IHC Alumni Bio – Nick Paul – “The Other Golden Goal”
By Jordan Laroche
Nick Paul started his professional career with the Brampton Battalion in the OHL during the 2012-2013 season, the same year he was drafted in the 4th round (101st overall) by the Dallas Stars. Paul would stay in Brampton for two more seasons scoring 46 and 66 points, respectively, before making his Team Canada debut at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Paul would score three goals in seven games for the Canadians as they took home the Gold Medal at the tournament.
Paul’s first taste of the NHL came in the 2015-2016 season where he had five points in 24 games as he split time between the Ottawa Senators and their AHL affiliate at the time, the Binghamton Senators Paul’s highest NHL point totals have come from his last two seasons where he tallied 20 points in 56 games both seasons.
In 2019 Paul participated in the Ice Hockey Classic in Australia and New Zealand. He put on the Team Canada jersey with pride and was an incredible ambassador as well as a star in the series. He gave an allstar performance both on and off the ice.
“Nick Paul is a true sportsman. Not only did he have chat with my 10-year old nephew during pre-game warm-up at the 2019 Ice Hockey Classic but he found him after the game and gave him a signed puck and his hockey stick” – Michelle Bond, Australia
What will most likely be Paul’s highest accomplishment would be scoring the OT winner against Finland at the 2021 IIHF World Championship Final, securing another Gold Medal for Canada. The Canadian team had a tough start to the tournament going 0-3, so chances for them to even qualify for the elimination games were slim. But the group came together quickly after losing their first three games, beating the Russian Olympic Committee and Team USA on route to a 3-2 Overtime win against the Finns.