Dan Ellis

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Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis Ducks.jpg
Ellis during the 2010-11 NHL season as a member of the Ducks.
Born (1980-06-19) June 19, 1980 (age 34)
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Dallas Stars
Nashville Predators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Anaheim Ducks
Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft 60th overall, 2000
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2003–present

Daniel Ellis (born June 19, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League whilst under contract to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League for the Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Playing career[edit]


Ellis was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but grew up in Orangeville, Ontario and played his minor hockey for the AA Orangeville Flyers of the OMHA Tri-County Hockey League and then eventually AAA hockey for the Halton Hills Hurricanes of the OMHA South-Central Triple A Hockey League.

Ellis was undrafted by the Ontario Hockey League and played Major Midget hockey for Halton in 1996-97 and the following season for the Newmarket Hurricanes club of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL).

After one season in Newmarket, Ellis moved south to the Omaha Lancers, in the USHL where he was awarded Goaltender of the Year, Player of the Year and named a First Team All-Star.

Following his USHL season, Ellis then spent three years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha before signing after the 2002-03 season.

Dallas Stars[edit]

The Dallas Stars drafted Ellis in the 2nd round, 60th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. HE went to DVMS For the 2003–2004 season, Ellis split time between the Utah Grizzlies and Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, finishing the season with the Steelheads. In Idaho, Ellis would have great success, leading the team to a Kelly Cup Championship win and nabbing the 2004 Playoff MVP award with a record of 13–0 and a 1.86 goals-against average.

For the 2005–06 AHL season, Ellis spent his time exclusively with the Iowa Stars. He split playing time with fellow goalie Mike Smith, but ultimately lost the job as the season came to a close. He finished the season with a record of 16 wins, 13 losses and 1 tie.

Ellis made his NHL debut on February 8, 2004 against the Los Angeles Kings. Ellis made 25 saves en route to his first career win as Dallas defeated Los Angeles 4 - 3.

Nashville Predators[edit]

In 2007, Ellis signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators. Due to sub-standard play from starting goalie Chris Mason, Ellis took over the starting goaltender duties for the Predators for the 2007–08 NHL season. On October 25, 2007, in only his second career start, his first with the Predators—who signed him as a free agent on July 5, 2007—he won 3–0 against the Atlanta Thrashers, making 20 saves en route to his first NHL shutout. On November 1, 2007, he posted another shutout against the Vancouver Canucks for his fourth win of the season. He played very well down the stretch, posting two shutouts in the final few games and leading the Predators to the playoffs. As a result he was named as the NHL's Second Star of the Week for week ending March 30, 2008 (233:39 shutout streak)

Ellis posted impressive statistics during the 2007–2008 season, being among the top goaltenders in save percentage (1st), shutouts (T-3rd), and GAA (12th). He also received national coverage for his excessive weight loss during games, receiving intravenous fluids after games, and for his shutout streak of 233:39 over the course of four games.

He earned the nickname "snowstorm" in the spring of 2008 when the poor play of Ellis and teammate Chris Mason caused the team to call up minor-league goalie Pekka Rinne. However, Rinne was delayed from joining the team due to a snowstorm and Ellis was given the start in the subsequent game against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 22, 2008. He held the Blackhawks to one goal on 38 shots and led the Predators to a 2–1 shootout victory. This victory earned him the starting job for the team, lasting into the 2008 playoffs.

He was the starting goalie for Nashville in their 2008 first-round series against the number one-seeded Detroit Red Wings. Ellis stopped 71 of 78 shots he faced in the first two games, both losses. Back home at Nashville for games three and four, he proceeded to stop 62 of 67 shots as the Predators won both games at home to tie the series at 2. Game 5 was Ellis' best game of the series as he made 52 saves in a 2–1 overtime loss. The Red Wings closed out the series in Game 6 at Nashville with a 3–0 win. Ellis was victimized by Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidström's skipping shot from behind center ice for the game's first goal, which turned out to be the winner.

On June 19, 2008, Ellis was re-signed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract by the Predators. During the 2008–09 season, Ellis wasn't as sharp as the previous season, recording only 11 wins compared to his 23 wins of the previous season. Because of this, Rinne, who was Nashville's backup goaltender at the start of the season, took over the starting job. Ellis recorded 15 wins in 31 appearances during the 2009–10 NHL Season with a 2.69 goals-against-average.

