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Shayne Gostisbehere

Born:April 20, 1993Draft:2012 Flyers, 78th Overall
Hometown:Pembroke Pines, FL, USAPosition:Defense
Known For:“Ghost Bear”Shoots:Left
National Team:USA/FranceCurrent Team:Arizona Coyotes

Shayne Gostisbehere (/ɡɑːstɪsbɛər/ gaws-TIHS-bair; born April 20, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Gostisbehere was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida, and began playing hockey with the minor affiliate of the Florida Panthers. Halfway through high school, he transferred from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Florida to South Kent School in Connecticut. From there, he played three seasons of college ice hockey with the Union Dutchmen of the ECAC Hockey conference, helping to take the team to their first NCAA championship title in 2014. Gostisbehere was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, and was a finalist for the 2014 Hobey Baker Award.

The Flyers selected Gostisbehere in the third round, 78th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and he signed an entry-level contract with the team in 2014. After only a handful of appearances with the Flyers and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, Gostisbehere suffered an ACL tear that benched him for most of the 2014–15 season. He returned in 2015 for a breakout rookie season, scoring 17 goals and 29 assists, including a 15-game point streak. He became the youngest Flyer to receive the Barry Ashbee Trophy for best team defenseman, and was a runner-up for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

After a lackluster sophomore season, a successful pairing with fellow two-way defenseman Ivan Provorov for most of the 2017–18 season helped Gostisbehere secure his second Barry Ashbee Trophy in three years. The Flyers traded Gostisbehere to the Coyotes after the 2020–21 season.

Shayne Gostisbehere Arizona Coyotes
Shayne Gostisbehere, Arizona Coyotes (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Shayne Gostisbehere Statistics

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Achievements

  • 2011-12 NCAA (ECAC) All-Rookie Team
  • 2011-12 NCAA (ECAC) All-Tournament Team
  • 2011-12 NCAA (ECAC) Champion
  • 2011-12 NCAA (ECAC) Regular Season Champions
  • 2012-13 NCAA (East) Second All-American Team
  • 2012-13 NCAA (ECAC) Champion
  • 2012-13 NCAA (ECAC) Second All-Star Team
  • 2012-13 U20 WJC Gold Medal
  • 2013-14 NCAA (Championship) All-Tournament Team
  • 2013-14 NCAA (Championship) Tournament MVP
  • 2013-14 NCAA (Championship) Winner
  • 2013-14 NCAA (East) First All-American Team
  • 2013-14 NCAA (ECAC) All-Tournament Team
  • 2013-14 NCAA (ECAC) Best Defensive Defenseman
  • 2013-14 NCAA (ECAC) First All-Star Team
  • 2013-14 NCAA (ECAC) Player of the Year
  • 2013-14 NCAA Top Collegiate Player (Hobey Baker Award) Finalist
  • 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie Team

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