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Eric Belanger
Eric Belanger
Center
(buh-LAWN-zhay)
Number: 25
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 16, 1977
Birthplace: Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 4, 2007.
Drafted: LAK / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (96th overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Has recorded 222 points (93-129=222) and 225 PIM in 478 career NHL contests during seven seasons with Los Angeles, Carolina, Atlanta and Minnesota.
 
2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS
Tied career-high with 37 points (13-24=37) during his first season with Minnesota...Set career-high with 24 assists...Notched assist in first game in Wild sweater vs. CHI (10/4)...Scored third-period, GW, SHG at PHX (10/13), his first SHG since Oct. 10, 2003 at PIT...Became fourth player in team history with four assists in game, also setting new career-high in points and assists in game at EDM (11/14)...Fourth assist was also 200th NHL point of his career...Collected a point in four consecutive games (2-4=6, 12/27-1/3)...Missed seven games (3/9-3/22) as a result of a broken toe suffered at ATL (3/7).
 
2006-07 HIGHLIGHTS
Matched a career high for goals in a season with 17...Won 53.1% of face-offs taken (640-1206)...Recorded eight multi-point games including five with Thrashers...Skated in 400th career NHL contest at BOS (3/31).
 
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS
Set new career highs in goals (17), points (17-20=37) and PPGs (5) in 65 games with Los Angeles...Ranked tied for fifth on club in goals and tied for fourth with 28 takeaways...Had five multi-point games...Registered career-high six-game point streak (4-4=8, 11/11-11/22)...Tallied three-game goal streak (3-0=3, 2/7-2/11).
 
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS
Led Kings in face-off percentage for fourth consecutive season at 53.6%...Notched five-game point streak (2-3=5, 1/3-2/13)...Finished with a career-high nine shots and tallied goal at PIT (10/10)...Goal came on his first shot of the game and first shot faced by the Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury in the NHL.
 
2002-03 HIGHLIGHTS
Finished third season with Los Angeles second on the club with 16 goals...Improved his assist (19) and point totals (35) for third consecutive year...Notched first career-hat trick in 6-2 win vs. STL (12/17)...Led Kings and tied for seventh in the NHL with three SHGs...Paced Los Angeles in face-off percentage for the third straight season winning 51.8% of his draws.
 
2001-02 HIGHLIGHTS
Led Kings and ranked seventh in the NHL with a 57.7% face-off percentage.
 
2000-01 HIGHLIGHTS
Made NHL debut and picked up three points (1-2=3) including his first NHL goal in 4-1 victory at WSH (10/6)...Led all rookies and ranked 12th in NHL with a 56.4% face-off percentage...Finished a career-high +14, which ranked fourth among league rookies...Scored first career playoff goal in OT at 2:38 in Game 4 as the Kings overcame 3-0 deficit to beat Detroit 4-3...Ranked second among rookies in playoff scoring.
 
1999-00 HIGHLIGHTS
Finished third in regular season scoring for Lowell (AHL) with 40 points (15-25=40) and tied for club lead in playoff scoring with six points (3-3=6).
 
1998-99 HIGHLIGHTS
Appeared in just 33 games with Springfield (AHL) due to injuries including a back ailment and tallied 26 points (8-18=26).
 
1997-98 HIGHLIGHTS
Tied for third in scoring for Fredericton (AHL) with 51 points (17-34=51) in 56 games during first professional season.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Signed by Minnesota as a free agent, July 3, 2007; Acquired by Atlanta from Nashville in exchange for Vitaly Vishnevski, February 10, 2007; Acquired by Nashville from Carolina in exchange for Josef Vasicek, February 9, 2007; Acquired by Carolina with Tim?Gleason from Los Angeles in exchange for Oleg Tverdovsky and the rights to Jack Johnson, September 29, 2006; Selected by Los Angeles in the fifth round (96th overall) of the 1996 NHL?Entry Draft.

PERSONAL
Eric Belanger and his wife, Alexandra, have two daughters, Oceanne and Lola Pearl and reside in Quebec City, Quebec in the offseason...Nickname is “Belly” and loves to play golf in his free time...Lists Tiger Woods as his favorite athlete...Names his parents as the people who inspired his hockey career...Lists U2 as his favorite band and “Prison Break” as his favorite television show...Enjoys eggs for breakfast and names sushi as his favorite food...Lists the birth of his two daughters as his most memorable moment away from the rink.

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