Derek Meech

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Derek Meech
Derek Meech 2012-05-05.JPG
Born (1984-04-21) April 21, 1984 (age 30)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Defence/Left Wing
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Texas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Winnipeg Jets
HC Dinamo Minsk
NHL Draft 229nd overall, 2002
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2006–present

Derek Meech (born April 21, 1984) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman and winger currently playing for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Playing career[edit]

Meech played his junior hockey for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. There, he teamed with future NHL star Dion Phaneuf as the team's top defensive pairing. On June 23, 2002, he was drafted 229th overall in the 7th round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Meech made his NHL debut on December 7, 2006 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan against the St. Louis Blues. He played in 4 NHL games during the 2006–07 NHL season. While playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, Meech was named an All Star after posting 6 goals, and 23 assists (29 points) in 67 games.

With the Red Wings in 2008.

Meech was named to the Red Wings final roster during training camp prior to the 2007–08 NHL season. He would have been exposed to waivers had he been sent to the minor leagues, which factored into the team's decision.

In 2008, Meech was named "Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year" by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association for his play in the 2007–08 season. Based on the system the Red Wings employ, Meech was sometimes used as a left winger. His versatility in playing both forward and defenseman led to extra playing time.

Despite not playing the minimum 40 games (Meech only played 32) and not a minute in the playoffs, Meech had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, due to a successful petition to the NHL by the Detroit Red Wings organization.

Meech scored his first career NHL goal with the Detroit Red Wings on December 4, 2008 against Curtis Sanford of the Vancouver Canucks.

On September 8, 2010, Meech was placed on waivers by the Red Wings.[1] Unclaimed, Meech was assigned to the Griffins for the duration of the 2010–11 season.

Meech signed a two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets on July 1, 2011.[2] Meech played in only 2 games with the Jets during the 2011–12 season, in a season largely marred by injury. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets, on July 1, 2012.[3]

On July 14, 2013, Meech signed his first contract with a European team as a free agent on a one-year contract with HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.[4] In the 2013–14 season, Meech played in 23 games with Dinamo Minsk, posting 5 assists, before he was mutually released from his contract. He returned to North America and on January 6, 2014, he signed for the remainder of the season to add a veteran presence with the Texas Stars of the AHL.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Red Deer Rebels WHL 5 1 0 1 2
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 60 2 7 9 40 22 0 0 0 9
2001–02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 71 8 19 27 33 13 1 1 2 6
2002–03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 65 6 16 22 53 12 1 1 2 12
2003–04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 62 10 28 38 40 19 4 7 11 10
2004–05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 78 6 8 14 40
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 79 4 16 20 85 16 0 2 2 4
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 67 6 23 29 40 7 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 6 1 1 2 0
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 0 3 3 6
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 2 5 7 12 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 2 4 6 19
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 74 10 27 37 81
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2 0 0 0 4
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 6 0 2 2 0 15 4 5 9 2
2012–13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 46 3 20 23 38
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 16 0 1 1 2
2013–14 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 23 0 5 5 14
NHL totals 144 4 13 17 45 2 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kirk Maltby re-signs with Red Wings, Derek Meech heads to waivers". nhlhotstove.com. 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  2. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Derek Meech has reached an agreement with Dinamo Minsk" (in Russian). HC Dinamo Minsk. 2013-07-14. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Texas Stars sign Derek Meech to AHL contract". Texas Stars. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 

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