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Wes Walz
Wes Walz
Center
(WAHLS)
Number: 37
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190
Shoots: Right
Born: May 15, 1970
Birthplace: Calgary, AB, Canada
Acquired: Signed by Minnesota as a free agent on June 28, 2000.
Drafted: BOS / 1989 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (57th overall)
Career: Has skated in 596 NHL games in 12 seasons with Boston, Philadelphia, Calgary, Detroit and Minnesota...Owns 256 points (108-148=256) and 337 PIM...Has registered 44 career multi-point games...Is one of two original members of the Wild remaining with the club (Marian Gaborik)...2006-07: Recorded 24 points in 62 games during sixth season with Minnesota and 12th in the NHL...Claimed 100th career goal and an assist at SJ (11/7)...Recorded a point in five straight games (1/11-1/19)...Notched two assists at STL (1/30)...Led team with seven blocked shots and recorded assist at CGY (3/17)...Notched pair of assists vs. PHX (3/20)...Missed 20 games due to injury this season...Sat out five games with back injury (3/8-3/16)...Missed a total of 15 games with leg injury...2005-06: One of two Wild players to skate in all 82 games (Brian Rolston)...Established new career-high with 19 goals and registered the second-highest point total of career (37)...Ranked second on team with +7 rating and tied for third in goals...Notched seven multi-point games...Named captain for remainder of season (3/18)...Tallied goal for 200th point of his career vs. STL (11/25)...Posted career-high four points (2-2=4) and a +4 rating at PHX (2/4)...Notched two goals and an assist and a +3 rating vs. COL (3/5)...Collected two goals vs. LA (3/7)...Chosen by Twin Cities chapter of Professional Hockey Writers’ Association as nominee for NHL’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the second time in his career...2004-05: Did not play...2003-04: Played in 57 games finishing tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 25 points (12-13=25)...Led team with three SHGs and recorded four multi-point games...Missed a total of 25 games with injuries to shoulder, groin and abdomen...2002-03: Saw action in 80 games and posted 32 points on 13 goals and 19 assists...Was named a finalist for the NHL’s Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the League’s best defensive forward...Finished tied for third on the club in GWGs (4)...Posted eight multi-point games...Missed one game with flu at CGY (1/4)...2001-02: Tallied 10 goals to go along with 20 assists and 43 PIM...Led the club in GWGs (5) and takeaways (55)...Sat out eight contests with an ankle sprain (10/7-10/27)...Missed 10 games after sustaining a shoulder sprain (2/27-3/20)...2000-01: Tied for team lead and set career-high in games played with 82...Tallied 18 goals to go along with 12 assists and 37 PIM...Set NHL expansion team records with seven SHGs and nine shorthanded points (7-2=9)...Finished tied for first on the club in goals, second in SOG (152) and tied for third in points...Ranked tied for second in NHL in SHGs and shorthanded points...Posted four multi-point games...Earned 100th point with goal at PIT (2/14)...Scored first-ever SHG in franchise history vs. PHI (10/18)...Named captain for month of December...Chosen by Twin Cities chapter of Professional Hockey Writers’ Association as nominee for NHL’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy...1999-00: Played with both Long Beach (IHL) and HC Lugano of Swiss National League...Scored four goals and seven points (4-3=7) in six games with Long Beach...Finished season with Lugano and helped capture league regular season title with seven goals and 11 assists in 18 games...Saw action in five postseason games with Lugano and scored seven points (3-4=7)...1998-99: Completed third season with EV Zug of Swiss National League and was second on team in scoring with 49 points (22-27=49)...Added nine playoff assists and finished with 12 points (3-9=12) in 10 games...1997-98: Tallied 34 assists and 52 points (18-34=52) in 38 games with Swiss National League regular season champion EV Zug...Ranked first on team in points (52) and assists (34)...Led team in playoff points (16-12=28) and tied for team lead in goals (16) in 20 games...1996-97: Appeared in 41 games during first season with EV Zug and ranked second on team in goals (24) and third in points (46)...Registered five goals and six points (5-1=6) in nine playoff games...1995-96: Spent majority of season with Adirondack (AHL) and registered 35 assists and 55 points (20-35=55) in 38 games...Played two games with Detroit...1994-95: Skated in 39 games with Calgary and posted 18 points (6-12=18) and 11 PIM...1993-94: Saw action with Calgary and Saint John (AHL)...Set career-highs with 27 assists, 38 points and +20 rating in 53 games with Calgary...Played in 15 games with Saint John and collected 12 points (6-6=12)...1992-93: Appeared in 78 games during first full season with Hershey (AHL)...Recorded 35 goals, 45 assists and 106 PIM...1991-92: Played a total of 17 NHL contests with Boston and Philadelphia...Posted three assists and four points (1-3=4) combined with Bruins and Flyers...Appeared in a total of 62 games with both Maine and Hershey (AHL)...1990-91: Played in 56 contests during second season with Boston...Scored eight goals and 16 points (8-8=16) and logged 32 PIM...Netted first NHL goal and point at CGY (2/20)...Saw action in 20 games with Maine (AHL) and notched 20 points (8-12=20)...1989-90: Appeared in two games with Boston...Skated in first NHL contest at VAN (2/18)...AMATEUR: Played two seasons with Lethbridge (WHL) from 1988-90...Recorded 244 points (83-161=244) in 83 games, including 56 goals and 140 points (54-86=140) in 1989-90.

