Muzzin in 2013
February 21, 1989|
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs|
Los Angeles Kings
141st overall, 2007|
Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Muzzin went unsigned and returned to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as an overage player. There he served as team captain and won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the top defenceman in the league. As a free agent, Muzzin signed with the Los Angeles Kings in 2010 and he helped them win a Stanley Cup in 2014.
Muzzin played his early minor hockey in the Woodstock Minor Hockey Association before moving on to play AAA in Brantford, Ontario. He had previously played both soccer and hockey but at the age of 13 he committed to hockey.
Muzzin was the first pick, 11th overall, by Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection Draft from the Brantford 99'ers Minor Midgets. He didn't play with the Greyhounds until late in 2006 after he required herniated disc surgery at 16 years old. Despite having played only 37 regular season games and 13 playoff games, he was drafted 141st overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although he was drafted, he went unsigned by the Penguins and re-entered the 2009 NHL Entry Draft but wasn't picked and returned for an overage year with the Greyhounds. In his final season in the OHL, Muzzin was named team captain and selected for the 2010 OHL All-Star Classic. Muzzin also won the Max Kaminsky Trophy for top defenceman in the league.
Los Angeles Kings
Muzzin signed as a free agent to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings on January 4, 2010.
Following the Kings' training camp and pre-season games, Muzzin made the Kings' opening night roster for the 2010–11 season. On November 3, 2010, however, he was assigned to the Kings' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. Just six days later, on November 9, 2010, the Kings recalled the defenceman for a brief stint before again reassigning Muzzin to the Monarchs in favor of Alec Martinez on November 23.
In 2012, Muzzin was recalled during the Stanley Cup playoffs and was on the roster as a healthy scratch when they won the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils. He did not appear in any games that season. Although he did not qualify to have his name engraved on the Cup, he was nonetheless included in the team's celebratory picture.
Muzzin scored his first NHL goal in his third game following the 2012–13 NHL lockout on January 26, 2013, against Jason LaBarbera of the Phoenix Coyotes. He went on to become a regular in the Kings' lineup and scored seven goals and nine assists in 45 regular season games, while adding three assists in 17 playoff games. He was also named NHL Rookie of the Month for March 2013.
On July 12, 2013, Muzzin and the Kings agreed to a new, two-year contract extension.
At the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Muzzin began as a third line pairing and was a healthy scratch for a series of games. However, he quickly continued to develop, and after being paired with defensive star Drew Doughty, he continued to earn more playing time on the top defensive pairing. Muzzin continued to earn minutes for the Kings and finished the regular season averaging 19:01 minutes per game, in addition to registering five goals and 19 assists in 76 regular season games. In the playoffs, he scored six goals and six assists in 26 games, averaging 23:23 minutes of ice time per game, including 37:18 in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers.
On October 15, 2014, Muzzin agreed to a five year contract extension with the Kings. He went on to have a career high 41 points in 76 games that season.
On January 6, 2018, Muzzin was placed on injured reserve by the Kings. He was activated from injured reserve on January 18 after missing three games. During the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Muzzin was kept to only two games in a 4–0 series loss to the Vegas Golden Knights as a result of an upper-body injury.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The following season saw the Kings struggle in the standings, remaining a bottom feeder team for much of the season despite the addition of players such as Ilya Kovalchuk. Because of this, Muzzin was mentioned by pundits as a possible trade candidate. With the Kings sitting one point away from last in the league on January 28, 2019, Muzzin was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Carl Grundström, the rights to Sean Durzi and Toronto’s first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Muzzin became engaged to Courtney Fischer in December 2015, and they married on August 5, 2016 in Woodstock, Ontario.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||37||1||3||4||10||13||0||4||4||6|
|2007–08||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||67||6||12||18||53||10||1||3||4||4|
|2008–09||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||62||6||23||29||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||64||15||52||67||76||5||0||1||1||2|
|2010–11||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||11||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||45||7||9||16||35||17||0||3||3||6|
|2013–14||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||76||5||19||24||58||26||6||6||12||8|
|2014–15||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||76||10||31||41||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||8||32||40||64||5||1||4||5||2|
|2016–17||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||9||19||28||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||74||8||34||42||40||2||0||0||0||2|
|2018–19||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||50||4||17||21||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015 Czech Republic|
|Canada Cup / World Cup|
Awards and honours
|First All-Star Team||2010|
|Max Kaminsky Trophy||2010|
|CHL First All-Star Team||2010|
|Rookie of the Month||2013|||
|Stanley Cup champion||2014|
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The Greyhounds are led by overage captain Jacob Muzzin, who leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 37 assists for 47 points. He recently signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
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