Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- James Neal
James Neal was born September 3, 1987 in Whitby, Ontario and was drafted in the second round by the Dallas Stars at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

A star in the Ontario Hockey League, Neal helped his Plymouth Whalers win the OHL Championship and led all goal-scorers at the Memorial Cup with five. His hard working style and no-nonsense approached also earned him recognition on the national stage when he was part of the gold medal winning Canadian squad at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Neal's first season in the NHL was a successful one, he broke the Dallas Stars' record for goals by a rookie with 27 and his physical style made him a favorite amongst fans.

In his first trip home as a member of the Stars, the Toronto area native scored a hat trick against the hometown Maple Leafs in front of delighted family and friends.

In the days leading up to the 2011 NHL trade deadline Neal was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski. He would leave Dallas having scored 48 goals in a little more than a year and a half.

In Neal's first full year with the Penguins, he lived up to expectations by scoring 40 goals and 81 points in 80 games.

Neal would be a top goal scorer in the NHL for Pittsburgh for most of four years when he was traded at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to the Nashville Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

Appearing in all 82 games for the Predators during the 2015-16 season, Neal would find the back of the net 31 times and add 27 assists for 58 points. It would mark the second time in his career that the sniper would reach the 30-goal plateau.

Neal was left unprotected in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft and was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. He joined the club for their inaugural season, suiting up in 70 games, while scoring 25 times and posting 19 assists. The Knights shocked the hockey world by becoming first modern-era expansion team in North American professional sports to win its division. The teams strong play continued into the playoffs as the Knights marched all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. It would prove to be Neal's lone season in Vegas however. On July 2, 2018, he signed a five-year deal with the Calgary Flames.

On the international stage, Neal has represented Canada three times. This is highlighted by two World Championships (2009, 2011) where he would help Canada win a Silver Medal.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2003-04 Bowmanville Eagles ON-Jr.A 43 28 27 55
2003-04 Plymouth Whalers OHL 9 2 4 6 0 +1
2004-05 Plymouth Whalers OHL 67 18 26 44 32 -5 4 1 1 2 6
2004-05 Canada WJ18-A 6 1 1 2 6 -1
2005-06 Plymouth Whalers OHL 66 21 37 58 109 +1 13 9 7 16 33
2006-07 Plymouth Whalers OHL 45 27 38 65 94 +28 20 13 12 25 54
2006-07 Canada WJC-A 6 0 0 0 8 0
2006-07 Plymouth Whalers M-Cup 5 5 1 6 42
2007-08 Iowa Stars AHL 62 18 19 37 63 +1
2008-09 Dallas Stars NHL 77 24 13 37 51 -11
2008-09 Manitoba Moose AHL 5 4 1 5 2 +4
2008-09 Canada WC-A 3 1 2 3 2 +4
2009-10 Dallas Stars NHL 78 27 28 55 64 -5
2010-11 Dallas Stars NHL 59 21 18 39 60 +8
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 1 5 6 6 -1 7 1 1 2 6
2010-11 Canada WC-A 6 2 3 5 10 +3
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 40 41 81 87 +6 5 2 4 6 12
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 21 15 36 26 +5 13 6 4 10 8
2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 59 27 34 61 55 +15 13 2 2 4 24
2014-15 Nashville Predators NHL 67 23 14 37 57 +12 6 4 1 5 8
2015-16 Nashville Predators NHL 82 31 27 58 65 +27 14 4 4 8 8
2016-17 Nashville Predators NHL 70 23 18 41 35 -10 22 6 3 9 14
NHL Totals 632 238 213 451 506 80 25 19 44 80


OHL First All-Star Team (2007) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2007) NHL First All-Star Team (2012) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2012, 2016) Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with Matt Niskanen for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011. Traded to Nashville by Pittsburgh for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, June 27, 2014. Claimed by Vegas from Nashville in Expansion Draft, June 21, 2017.
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