Kyle Wellwood

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Kyle Wellwood
Born (1983-05-16) May 16, 1983 (age 35)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Atlant Moscow Oblast (KHL)
San Jose Sharks
Winnipeg Jets
EV Zug (NLA)
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 134th overall, 2001
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 20032013

Kyle Wellwood (born May 16, 1983) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs 134th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, playing his first three seasons in the NHL with Toronto before joining the Vancouver Canucks in 2008.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Centre (ice hockey) ice hockey position

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After not re-signing with the Canucks, Wellwood played in Russia for Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He left the team due to family concerns and was then signed by the St. Louis Blues. He never played a game with them, however, as he was claimed on re-entry waivers by the San Jose Sharks. After one season with the Sharks, he signed with the Winnipeg Jets as a free agent, where he played the final two years of his NHL career. Wellwood briefly signed with EV Zug of the National League A in Switzerland.

Atlant Moscow Oblast ice hockey team

Hockey Club Atlant Moscow Oblast was a Russian professional ice hockey team based in Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast. They were members of the Bobrov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League in the 2014–15 season, but have not been active since the 2015–16 season due to financial issues.

Kontinental Hockey League Russia-based ice hockey league

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is an international professional ice hockey league founded in 2008. It comprises 25 member clubs based in Belarus, China, Finland, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Slovakia and it is planned to expand to more countries. It is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in Europe and Asia, and second in the world behind the National Hockey League. KHL has the third highest average attendance in Europe with 6,121 spectators per game in the regular season, and the highest total attendance in Europe with 5.32 million spectators in the regular season.

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Playing career

Minor Hockey

Wellwood grew up in the small town of Oldcastle, Ontario, just east of Windsor, playing most of his minor hockey with the Essex Minor Hockey Association of the OMHA's Bluewater Hockey League. He then moved up to the AAA level and played for the Sun County Panthers of the OMHA's South Central AAA League. At the age of 16, Wellwood played one year of Jr. B. hockey with the Tecumseh Chiefs of the OHA's Western Ontario Hockey League.

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Ontario Province of Canada

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Windsor, Ontario City in Ontario, Canada

Windsor is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, situated on the south bank of the Detroit River directly across from Detroit, Michigan. Located in Essex County, it is the southernmost city in Canada and marks the southwestern end of the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor. The city's population was 217,188 at the 2016 census, making it the third-most populated city in Southwestern Ontario after London and Kitchener. The Detroit–Windsor urban area is North America's most populous transborder conurbation, and the Ambassador Bridge border crossing is the busiest commercial crossing on the Canada–United States border.


Wellwood was drafted by the Belleville Bulls in the first round, 16th overall, in the 1999 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Draft. In his second season with Belleville (2000–01), he put up 118 points, capturing the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the League's leading scorer. The next season, he was traded in January 2002 to the Windsor Spitfires in exchange for Jason Spezza. As a Spitfire, he tallied 100 points in 57 games, including a 29-game stretch in which he scored 26 goals and 59 points. [1] In his final year of major junior, he also received the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's sportsman of the year, as well as the CHL Sportsman of the Year Award by playing in 57 games without a single penalty minute that year.

Belleville Bulls ice hockey team

The Belleville Bulls were a junior ice hockey team, founded in 1981 and based in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. The team played in the Eastern Division of the Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. The team moved to Hamilton, Ontario at the end of the 2014–15 OHL season.

Ontario Hockey League sports league

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) is one of the three major junior ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. The league is for players aged 16–21. There are currently 20 teams in the OHL; seventeen in Ontario, two in Michigan, and one in Pennsylvania.

The 2000–01 OHL season was the 21st season of the Ontario Hockey League. The Guelph Storm moved from the Guelph Memorial Gardens to the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre at the start of the season. The Owen Sound Platers were renamed to the Owen Sound Attack Twenty teams each played 68 games. The Ottawa 67's won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, defeating the Plymouth Whalers.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Wellwood was drafted in the fifth round, 134th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He turned professional in 2003–04 when he joined Toronto's minor league affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League (AHL). Wellwood recorded 55 points in his professional rookie season while also appearing in his first NHL game with the Maple Leafs that year.

