Foligno in April 2016.
August 10, 1991 |
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||226 lb (103 kg; 16 st 2 lb)|
|NHL Draft||104th overall, 2009
Marcus Foligno (born August 10, 1991) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey player, who plays for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 104th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Foligno was selected by the Sudbury Wolves in the second round, 39th overall in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, the same team that drafted his older brother, Nick. After two seasons with the club, Foligno was selected in the fourth round, 104th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Foligno spent an additional two seasons with the Wolves, with his best coming during the 2010-11 season, in which he recorded 23 goals and 59 points.
Foligno was called up to the Buffalo Sabres on December 19, 2011. He made his NHL debut on December 20, playing against the Senators, and his brother. Foligno's second career start came March 10, 2012 again pitted against his brother and the Ottawa Senators. He netted his first career goal at 14:06 in the third period, which tied the game; Buffalo eventually won the game in a shootout.
Like his brother, Foligno used their father's "Foligno Leap" as his first career goal celebration. However on Marcus' first goal, he was unsure that he actually scored. As a result, Marcus used the "Leap" on his next goal in Buffalo on March 14, 2012.
Foligno broke the family tradition and did not choose the numbers 17 (worn by his father) or 71 (worn by his brother). Upon being drafted by the Sabres, he elected to wear number 82 instead of his father's number 17. Foligno was reassigned to the Americans immediately before the 2012 NHL lockout. However, this changed once he was traded to the Minnesota Wild, where he chose to wear the number 17.
On June 27, 2016, the Sabres issued a qualifying offer to Foligno. He was signed to a one year contract on July 14, 2016. In the 2016–17 season, Foligno recorded a career best 13 goals in a checking-line role to match his 23 points from the previous season.
As a restricted free agent, Foligno was traded along with Tyler Ennis 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. On September 14, the Wild re-signed Foligno to a four-year, $11.5 million contract extension worth $2.875 million annually. Foligno needed to go to the hospital on October 12, 2017, after taking a big punch to the face from Blackhawks forward John Hayden during a fight in Minnesota’s 5-2 win. According to The Athletic’s Michael Russo, he may have suffered a “broken facial bone” as a result of the hit.
|World Junior Championships|
Approaching his final junior season in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves, Foligno was Invited to take part in Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp. In making a positive impression he was later selected to the 2011 World Junior roster for the IIHF Championship tourney in his birthplace of Buffalo, New York. He completed the Tournament with 2 goals and 4 points in 7 games as Canada claimed the Silver medal.
Foligno was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of former NHL player and Sabre Mike Foligno and Janis Foligno. Janis died in 2009 from cancer. Although Marcus was born in the United States, both of his parents are Canadian, making him a dual citizen; Foligno plays for Canada in most international competition. Marcus is the younger brother of current Columbus Blue Jacket captain Nick Foligno. He also has 2 sisters named Lisa and Cara. Cara works in Buffalo, and Lisa works in Peterborough, Ontario. Marcus grew up in the mining community of Sudbury and played for the Sudbury Wolves during his junior career. Foligno was married on July 15, 2016.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||Sudbury Nickel Capitals||NOHA||35||23||17||40||74||8||2||5||7||40|
Awards and honours
|CHL Top Prospects Game||2009|
|Second All-Star Team||2011|
|Rookie of the Month (March)||2012|||
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- Vogl, John (27 June 2016). "Sabres issue qualifying offers to seven, including Girgensons, Foligno". sabres.buffalonews.com. The Buffalo News. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- "Sabres re-sign restricted free agent Marcus Foligno for 1 year". ESPN. Associated Press. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- "Wild acquires Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno". Minnesota Wild. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
- Foligno attends fund raiser honouring late mom | Hockey | Sports. Toronto Sun (2010-02-08). Retrieved on 2013-04-01.
- "Marcus & Nick: brothers apart". Iihf.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
- Foligno named March's rookie of the month – Cross Checks Blog – ESPN. Espn.go.com (2012-04-02). Retrieved on 2013-04-01.