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Daniel Winnik
Daniel Winnik
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Colorado Avalanche
Phoenix Coyotes
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 6 1985 (1985-03-06) (age 31),
Toronto, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 265th overall, 2004
Phoenix Coyotes
Pro Career 2006 – present

Daniel Spencer Winnik (born March 6, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

After two seasons in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL) with the Wexford Raiders, Winnik joined the college hockey ranks with the University of New Hampshire of Hockey East. Following his freshman year, Winnik was drafted 265th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. He found his scoring touch with the Wildcats in his sophomore year scoring 18 goals for 40 points and was one of UNH's best in being named in the NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament team. In his junior year Daniel consolidated his break out year by leading the Wildcats with 26 assists and finishing 5th in the Hockey East in scoring with 41 points. He was named as Hockey East player of the month for November and was selected to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team.[1] After completing a three year career with New Hampshire he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Coyotes on March 31, 2006.[2] He immediately made his professional debut with AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, to finish the 2005–06 season.

In his first full professional year in 2006–07, Winnik played in a checking role with the Rampage scoring 21 points in 66 games while also spending a stint in the ECHL with secondary affiliate, the Phoenix RoadRunners. In 2007–08, Winnik made the Coyotes lineup out of training camp and scored his first NHL goal in his debut on October 4, 2007 in a 3–2 win against the St. Louis Blues.[3] At the end of his first NHL year Winnik had established himself as a regular in the Coyotes team and was looked upon, by coach Wayne Gretzky, as the team's top penalty killer.[4]

After a promising start to his NHL career, Dan suffered a sophomore slump in 2008–09, scoring just 7 points in 49 games. Seldom used as an reserve forward he was assigned to San Antonio on a 5 game conditioning stint on January 1, 2009.[5] He was then re-signed to an arbitrated one-year contract on July 24, 2009.[6] Winnik quickly rebounded in the following 2009–10 season, regaining a checking line role and finding his scoring touch, tying his career high with 15 assists.[7] As part of a resurgent Coyotes team he made his playoff debut appearing scoreless in 7 games against the Detroit Red Wings.[8]

On June 28, 2010, Winnik was traded by the Coyotes to the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[9] He was then signed to a two-year contract with the Avalanche on July 2, 2010.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Wexford Raiders OPJHL 47 18 25 43 32
2002–03 Wexford Raiders OPJHL 47 20 33 53 70
2003–04 U. of New Hampshire HE 37 4 10 14 12
2004–05 U. of New Hampshire HE 42 18 22 40 26
2005–06 U. of New Hampshire HE 39 15 26 41 44
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 7 1 1 2 8
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 66 9 12 21 34
2006–07 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL 5 0 6 6 9
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 11 15 26 25
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 49 3 4 7 63
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 5 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 74 4 15 19 12 7 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 11 15 26 35
NHL totals 282 29 49 78 135 7 0 0 0 0

Awards & achievementsEdit

Award Year(s)
All-Tournament Team 2005
Second All-Star Team 2006


External linksEdit

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