| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
195 lb (89 kg)
|Teams|| Carolina Hurricanes|
Tampa Bay Lightning
|Born|| June 13 1977,|
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 56th overall, 1995|
Tampa Bay Lightning
88th overall, 1997
|Pro Career||1998 – 2009|
Willis was originally drafted by Tampa Bay 56th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, but unable to come to terms, he re-entered the draft and was selected 88th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Willis was drafted from the Western Hockey League where he played for the Prince Albert Raiders and Lethbridge Hurricanes.
In 1999, his first full professional season, Willis won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie of the American Hockey League, while playing for the Beast of New Haven. Shane made his NHL debut for the Hurricanes in the 1998–99 before breaking out in the 2000–01 season, enjoying career highs of 20 goals and 24 assists.
Carolina qualified for the postseason in 2001 and faced the New Jersey Devils in the conference quarterfinals. Late in game 2, Willis was leveled by a Scott Stevens hit. He sat out the rest of the series and for the most part, his career was never the same..
In 2005–06, he played in Europe for Davos in Switzerland and for Linköpings HC in Sweden. He returned to North America for the 2006–07 season, signing with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 18, 2006. However, Willis spent the year playing with the Hurricanes affiliate, the Albany River Rats.
In the 2008–09 season Willis had signed a tryout contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2008–09 season but was subsequently released on September 25, 2008. On January 13, 2009, Shane was signed by the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL to a player/coach role. After one game Willis was then signed by former team the Springfield Falcons of the AHL to a professional try-out contract on January 16, 2009. Willis has played 174 career NHL games, scoring 31 goals and 43 assists for 74 points.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 1997–98 WHL East First All-Star Team
- 1998–99 AHL All-Rookie Team
- 1998–99 AHL First All-Star Team
- 1998–99 AHL Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
- 2000–01 NHL All-Rookie Team
|1994–95||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||65||24||19||43||38||13||3||4||7||6|
|1995–96||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||69||41||40||81||47||18||11||10||21||18|
|1996–97||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||41||34||22||56||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Beast of New Haven||AHL||1||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Beast of New Haven||AHL||73||31||50||81||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||21||4||3||7||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||12||0||6||6||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Albany River Rats||AHL||43||20||23||43||23||5||3||1||4||0|
- ↑ Willis gets tryout with Columbus. dispatch.com (2008-09-05). Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
- ↑ Willis released by Blue Jackets. sports.yahoo.com (2008-09-25). Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
- ↑ Wheeling Nailers sign former NHL goal scorer. oursportscentral.com (2009-01-13). Retrieved on 2009-01-14.
- ↑ Falcons fall short to pack. falconsahl.com (2009-01-16). Retrieved on 2009-01-28.
- Shane Willis's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Shane Willis's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
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