Erik Westrum

Erik Clinton Westrum (born July 26, 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American former professional ice hockey center who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Erik Westrum
Born July 26, 1979 (age 39)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Phoenix Coyotes
Minnesota Wild
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Ambrì-Piotta
National team  United States
NHL Draft 187th overall, 1998
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2001–2012

Playing career

Westrum was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes with their 7th pick, 187st overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. At the time he was playing in the NCAA for the University of Minnesota. Erik played the next four years with the Gophers. After completing his college career he moved to the Springfield Falcons of the AHL for the 2001/2002 season. With the Falcons he played 199 games, scoring 106 points, 37 goals and 69 assists.

Westrum made his NHL debut with Phoenix during the 2003–04 NHL season, playing 15 games with 2 points, one goal and one assist. After the NHL season he played an important role in helping Team USA win the bronze medal in the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. He scored the winning goal to secure the Bronze medal in a shootout while leading the tournament in face-off percentage and was one of the tournament leaders in scoring.

After making an impact with the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2003-2004 NHL season, Westrum was forced to sign a contract with the Utah Grizzlies in the AHL due to the 2004 NHL lockout. With this team he played 80 games with 18 goals and 15 assists, for a total of 33 points. In the season 2005–06 Erik Westrum signed a two-way contract with Minnesota Wild in the NHL after a trade sent him from Phoenix and to his home state of Minnesota. The Wild exchanged Zbynek Michalek for the Coyote's Erik Westrum. But the second experience in the top North America league lasted for only 10 games with one assist. He finished the season with the Wild's farm team, the Houston Aeros. He played 71 games with 98 points, finishing second on the team behind Kirby Law's 110 points.

At the end of 2006 season he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs in July, 2006, joining Minnesota Gophers teammate John Pohl, already with the Leafs. With Toronto, Westrum played two games scoring no points. As Captain of the Leafs top farm-team, the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League, he finished as the team's top scorer with 58 points (23 goals and 35 assist).

After six professional seasons in North America Westrum signed his first European contract in the Swiss League with the HC Ambri-Piotta. After an explosive start with Ambri-Piotta he signed a four-year contract extension on May 15, 2009. In the first year in Ambrì he became a fan favorite thanks to his spectacular league leading play.[1]

International play

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Prague

He has represented Team USA at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships where Team USA won the bronze medal. Westrum scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to secure the Bronze medal against Slovakia and his future teammate Marian Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 U. of Minnesota WCHA 39 6 12 18 43
1998–99 U. of Minnesota WCHA 41 10 26 36 81
1999–00 U. of Minnesota WCHA 39 27 26 53 99
2000–01 U. of Minnesota WCHA 42 26 35 61 84
2001–02 Springfield Falcons AHL 73 13 29 42 116
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 70 10 22 32 65 6 0 4 4 6
2003–04 Springfield Falcons AHL 56 14 18 32 91
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 15 1 1 2 20
2004–05 Utah Grizzlies AHL 80 18 15 33 117
2005–06 Houston Aeros AHL 71 34 64 98 138 8 1 7 8 20
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 10 0 1 1 2
2006–07 Toronto Marlies AHL 70 23 35 58 135
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 50 33 39 72 104 7 3 6 9 71
2008–09 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 32 21 18 39 115 11 4 10 14 26
2009–10 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 40 10 16 26 40 6 5 5 10 16
2010–11 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 11 1 3 4 6 3 1 2 3 0
2011–12 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 8 1 4 5 26
NHL totals 27 1 2 3 22


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 3 2 5 6
Senior totals 9 3 2 5 6

Awards and honors

Award Year
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1999 [2]
All-WCHA Third Team 1999–00
All-WCHA First Team 2000–01
AHL First All-Star Team 2005–06, 2006–07
NLA Leading Scorer 2007–08

Golden Gopher Award Winners

  • Frank Pond Rookie of the Year Award, season 1997–98.
  • Dr. V. George Nagobads Unsung Hero Award second place, season 1998–99.
  • John Mariucci MVP, season 1999–00.
  • Tom Mohr Playoff MVP, season 1999–00.
  • John Mariucci MVP, season 2000–01.
  • Tom Mohr Playoff MVP, season 2000–01.


  1. ^ "Westrum to remain in Ambri-Piotta" (in Italian). 2009-05-13. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  2. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26.

