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Zemgus Girgensons

Born:January 5, 1994Draft:2012 Sabres #14 Overall
Hometown:Riga, LatviaPosition:C/W
Known For:“Latvian Locomotive”Shoots:Left
National Team:LatviaCurrent Team:Buffalo Sabres

Zemgus Girgensons (born 5 January 1994), nicknamed “The Latvian Locomotive”, is a Latvian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 14th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. With this selection, Girgensons became the highest-drafted Latvian in NHL history, 16 spots higher than the previous highest selection, Sandis Ozoliņš, in 1991. In the previous year, Girgensons was selected in the second round, 28th overall, in the 2011 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Junior Draft by CSKA Moscow.

Zemgus Girgensons Buffalo Sabres
Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

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  • NHL All-Star Game (2015)
  • U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team Latvia (2012)
  • USHL – USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Selection (2012)
  • USHL First All-Star Team (2012)
  • U20 WJC (D1|A) Gold Medal (2011)
  • USHL All-Star Game (2011)
  • USHL Clark Cup Champion (2011)
  • U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team Latvia (2010)