James van Riemsdyk is a protoypical NHL power forward, who has a reputation of raising his quality of play in big games. Most recently, he displayed his clutch ability by chipping in seven playoff points in seven games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season--his first with the team--after netting eight goals over 18 games the prior two playoff years with the Philadelphia Flyers, his first NHL team. The Flyers drafted van Riemsdyk second overall in the 2007 NHL Draft, one pick after the Chicago Blackhawks took USA Hockey's Patrick Kane.
- Skated for the Philadelphia Flyers for three seasons from 2009-12, and is currently in the midst of his second year with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Represented the U.S. at the World Junior Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
- Combined for 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) over 12 games during the 2008 and 2009 World Juniors.
- Played two games for the U.S. at the 2011 IIHF World Championships.
Things to know:
1. Often referred to by his nickname, "JVR", which is an abbreviation of his initials.
2. Appeared alongside Flyers teammates Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle and Ian Laperriere in the 2012 Judd Apatow movie "This is 40", playing himself.
3. Played college hockey at the University of New Hampshire, which is the same school that his younger brother Trevor plays at, and that his younger brother Brendan has committed to.