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Born June 26, 1976 (1976-06-26) (age 33),
Windsor, Ontario, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Phoenix Coyotes
Vancouver Canucks
Florida Panthers
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1994
Florida Panthers
Career 1995 – present

Edward Jovanovski (born June 26, 1976) is a Canadian professional hockey defenceman currently playing for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Florida Panthers, with whom he was originally drafted in 1994, and Vancouver Canucks.

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Early life

Jovanovski was born in Windsor, Ontario, to Macedonian immigrants. Coming from an athletic family, his father Kostadin was a professional soccer player in Yugoslavia. Jovanovski played minor hockey in his hometown before beginning his major junior career in 1993–94.

Playing career

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Major junior

Jovanovski played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with his hometown team, the Windsor Spitfires. In his rookie season with the Spitfires, Jovanovski led all team defencemen in scoring, with 50 points in 62 games, and was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team, as well as the OHL Second All-Star Team. That off-season, Jovanovski was selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Jovanovski played one more season for Windsor and was named to the OHL First All-Star Team before joining the Florida Panthers in 1995–96.

Florida Panthers

In his rookie season in the NHL, Jovanovski embarked on a Cinderella run with the Florida Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. Facing the Colorado Avalanche, they were swept in four games. Jovanovski established himself as an NHL star in the making, being nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie (won by Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators), and named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

On January 17, 1999, after three and a half seasons with the Panthers, Jovanovski was traded in a blockbuster, seven-player deal to the Vancouver Canucks. He was sent with Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and a first round draft choice in 2000 (Nathan Smith) in exchange for superstar Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and a third round draft choice in 2000 (Robert Fried).

Vancouver Canucks

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Joining the Vancouver Canucks in the midst of a rebuilding period for the franchise, Jovanovski quickly established himself as a top defencemen in Vancouver's lineup. After one full season with the Canucks, Jovanovski underwent a breakout campaign in 2000–01, leading all team defencemen with 47 points in 79 games, earning him the first of three consecutive Babe Pratt Trophies (the fan-voted Canucks' best defenceman). Jovanovski's contributions in 2000–01 helped the Canucks return to the playoffs after a six-year absence.

As a Canuck, Jovanovski enjoyed consistent offensive production, indicated by three consecutive 45-points and over campaigns (spanning from 2000–01 to 2002–03); his ability to join the rush as a defencemen complemented the Canucks' up-tempo style of play. Offensively and defensively, he was a key member of the Canucks' regular season success that culminated in a Northwest Division title in 2003–04.

Due to the NHL lockout, Jovanovski spent the 2004–05 season inactive. When the NHL resumed play in 2005–06, Jovanovski was on pace for a career year, but was cut short due to groin injuries that put him out the lineup twice before the season was over. He finished with 33 points in 44 games.

Phoenix Coyotes

Failing to come to terms with the Canucks after his contract expired following the 2005–06 season, Jovanovski became an unrestricted free agent and joined the Phoenix Coyotes in July 2006, signing a five-year, $32.5 million contract. Despite appearing in his first All-Star Game since 2003, his first season with the Coyotes was plagued once more with injury, limiting him to 29 points in 54 games. Like the Canucks when they acquired him, the Coyotes also signed Jovanovski during a rebuilding period.

In 2007–08, Jovanovski set a career-high in points with 51. He appeared in his second consecutive All-Star Game in 2008. The following season, Jovanovski's offensive production dipped to 36 points in 82 games, his lowest total since his third season with the Panthers in 1997–98 (not including seasons with major injuries).

Jovanovski began the 2009–10 season missing 10 games with a lower-body injury in November and early-December.[1] Shortly after returning to the Coyotes lineup, he was suspended for two games by the NHL for a hit to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Andrew Ebbett with his forearm on December 7, 2009.[2]

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2008 Canada
Silver 2005 Austria
Winter Olympics
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City
World Junior Championships
Gold 1995 Canada

During his junior career, Jovanovski competed for Team Canada at the 1995 World Junior Championships, where he helped Canada capture gold. He made two medal-less appearances at the World Championships in 1998 and 2000 before being chosen to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Playing the United States in the gold medal game, Jovanovski earned an assist on the game winning goal, backhanding a saucer pass from the point to Joe Sakic on a two-man advantage to clinch the gold medal in a 5–2 victory.[3]

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Jovanovski played for Team Canada in the 2004 World Cup, earning a gold medal, and 2005 World Championships, earning silver. In the World Cup, however, Jovanovski only played one game, injuring himself in the first game against the United States. Making his fourth World Championships appearance in 2008, Jovanovski earned a second straight silver medal, losing to Russia in overtime of the gold medal game.