Toronto Maple Leafs Canadian professional ice hockey team

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. With an estimated value of US $1.45 billion in 2018 according to Forbes, the Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the NHL, after the New York Rangers. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.

2001 NHL Entry Draft

The 2001 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 23–24, 2001, at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida.

The 2003–04 AHL season was the 68th season of the American Hockey League. The league introduces the Willie Marshall Award in honour the career points leader in the AHL, and awards it to the annual top goal scorer.

The NHL lockout the following season guaranteed that Wellwood would play in the AHL one more season. On October 30, 2004, he set a St. John's franchise record by scoring five goals in one game against the Cleveland Barons. [2] He finished his second season with St. John's in 2004–05 fourth in League scoring with 87 points.

The 2004–05 NHL lockout was a lockout that resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of play of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, the first time a major professional sports league in North America canceled a complete season because of a labor dispute, and the second time after the 1994–1995 MLB strike that the postseason of a major professional sports league in North America was canceled. The lockout lasted 10 months and 6 days starting September 16, 2004, the day after the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NHL and the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) that resolved the 1994–95 lockout expired.

2004–05 AHL season

The 2004–05 AHL season was the 69th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Rochester Americans finished first overall in the regular season. The Philadelphia Phantoms won the Calder Cup, defeating the Chicago Wolves in the finals.

As NHL play resumed the following season in 2005–06, Wellwood joined Toronto's lineup. When captain Mats Sundin was injured in the first game of the season, Wellwood was bumped to centre the first line between wingers Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov in Sundin's absence for a month. Wellwood posted a career-high 45 points in his rookie campaign, and in the following season, on December 16, 2006, Wellwood scored his first career NHL hat-trick in a game against the New York Rangers, also posting two assists for a career-high five-point NHL game. [3] On pace to surpass his rookie totals, Wellwood was sidelined for almost half the season and finished with 42 points in 48 games.

Wellwood suffered a sports hernia before the start of the 200708 season and consequently he missed the year's first 15 games. He returned on November 6, 2007, against the Ottawa Senators. [4] After the Maple Leafs had been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, Wellwood went to Philadelphia for minor surgery on the opposite side of his groin from the first operation, prematurely ending his season with 21 points in 59 games.

Vancouver Canucks

Wellwood skates against Craig Anderson in a shootout. Craig Anderson Kyle Wellwood shootout.jpg
Wellwood skates against Craig Anderson in a shootout.

During the 2008 off-season, Wellwood broke a bone in his right foot while playing indoor soccer. With his contract set to expire, the Leafs placed him on waivers on June 24. [5] He was claimed the following day by the Vancouver Canucks and was subsequently signed to a one-year, $998,000 contract. [6] [7] Reporting to training camp, he failed his initial fitness test and, although he passed a later evaluation, [8] he was a healthy scratch to begin the season. On October 17, after having played just one game for the Canucks, he was placed on waivers by the team; [9] after clearing, he was assigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Because the addition of Wellwood would have put the Moose over the limit for veteran players, Wellwood began assessing playing options in Europe; however, two days after clearing waivers, injuries to the Canucks prompted them to recall Wellwood to the NHL; he cleared re-entry waivers 24 hours later. Wellwood took advantage of this opportunity by scoring a goal and an assist in a 4–2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and he stuck with the club. Later in the season, on February 17, 2009, Wellwood ended a streak of 159 games without a penalty by taking a high-sticking penalty against the Calgary Flames. It was his first penalty since April 11, 2006. [10] Wellwood ended his first regular season in Vancouver with 18 goals and nine assists. Having never reached the Stanley Cup playoffs with Toronto, Wellwood made his NHL playoff debut with the Canucks in 2009 and scored his first NHL playoff goal in Game 4 of the first round against the St. Louis Blues, helping Vancouver complete a four-game sweep after a 3–2 overtime win. [11]

