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Andrew Shaw
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Born July 20, 1991 (1991-07-20) (age 26)
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
AHL
Rockford IceHogs
OHL
Owen Sound Attack
Niagara IceDogs
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 139th overall, 2011
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2011–present

Andrew Shaw (born on July 20, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected by the Blackhawks in the 5th round (139th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Junior Playing CareerEdit

Andrew made his OHL debut with the Niagara IceDogs in a September 20, 2008 game against the Ottawa 67's. He scored his first OHL goal in a game against the Plymouth Whalers.

On November 14, 2008, Andrew had his first assist in a game against the Kitchener Rangers at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. He had 17 points (eight goals and nine assists) overall in his OHL rookie season and ranked second on his team with 97 PIM in 56 regular-season tilts.

In an October 17, 2009 game against the Sudbury Wolves, Andrew gained a goal and two assists making it his first career multi-point game. In a January 2, 2010 game at Sudbury, he had his first career multi-goal game.

Andrew had 11 goals and 25 assists in 68 regular-season tilts. He ranked fifth on the team with 36 points and paced the team with 129 PIM, recording 4 PIM in five postseason appearances.

Andrew had a season-best four assists in a September 15, 2010 game against the Guelph Storm.

From October 14th to October 23rd, Andrew had a point in six straight games with two goals and six assists and he had points (four goals and two assists) in four straight games during the OHL playoffs. He also had three multi-goal games in 20 OHL postseason games in 2011. After the end of the season, he was honored as the OHL’s Hardest Working Player of the Year.

During the season, Andrew led Owen Sound with 135 penalty minutes and ranked fifth on the team with a junior career-high 54 points.

This season gave him junior career highs, with 54 points, 22 goals, 32 assists, 135 penalty minutes in 66 regular-season games.

Andrew registered a junior-career best +17 plus/minus rating, led his team with 135 PIM, ranked third on his team with 10 goals and fourth with 17 points (10 goals and 7 assitsts) in 20 postseason appearances.

He paced the attack with 53 PIM on the way to the OHL Championship, paced all skaters at the 2011 Memorial Cup with seven points (2 goals and 5 assist) in four games.

Chicago BlackhawksEdit

Despite missing two consecutive drafts, Andrew was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round (139th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He split time between the Chicago Blackhawks and their AHL associate, the Rockford IceHogs during the 2011–2012 season.

He made his professional debut in an October 8, 2011 game against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

In Rockford's 5–3 win against the Peoria Rivermen on October 9th at Carver Arena, Andrew made an assist on the game-winning goal, his first professional career point. In Rockford's 6–4 win against the Peoria Rivermen on October 28th at Carver Arena, he scored the first goal of his professional career.

Andrew had both the first multi-point game (one goal and two assists) and first shorthanded goal of his professional career in Rockford's 7–3 win over the Peoria Rivermen on November 25th.

In Rockford's 6–3 at-home victory over the Chicago Wolves on December 9th, Andrew had the first multi-goal game of his professional career and he was named the #1 Star of the game.

Andrew scored two goals in Rockford's 5–4 shootout loss to Grand Rapids Griffins on December 14th at Van Andel Arena. For the month of December, he totaled 8 goals-one assist-nine points.

On January 3, 2012, Andrew signed a three-year entry level contract and was recalled on January 4, 2012 by Chicago to replace injured agitator Daniel Carcillo.

On January 5, 2012, Andrew made his NHL debut in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, getting into a fight with Zac Rinaldo on the second shift, the first fight of his NHL career. He needed stitches, but later returned to score the first goal of his NHL career on his first shot of his first game against Ilya Bryzgalov.

Andrew led the Blackhawks rookies with seven hits. He missed three postseason tilts (April 17–21) due to suspension. From January 12th through January 18th, he had goals in four straight games.

During the lockout, Andrew played for the IceHogs. He served a six-game suspension after leaving the bench to join a fight on November 3rd.