Personal life

Jovanovski and his wife, Kirstin, have four children — Kylie, Kyra, Cole and Coco. In 2005, Jovanovski was the subject of a documentary by Macedonian Canadian Bill Yancoff entitled The Late Bloomer: Ed Jovanovski, which explored his career, family tragedy and his attachments to his Macedonian heritage. [4]

Awards and achievements

OHL

  • OHL All-Rookie Team - 1994
  • OHL Second All-Star Team - 1994
  • OHL First All-Star Team - 1995

NHL

Vancouver Canucks

Transactions

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Windsor Spitfires OHL 62 15 35 50 221 4 0 0 0 15
1994–95 Windsor Spitfires OHL 50 23 42 65 198 9 2 7 9 39
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 70 10 11 21 137 22 1 8 9 52
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 61 7 16 23 172 5 0 0 0 4
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 81 9 14 23 158
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 41 3 13 16 82
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 31 2 9 11 44
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 5 21 26 54
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 12 35 47 102 4 1 1 2 0
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 17 31 48 101 6 1 4 5 8
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 6 40 46 13 14 7 1 8 22
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 56 7 16 23 64 7 0 4 4 6
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 44 8 25 33 58
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 54 11 18 29 63
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 12 39 51 73
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 9 27 36 106
NHL totals 903 118 315 433 1327 58 10 18 28 92

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Canada WJC 7 2 0 2 4
1998 Canada WC 6 2 1 3 6
2000 Canada WC 9 1 1 2 8
2002 Canada Oly. 6 0 3 3 4
2004 Canada WCH 1 0 0 0 0
2005 Canada WC 9 1 2 3 8
2008 Canada WC 9 0 1 1 4
Junior int'l totals 7 2 0 2 4
Senior int'l totals 40 4 7 11 30

See also

References

External links

Preceded by
Alexandre Daigle
1st overall pick in NHL Entry Draft
1994
Succeeded by
Bryan Berard
Preceded by
Rob Niedermayer
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
1994
Succeeded by
Radek Dvorak

Ed Jovanovski
Born June 26, 1976 (1976-06-26) (age 34),
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Phoenix Coyotes
Vancouver Canucks
Florida Panthers
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1994
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1995–present

Edvard Jovanovski (born June 26, 1976) is a Macedonian Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Florida Panthers, with whom he was originally drafted in 1994, and the Vancouver Canucks.

Contents

Early life

Jovanovski was born to Macedonian immigrants. Coming from an athletic family, his father Kostadin was a professional soccer player in Yugoslavia. Jovanovski played minor hockey in his hometown before beginning his major junior career in 1993–94.

Playing career

Major junior

Jovanovski played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with his hometown team, the Windsor Spitfires. In his rookie season with the Spitfires, Jovanovski led all team defencemen in scoring, with 50 points in 62 games, and was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team, as well as the OHL Second All-Star Team. That off-season, Jovanovski was selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Jovanovski played one more season for Windsor and was named to the OHL First All-Star Team before joining the Florida Panthers in 1995–96.

Florida Panthers

In his rookie season in the NHL, Jovanovski embarked on a Cinderella run with the Florida Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. Facing the Colorado Avalanche, they were swept in four games. Jovanovski established himself as an NHL star in the making, being nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie (won by Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators), and named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

On January 17, 1999, after three and a half seasons with the Panthers, Jovanovski was traded in a blockbuster, seven-player deal to the Vancouver Canucks. He was sent with Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and a first round draft choice in 2000 (Nathan Smith) in exchange for superstar Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and a third round draft choice in 2000 (Robert Fried).

Vancouver Canucks

Joining the Vancouver Canucks in the midst of a rebuilding period for the franchise, Jovanovski quickly established himself as a top defencemen in Vancouver's lineup. After one full season with the Canucks, Jovanovski underwent a breakout campaign in 2000–01, leading all team defencemen with 47 points in 79 games, earning him the first of three consecutive Babe Pratt Trophies (the fan-voted Canucks' best defenceman). Jovanovski's contributions in 2000–01 helped the Canucks return to the playoffs after a six-year absence.


