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Paul Postma
Born February 22, 1989 (1989-02-22) (age 21),

Red Deer, AB, CAN

Height

Weight

6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)

Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)

Cur. team

Atlanta Thrashers

Chicago Wolves (AHL)

NHL Draft 205th overall, 2007

Atlanta Thrashers

Playing career 2009–present

Paul Postma (born February 22, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was drafted 205th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and is a prospect for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League. During his major junior career with the Swift Current Broncos and Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) Postma won the WHL Plus-Minus Award and was a WHL East First Team All-Star in 2009.


Playing careerEdit

Postma has played major junior in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos and Calgary Hitmen. After a 24-point season in 2006–07, he was drafted in the 7th round, 205th overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The next season, he was traded to the Calgary Hitmen, where he recorded 14 goals and 42 points. In 2008–09, Postma emerged with a 23-goal, 84-point campaign, first among league defencemen, setting team records for single-season goals (surpassed Kenton Smith's 19 goals in 1998–99)[1] and points (tied with Matt Kinch) by a defenceman.[2] He earned WHL East First Team All-Star honours, along with teammates Brandon Kozun and Brett Sonne and a nomination for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenceman, opposite Jonathon Blum of the Vancouver Giants.[3] With a league-high +67 plus-minus rating, he won the WHL Plus-Minus Award. During the second round of the subsequent 2009 playoffs, Postma was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Thrashers.[4] He finished the 2009 playoffs with 13 points in 18 games, as the Hitmen were defeated in the finals by the Kelowna Rockets.

PersonalEdit

Postma attended Gateway Christian School and Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer, Alberta. He is the son of John and Janet Postma and has three sisters.

AwardsEdit

  • Won the WHL Plus-Minus Award in 2009.
  • Named to the WHL East First All-Star Team in 2009.
  • Nominated for the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy (Top WHL Defenceman) in 2009.

RecordsEdit

  • Calgary Hitmen team record; single-season goals by a defenceman - 23 in 2008–09 (surpassed Kenton Smith - 19 goals in 1998–99)
  • Calgary Hitmen team record; single-season points by a defenceman - 84 in 2008–09 (tied with Matt Kinch - 2000–01)

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Swift Current Broncos WHL 4 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Swift Current Broncos WHL 58 2 9 11 6 4 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Swift Current Broncos WHL 70 5 19 24 42 6 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Swift Current Broncos WHL 2 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Calgary Hitmen WHL 66 14 28 42 30 16 6 4 10 4
2008–09 Calgary Hitmen WHL 70 23 61 84 28 18 5 8 13 10
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 63 15 14 29 24 7 0 2 2 0
AHL totals 63 15 14 29 24 7 0 2 2 0

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