Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- James van Riemsdyk
James van Riemsdyk was born May 4, 1989 in Middletown, New Jersey. At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, van Riemsdyk was part of history when he was select second overall behind fellow American Patrick Kane, marking the first time Americans were taken with the first two draft selections.

He made his professional debut in the latter stages of the 2008-09 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League, appearing in seven regular season games and four in the playoffs.

Though he was originally slotted to begin the 2009-10 season in the AHL, a strong training camp earned the big winger a spot on the Flyers third line. He would appear in 78 games for the club, recording 15 goals. Along the way he was named the NHL's rookie of the month for the month of November.

During the The 2010-11 season van Riemsdyk would begin to emerge as the offensive force the Flyers had hoped he would become since they drafted the big winger. In 75 games for the club he would record 21 goals and added 19 assists, but it was in the post-season where van Riemsdyk really shone. In 11 playoff games he recorded seven goals, sharing the team lead with Daniel Briere.

Van Riemsdyk's third season in Philadelphia was slowed down because of injury. He was limited to just 43 games and his production dipped to just 11 goals. The following summer he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Luke Schenn.

During the 2013-14 season, van Riemsdyk would reach the 30-goal plateau for the first time. He would also add 31 assists for a career-high 61 points. He would appear in all 82 games the following season, notching 27 goals to go along with 29 assists. van Riemsdyk followed that up with 14 goals in the lockout shortened season of 2015-16.

As a pending free agent at season's end, van Riemsdyk had the most productive campaign of his career in 2017-18. Suiting up in 81 games for the Maple Leafs, the big winger found the back of the net 36 times. On July 1, 2018, van Riemsdyk decided to rejoin the club with whom he began his NHL career, signing a five year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

On the international stage, Van Riemsdyk has represented the United States several times. This includes two appearances at the World Junior Championships, an appearance at the 2011 World Championship, and an appearance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2004-05 Christian Brothers Academy High-NJ 30 36 24 60
2005-06 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-17 11 7 5 12 18
2005-06 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-18 14 1 3 4 6
2005-06 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program NAHL 37 18 11 29 26 7 1 0 1 8
2005-06 United States WJ18-A 6 0 1 1 2 +3
2006-07 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-18 39 25 28 53 48
2006-07 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program NAHL 12 13 12 25 37
2006-07 United States WJ18-A 7 5 7 12 4 +2
2006-07 United States WJC-A 7 1 0 1 2 +2
2007-08 U. of New Hampshire H-East 31 11 23 34 36
2007-08 United States WJC-A 6 5 6 11 2 +4
2008-09 U. of New Hampshire H-East 36 17 23 40 47
2008-09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 7 1 1 2 2 +2 4 0 0 0 2
2008-09 United States WJC-A 6 6 4 10 4 +1
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 15 20 35 30 -1 21 3 3 6 4
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 21 19 40 35 +15 11 7 0 7 4
2010-11 United States WC-A 2 1 0 1 2 -3
2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 43 11 13 24 24 -1 7 1 1 2 4
2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 18 14 32 26 -7 7 2 5 7 4
2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 30 31 61 50 -9
2013-14 United States Olympics 6 1 6 7 2 +7
2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 27 29 56 43 -33
2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 14 15 29 6 +3
2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 29 33 62 37 -2 6 2 1 3 0
NHL Totals 528 165 174 339 251 52 15 10 25 16


Hockey East All-Rookie Team (2008) Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2009) Traded to Toronto by Philadelphia for Luke Schenn, June 23, 2012. Missed majority of 2015-16 due to foot injury at San Jose, January 9, 2016.
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