Everett Sanipass (born February 13, 1968) is a Canadian retired ice hockey forward. Sanipass was born in Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick. Sanipass is the first Native Canadian to be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.
Sanipass in 1988
February 13, 1968|
Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)|
14th overall, 1986|
Sanipass began his National Hockey League career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1987 after being drafted 14th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. His indigenous heritage as a Mi'kmaq caused him to face racism early in his hockey career since he was prohibited from playing on off-reserve teams. Sanipass was the first native draft pick out of New Brunswick. His tally of forty-three goals and twenty-six assists in only thirty-seven games while playing in the New Brunswick Amateur Hockey Association drawing considerable attention. Sanipass spent 2 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded traded to the Quebec Nordiques.
In 1987, Sanipass was a member of the Canadian U20 Team. Sanipass became famous for his role in the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship brawl (Punch-up in Piestany) that took place between Canada and the Soviet Union. Both teams left the bench, prompting the referees, who were unable to stop the fighting, to leave the ice surface for their own safety. Officials even tried to turn off the lights with the hopes of causing the players to be so concerned with their own safety that they would stop fighting. Both teams were ultimately kicked out of the tournament for their unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Regular season and playoffs
|1984–85||Verdun Jr. Canadiens||QMJHL||38||8||10||18||86||12||2||5||7||66|
|1984–85||Verdun Jr. Canadiens||MC||—||—||—||—||—||2||1||0||1||2|
|1985–86||Verdun Jr. Canadiens||QMJHL||67||28||66||94||320||5||0||2||2||16|
|1986–87||Verdun Jr. Canadiens||QMJHL||23||17||36||53||175||—||—||—||—||—|
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| Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick