Garnet Exelby

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Garnet Exelby
Garnet Exelby 2007.jpg
Exelby in 2007 with the Thrashers
Born (1981-08-16) August 16, 1981 (age 33)
Craik, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
Dornbirner EC
Atlanta Thrashers
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 217th overall, 1999
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2001–present

John Garnet Exelby (born August 16, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with Dornbirner EC of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). He is particularly known for his aggressive style of play and his checking abilities. Because of his checking abilities and his aggressive style of play, the phrase "being Xd- Out" is the phrase being used when getting checked by Exelby.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

Exelby was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in round 8, 217th overall, at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Having already spent one year playing junior hockey for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, Exelby played the next two seasons at the WHL with the Blades and the Regina Pats. In the 2001–02 season, Exelby moved away from the juniors and played in the AHL for the Chicago Wolves. He stayed with the Wolves for the whole of that season, as the Wolves clinched the AHL's Calder Cup. Exelby was called up to the main Thrashers roster midway through the 2002–03 NHL season.

On July 1, 2009, Exelby was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Colin Stuart for Pavel Kubina and the rights to Tim Stapleton.

Exelby became a free agent on July 1, 2010. He was invited on a try-out basis with the New York Rangers. He was let go on September 27.

On November 26, 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Exelby to a one-year contract and assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

On July 5, 2011, the Detroit Red Wings signed Exelby to a one-year contract, with the expectation that he would provide depth for the AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.[1]

On July 11, 2012, he was signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins on a one-year, two-way contract.[2] Exelby failed to make an appearance with Boston throughout the duration of his contact, serving as an alternate captain for AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

After captaining the Norfolk Admirals on one-year AHL contract in the 2013–14 season, and having not participated in the NHL since 2010, Exelby opted to sign abroad in the Austrian Hockey League, on a one-year contract with Dornbirner EC on July 16, 2014.[3]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Winnipeg South Blues MJHL 46 5 11 16 110
1998–99 Saskatoon Blades WHL 61 5 3 8 91
1999–00 Saskatoon Blades WHL 63 1 8 9 79 11 0 2 2 21
2000–01 Saskatoon Blades WHL 43 5 10 15 110
2000–01 Regina Pats WHL 22 2 8 10 51 6 0 2 2 2
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 75 3 4 7 257 25 0 4 4 49
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 15 0 2 2 41
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 53 3 6 9 140 9 0 1 1 27
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 71 1 9 10 134
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 1 9 10 75
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 2 8 10 56 4 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 2 5 7 85
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 59 0 7 7 120
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 51 1 3 4 73
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 77 3 10 13 128
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 75 7 14 21 177
2012–13 Providence Bruins AHL 52 2 7 9 95 12 0 2 2 31
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 72 0 18 18 111 8 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 408 7 43 50 584 4 0 0 0 6

Career transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khan, Ansar (July 5, 2011). "Red Wings sign defensemen Garnet Exelby, Logan Pyett for depth in Grand Rapids". mlive.com. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bruins sign Exelby, MacDermid". Boston Bruins. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Dornbirn upgrade defense" (in German). Dornbirner EC. 2014-07-16. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 

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Preceded by
None
Winner of the Dan Snyder Memorial Award
2004
Succeeded by
Niclas Hävelid