Tim Cheveldae

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Tim Cheveldae
Born (1968-02-15) February 15, 1968 (age 55)
Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Winnipeg Jets
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 64th overall, 1986
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 19881997

Timothy M. Cheveldae (born February 15, 1968) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. During his ten-year National Hockey League career, he played with the Detroit Red Wings, Winnipeg Jets, and Boston Bruins.


Playing career

Cheveldae began his junior ice hockey playing career in the 1985–86 WHL season with the Saskatoon Blades. Cheveldae was selected in the 4th round (64th overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Cheveldae remained with the Blades until the end of the 1987–88 season before leaving for the professional ranks.

For the 1988–89 season, Cheveldae went to the Red Wings' minor league affiliate, the Adirondack Red Wings, in the American Hockey League. His level of play earned him a call up to the NHL, where he served two games in net for the Red Wings, and made him the fourth goaltender on the Red Wings roster behind Greg Stefan, Glen Hanlon, and Sam St. Laurent.

While Detroit's goaltending lineup would remain the same for the 1990–91 season, Cheveldae ascended the depth chart, going from goaltending in the AHL to being in Detroit's goaltending tandem with Hanlon, as Stefan suffered career-ending injuries while St. Laurent never ascended beyond the role of a third goaltender at the NHL level despite his minor league success.

From the 1990–91 season to the 1992–93 season, Cheveldae was Detroit's starting goaltender. With Detroit not settling on a consistent backup, Cheveldae was Detroit's goaltending workhorse for those seasons, playing no fewer than 65 games in each of those seasons and playing an astounding 72 games during the 1991–92 season, earning him the right to play in the 1992 NHL All-Star Game. While Cheveldae had success during the regular season, the team would never go deep into the playoffs during those seasons, leaving Cheveldae to be the scapegoat for Detroit's inability to succeed in the playoffs.

In the 1993–94 season, Chris Osgood emerged from the minors to become Detroit's new starting goaltender. Despite having a successful season, Cheveldae ended up traded to the Winnipeg Jets as part of a package deal which brought Bob Essensa and Sergei Bautin to Detroit on March 8, 1994. Cheveldae missed the playoffs with the Jets.

While in Winnipeg, Cheveldae never achieved the level of success he had with the Red Wings. While he served the Jets as their starting goaltender during the abbreviated season in 1994–95 and the beginning of the 1995–96 season, the Jets eventually opted to go with Nikolai Khabibulin as their starter. Cheveldae was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on February 27, 1996, for Dominic Roussel, and he was assigned to the minor league affiliate Hershey Bears.

On August 27, 1996, Cheveldae signed with the Boston Bruins. Cheveldae played in two games that season while spending most of his time on loan to the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League. He was not re-signed at the end of the season.

Cheveldae played his final season of professional hockey during the 1997–98 season, skating for the Las Vegas Thunder of the IHL.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
1984–85 Melville Millionaires SJHL 2311679805.04
1985–86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 3621103203016504.888624602903.63
1986–87 Saskatoon BladesWHL3320110190913324.185413082003.90
1987–88 Saskatoon BladesWHL6644193379823513.716423642704.45
1988–89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2020122904.43.878
1988–89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 30208016949813.47.88821099905.45
1989–90 Adirondack Red WingsAHL311786184811603.37.880
1989–90 Detroit Red WingsNHL281098160010103.79.882
1990–91 Detroit Red WingsNHL6530265361521423.55.8757343982203.32.894
1991–92 Detroit Red WingsNHL7238239423622623.20.88611375972522.51.910
1992–93 Detroit Red WingsNHL6734247388021043.25.8897344232403.40.880
1993–94 Detroit Red WingsNHL30169115729113.47.875
1993–94 Adirondack Red WingsAHL2101125703.36.901
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets NHL145817885213.96.893
1994–95 Winnipeg JetsNHL30816315719703.70.881
1995–96 Winnipeg JetsNHL308183169411103.93.883
1995–96 Hershey Bears AHL84304573104.07.8774222501403.36.904
1996–97 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 2169411377503.96.878
1996–97 Boston Bruins NHL201093503.23.848
1997–98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL389175194212803.95.878
NHL totals3401491363719,1711116103.49.8832591514187123.00.896



Cheveldae would return to the Saskatoon Blades as an assistant coach for two seasons following his playing career.

Cheveldae was also on the roster for the First Annual Detroit Red Wings Alumni Showdown in Detroit on February 19, 2005, as the Red Wings alumni team would lose to the Maple Leafs alumni team 10–9 in a shootout.

According to The Hockey News , Cheveldae is currently working as a firefighter at the Dundurn military base in Saskatchewan.

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