Kyle Wellwood

Kyle Wellwood (born May 16, 1983) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs 134th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, playing his first three seasons in the NHL with Toronto before joining the Vancouver Canucks in 2008.

After not re-signing with the Canucks, Wellwood played in Russia for Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He left the team due to family concerns and was then signed by the St. Louis Blues. He never played a game with them, however, as he was claimed on re-entry waivers by the San Jose Sharks. After one season with the Sharks, he signed with the Winnipeg Jets as a free agent, where he played the final two years of his NHL career. Wellwood briefly signed with EV Zug of the National League A in Switzerland.

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Born May 16, 1983 (age 35)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Atlant Moscow Oblast (KHL)
San Jose Sharks
Winnipeg Jets
EV Zug (NLA)
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 134th overall, 2001
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2003–2013

Playing career

Minor Hockey

Wellwood grew up in the small town of Oldcastle, Ontario, just east of Windsor, playing most of his minor hockey with the Essex Minor Hockey Association of the OMHA's Bluewater Hockey League. He then moved up to the AAA level and played for the Sun County Panthers of the OMHA's South Central AAA League. At the age of 16, Wellwood played one year of Jr. B. hockey with the Tecumseh Chiefs of the OHA's Western Ontario Hockey League.

Junior

Wellwood was drafted by the Belleville Bulls in the first round, 16th overall, in the 1999 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Draft. In his second season with Belleville (2000–01), he put up 118 points, capturing the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the League's leading scorer. The next season, he was traded in January 2002 to the Windsor Spitfires in exchange for Jason Spezza. As a Spitfire, he tallied 100 points in 57 games, including a 29-game stretch in which he scored 26 goals and 59 points.[1] In his final year of major junior, he also received the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's sportsman of the year, as well as the CHL Sportsman of the Year Award by playing in 57 games without a single penalty minute that year.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Wellwood was drafted in the fifth round, 134th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He turned professional in 2003–04 when he joined Toronto's minor league affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League (AHL). Wellwood recorded 55 points in his professional rookie season while also appearing in his first NHL game with the Maple Leafs that year.

The NHL lockout the following season guaranteed that Wellwood would play in the AHL one more season. On October 30, 2004, he set a St. John's franchise record by scoring five goals in one game against the Cleveland Barons.[2] He finished his second season with St. John's in 2004–05 fourth in League scoring with 87 points.

As NHL play resumed the following season in 2005–06, Wellwood joined Toronto's lineup. When captain Mats Sundin was injured in the first game of the season, Wellwood was bumped to centre the first line between wingers Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov in Sundin's absence for a month. Wellwood posted a career-high 45 points in his rookie campaign, and in the following season, on December 16, 2006, Wellwood scored his first career NHL hat-trick in a game against the New York Rangers, also posting two assists for a career-high five-point NHL game.[3] On pace to surpass his rookie totals, Wellwood was sidelined for almost half the season and finished with 42 points in 48 games.

Wellwood suffered a sports hernia before the start of the 2007–08 season and consequently he missed the year's first 15 games. He returned on November 6, 2007, against the Ottawa Senators.[4] After the Maple Leafs had been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, Wellwood went to Philadelphia for minor surgery on the opposite side of his groin from the first operation, prematurely ending his season with 21 points in 59 games.

Vancouver Canucks

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Wellwood skates against Craig Anderson in a shootout.

During the 2008 off-season, Wellwood broke a bone in his right foot while playing indoor soccer. With his contract set to expire, the Leafs placed him on waivers on June 24.[5] He was claimed the following day by the Vancouver Canucks and was subsequently signed to a one-year, $998,000 contract.[6][7] Reporting to training camp, he failed his initial fitness test and, although he passed a later evaluation,[8] he was a healthy scratch to begin the season. On October 17, after having played just one game for the Canucks, he was placed on waivers by the team;[9] after clearing, he was assigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Because the addition of Wellwood would have put the Moose over the limit for veteran players, Wellwood began assessing playing options in Europe; however, two days after clearing waivers, injuries to the Canucks prompted them to recall Wellwood to the NHL; he cleared re-entry waivers 24 hours later. Wellwood took advantage of this opportunity by scoring a goal and an assist in a 4–2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and he stuck with the club. Later in the season, on February 17, 2009, Wellwood ended a streak of 159 games without a penalty by taking a high-sticking penalty against the Calgary Flames. It was his first penalty since April 11, 2006.[10] Wellwood ended his first regular season in Vancouver with 18 goals and nine assists. Having never reached the Stanley Cup playoffs with Toronto, Wellwood made his NHL playoff debut with the Canucks in 2009 and scored his first NHL playoff goal in Game 4 of the first round against the St. Louis Blues, helping Vancouver complete a four-game sweep after a 3–2 overtime win.[11]

In the subsequent off-season, Wellwood became a restricted free agent. After taking the Canucks to arbitration on July 28, 2009, he was re-signed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract two days later on July 30;[12] terms in the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) did not allow the Canucks to walk away from a ruling of less than $1.57 million.[13] Having earned a reputation in his first Canucks season for a lack of fitness, Wellwood reported to training camp for the 2009–10 season 15 pounds lighter than in the previous year.[14] He began the season playing on the third line with Steve Bernier and Mason Raymond, a combination that Head Coach Alain Vigneault carried over from the latter stages of the 2008–09 season and playoffs.[14] Wellwood was sidelined early in the season, suffering a broken toe after blocking a shot from Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek in a game on October 24, 2009,[15] but he returned to the lineup just eight days later, on November 1. He finished the campaign with 14 goals and 25 points in 75 games. He followed that up with a seven-point post-season as the Canucks were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, in the second round.

