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Zach Bogosian
Born July 15, 1990 (1990-07-15) (age 20),

Massena, NY, USA

Height

Weight

6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)

Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team Atlanta Thrashers
Ntl. team United States
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2008

Atlanta Thrashers

Playing career 2008–present

Zach Bogosian (born July 15, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and an alternate captain for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted third overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Thrashers and played major junior with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).


Playing careerEdit

Bogosian attended high school at Cushing Academy. In 2006–07, he joined the major junior ranks with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL and recorded 33 points in his rookie season. He improved to 61 points in 60 games the following season. Going into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Bogosian was the third ranked prospect out of the OHL.[1] He was drafted third overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft behind Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty.

On September 4, 2008, Bogosian signed an three-year, entry-level contract worth $2.625 million with the Thrashers.[2] He immediately made the Thrashers roster out of training camp, making his NHL debut on October 10, 2008, against the Washington Capitals. During this game, he got into a fight with Washington forward Donald Brashear, one of the best enforcers in the NHL. He became the youngest player in team history to appear in an NHL game at 18 years and 87 days old (Ilya Kovalchuk appeared in his first game with the Thrashers at 18 years and 172 days old).[3] Eight games into the season, however, on October 28, Bogosian broke his left leg in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Prior to rejoining the Thrashers, Bogosian was sent to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, for conditioning. After playing five games with the Wolves, including scoring his first professional goal on January 3, 2009 against the Rockford IceHogs, Bogosian rejoined the Thrashers for the remainder of the season.[4]

He scored his first NHL goal against the Nashville Predators on January 17, 2009. On February 16, 2009, Atlanta played the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. The night was billed as "Armenian Heritage Night", as California's sizable Armenian-American community came out to watch Bogosian, who is half Armenian on his father's side. Bogosian registering three assists in a Thrashers shootout victory.[5]

AwardsEdit

  • Named to the OHL First All-Star Team in 2008.[6]

InternationalEdit

  • Played for U.S. national team at the 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships [7]

Personal lifeEdit

Zach was born to Ike and Vicky Bogosian in Massena, New York. His great-grandfather, Stephen Bogosian, emigrated from Armenia in 1923 at the age of 16.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Cushing Academy Penguins HS-MA 36 1 16 17
2006–07 Peterborough Petes OHL 67 7 26 33 63
2007–08 Peterborough Petes OHL 60 11 50 61 72 5 0 3 3 8
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 47 9 10 19 47
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 5 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 10 13 23 61
OHL totals 127 18 76 94 135 5 0 3 3 8
AHL totals 5 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 128 19 23 42 108

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WC 9 0 1 1 2
Senior int'l totals 9 0 1 1 2

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