Tyler Ennis (ice hockey)

Tyler Foster Ennis[1] (born October 6, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Tyler Ennis
Ennis with the Buffalo Sabres in 2013
Born (1989-10-06) October 6, 1989
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
Buffalo Sabres
SCL Tigers
Minnesota Wild
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2008
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2009present

Playing career


Ennis began his major junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Medicine Hat Tigers in 2005–06, recording 10 points in a 43-game rookie season. The following season, he became a key contributor to the Tigers' offence with a 26-goal, 50-point campaign. Ennis went on to add 12 points in 20 playoff games as the Tigers defeated the defending WHL champion Vancouver Giants in a seven-game Ed Chynoweth Cup final. The WHL title earned the Tigers a berth in the 2007 Memorial Cup, hosted by the runner-up Giants, whom they met in the tournament final once more, but fell by a 3–1 score. Ennis contributed a team-high four points in four games, fifth in tournament scoring.

The following season, in 2007–08, Ennis' NHL draft year, he ascended to a team-leading 91 points, fourth in WHL scoring. That off-season, he was selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft 26th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. In 2008–09, his fourth season with the Tigers, Ennis was named WHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 22, 2009, after an eight-point performance in three games.[2] Ennis followed up his player of the week honours with a six-goal performance on February 27, scoring all his team's goals in a 6–2 win against the Prince Albert Raiders. He was just one goal shy of tying the WHL record of seven goals in a game (held by five players).[3]


Ennis made his NHL debut on November 14, 2009, against the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored his first NHL goal that game against Flyers' goaltender Ray Emery.[4] Ennis spent most of the 2009–10 season with Buffalo's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates. He finished the campaign with 23 goals and 42 assists for 65 points; his 23 goals was tied for the AHL lead among rookies. At the end of the season, Ennis became the second straight Pirates player selected by the AHL's coaches, players and media to receive the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie in the AHL, following team mate Nathan Gerbe the year prior.[5] After Buffalo centre Tim Connolly suffered an injury, Ennis was called-up for the Sabres' final nine regular season games, ending the NHL regular season with nine points in ten games and earning a spot as a consistent starter in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the Sabres. He finished the playoffs with a team-best three assists and tied with Jason Pominville with a team-best four points.

During the 2010–11 season, Ennis played all 82 games, registering 20 goals and 29 assists while the Sabres clinched the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, securing a first-round matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011 playoffs. Ennis played a key role during the series, scoring two goals and two assists, including the overtime game-winning goal on Michael Leighton in Game 5. The Sabres were eventually eliminated by the Flyers in Game 7. The following season, Ennis was placed on the injured reserve twice for a lingering ankle sprain that first occurred in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ennis rejoined the Sabres after the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. At the time, the Sabres were ranked last in the Eastern Conference. In an attempt to shake things up in Buffalo, head coach Lindy Ruff moved Ennis from left wing to centre, his natural position, playing alongside Drew Stafford and rookie Marcus Foligno. Their line caught immediate chemistry leading the Sabres offensively, vying for a spot in the 2012 playoffs. The Sabres ultimately fell short in their quest for the playoffs, finishing ninth. Ennis finished the season with 15 goals and 19 assists in 48 games.

The following season, during the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Ennis (along with best friend Jared Spurgeon) signed to play for the SCL Tigers of the National League A (NLA) in Switzerland.[6][7]

On June 23, 2014, as a restricted free agent, Ennis signed a five-year, $23 million contract extension with the Sabres.[8] Ennis led the Sabres in goals during the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons with 21 and 20, respectively, but the team finished last in the league both seasons.

Ennis missed most of the 2015–16 season with concussion symptoms as a result of two concussions, one from a hit by St. Louis Blues defenceman Robert Bortuzzo and another from a hit by Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin.[9]

Following his eighth season with the Sabres in 2016–17, Ennis was traded (along with Marcus Foligno and a third-round pick in 2018) to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2018 on June 30, 2017.[10] In his first season with the Wild in 2017–18, Ennis struggled to find his footing within the organization. Used as a depth forward, Ennis scored 8 goals and 22 points in 73 games and was a frequent healthy scratch through the 2018 playoffs in the Wild's first-round defeat.