On June 29, 2010, his negotiation rights, along with Dustin Boyd were traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Sergei Kostitsyn and future considerations. Without a deal in place before July 1, 2010, Ellis became an unrestricted free agent.

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

Ellis with the Lightning

He signed a two year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent on July 1, 2010.[1]

On September 8, 2010, Ellis lashed out to the public, via his Twitter account expressing frustration and anger towards the 24 percent pay cut NHL players took when the 2004-05 lockout was settled with the new collective bargaining agreement, stating "I am more stressed about money now than I was in college." He then stated "players deserve the money they get because they are specialists."[2]

Despite signing a two-year, $3 million contract with the Lightning, Ellis added, "If you lost 18% of your income would you be happy? If you don’t make a lot of money, I don’t expect you to understand." When a negative reception ensued, he told followers, "I am not holding a gun at your head to follow so do yourself a favor." He then retracted his statement released by the Lightning, stating "I am deeply sorry if I offended anyone via my recent statements on Twitter. I should have known better." Mike Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune commented, "No matter the point, pro athletes are better off not talking money during such turbulent times."[2]

Anaheim Ducks[edit]

On February 24, 2011 Ellis was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in a goalie swap for Curtis McElhinney. After posting a solid 8-3 record upon his arrival in Anaheim, he made a postseason start in round one of the 2011 Playoffs, but lost the starting job to Ray Emery after allowing four goals on 24 shots.

Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

After the conclusion of the 2012–13 NHL lockout and playing on an AHL contract with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, Ellis signed with NHL affiliate, the Carolina Hurricanes on January 8, 2013 as a backup to starter Cam Ward. Ellis got into his first game with the Hurricanes during the first game of the season, January 19 against the Florida Panthers after Ward let in four goals in the first period.

Return to Dallas[edit]

On July 5, 2013 after a one-year stint in Carolina, Ellis re-joined his original draft team the Dallas Stars, on a two-year deal to be the back-up goalie to Kari Lehtonen, with an Average Annual Value of $900,000.[3]

Florida Panthers[edit]

On March 5, 2014, Ellis was traded to the Florida Panthers in return for goalie Tim Thomas.[4] He appeared in six games for the Panthers that season. In September 2014, the Panthers assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
1999–00 Omaha Lancers USHL 55 34 16 4 3274 123 11 2.25 .925 4 1 3 238 10 0 2.52
2000–01 University of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 40 21 14 3 2285 95 0 2.49 .911
2001–02 University of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 40 20 15 4 2405 97 0 2.42 .919
2002–03 University of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 39 11 21 5 2211 117 0 3.18 .900
2003–04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 20 5 14 0 1130 55 2 2.92 .909
2003–04 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 23 13 8 1 1334 57 2 2.56 .909 16 13 3 966 30 3 1.86 .938
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .893
2004–05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 31 10 19 0 1773 82 1 2.77 .908
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 34 16 13 1 1857 86 2 2.78 .911
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 55 30 21 1 3194 148 4 2.78 .894
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 44 23 10 3 2228 87 6 2.34 .924 6 2 4 357 15 0 2.52 .938
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 35 11 19 4 1965 96 3 2.93 .900
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 31 15 13 1 1715 77 1 2.69 .909
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 13 7 6 1679 82 2 2.93 .889
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 13 8 3 1 729 29 0 2.39 .917 1 0 1 41 4 0 5.85 .833
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 10 1 5 0 419 19 0 2.72 .911
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 18 8 7 2 1026 42 2 2.46 .922
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 19 6 8 2 997 52 1 3.13 .906
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 14 5 6 1 690 35 1 3.04 .900
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 6 0 5 0 337 27 0 4.81 .836
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 8 4 3 1 486 19 1 2.35 .914
NHL totals 212 87 79 18 11,306 526 15 2.79 .906 7 2 5 398 19 0 2.86 .928

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
USHL Goaltender of the Year 1999–00
USHL First All-Star Team 1999–00
USHL Player of the Year 1999–00
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2000–01
All-CCHA Second Team 2001–02


  • Nashville Predators franchise record for longest shutout streak (233:39)
  • Nashville Predators franchise record for saves and shots faced in a single game (52)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for games played (118)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for games started (117)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for wins (53)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for shutouts (7)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for saves (3,125)

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but was raised in Orangeville, Ontario.He moved to Nebraska when his career began and resides during the off-season in Omaha. Ellis is a devout Christian and displays a cross at the back of his mask. He is married and has two children.


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