21 Facts About Zach Werenski


Zachary Werenski was born on July 19,1997 and is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and alternate captain for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.

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Zach Werenski played in the 2009 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Detroit Belle Tire minor ice hockey team.

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Zach Werenski was drafted by them in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.

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Zach Werenski was the No 1 scoring defenseman in the Big Ten and was second in the nation among blueliners in points with a career-best 11 goals and 25 assists in 36 games.

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On June 26,2015, Zach Werenski was drafted 8th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

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Zach Werenski was signed to an American Hockey League amateur tryout contract with the Lake Erie Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Zach Werenski made his professional debut for the Monsters on April 1,2016.

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On October 13,2016, Zach Werenski made his debut for the Blue Jackets in the season opening-game and scored his first NHL point with an assist.

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On October 15,2016, in his second NHL game, Zach Werenski scored his first goal against Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks.

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Zach Werenski was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November 2016.

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On March 10,2017, Zach Werenski set the record for the most points scored by any Blue Jackets rookie in franchise history beating the previous record holder, Rick Nash, by 8 points.

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Zach Werenski was injured in Game 3 of the First Round of the 2017 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins when a puck on a shot from Phil Kessel rode up the shaft of his stick and hit him in the face.

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Zach Werenski received stitches and a black eye but returned to the game in the third period only to leave again when his eye closed over.

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Zach Werenski was not able to play for the remainder of the playoffs.

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Zach Werenski was voted third in the Calder Memorial Trophy voting, an award given annually to the best rookie in the league.

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On January 26,2018, Zach Werenski was called to replace fellow defensemen Seth Jones at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

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Zach Werenski represented the United States at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he recorded one assist in six games, and won a gold medal.

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Zach Werenski represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, where he recorded one goal and one assist in five games, and finished in 5th place.

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Zach Werenski was named captain of the Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

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Zach Werenski recorded two goals and seven assists in seven games, and won a bronze medal.

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Zach Werenski was awarded the IIHF Directorate Top Defenseman award, and was named to the tournament All-Star team.

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