Playoffs: Has tallied 17 points (10-7=17) in 32 career playoff games with Boston, Calgary and Minnesota...2006-07: Posted one assist and a +1 rating in five first round games vs. ANA...Assisted on lone Wild goal in 4-1 Game 5 loss at ANA?(4/19)...2002-03: Contributed 13 points on seven goals and six assists in 18 postseason contests with Minnesota...Finished tied for the League lead in SHGs (2)...Led club in GWGs (2), tied for the team lead in plus/minus (+5), and tied for second in goals and points...Registered seven points (2-5=7) during a four-game point scoring streak (5/2-5/8)...Scored the first GWG in Wild playoff history at COL (4/10) and the first SHG at COL (4/12)...Potted two goals for first career multi-point playoff game at VAN (4/25)...Scored the GWG in Game Two of Conference Semifinal at VAN (4/27)...1994-95: Appeared in one game with Flames...1993-94: Scored first NHL playoff goal and finished postseason with three points (3-0=3) in six games...1990-91: Skated in two playoff contests with Boston.

Career Transactions: Signed by Minnesota as a free agent, June 28, 2000; Signed by Detroit as a free agent, September 6, 1995; Signed by Calgary as a free agent, August 26, 1993; Acquired by Philadelphia with Garry Galley and a third round choice (Milos Hogan) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft from Boston for Gord Murphy, Brian Dobbin, a third round choice (Sergei Zholtok) in the 1992 NHL?Entry Draft and a fourth round choice (Charles Paquette) in 1993 NHL Entry Draft, January 2, 1992; Originally selected by Boston in the third round (57th overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

Personal: Walz and his wife, Kerry-Anne, have three daughters, Jaedyn, Brehna and Cheyne and one son, Kelvin...The family resides in Shuswap Lake, British Columbia during the offseason...Nickname is “Walzy”...Began playing hockey at age six...Recognizes his parents and Lanny MacDonald as the people who most influenced his hockey career...First job was laying sod...Favorite sport to watch is baseball and favorite current-day athlete is Tiger Woods...Creed is his favorite musical band...Enjoys spending time with his kids and playing golf during his time away from the rink...Most memorable moment on ice is scoring the overtime game-winning goal to win the MAC’s Major Midget Tourney and beating the Avalanche in the 2003 Playoffs...Favorite movie is Caddyshack...Receives a good luck rock from son, Kelvin, before every game...Favorite food is chicken...Lists Royal Troon in Scotland as his favorite golf course he has played...Names Tiger Woods as one person he’d most like to meet...Lists “Family Guy” as his favorite TV show and pancakes as his favorite breakfast food...Most memorable moment away from the rink was the birth of his children...His favorite part of Minnesota is the “down to Earth people.”

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