Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- R.J. Umberger
R.J. Umberger was born May 3, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first round, 16th overall selection of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Umberger is a graduate of the CCHA's Ohio State Buckeyes.

An offensively gifted forward, Umberger played three seasons at Ohio State registering 129 points (58-71-129) and earning numerous accolades including; CCHA Rookie of the Year (2001), West Second Team All-America (2003), All-CCHA First Team (2003) and finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

After foregoing his senior year at OSU to spend part of the year training with the U.S. National Development Program, Umberger was acquired by the New York Rangers in March of 2004 yet was unable to reach a contract agreement with the club and subsequently was acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers.

In his first season with the Flyers organization, Umberger suited for the AHLs Philadelphia Phantoms and was instrumental in helping the club capture the 2005 Calder Cup title. In 80 regular season games with the Phantoms, the former OSU star registered 65 points (21-44-65) and another ten points in the post season.

After getting off to a quick start with the Phantoms in 2005-06, Umberger was summoned by the Flyers and would make his NHL debut with the club in the early stages of the season. The following season Umberger was a regular on the Flyers, appearing in 81 games and recording the third-highest goal total on the club. In 2007-08, Umberger recorded his best offensive season in Philadelphia, recording a career high 50 points on a rebuilt Flyers squad. After his club was eliminated from the NHL playoffs in the Eastern Conference final, Umberger signed a 4-year, $15 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On the international stage, Umberger is a two-time member of the United States World Junior team (2001 and 2002) and was a member of its World Championship team in 2006.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Plum Mustangs High-PA 26 60 56 116
1998-99 U.S. National Team Development Program USHL 5 2 2 4 0
1998-99 U.S. National Team Development Program NAHL 50 21 21 42 32
1999-00 U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 6 1 0 1 2
1999-00 U.S. National Team Development Program USHL 57 33 35 68 20
1999-00 United States WJ18-A 6 1 0 1 2 -1
2000-01 Ohio State University CCHA 32 14 23 37 18
2000-01 United States WJ18-A 6 1 0 1 0
2000-01 United States WJC-A 7 2 2 4 2 0
2001-02 Ohio State University CCHA 37 18 21 39 31
2001-02 United States WJC-A 7 1 4 5 0 +4
2002-03 Ohio State University CCHA 43 26 27 53 16
2003-04
2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 80 21 44 65 36 +19 21 3 7 10 12
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 20 18 38 18 +9 5 1 0 1 2
2005-06 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 8 3 7 10 8 +4
2005-06 United States WC-A 1 0 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 16 12 28 41 -32
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 13 37 50 19 0 17 10 5 15 10
2008-09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 26 20 46 53 -10 4 3 0 3 0
2009-10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 23 32 55 40 -16
2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 25 32 57 38 +3
2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 77 20 20 40 27 -10
2012-13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 48 8 10 18 16 +3
NHL Totals 599 151 181 332 252 26 14 5 19 12


CCHA All-Rookie Team (2001)
CCHA Rookie of the Year (2001)
CCHA First All-Star Team (2003)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (2003)
Missed 2003-04 due to contract dispute. Traded to NY Rangers by Vancouver with Martin Grenier for Martin Rucinsky, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, June 16, 2004. Traded to Columbus by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Drew Olson) in 2008 Entry Draft for Colorado's 1st round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Luca Sbisa) in 2008 Entry Draft and Columbus's 3rd round choice (Marc-Andre Bourdon) in 2008 Entry Draft, June 20, 2008.