KHL and San Jose Sharks

After two seasons in Vancouver, the Canucks let Wellwood become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010, opting instead to sign Manny Malhotra from the San Jose Sharks as their projected third-line centre.[16] Wellwood's main goal during the off-season was to find an opportunity to play centre on a scoring line. He accepted an invitation to the Phoenix Coyotes' training camp on a try-out basis.[17] However, he was unable to secure a spot on the Coyotes' roster and was released on October 1.[18] Four days later, he signed with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[19] In January 2011, he was released from Atlant.[20] Initially it was believed that he had been released due to performance issues, but it was soon revealed that Wellwood was returning to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, for family reasons.[21]

Later in the 2010–11 season, he was reported to have signed with the St. Louis Blues; however, Blues officials denied the report, stating that they were unsure where the information came from. St. Louis General Manager Doug Armstrong stated that they were interested in Wellwood, but had ultimately not opted to sign him.[22] According to a St. Louis-based reporter, the team was waiting for confirmation of Wellwood's release from Atlant before they finalized the signing.[23] On January 17, Wellwood officially signed a one-year deal with the Blues,[24] but needed to clear re-entry waivers prior to joining the team. The following day, however, he was claimed by the San Jose Sharks.[25] He scored his first goal for the Sharks on February 1, in a game against Phoenix, Wellwood's goal tied the game at 3–3 and was considered a rallying point for San Jose as they eventually came back to win 5–3 after being down 3–0.[26]

Winnipeg Jets & EV Zug

After becoming a free agent in the off-season, Wellwood signed a one-year, US$700,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets on September 8, 2011.[27] With 47 points on the season, Wellwood set a career-high in points, while tying his previous career-high of 18 goals in a season. On July 13, 2012, Wellwood re-signed with the Jets on a one-year $1.6 million contract. After the 2012–13 season, Winnipeg opted not extend his contract, thereby making Wellwood an unrestricted free agent. After failing to sign with any NHL team, Wellwood signed a one-month contract with EV Zug of the Swiss National League A. After expiration of the contract, he reportedly retired from professional hockey with his "heart no longer in the game," though he stated he would explore NHL options before officially retiring.[28]

International play

Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Canada

As a junior in his fourth and final OHL season, Wellwood competed for Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships, earning a silver medal. He contributed one goal and four assists in six games.

Personal life

His brother Eric is currently the head coach of the Flint Firebirds of the OHL. Eric played for the Philadelphia Flyers after being selected by the team in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[29]

Awards

Major Junior

AHL

  • Player of the Month – November 2003
  • Player of the Week – October 31, 2004

NHL

  • First Star of the Week – December 17, 2006
  • Second Star of the Night – April 4, 2011
  • Third Star of the Night – October 22, 2011
  • Third Star of the Night – January 23, 2012
  • First Star of the Night – February 2, 2012

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Sun County Panthers OMHA 48 34 60 94 20
1998–99 Tecumseh Chiefs WOHL 51 22 41 63 12
1999–00 Belleville Bulls OHL 65 14 37 51 14 16 3 7 10 6
2000–01 Belleville Bulls OHL 68 35 83 118 24 10 3 16 19 4
2001–02 Belleville Bulls OHL 28 16 24 40 4
2001–02 Windsor Spitfires OHL 26 14 21 35 0 16 12 12 24 0
2002–03 Windsor Spitfires OHL 57 41 59 100 0 7 5 9 14 0
2003–04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 76 20 35 55 6
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 St John's Maple Leafs AHL 80 38 49 87 20 5 2 2 4 2
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 11 34 45 14
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 12 30 42 0
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 8 13 21 0
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 18 9 27 4 10 1 5 6 0
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 14 11 25 12 12 2 5 7 0
2010–11 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 25 5 3 8 2
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 35 5 8 13 0 18 1 6 7 0
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 77 18 29 47 4
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 39 6 9 15 2
2013–14 EV Zug NLA 9 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 489 92 143 235 36 40 4 16 20 0

International

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC 6 1 4 5 0
Junior int'l totals 6 1 4 5 0

References

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  29. ^ "Flyers Sign Three Prospects". NHL.com. March 4, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2018.