As a Canuck, Jovanovski enjoyed consistent offensive production, indicated by three consecutive 45-points and over campaigns (spanning from 2000–01 to 2002–03); his ability to join the rush as a defencemen complemented the Canucks' up-tempo style of play. Offensively and defensively, he was a key member of the Canucks' regular season success that culminated in a Northwest Division title in 2003–04.

Due to the NHL lockout, Jovanovski spent the 2004–05 season inactive. When the NHL resumed play in 2005–06, Jovanovski was on pace for a career year, but was cut short due to groin injuries that put him out the lineup twice before the season was over. He finished with 33 points in 44 games.

Phoenix Coyotes

Failing to come to terms with the Canucks after his contract expired following the 2005–06 season, Jovanovski became an unrestricted free agent and joined the Phoenix Coyotes in July 2006, signing a five-year, $32.5 million contract. Despite appearing in his first All-Star Game since 2003, his first season with the Coyotes was plagued once more with injury, limiting him to 29 points in 54 games. Like the Canucks when they acquired him, the Coyotes also signed Jovanovski during a rebuilding period.

In 2007–08, Jovanovski set a career-high in points with 51. He appeared in his second consecutive All-Star Game in 2008. The following season, Jovanovski's offensive production dipped to 36 points in 82 games, his lowest total since his third season with the Panthers in 1997–98 (not including seasons with major injuries).

Jovanovski began the 2009–10 season missing 10 games with a lower-body injury in November and early-December.[1] Shortly after returning to the Coyotes lineup, he was suspended for two games by the NHL for a hit to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Andrew Ebbett with his forearm on December 7, 2009.[2]

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City
World Championships
Silver 2005 Austria
Silver 2008 Canada
World Junior Championships
Gold 1995 Canada

During his junior career, Jovanovski competed for Team Canada at the 1995 World Junior Championships, where he helped Canada capture gold. He made two medal-less appearances at the World Championships in 1998 and 2000 before being chosen to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Playing the United States in the gold medal game, Jovanovski earned an assist on the game winning goal, backhanding a saucer pass from the point to Joe Sakic on a two-man advantage to clinch the gold medal in a 5–2 victory.[3]

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Jovanovski played for Team Canada in the 2004 World Cup, earning a gold medal, and 2005 World Championships, earning silver. In the World Cup, however, Jovanovski only played one game, injuring himself in the first game against the United States. Making his fourth World Championships appearance in 2008, Jovanovski earned a second straight silver medal, losing to Russia in overtime of the gold medal game.

Personal life

Jovanovski and his wife, Kirstin, have four children — Kylie, Kyra, Cole and Coco. In 2005, Jovanovski was the subject of a documentary by Macedonian Canadian Bill Yancoff entitled The Late Bloomer: Ed Jovanovski, which explored his career, family tragedy and his attachments to his Macedonian heritage. [4]

Awards and achievements

OHL

  • OHL All-Rookie Team - 1994
  • OHL Second All-Star Team - 1994
  • OHL First All-Star Team - 1995

NHL

Vancouver Canucks

Transactions

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Windsor Spitfires OHL 62 15 35 50 221 4 0 0 0 15
1994–95 Windsor Spitfires OHL 50 23 42 65 198 9 2 7 9 39
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 70 10 11 21 137 22 1 8 9 52
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 61 7 16 23 172 5 0 0 0 4
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 81 9 14 23 158
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 41 3 13 16 82
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 31 2 9 11 44
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 5 21 26 54
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 12 35 47 102 4 1 1 2 0
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 17 31 48 101 6 1 4 5 8
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 6 40 46 13 14 7 1 8 22
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 56 7 16 23 64 7 0 4 4 6
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 44 8 25 33 58
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 54 11 18 29 63
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 12 39 51 73
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 9 27 36 106
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 66 10 24 34 55 7 1 0 1 4
NHL totals 969 128 339 467 1382 65 11 18 29 96

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Canada WJC 7 2 0 2 4
1998 Canada WC 6 2 1 3 6
2000 Canada WC 9 1 1 2 8
2002 Canada Oly. 6 0 3 3 4
2004 Canada WCH 1 0 0 0 0
2005 Canada WC 9 1 2 3 8
2008 Canada WC 9 0 1 1 4
Junior int'l totals 7 2 0 2 4
Senior int'l totals 40 4 7 11 30

See also

References

External links

Preceded by
Alexandre Daigle
1st overall pick in NHL Entry Draft
1994
Succeeded by
Bryan Berard
Preceded by
Rob Niedermayer
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
1994
Succeeded by
Radek Dvorak

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