Derrick Walser

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Derrick Walser
NLA, Lausanne HC vs. Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, 11th November 2014 30.JPG
Born (1978-05-12) May 12, 1978 (age 41)
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Vityaz Chekhov (KHL)
Eisbären Berlin (DEL)
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers (NLA)
Belfast Giants (EIHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2017
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
Spengler Cup
Gold medal – first place 2012 Davos

Derrick Walser (born May 12, 1978) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently an assistant coach of the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. Walser played 91 National Hockey League (NHL) games with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Career[edit]

Walser was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Calgary Flames on October 16, 1998, he was immediately assigned to Calgary's ECHL affiliate in Johnstown. Walser would spend parts of two seasons with the Johnstown Chiefs where he would score 25 goals and 38 goals in 73 games. Walser, along with teammate Joel Irving were named starters[1] for the Eastern Conference in the 2000 ECHL All-Star game.[2] Walser would spend the entire 2000-01 season in the AHL with the Saint John Flames.

Walser played 91 career NHL games, all with the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring 8 goals and 21 assists for 29 points, he spent the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons with Eisbären Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, winning back-to-back German championships, but would have his rights retained by the Blue Jackets. On June 30, 2005, the Blue Jackets sent Walser and their 2006 fourth-round selection to Carolina for a 2005 fourth round pick that had previously belonged to Toronto.[3] Columbus would use the pick to draft enforcer Jared Boll, he would return to North America for the 2006–07 season to sign with the Carolina Hurricanes organization. Before playing a game with Carolina, he was traded back to Columbus for prospect Mark Flood, a former 2003 draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens. In 2007, Walser signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and played one season with the affiliate Toronto Marlies. After one season, he left the organization and signed with Chekhov Vityaz of the Kontinental Hockey League.

On June 5, 2009, he announced that he would be returning to his former club, Eisbären Berlin, where he would spend two more years. In his second year (2010–11), he was a key member of Berlin’s team who won the German championship and the European Trophy. Walser received DEL Defenseman of the Year honors that season.[4]

Walser left Berlin at the end of the 2010-11 season, embarking on a four-year stint with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss top-flight National League A (NLA),[5] he played a total of 185 games for the Lakers, scoring 42 goals and assisting on 81 others.[6]

On July 30, 2015 Walser was appointed player/coach of Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).[7] After two seasons with the team, Walser left Belfast at the end of the 2016-17 season; his departure was confirmed in April 2017.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 48 4 18 22 34 12 2 5 7 2
1995–96 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 69 9 31 40 56 20 2 11 13 16
1996–97 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 37 13 25 38 26
1996–97 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 31 15 30 45 44 4 2 2 4 6
1997–98 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 70 41 69 110 135 18 10 26 36 49
1998–99 Saint John Flames AHL 40 3 7 10 24
1998–99 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 24 8 12 20 29
1999–2000 Saint John Flames AHL 14 2 3 5 10
1999–2000 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 54 17 26 43 104 7 3 3 6 8
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 76 19 36 55 36 19 7 9 16 14
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 1 0 1 0
2001–02 Syracuse Crunch AHL 73 23 38 61 70 10 1 5 6 12
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 53 4 13 17 34
2002–03 Syracuse Crunch AHL 28 7 14 21 30
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 27 1 8 9 22
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 48 10 26 36 82 3 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Eisbären Berlin DEL 50 9 14 23 143 12 4 4 8 20
2005–06 Eisbären Berlin DEL 48 19 24 43 120 11 6 1 7 20
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 6 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 9 2 0 2 0
2006–07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 49 9 27 36 59
2007–08 Toronto Marlies AHL 77 16 29 45 82 17 2 5 7 30
2008–09 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 51 3 19 22 79
2009–10 Eisbären Berlin DEL 51 5 30 35 48 5 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Eisbären Berlin DEL 51 19 28 47 91 12 4 5 9 14
2011–12 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 44 8 13 21 40
2012–13 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 28 4 11 15 22
2013–14 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 35 8 13 21 50
2014–15 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 39 11 21 32 26
2015–16 Belfast Giants GBR 43 6 32 38 69 2 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Belfast Giants GBR 51 7 31 38 32 3 2 0 2 2
AHL totals 411 89 181 270 397 49 11 20 31 60
NHL totals 91 8 21 29 56
DEL totals 200 52 96 148 402 40 14 12 26 56

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mastovich, Mike. "Herbers to coach All-Star team » Chiefs » The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA". Tribune-democrat.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "NHL". Tsn.ca. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  4. ^ "RODI-DB - Die deutsche Eishockey-Datenbank". www.rodi-db.de. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  5. ^ AG, VADIAN.NET. "Derrick Walser kommt zu den Lakers". www.eishockey.ch (in German). Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  6. ^ "Derrick Walser quitte Rapperswil pour l'Irlande du Nord". 24heures.ch/. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  7. ^ "Derrick Walser appointed new coach of Belfast Giants". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  8. ^ http://www.britishicehockey.co.uk/eihl/belfast-giants/walser-leaves-the-giants/

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