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Sheldon Keefe
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
2001
Succeeded by
Nathan Robinson
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Brad Boyes
CHL Sportsman of the Year
2003
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William Hanley Trophy
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2000–01 OHL season

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2002–03 OHL season

The 2002–03 OHL season was the 23rd season of the Ontario Hockey League. The North Bay Centennials relocated to Saginaw, Michigan, becoming the Saginaw Spirit. Due to the move, several teams changed divisions; the Saginaw Spirit were placed in the west division, the London Knights moved to the midwest division, and the Brampton Battalion moved to the central division. The London Knights moved into the new John Labatt Centre, which replaced the London Ice House. The Tim Adams Memorial Trophy was inaugurated as the MVP of the OHL Cup. Twenty teams each played 68 games. The Mississauga Icedogs qualified for the playoffs for the first time in their existence. The Kitchener Rangers won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, defeating the Ottawa 67's in the final.

2004–05 AHL season

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This season featured a wealth of talent in the AHL, as the National Hockey League was in the midst of a lockout. Many players who otherwise may have been called up to be members of NHL teams for the season spent the full season in the AHL instead. The lockout also provided opportunity for several NHL arenas — including those in Anaheim, Buffalo, Nashville, San Jose and Tampa — to host AHL games during the season. The Edmonton Road Runners, meanwhile, played the entire season in Rexall Place, normally the home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

In addition, the shootout (previously used in the 1986–87 season) was reintroduced to the league, to decide a winner in games which remained tied following the overtime period. The team winning a shootout was credited with a win, and the losing team with an overtime loss. [1]

The AHL also announced a series of experimental rule changes, most notably a restricted area for goaltenders. Playing the puck outside the restricted area results in an automatic two-minute delay of game penalty.

2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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2008–09 Vancouver Canucks season

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2009–10 Vancouver Canucks season

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2010–11 San Jose Sharks season

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2011–12 Winnipeg Jets season

The 2011–12 Winnipeg Jets season was the 13th season for the National Hockey League franchise and the first in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after 12 seasons as the Atlanta Thrashers. The franchise played in Atlanta since the 1999–2000 NHL season, and relocated to Winnipeg following the conclusion of the 2010–11 NHL season. The relocation of the Thrashers to Winnipeg was confirmed by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on May 31, 2011, and approved by the NHL Board of Governors on June 21, 2011. The 2011 season also marks the first appearance of the Winnipeg Jets name in the NHL since the previous franchise moved from Winnipeg to Phoenix in 1996. At the end of the year, the team failed to qualify for a playoff spot.

2012–13 Winnipeg Jets season

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CHL Sportsman of the Year

The CHL Sportsman of the Year Award is given out annually to the most sportsmanlike player in the Canadian Hockey League. It is chosen from the winner of the William Hanley Trophy of the Ontario Hockey League, the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, or the Brad Hornung Trophy of the Western Hockey League.

EV Zug

EV Zug is a professional men's ice hockey team from Zug, Switzerland. It is a member of the National League and plays its home games at the Bossard Arena.

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy

The Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the Ontario Hockey League to the player scoring the most points in the regular season. The trophy was donated by the Toronto Marlboro Athletic Club in memory of athlete and coach Eddie Powers. It was first awarded in the 1945–46 OHA season. The Ontario Hockey League had retroactively recognized winners dating back to the 1933–34 OHA season. The winner of the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy may also win the CHL Top Scorer Award.

Eric Wellwood

Eric Wellwood (born March 6, 1990) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current head coach for the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He played parts of three National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is the younger brother of Kyle Wellwood.

List of NHL players (W)

This is a list of National Hockey League (NHL) players who have played at least one game in the NHL from 1917 to present and have a last name that starts with "W".

List updated as of the 2014–15 NHL season.

List of people from Windsor, Ontario

This is a list of people from Windsor, Ontario.

Oldcastle, Ontario

Oldcastle is a small unincorporated community of about 300-700 inhabitants located south of Windsor, Ontario Canada in the town of Tecumseh, Ontario. Roughly, the boundaries are as follows: North- Highway 3, East- the Chrysler Canada Greenway trail, South- County Rd. 8(Townline), West- Howard Ave. It is the starting point of the Chrysler Canada Greenway which is built on an old railway. Almost directly in the middle of the area, is an inter-section that experiences numerous vehicular accidents per year. Its western half is composed primarily of industries and businesses, while the remainder is farmland with some homes.

Wellwood

Wellwood may refer to:

Wellwood, Fife, a small village to the north of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

Wellwood, Manitoba, an unincorporated community in Canada

Wellwood Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery in Pinelawn, New York

James Wellwood (1892-?), Australian World War I flying ace

James Wellwood (physician) (1652-1727), English physician

Kyle Wellwood (born 1983), Canadian professional ice hockey player

William Hanley Trophy

The William Hanley Trophy is awarded annually by Ontario Hockey League to the most sportsmanlike player. It is named for Bill Hanley, a former secretary-manager of the Ontario Hockey Association who served in that capacity for twenty-five years. The William Hanley Trophy was first awarded in 1975. The winner of the William Hanley Trophy is nominated for the CHL Sportsman of the Year.

From 1961 to 1969, the Max Kaminsky Trophy was awarded to the most gentlemanly player.

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