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5 things you might not know about Andrew Cogliano

From a love for dogs to an incredible iron man streak, Mike Heika gives you a look at the new Stars forward

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
1. He has not missed a game due to an injury

Andrew Cogliano was on the fourth longest ironman streak in NHL history last season when it was stopped at 830 games.

Cogliano was suspended two games for a hit on Kings forward Adrian Kempe that drew an interference penalty in the game. While many pushed for a fine instead of a suspension, knowing about the ironman streak, the NHL said of the hit: "In addition to the lateness of the hit, what elevates this check to merit supplemental discipline is the substantial head contact and the significant force."

Cogliano was emotional at having the streak end, saying "It's a tough pill to swallow."

Cogliano has played 912 of 914 possible games in his NHL career and has not missed a game due to injury. The NHL's all-time ironman streak is 964 games, set by Doug Jarvis, who went on to serve several seasons as an assistant coach with the Stars.

 

2. Cogs for Dogs

Cogliano's charity of choice is "Cogs for Dogs."

Cogliano has partnered with OC Animal Care in Orange County for years, helping promote animal adoption and rescue in Southern California. Cogliano and his dog Charlie often were featured in promotions for the charity, and were favorites among the Ducks fans.

Watch: Youtube Video

 

3. He played college hockey for the University of Michigan

Cogliano is one of the many players coached by Red Berenson at the University of Michigan. Cogliano played two seasons with the Wolverines, and was teammates with defenseman Jack Johnson, as well as several other future NHLers.

Cogliano tallied 78 points (36 goals, 42 assists) in 77 games before moving on to start his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers in 2007.

Here is a Q&A with Cogliano before he started at Michigan.

Video: Ducks trade Andrew Cogliano to Stars for Devin Shore

 

4. He is responsible for one of the biggest heartbreaks in recent Stars history

Cogliano was part of a Ducks team that stunned the Stars in the 2014 playoffs.

Dallas had a 4-2 lead in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series with Anaheim when the Ducks forged a comeback. Anaheim scored twice in the final 2:10 to tie the game, and then Cogliano set up Nick Bonino for the overtime winner 2:47 into overtime

That ended the season for the Stars and sent many a Dallas fan home in heartbreak.

Here is the goal:

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"We've done it all year. We had games when we clawed back, especially in the third period," Cogliano said. "That's what the playoffs are all about, to keep clawing."

Cogliano has helped the Ducks win five division championships and make the playoffs for six straight seasons. He has been to the Western Conference finals twice with Anaheim in 2015 and 2017.

"He's a definite leader," said Stars GM Jim Nill after acquiring Cogliano. "He has a history of winning everywhere he's been. He's been on winning teams, and he's been a big part of that."

Video: Nill on dealing Shore to Ducks for veteran Cogliano

 

5. He has two gold medals from the World Junior Championship

Winning one gold medal at world juniors is an impressive accomplishment, but Cogliano has two. He was part of the 2006 Canadian team that won in Vancouver and then was part of the 2007 squad that won in Sweden.

Cogliano was a teammate of Blake Comeau in 2006 and beat a Russian team that included Anton Khudobin and Alexander Radulov.

Here is a recent story from DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski on that season.

Cogliano talked to Oilers.com about his total World Juniors experience in 2010 here.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mike Heika is a Senior Staff Writer for DallasStars.com and has covered the Stars since 1994. Follow him on Twitter @MikeHeika, and listen to his podcast.

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