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Craig Weller
Craig Weller
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg)
EIHL Team
F. Teams
Cardiff Devils
Phoenix Coyotes
Minnesota Wild
Florida Panthers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 17 1981 (1981-03-17) (age 35),
Calgary, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 167th overall, 2000
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 2002 – present


Craig Weller (born March 17, 1981 in Calgary, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey defenseman/right wing playing for EC Villacher SV of the Erste Bank League

Playing careerEdit

Weller was the St. Louis Blues 5th round choice, 167th overall, in the 2000 NHL Draft. After playing with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL and the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League, he was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes on July 19, 2007.

He scored his first career NHL goal on October 25, 2007 against the Anaheim Ducks; the goal turned out to be the game winning goal.

On July 1, 2008, Weller signed a two-year, $1.2 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. On October 18, 2009, he was traded to the Boston Bruins along with prospect Alexander Fallstrom and a second round draft pick in 2011 in exchange for Chuck Kobasew.

On March 3, 2010, Weller was traded from the Bruins to the Florida Panthers along with Byron Bitz and a second round draft pick in exchange for Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski.[1]

On the 1st of November 2010, the Cardiff Devils of the EIHL in the UK announced they had signed Weller, who was a free agent at the time. He became the most experienced NHL player after Theoren Fleury to play in the Elite League, playing in his preferred position as a defenceman.

With Weller on board, the Cardiff Devils embarked on 22 game unbeaten streak, breaking the league record and coming close to the world record. However, the Devils narrowly missed out on the league title, finishing level on points with the Sheffield Steelers but having won 1 regulation game less, before being beaten in the Playoff final 5-4 to the Nottingham Panthers. After his first season in the UK Weller quickly established himself as a reliable, solid two way defenceman, drawing admiration from across the league, culminating in 3 awards - League Player of the Season (Journalist's Choice),Player of the Season (Voted by League GM's and Coaches) and Defenceman of the Season (Voted by League GM's and Coaches).

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Calgary AAA Flames AMHL 33 2 10 12 65 3 0 1 1 2
1998–99 Calgary Canucks AJHL 49 4 14 18 80 13 0 1 1 10
1999–00 Calgary Canucks AJHL 53 3 14 17 100 4 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs WCHA 6 0 1 1 0
2000–01 Kootenay Ice WHL 30 1 5 6 40 11 0 2 2 26
2001–02 Kootenay Ice WHL 69 5 13 18 127 22 3 7 10 27
2002–03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 11 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 48 3 11 14 84
2003–04 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 68 5 9 14 86 16 2 2 4 30
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 76 10 9 19 182 6 0 1 1 6
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 80 12 21 33 152 13 2 3 5 44
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 56 11 6 17 96 4 0 0 0 4
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 3 8 11 80
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 36 1 2 3 47
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 5 0 1 1 7
2009–10 Providence Bruins AHL 55 4 10 14 62
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 14 0 3 3 21 4 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Cardiff Devils EIHL 41 16 36 52 52 2 1 0 1 4
NHL totals 95 4 10 14 127
AHL totals 365 42 60 102 614 45 4 6 10 88

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
West Second All-Star Team 2002
EIHL
Defenseman of the season 2011
Player of the season 2011
League Player of the season 2011

ReferencesEdit

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