Joffrey Douglas Sheldon Lupul
Born September 23, 1983 (age 28) in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Right winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs
I follow this guy on Twitter, but I honestly didn’t know anything about him till today, so let’s take a look at him. Joffrey got his hockey start playing in the midget leagues in his hometown before moving on to the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers and played three seasons with them, including one after he was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2002. From there, he bounced between the Ducks and their AHL team in Cincinnati, where he played during the Year That Never Was. When he played his first full year with the Ducks in the 2005-06 season, he became the first player in franchise history to score a hat trick in a playoff game!
Then came a series of trades that had Joffrey bouncing around like a puck on bad ice. First came a trade to the Edmonton Oilers in 2006 for Chris Pronger. After a year with the Oilers, he was traded again to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007. It was during his first year with that Flyers that he collided with his teammate Derian Hatcher and suffered a spinal cord contusion (OW OW OW) but returned to action a month later. But even after signing a four-year contract extension with Philly in 2008, he was traded back to Anaheim for Chris Pronger. His time with the Ducks was limited, though, because of back surgery and a blood infection resulting from that. This past February found him in another trade for François Beauchemin, which sent him to Toronto. He’s been doing very well this season with 11 goals and 18 assists, so you know he’ll light up Leafs Nation this year!