Andrew Desjardins
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 07/27/1986
AGE: 30
DRAFTED: undrafted
Signed as a free agent by Worcester (AHL), October, 2008. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, June 26, 2010. Traded to Chicago by San Jose for Ben Smith and a conditional 7th round choice in 2017 Entry Draft, March 2, 2015.
2013-14: Set a career high in assists (14); fell one goal and one point shy of tying career highs in both categories. Led the team in PIM (86) and finished 3rd in faceoff percentage (55.0%). Scored a goal on April 1 vs. Edmonton. Fighting major (Gleason) on March 11 vs. Toronto. Tied a career high in assists (13) with his helper on March 6 vs. Pittsburgh. Recorded two assists on Feb. 27 at Philadelphia. Fighting major (Cote) on Jan. 18 at Tampa Bay. Scored the gamewinning goal on Jan. 9 vs. Detroit. Tallied an assist on Jan. 2 vs. Edmonton. Recorded an assist on Dec. 29 vs. Anaheim. Registered a fighting major on Dec. 27 at Phoenix (Chipchura). Recorded a fighting major (Clune) on Dec. 15 at Nashville. Fighting major (Smithson) on Dec. 3 at Toronto. Recorded an assist and a fighting major (Stanton) on Nov. 7 vs. Vancouver. Scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 27 at Ottawa. Picked up 17 minutes in penalties Oct. 15 at St. Louis. Led the team in blocked shots (4) and registered an assist on Oct. 8 vs. the NY Rangers... Playoffs: Led the team in PIM (31). Had a pair of assists, was plus-2 and named the second star in Game 2 of the WCFR vs. Los Angeles on April 20.

2012-13: 1st on the team in penalty minutes (61). T-8th on the team in hits (53) and 5th amongst forwards in blocked shots (27). Won 54.2% of his faceoffs. Scored a goal and had a fighting major on April 1 vs. Vancouver. Was unsuccessful on his first career penalty shot on March 23 at Minnesota vs. Niklas Backstrom. Had a match penalty on Feb. 5 vs. Chicago that was immediately rescinded following the game by the NHL. Played in his 100th career NHL game on Jan. 31 vs. Edmonton. Playoffs: Appeared in all 11 games and tallied six PIM.

2011-12: Was named the PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year”. 7th on the team in hits (93). Won 53.0% of his faceoffs, good for 3rd on the team. Had a fighting major vs. Dallas on March 31. Scored the game-winning goal on March 26 vs. Colorado. Scored the game-winning goal vs. Tampa Bay on Dec. 21. Registered a career high 17 penalty minutes, including his first career fighting major (with Beleskey), on Oct. 17 vs. Anaheim. Registered his first career two-goal game (2-0=2) in the season opener vs. Phoenix on Oct. 8. Playoffs: Scored a goal in Game 1 of the WCQF at St. Louis.

2010-11: Had a two-game assist streak from April 4-6. Reassigned to Worcester on April 9. Recorded his first assist on April 4 vs. Los Angeles. Notched his first NHL goal and point on March 23 vs. Calgary. Posted four hits and won all three faceoffs in 5:33 of playing time on March 17 vs. Minnesota. Made his NHL debut on Jan. 3 vs. Vancouver. AHL: Posted a season-high three points twice, Nov. 21 vs. Springfield (goal and two assists) and Feb. 11 at Springfield (two goals and assist). Led team in plus/minus (plus-14). Playoffs: Plus-1 in three games. Scored his first career playoff goal in WCF Game 4 vs. Vancouver. Made playoff debut in WCF Game 3.

2009-10: Member of the “Crazed Rats” Line (along with Dan DaSilva and John McCarthy), which won Worcester’s (AHL) Unsung Heroes Award. Set career highs in goals, assists and points. Second on team in both plus/minus (plus-29) and PIM. Playoffs: Second on the team in PIM.

2008-09: A plus-4 in 74 games for Worcester. Established a career high with three assists on Jan. 2 vs. Norfolk. Scored first AHL goal on Nov. 7 at Hartford. Appeared in five games for Phoenix (ECHL). Playoffs: 5TH on Worcester in points and tied for the team lead in goals and plus/minus (plus-7). Scored the first playoff shorthanded goal in team history vs. Providence on May 13.

2007-08: Had a 20-goal season.

2006-07: Points set a junior career high.

2005-06: Five points in four playoff games for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

2004-05: Recorded a junior career-high 17 goals for Sault Ste. Marie.

PERSONAL: “Desi” lists these favorites: Steak (food); Golf and fish (offseason activities); Golf, Tennis (sports besides hockey); Roger Federer (athlete); The Departed (movie); Suits and Game of Thrones (TV shows); Sublime (band); Antigua (vacation spot); Mizu Sushi (restaurant); Joe Sakic (hockey idol); Playing in 2011 Conference Finals against Vancouver (hockey moment); Chicago (road city); Edmonton Oilers (non-Sharks jersey). Has a hidden talent of being an excellent cook. His first job was working in home hardware. Would be a golfer if he wasn’t playing hockey professionally. If he could hang out with one person in history he would like to go out on the town with Leonardo DiCaprio. He can’t live without shoes. Biggest influence on his hockey career was his mom (“She helped me so much”). Says Pavel Datsyuk is the most exciting player to watch in the NHL. States that teammate Jason Demers is the funniest player on the Sharks and is the best teammate to double-date with. In his hometown of Lively, ON, Desjardins enjoys camping with his friends and family and eating at the Laughing Buddha. Hosted the First Annual ‘Andrew Desjardins Golf Classic’ in 2014 with proceeds supporting Walden Minor Hockey.