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Ramzi Abid (born March 24, 1980 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Muslim Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian EBEL.


Playing careerEdit

Typically playing as a left winger, Ramzi Abid was selected by the Colorado Avalanche as the first choice in the second round (28th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and was redrafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 85th overall, by the Phoenix Coyotes, who in March 2003 traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Jan Hrdina.

In March 2003, he successfully underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and missed the remainder of the 2002–03 season. He played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, an affiliate team of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the American Hockey League during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Abid spent the 2005–06 season with the Atlanta Thrashers.

On July 21, 2006, Abid signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators.[1] Abid had a impressive pre-season, in which he scored a hat-trick in a 8-1 win over the Blue Jackets on September 21, 2006.[2] Abid was then sent to affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, prior to the start of the 2006-07 season. Abid played 13 games with the Predators as an injury replacement during the season. On April 18, 2007, Ramzi was called up to the Predators and made his play-off debut against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.[3]

Abid was a member of Team Canada in the 2007 Spengler Cup. In 2007 Abid signed with SC Bern to play through the 2009-10 season. He played two seasons for SC Bern before his contract was dissolved in April 2009.

In August 2009, he signed with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2009–10 season. After 33 games with Traktor he left the KHL on January 31, 2010.[4]. On February 1, 2010, Abid agreed to a contract with Rögle BK.[5]

On June 11, 2010, Abid again a free agent, signed a one-year contract with Austrian League team, EC Red Bull Salzburg.[6]

He is also one of the few Muslims to have played in the NHL.[7]

AwardsEdit

  • 1998: Michel Brière Memorial Trophy (QMJHL Most Valuable Player)
  • 1998: Jean Béliveau Trophy (QMJHL Leading Scorer)
  • 1998: QMJHL First All-Star Team
  • 2000: QMJHL First All-Star Team
  • 2000: Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team
  • 2000: Ed Chynoweth Trophy (Memorial Cup Leading Scorer)

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 65 13 24 37 141
1997–98 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 68 50 85 135 266 6 3 4 7 10
1998–99 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 21 11 15 26 97
1998–99 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 24 14 22 36 102 23 14 20 34 84
1999–00 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 13 10 11 21 61
1999–00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 59 57 80 137 148 10 10 13 23 18
2000–01 Springfield Falcons AHL 17 6 4 10 38
2001–02 Springfield Falcons AHL 66 18 25 43 214
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 27 15 10 25 50
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 30 10 8 18 30
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 3 2 5 27
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 78 26 29 55 119 7 0 2 2 18
2005–06 Chicago Wolves AHL 75 34 42 76 165
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 6 0 2 2 6
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 57 19 30 49 70 2 0 1 1 6
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 13 1 4 5 13 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 SC Bern NLA 41 20 11 31 56 5 3 2 5 14
2008–09 Rapperswil-Jona NLA 2 0 2 2 2
2008–09 SC Bern NLA 31 9 20 29 85 1 0 0 0 12
2009–10 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 33 3 8 11 36
2009–10 Rögle BK SEL 10 1 7 8 8
NHL totals 68 14 16 30 78 2 0 0 0 0

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