In the subsequent off-season, Wellwood became a restricted free agent. After taking the Canucks to arbitration on July 28, 2009, he was re-signed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract two days later on July 30; [12] terms in the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) did not allow the Canucks to walk away from a ruling of less than $1.57 million. [13] Having earned a reputation in his first Canucks season for a lack of fitness, Wellwood reported to training camp for the 2009–10 season 15 pounds lighter than in the previous year. [14] He began the season playing on the third line with Steve Bernier and Mason Raymond, a combination that Head Coach Alain Vigneault carried over from the latter stages of the 2008–09 season and playoffs. [14] Wellwood was sidelined early in the season, suffering a broken toe after blocking a shot from Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek in a game on October 24, 2009, [15] but he returned to the lineup just eight days later, on November 1. He finished the campaign with 14 goals and 25 points in 75 games. He followed that up with a seven-point post-season as the Canucks were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, in the second round.

KHL and San Jose Sharks

After two seasons in Vancouver, the Canucks let Wellwood become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010, opting instead to sign Manny Malhotra from the San Jose Sharks as their projected third-line centre. [16] Wellwood's main goal during the off-season was to find an opportunity to play centre on a scoring line. He accepted an invitation to the Phoenix Coyotes' training camp on a try-out basis. [17] However, he was unable to secure a spot on the Coyotes' roster and was released on October 1. [18] Four days later, he signed with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). [19] In January 2011, he was released from Atlant. [20] Initially it was believed that he had been released due to performance issues, but it was soon revealed that Wellwood was returning to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, for family reasons. [21]

Later in the 2010–11 season, he was reported to have signed with the St. Louis Blues; however, Blues officials denied the report, stating that they were unsure where the information came from. St. Louis General Manager Doug Armstrong stated that they were interested in Wellwood, but had ultimately not opted to sign him. [22] According to a St. Louis-based reporter, the team was waiting for confirmation of Wellwood's release from Atlant before they finalized the signing. [23] On January 17, Wellwood officially signed a one-year deal with the Blues, [24] but needed to clear re-entry waivers prior to joining the team. The following day, however, he was claimed by the San Jose Sharks. [25] He scored his first goal for the Sharks on February 1, in a game against Phoenix, Wellwood's goal tied the game at 3–3 and was considered a rallying point for San Jose as they eventually came back to win 5–3 after being down 3–0. [26]

Winnipeg Jets & EV Zug

After becoming a free agent in the off-season, Wellwood signed a one-year, US$700,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets on September 8, 2011. [27] With 47 points on the season, Wellwood set a career-high in points, while tying his previous career-high of 18 goals in a season. On July 13, 2012, Wellwood re-signed with the Jets on a one-year $1.6 million contract. After the 2012–13 season, Winnipeg opted not extend his contract, thereby making Wellwood an unrestricted free agent. After failing to sign with any NHL team, Wellwood signed a one-month contract with EV Zug of the Swiss National League A. After expiration of the contract, he reportedly retired from professional hockey with his "heart no longer in the game," though he stated he would explore NHL options before officially retiring. [28]

International play

Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2003 Canada

As a junior in his fourth and final OHL season, Wellwood competed for Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships, earning a silver medal. He contributed one goal and four assists in six games.

Personal life

His brother Eric is currently the head coach of the Flint Firebirds of the OHL. Eric played for the Philadelphia Flyers after being selected by the team in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. [29]


Major Junior



Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1997–98Sun County Panthers OMHA 4834609420
1998–99 Tecumseh Chiefs WOHL 5122416312
1999–00 Belleville Bulls OHL 65143751141637106
2000–01 Belleville BullsOHL6835831182410316194
2001–02 Belleville BullsOHL281624404
2001–02 Windsor Spitfires OHL261421350161212240
2002–03 Windsor SpitfiresOHL5741591000759140
2003–04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 762035556
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10000
2004–05 St John's Maple LeafsAHL803849872052242
2005–06 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL8111344514
2006–07 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL481230420
2007–08 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL59813210
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL74189274101560
2009–10 Vancouver CanucksNHL7514112512122570
2010–11 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 255382
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL3558130181670
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL771829474
2012–13 Winnipeg JetsNHL3969152
2013–14 EV Zug NLA 91230
NHL totals489921432353640416200


2003 Canada WJC 61450
Junior int'l totals61450

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Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
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CHL Sportsman of the Year
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