External links

1998 NHL Entry Draft

The 1998 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 27 at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York. A total of 258 players were drafted.

2000 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2000 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 41st conference playoff in league history and 47th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The 2000 tournament played between March 10 and March 18, 2000 at five conference arenas and the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, North Dakota was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament.

2000–01 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season

The 2000–01 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began on October 6, 2000 and concluded with the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on April 7, 2001 at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York. This was the 54th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 106th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

2001 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2001 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 42nd conference playoff in league history and 48th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The 2001 tournament was played between March 9 and March 17, 2001, at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, the home of the NHL's Minnesota Wild. By winning the tournament, St. Cloud State was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament. This was the inaugural year in which the Xcel Energy Center hosted the WCHA final five and it remained there until the conclusion of the 2013 tournament.

2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes season

The 2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes season was their eighth season in the National Hockey League, the franchise's 25th season in the NHL and 32nd overall.

2004 IIHF World Championship rosters

Rosters at the 2004 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic.

2005–06 AHL season

The 2005–06 AHL season was the 70th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-seven teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Hershey Bears won the Calder Cup, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals in the finals.

To celebrate the AHL's 70th anniversary, the league announced on January 6, 2006, the first inductees into the AHL's new Hall of Fame [1]. The first inductees were; Johnny Bower, Jack Butterfield, Jody Gage, Fred Glover, Willie Marshall, Frank Mathers and Eddie Shore.

2005–06 NHL transactions

The following is a list of all team-to-team transactions that occurred in the National Hockey League during the 2005–06 NHL season. It lists what team each player has been traded to, or claimed by, and for which players or draft picks, if applicable.

2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 2006–07 NHL season saw the Toronto Maple Leafs attempting to recover from a 2005–06 season in which it finished two points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Apple Valley, Minnesota

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Apple Valley High School (Minnesota)

Apple Valley High School (AVHS) is a public four-year high school in Apple Valley, Minnesota. It is one of the six high schools serving Independent School District 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District). The school was completed in 1976 as the second high school added to the district. It competes in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).

HC Ambrì-Piotta

Hockey Club Ambrì-Piotta is a Swiss professional ice hockey club and a member of the National League (NL). The club was founded September 19, 1937 and is also known as "Bianco-Blu" (English: white and blues). Though they have never won the league championship, the club has not been relegated to the Swiss League since being promoted in 1985, the same year that saw the arrival of Dale McCourt.

List of Arizona Coyotes draft picks

This is a complete list of ice hockey players who were drafted in the National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Arizona Coyotes franchise. It includes every player who was drafted, regardless of whether they played for the team.

List of NHL players (W)

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List updated as of the 2014–15 NHL season.

List of WCHA All-Tournament Team

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Despite the tournament beginning in 1960 the WCHA All-Tournament Team wasn't named until 1988 though it has continued to be conferred annually since. (as of 2014)

Noah Clarke

Noah Clarke (born June 11, 1979) is an American retired ice hockey left winger.

PostFinance Top Scorer

At the end of the season, the ice hockey player who has chalked up the most goals and assists (points) in the Swiss NLA and NLB for his team during the regular season is awarded the title of PostFinance Top Scorer. The reigning Top Scorer from each team wears a yellow flame-emblazoned shirt and helmet at all Championship matches.

Once the qualifiers have taken place, the player with the most points in the league is then crowned the PostFinance Top Scorer of the NL A or NL B.

Prior Lake, Minnesota

Prior Lake is a city 20 miles (32 km) southwest of downtown Minneapolis seated next to Savage and Shakopee in Scott County in the state of Minnesota. Surrounding the shores of Lower and Upper Prior Lake, the city lies south of the Minnesota River in an area known as South of the River and establishes the urban fringe of the south-southwest portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The population of Prior Lake was 22,796 at the 2010 census.Prior Lake was first incorporated as a village in 1891. Prior Lake is one of the oldest cities in the south metro area. The city's modern rapid growth is due in part to the ease of access for commuters to the rest of the region, via the upgraded State Highway 13.

Zbyněk Michálek

Zbyněk Michálek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈzbɪɲɛk ˈmɪxaːlɛk], born 23 December 1982) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga (ELH). Michálek has also previously played in the NHL for the Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues. He is the older brother of former NHL star and current UFA Milan Michálek.

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