- Geoff Sanderson
Infobox Ice Hockey Player
Hartford Whalers Carolina Hurricanes Vancouver Canucks Buffalo Sabres Columbus Blue Jackets Phoenix Coyotes Philadelphia Flyers
league = NHL
image_size = 220px
position = Left Wing
shoots = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 0
weight_lb = 190
nationality = CAN
birth_date = birth date and age|1972|02|01
birth_place = Hay River, NT, CAN
draft = 36th overall
draft_year = 1990
career_start = 1991
Geoff M. Sanderson (born
February 1, 1972, in Hay River, Northwest Territories) is a Canadian professional ice hockeywinger currently without an NHL contract. His former team, the Edmonton Oilersdeclined to sign him for the NHL 2008-09 season.
Drafted by the
Hartford Whalers36th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Sanderson made his NHL debut at the tail end of the 1990–91 season. After playing in 64 games in his first full season for the club in 1991–92, he registered career highs in goals (46), assists (43), and points (89) in 1992–93. Sanderson spent his first six NHL seasons with Hartford and played half a season with the franchise when they moved to Carolina. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucksin January 1998 and a little over a month later was sent to the Buffalo Sabres. He saw the most playoff action of his career during his three seasons with Buffalo, making it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998–99.
Left unprotected by Buffalo during the
2000 NHL Expansion Draft, Sanderson joined the Columbus Blue Jacketsand scored 30-plus goals in 2000–01 and 2002–03. He returned to Vancouver at the trade deadline in 2003–04 and was reclaimed by Columbus off waivers in the off-season which was a condition of the trade. Once the 2004–05 NHL lockoutcame to an end, Sanderson was traded two games into the 2005–06 season to the Phoenix Coyotes. After scoring 25 goals in 75 games with Phoenix, Sanderson signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyersin the off-season.
A disappointing year with Philadelphia resulted in Sanderson being traded to Edmonton with Joni Pitkanen in exchange for
Joffrey Lupuland former Flyers captain Jason Smith. Sanderson scored two goals against Philadelphia the first time he played against his former team.
He has a couple cousins who also play in the NHL,
Wade Brookbank, currently a member of the Carolina Hurricanesand Sheldon Brookbank, currently a member of the New Jersey Devils.
Played for Canada in:
1993 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships- 4th place finish
1994 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships- Gold medal winner
1997 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships- Gold medal winner
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