Tim Wallace

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Tim Wallace
Tim Wallace 2013-1.jpg
Wallace with the Charlotte Checkers in 2013
Born (1984-08-06) August 6, 1984 (age 38)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Center/Right Wing [1]
Shoots Right
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina Hurricanes
Örebro HK
Brynäs IF
Grizzlys Wolfsburg
Sheffield Steelers
Milton Keynes Lightning
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006present

Timothy Todd Wallace (born August 6, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey center and ice hockey coach. He is currently signed to National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) side Milton Keynes Lightning as Player/Coach and Director of Hockey Development. [2]


Between May 2019 and January 2022, Wallace was head coach of UK EIHL side Nottingham Panthers. [3] [4] Wallace also previously served as joint Player/Coach between 2018–19 for fellow English club Milton Keynes Lightning, alongside Ryan Lannon. [5] [6]

Before starting his professional career, Wallace played four seasons with the University of Notre Dame of the CCHA. A product of the U.S. National Team Developmental Program, he was a member of gold-medal teams at both the 2002 Under-18 World Championships and the Under-17 World Challenge in 2001.

Playing career

As a youth, Wallace played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Alaska. [7]


Wallace played four collegiate seasons (2002–2006) at the University of Notre Dame, where he set a school record by playing in all 153 games during his career. He scored 25 goals with 34 assists for 59 points and had 39 penalties for 86 minutes. As a senior, he notched 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points to finish fifth on the team in scoring. [8]


Wallace with the Lightning in 2012. Tim Wallace 2012-02-25.JPG
Wallace with the Lightning in 2012.

An undrafted free agent, Wallace was signed to a contract after attending a tryout camp with Pittsburgh in the fall of 2006. In his first season, he split time between the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers and the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, seeing action in 51 games with 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points and 62 penalty minutes. He played in 11 playoff games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring a goal and an assist. In 2007-08, Wallace played in 74 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, accruing 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points and 83 minutes in penalties. He played in 22 postseason games in helping the Baby Penguins advance to the Calder Cup finals against Chicago. He had two goals and six assists for eight points and 21 penalty minutes in the playoffs. [8]

Wallace made his NHL debut on December 10, 2008, against the New Jersey Devils. He registered his first NHL point, an assist, on December 18, 2008 vs. the Atlanta Thrashers. [9]

On February 23, 2012 Wallace was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay Lightning from the New York Islanders after playing 31 games in the NHL season.

After seven professional seasons within North America, Wallace left as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with Örebro HK of the Swedish Hockey League on August 6, 2013. [10] In his debut season in Sweden, Wallace adapted quickly in Örebro, posting 15 goals and 32 points in 55 games to earn a one-year contract extension on April 3, 2014. In the midst of the 2014–15 season, having been unable to replicate his previous seasons form with Örebro, Wallace was loaned to fellow SHL outfit Brynäs IF on December 10, 2014.

On September 7, 2015, having left Sweden after two-years as a free agent, Wallace agreed to a one-year contract with German club, Grizzlys Wolfsburg of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. [11]

As a free agent after three seasons abroad, Wallace opted to return to his hometown in Anchorage, and agreed to play in third tier ECHL, signing a standard contract with the Alaska Aces on October 13, 2016. [12]

On May 25, 2017, Wallace again left North America and moved to the UK to sign a one-year deal with the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL. [13]

After a season in Sheffield, Wallace moved to league rivals Milton Keynes Lightning in 2018. Wallace and teammate Ryan Lannon subsequently replaced Doug McKay as Lightning head coach early into the 2018–19 EIHL season. He later re-signed as a Milton Keynes Lightning player in January 2022 following his departure from Nottingham, and will combine his playing role with the title of Director of Hockey Development.

He re-signed as a Milton Keynes player for the 2022–23 season, where he will serve as the club's Player/Coach following the departure of Lewis Clifford.

Coaching career

After a spell as Player/Coach of Milton Keynes Lightning, Wallace was hired in 2019 by Nottingham Panthers director of hockey Guillaume Doucet to be the club's new head coach - replacing Rich Chernomaz. [14] Wallace was relieved of his duties in Nottingham in January 2022. [15]

In May 2022, Wallace replaced Lewis Clifford and returned for a second spell as Player/Coach with Milton Keynes Lightning, combining the role with his title of Director of Hockey Development. [16]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2000–01 U.S. National Under-18 Team NAHL 568111945
2001–02U.S. National Under-18 Team USHL 21471116
2002–03 Notre Dame CCHA 40651128
2003–04 Notre DameCCHA39381110
2004–05 Notre DameCCHA38591420
2005–06 Notre DameCCHA3611122328
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 32591439111122
2006–07 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 196111723
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL74121426822226821
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL58118195170222
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 160227
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL782714416140002
2009–10 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL10000
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL6220173761101456
2010–11 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL70005
2011–12 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL249112013
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL310116
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL1835810
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL47913224431120
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL2811217
2013–14 Örebro HK SHL 5515173230
2014–15 Örebro HKSHL2735814
2014–15 Brynäs IF SHL254610840334
2015–16 Grizzlys Wolfsburg DEL 45413173460222
2016–17 Alaska Aces ECHL6318294742
2016–17 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL71120
2017–18 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 55624305720110
2018–19 Milton Keynes Lightning EIHL6021365758
2021–22Milton Keynes Lightning NIHL 216142022868142
2022–23Milton Keynes LightningNIHL552367904720220
NHL totals101491345
Medal record
Representing the Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2002 Slovakia


2002 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg82576
Junior totals82576

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