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Clendening 101

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
When the Vancouver Canucks acquired Adam Clendening from the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night, many took to Google to figure out more about the newest member of the organization.

Puck-moving defencemen that can quarterback the power-play. Highly-skilled. Can get his shots through to the net. Top prospect. NHL-ready. Those are just some of the things floating around about the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder. He is listed as being from Niagara Falls, NY, as well as Wheatfield, NY, and is also mentioned to be from North Tonawanda, NY…

He was born on October 26, 1992. He is the son of Ann and Frank Clendening. He was on the varsity golf team at Niagara-Wheatfield High School before moving to Toronto where he lived with former NHL forward Steve Thomas, and at the time of this writing, he has 8,360 followers on Twitter (@Clenny5).

Oh, one more thing: According to an article in the Niagara Gazette, he won a handwriting contest back in 2001.

Timeline of Adam Clendening:

2007-08: Clendening decided to move up to Toronto to play midget hockey in a more competitive environment with the Toronto Marlboros, where he lived with, and was coached by, former NHL player Steve Thomas.

2008-09: Joined the U.S. National Development Program as an underage player on their Under-18 squad, where he won a gold medal at the 2009 Under-18 Championship.

2009-10: Again played on the U.S. Under-18 squad, winning another gold medal at the 2010 Under-18 Championship. He led the tournament in goals, assists, points and plus/minus by a defenceman.

2010-11: Enrolled in his freshman season at Boston University, where he was a teammate of Justin Courtnall, son of former Canucks great, Geoff, and an invitee to the 2011 Canucks Prospects Development Camp. That season, Clendening led the Terriers in assists, while also tallying the most points among blue-liners. He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, and was an honorable mention for the Hockey East All-Star team, the lone freshmen to receive that recognition.

June 2011: His freshman season led to him being drafted in the second round, 36th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks. Upon being selected, Clendening was asked my media to give a scouting report on himself: “I am a guy that can quarterback the power play, a puck-moving defencemen that can make a good first pass out of his own zone, but also be responsible in his own end. Just an all-around efficient guy.”

2011-12: Again led the Terriers in points among defencemen, this time being named a Hockey East First Team All-Star. That same season, he was named to the U.S. World Junior squad, where he amassed five points (1-4-5) in six games.

2012-13: Clendening decided to forego his final two seasons at Boston University in order to turn pro. In his first professional season, he led all Rockford IceHogs defencemen with 46 points (9-37-46) in 73 games and played in the AHL All-Star Game. His 37 assists led the entire league among blue-liners, helping him be named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.

2013-14: Put up impressive numbers one again, leading the IceHogs in scoring with 59 points (12-47-59) in 74 games. He was named to the AHL First All-Star Team.

2014-15: Played 38 games with the IceHogs, while also suiting up in four games with the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring one goal and added one assist, before being acquired by the Canucks.

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