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| 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)|
185 lb (84 kg)
|NHL Team||Florida Panthers|
|Born|| April 3 1983,|
Toronto, ON, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 4th overall, 2001|
|Pro Career||2001 – present|
Stephen Weiss (born April 3, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Weiss plays the centre position and is an alternate captain for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Playing career Edit
Weiss played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and recorded statistics that impressed scouts and made him one of the highest selections in the North American Central Scouting Report. In his rookie season, Weiss recorded 66 points and followed it up with a spot on the OHL First All-Rookie Team. Weiss continued to post eye popping numbers in his sophomore season by recording 87 points and earning a top five position among North American skaters.
As a result of his junior accolades, Weiss was drafted 4th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Weiss returned to the Whalers in 2001–02 and although his point totals decreased from the previous year, he posted a respectable 70 points.
Florida Panthers: 2001–04Edit
Weiss went on to make his NHL debut during the final weeks of the 2001–02 NHL season, recording a goal and an assist during his seven game stint. On April 16, 2002, Weiss would go on to sign a three year entry level contract with the Panthers.
In his first full NHL season, Weiss recorded six goals and 15 assists in 77 games, missing 5 of them with a broken toe. Weiss would also go on to play in the NHL YoungStars Game in front of his home crowd at the Office Depot Center, in what would be the highlight of his season as he recorded a goal and an assist in the game as the Eastern Conference went on to win the game 8–3. Weiss's second full season did not go as well as he struggled to adjust to Mike Keenan's coaching style and was assigned to the Panthers AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage for a ten game stint. Weiss would return to the Panthers lineup in November, where he remained for the remainder of the season. He would miss a good portion of the 2003–04 season due to a sprained knee, followed by a broken leg which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. Weiss would go on to record 10 goals and 19 assists in 50 games that season.
San Antonio Rampage/Chicago Wolves: 2004–05Edit
As the 2004–05 NHL season would go on to be wiped out due to a labor dispute, the Panthers assigned Weiss to their farm team in San Antonio, where he would go on to record 15 goals and 23 assists with the Rampage before he was loaned to the Chicago Wolves for the remainder of the season.
Weiss would go on to taste his first post-season at the professional level as he would go on to record two goals and seven assists as the Wolves would make their way to the 2005 Calder Cup Finals, where they would go on to eventually lose to the Philadelphia Phantoms in seven games.
Florida Panthers: 2005–presentEdit
When the NHL returned for the 2005–06 NHL season, Weiss re-signed with the Panthers as a restricted free agent and would go on to endure one of his most frustrating campaigns as he missed the majority of the season due to a serious wrist injury. Weiss would go on to record 29 points in 41 games with the team. The following season, Weiss would return to the Panthers lineup, but missed significant time due to knee and shoulder injuries. He would go on to sign a six-year contract extension with the Panthers during the off-season. Weiss, looking to improve on his showing would follow up his efforts by recording 13 goals and 29 assists in 74 games, despite missing time due to a the flu and shoulder injuries.
The 2008–09 season was seen as a coming out party of sorts for Weiss, as he flourished under Peter DeBoer, his former coach in junior. Weiss would go on to play a career-high 78 games and recording a career-high 47 assists. Weiss was also able to stay healthy, despite missing four games with a groin injury. The following season, Weiss continued his pace by recording a career high 28 goals along with 32 assists in a career high 80 games. In 2010-11, Weiss saw his production dip to 49 points and became a target of trade rumors throughout the course of the year. As of the 2011–12 NHL season, Weiss is the longest-tenured Panther and has yet to play in a Stanley Cup Playoffs game.
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
At the 2002 IIHF World U20 Championships, he was selected to Team Canada. Weiss would go on to record a goal and three assists and earn a silver medal as Canada would go on to lose to Russia in the gold medal game.
|2003–04||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||10||6||3||9||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||62||15||23||38||38||—||—||—||—||—|
- ↑ "Red Line Report spotlight: Stephen Weiss", USA Today, November 30, 2000. Retrieved on November 3, 2010.
- ↑ "Panthers 2001 draft evaluation", Hockeysfuture.com, June 8, 2006. Retrieved on November 3, 2010.
- ↑ "2001 NHL Draft Results – Round 1", mynhldraft.com, June 28, 2001. Retrieved on November 6, 2010.
- ↑ "Q&A with Panthers C Stephen Weiss", CNN Sports Illustrated, September 10, 2002. Retrieved on November 6, 2010.
- ↑ "Stephen Weiss", mahalo.com, September 10, 2010. Retrieved on November 6, 2010.
- ↑ "Panthers sign 2001 first round pick Stephen Weiss", freewebs.com, April 18, 2002. Retrieved on November 6, 2010.
- ↑ "Stephen Weiss Profile", sbnation.com, November 6, 2010. Retrieved on November 6, 2010.
- ↑ "Wolves strengthen lineup", The Sun–Naperville (IL), March 9, 2005. Retrieved on November 7, 2010. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013.
- ↑ "Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Weiss", chicagowolves.com, July 6, 2010. Retrieved on November 7, 2010.
- ↑ "Spotlight on Mark Messier", usa today, January 12, 2006. Retrieved on November 7, 2010.
- ↑ "Florida Panthers Celebrate Last Place with Confetti: Fireworks, Champagne Not Available ... Seen Stamkos Win Rocket Richard?", miamiherald.com, April 3, 2010. Retrieved on November 7, 2010.
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