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A. J. Thelen

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A. J. Thelen
Position Defense
Shoots Left
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
212 lb (96 kg)
F. Teams
Florida Everblades
Texas Wildcatters
Houston Aeros
Rochester Americans
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born March 11 1986 (1986-03-11) (age 31),
Savage, MN, USA
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2004
Minnesota Wild
Pro Career 2006 – present

A. J. Thelen (born March 11, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who plays for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL and was a prospect for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

After playing for the U.S. National Under-18 Development Program in 2002–03, Thelen joined Michigan State University to play college hockey. After his freshman season in 2003–04, he was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Following his sophomore season with Michigan State, however, he was dismissed by the league for rules infractions.

Accordingly, he joined the major junior Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Prince Albert Raiders. Upon completing his first season in the WHL, Thelen was assigned by the Wild to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros, where he made his professional debut, playing in one game. The next season, in 2006–07, after missing some time due to a knee sprain, Thelen was traded by the Raiders to the Vancouver Giants, in exchange for defenseman John Flatters and prospect Nathan Deck, where he captured the 2007 Memorial Cup championship with the Giants as tournament hosts.

Unsigned by the Wild out of major junior, Thelen turned pro in the ECHL with the Texas Wildcatters, tallying 35 points in his rookie season. In 2008–09, Thelen joined the Florida Everblades.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 USNTDP NAHL 44 2 7 9 72
2003–04 Michigan State University CCHA 42 11 18 29 50
2004–05 Michigan State University CCHA 33 0 11 11 48
2005–06 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 72 13 23 36 79
2005–06 Houston Aeros AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 23 4 8 12 53
2006–07 Vancouver Giants WHL 30 4 5 9 35 22 1 7 8 18
2007–08 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 63 7 28 35 70 4 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Florida Everblades ECHL 34 3 14 17 27 10 0 1 1 14
2009–10 Florida Everblades ECHL 48 8 18 26 52
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 9 0 0 0 6
AHL Totals 10 0 0 0 8

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Brent Burns
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Benoit Pouliot

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