March 17, 1981 |
Calgary, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|NHL Draft||167th overall, 2000
St. Louis Blues
Craig Weller (born March 17, 1981 in Calgary, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey defenceman and right winger currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. He most recently played for ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).
Weller was the St. Louis Blues 5th round choice, 167th overall, in the 2000 NHL Draft. After playing with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL and the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League, he was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes on July 19, 2007.
He scored his first career NHL goal on October 25, 2007 against the Anaheim Ducks; the goal turned out to be the game-winning goal.
On July 1, 2008, Weller signed a two-year, $1.2 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. On October 18, 2009, he was traded to the Boston Bruins along with prospect Alexander Fallstrom and a second round draft pick in 2011 in exchange for Chuck Kobasew.
On 1 November 2010, the Cardiff Devils of the EIHL in the UK announced they had signed Weller, who was a free agent at the time. He became the most experienced NHL player after Theoren Fleury to play in the Elite League, playing in his preferred position as a defenceman.
With Weller on board, the Devils embarked on 22 game unbeaten streak, breaking the league and world records. However, the Devils narrowly missed out on the league title, finishing level on points with the Sheffield Steelers but having won 1 regulation game less, before being beaten in the Playoff final 5-4 to the Nottingham Panthers. After his first season in the UK Weller quickly established himself as a reliable, solid two way defenceman, drawing admiration from across the league, culminating in 3 awards - League Player of the Season (Journalist's Choice),Player of the Season (Voted by League GM's and Coaches) and Defenceman of the Season (Voted by League GM's and Coaches).
Weller left the Devils to join Villacher SV of the Austrian Hockey League for a single season before venturing to Germany to accept a try-out with ERC Ingolstadt for the 2012–13 season. In establishing a position within Panther's lineup, Weller was signed for the remainder of the campaign on September 5, 2012.
|1997–98||Calgary AAA Flames||AMHL||33||2||10||12||65||3||0||1||1||2|
|2002–03||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||11||0||0||0||8||2||0||0||0||0|
|2003–04||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||68||5||9||14||86||16||2||2||4||30|
|2004–05||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||76||10||9||19||182||6||0||1||1||6|
|2005–06||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||80||12||21||33||152||13||2||3||5||44|
|2006–07||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||56||11||6||17||96||4||0||0||0||4|
Awards and honours
|West Second All-Star Team||2002|
|Defenseman of the season||2011|
|Player of the season||2011|
|League Player of the season||2011|