On June 30, 2018, Ennis was bought-out from the remaining year of his initial five-year contract by the Wild, releasing him to free agency.[11] On July 6, 2018, as a free agent, Ennis signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[12] On March 4, 2019, in the Maple Leafs' 6–2 win over the Calgary Flames, Ennis recorded his first career hat-trick.[13]

Despite expressing interest in re-signing with the Maple Leafs, Ennis signed a one year, $800,000 contract with the Ottawa Senators on July 1, 2019.[14]

International play

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
2009 Canada

During his fourth WHL season, Ennis was named to Team Canada for the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa. He helped Canada to a fifth-straight gold medal, defeating Sweden in the final.

Ennis played for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, where Canada won the gold medal for the first time since 2007 with a perfect 10–0 record; in the gold medal game, Ennis scored the winning goal in Canada's 6–1 win over Russia.[15]


Ennis and his boyhood best friend and former Wild team mate (after the June 2017 trade) Jared Spurgeon were born less than two months apart and grew up in the same Edmonton neighbourhood, playing on the same teams, often with their fathers coaching, and spending summers at the Spurgeon family's lake cabin.[6][16]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05Knights of Columbus PatsAMHL3615173210
2005–06Medicine Hat TigersWHL4337101070000
2006–07Medicine Hat TigersWHL71262450302284126
2007–08Medicine Hat TigersWHL704348914250446
2008–09Medicine Hat TigersWHL6143428521118111910
2009–10Portland PiratesAHL6923426512
2009–10Buffalo SabresNHL10369661340
2010–11Buffalo SabresNHL822029493072244
2011–12Buffalo SabresNHL4815193414
2012–13SCL TigersNLA93580
2012–13Buffalo SabresNHL4710213116
2013–14Buffalo SabresNHL8021224342
2014–15Buffalo SabresNHL7820264637
2015–16Buffalo SabresNHL23381111
2016–17Buffalo SabresNHL51581312
2017–18Minnesota WildNHL73814221210000
2018–19Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5112618250222
NHL totals 543 117 159 276 182 19 3 7 10 6


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Pacific U17 4th 6 5 4 9 6
2009 Canada WJC 6 3 4 7 0
2015 Canada WC 10 4 2 6 0
Junior totals 12 8 8 16 6
Senior totals 10 4 2 6 0

Awards and honours

Award Year
Ed Chynoweth Cup (Medicine Hat Tigers) 2007
Brad Hornung Trophy 2008, 2009
Player of the Week. (Feb 23.) 2009 [2]
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award 2010


  1. "Tyler Ennis and Tyler Ennis: The Syracuse guard and Buffalo Sabres center answer questions". Syracuse.com.
  2. "Tigers' Ennis Named Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week". Western Hockey League. 2009-02-23. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  3. "Tigers 6 - Raiders 2: Tyler Ennis' magical night". Medicine Hat News. 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  4. "Ennis to make NHL debut". The Buffalo News. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  5. "Former Medicine Hat Tiger Tyler Ennis Named AHL Rookie of the Year". Western Hockey League. 2010-04-08. Archived from the original on April 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  6. Prewitt, Alex (July 7, 2017). "From Edmonton to Minnesota, best friends Tyler Ennis and Jared Spurgeon reunited after trade". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  7. "The Kids Are Alright..(for Now)". Bleacher Report. 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  8. "Ennis signs five year extension with Sabres". CBS Sports. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  9. "Local NHL'er Tyler Ennis eager to return after recovering from a pair of concussions". Edmonton Sun. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  10. "Wild acquires Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno". Minnesota Wild. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  11. "Tyler Ennis bought out by Minnesota". CBS Sports. 2018-06-30. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  12. "Maple Leafs sign Tyler Ennis". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2018-07-06. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  13. "Ennis scores first NHL trick, Maple Leafs defeat Flames". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2019-03-04. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  14. "Senators sign forward Tyler Ennis to a one-year contract". Ottawa Senators. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  15. "Canada's National Men's Team wins gold medal at 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship". Hockey Canada. May 17, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  16. Youngblood, Kent (March 7, 2011). "Best of buds can say, 'We made it' with Wild, Sabres". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tyler Myers
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Zack Kassian
Preceded by
Nathan Gerbe
AHL Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Luke Adam
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