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Craig Weller
Craig Weller
Right Wing
Number: 12
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Right
Born: Mar 17, 1981
Birthplace: Calgary, AB, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 19, 2007
Drafted: STL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (167th overall)
CAREER
Has appeared in 59 career NHL games, all with Phoenix and collected 11 points (3-8=11) in his rookie season in 2007-08...Played six games with the University of Minnesota-Duluth before playing for Kootenay (WHL) during the 2000-01 season.

2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS
Made NHL debut vs. STL (10/4) and recorded an assist for first NHL point...Recorded first career NHL goal (GWG) at ANA (10/25)...Registered five shots on goal vs. ANA (11/3)...Set a career-high with 15 PIM vs. TOR (11/24)...Played a career-high 15:14 in ice-time against LA (12/5)...Notched goal vs. CHI (1/3) and tallied a goal vs. OTT (3/8)...Recorded three assists in four-game stretch (2/10-2/16).

2006-07 HIGHLIGHTS
Served as team captain for Hartford (AHL), appearing in 56 games and collecting 17 points (11-6=17)...Ranked sixth on the team with 96 PIM and played in four playoff games.

2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS
Skated in 80 games for Hartford tallying 34 points (12-22=34)...Established professional career-highs in games played (80), goals (12), assists (22) and points (34)...Ranked third on the team with 152 PIM...Posted his first four-point contest as a professional with four assists vs. Syracuse (1/12)...Named the second captain in Wolf Pack History...Appeared in 13 playoff games collecting five points (2+3=5) and 44 PIM.

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS
Played in 76 games for Hartford collecting 19 points (10-9=19) and 182 PIM...Registered an assist and six PIM in six postseason games.

2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS
Appeared in 68 games for Hartford tallying 14 points (5-9=14) and 86 PIM...Tied for fourth in points among Wolf Pack defensemen...Played in 16 playoff games scoring four points (2-2=4) and collecting 30 PIM.

2002-03 HIGHLIGHTS
Made his AHL debut skating in 13 games with Hartford including two playoff contests...Played in 48 games for Charlotte (ECHL) collecting 14 points (3-11=14) and 84 PIM.

2001-02 HIGHLIGHTS
Appeared in 69 games with Kootenay (WHL), registering 18 points (5-13=18) and 127 PIM...Had ten points (3+7=10) and 27 PIM in 22 playoff games...Helped lead Kootenay to the Memorial Cup Championship.

2000-01 HIGHLIGHTS
Had one assist in six games with Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)...Had six points in 30 games with Kootenay...Collected two points (0-2=2) and 26 PIM in 11 playoff games.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Signed by Minnesota as a free agent, July 1, 2008; Signed by Phoenix as a free agent, July 19, 2007; Signed by N.Y. Rangers as a free agent, July 11, 2002; Originally selected by St. Louis in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft.

PERSONAL
Craig James Weller and his wife, Jen, reside in Calgary, Alberta in the offseason with their cat, Roxy...Nickname is “Wellsy”...Lists playing in his first NHL game as his most memorable hockey moment...Favorite hobbies include playing guitar, fishing and archery...Started skating at the age of five...Lists his grandfather as the one person he would most like to meet...Favorite part of Minnesota is all the outdoor activities...Most memorable moment away form the rink was getting married...Lists “Prison Break” as his favorite television show and The Shawshank Redemption as his favorite movie...Favorite food is steak and likes to eat bacon for breakfast...Lists fishing as his favorite sport and Traditional Bowhunter as his favorite magazine...Favorite musician is Brad Paisley.

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