Four games after serving that suspension, he received a one-game suspension for a boarding incident in a game against the Chicago Wolves. Andrew scored a goal in each of the four games between these two suspensions. He had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win over the Lake Erie Monsters.

Andrew returned to the Blackhawks when the NHL season resumed. He played in all 48 regular season games as the Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy and advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs and, eventually, the Stanley Cup Finals.

On June 12, 2013, Andrew had the game-winning tip-in of the opening game of the Finals to give the Blackhawks a 4–3 triple-overtime victory over the Boston Bruins.

Minutes into the first period of the sixth (and final) game of the Finals, he took a puck off Shawn Thornton's stick to his face. He fell to the ice and lay in a small pool of blood.

Officials stopped the play and Andrew was helped to his feet and repaired in the dressing room. He returned in the second period and hoisted the Stanley Cup with his wounds still partially bleeding.

After the season was over, Andrew revealed that he had a broken rib while playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. Shaw scored nine points and had 35 penalty minutes in the playoffs and helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup.

On May 19, 2015, in the second overtime of game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Andrew deliberately headbutted the puck into the Anaheim Ducks' net. The goal was waved off by the game's referees, but the Blackhawks eventually won the game after a goal was scored with 3:48 remaining in the third overtime period.

On April 19, 2016, Andrew recorded one goal and two assists in a playoff game against the St. Louis Blues.

Later in the same game, he shouted a homophobic slur towards a referee who had penalized him for interference & also instigated a brawl after the final horn. He later apologized for the remarks and the NHL suspended him for one game and fined him $5,000.

Montreal CanadiensEdit

On June 24, 2016, Andrew was traded to the Montreal Canadiens during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for two 2016 second-round picks. Three days later on June 27, 2016, he & the Canadiens came to an agreement on a six-year contract worth $23.4 million.

The NHL suspended him for three games for boarding Connor Hobbs during a preseason game played on September 26, 2016.

On October 13, 2016, Andrew scored his first goal with the Canadiens.

Controversy ensued him again when he slew footed Johan Larsson of the Buffalo Sabres at the end of the same game. The incident occurred towards the end of the game while the Canadiens had a 4–1 lead over the Sabres.

Andrew was assessed a match-penalty, but did not receive any supplemental discipline after meeting with the Department of Player Safety.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Niagara IceDogs OHL 56 8 9 17 97 12 2 1 3 22
2009–10 Niagara IceDogs OHL 68 11 25 36 129 5 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Owen Sound Attack OHL 66 22 32 54 135 20 10 7 17 53
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 38 12 11 23 99
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 37 12 11 23 50 3 0 0 0 15
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 28 8 6 14 84
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 9 6 15 38 23 5 4 9 35
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 20 19 39 76 12 2 6 8 12
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 15 11 26 67 23 5 7 12 36
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 14 20 34 69 6 4 2 6 18
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 12 17 29 110 5 0 0 0 7
NHL totals 390 82 84 166 410 72 16 19 35 123

AccoladesEdit

  • CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2011)
  • Stanley Cup champion (2013 & 2015)

Playing StyleEdit

Andrew has stated he emulates Bruins player Brad Marchand, saying, "We're both agitators. We both play physical and we're always chirping."

He has also gained the nickname "Mutt" from some of his teammates and fans regarding his rough style of play.

Personal LifeEdit

Andrew grew up in Belleville, Ontario, two hours east of Toronto. When he was growing up many people (including his own family) believed his younger brother Jason had the best shot at the NHL. Jason is currently a player in the Ontario Hockey League.

He also has an older brother named Josh.

Andrew is known for wearing a black rubber bracelet with "Ironworkers Local 721", the name of a local union in Belleville, on the back in tribute to ironworkers from his hometown and as a reminder of his roots. He brought the Stanley Cup back to his hometown for his day with the cup.

In August of 2013, he auctioned the stitches from his facial injury (made famous as "the definitive image of the NHL playoffs') for $6,500 and donated the money to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

On August 2, 2016, Andrew announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend, Chaunette Boulerice.

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