one brown eye and one green eye.

Horcoff and New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay remain friends, having grown up near each other.[13]

Shawn Horcoff has been married to his wife Cindy, of Northville, Michigan, since 2003 and has one daughter, Jade, and one son, Will. Although born in Trail, BC, Canada, he grew up and went to school in Castlegar, BC, Canada.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 58 49 96 145 44 9 5 19 24 12
1996–97 Michigan State University CCHA 40 10 13 23 20
1997–98 Michigan State University CCHA 34 14 13 27 50
1998–99 Michigan State University CCHA 39 12 25 37 70
1999–00 Michigan State University CCHA 42 14 51 65 50
2000–01 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 24 10 18 28 19
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 49 9 7 16 10 5 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 2 1 2 3 6
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 8 14 22 18
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 12 21 33 55 6 3 1 4 6
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 15 25 40 73
2004–05 Mora IK SEL 50 19 27 46 117
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 22 51 73 85 24 7 12 19 12
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 16 35 51 56
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 53 21 29 50 30
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 17 36 53 39
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 13 23 36 51
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 9 18 27 46
NHL totals 684 142 259 401 463 35 10 13 23 18


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WC 9 3 4 7 0
2004 Canada WC 9 3 4 7 8
2009 Canada WC 9 1 1 2 6
Totals 27 7 9 16 14

Awards and achievementsEdit

Award Year
CCHA All-Academic Team 1999
CCHA All-Academic Team 2000
CCHA First All-Star Team 2000
CCHA Best Defensive Forward 2000
CCHA Player of the Year 2000
NCAA West First All-American Team 2000

References Edit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Ethan Moreau
Edmonton Oilers captains
2010 – present

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