Greg de Vries

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Greg de Vries
Greg de Vries 2007.jpg
Born (1973-01-04) January 4, 1973 (age 41)
Sundridge, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Nashville Predators
Colorado Avalanche
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1994–2009

Gregory de Vries (born January 4, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played over 800 games with six teams in the National Hockey League (NHL). de Vries won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2000–01 season.

Playing career[edit]

de Vries grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Sundridge, Ontario in the OMHA's Georgian Bay-Parry Sound Minor hockey league. In Bantam, he played for the North Bay Cortina Astros AAA club in 1988-89. The following year, de Vries signed with the Aurora Eagles Jr.A. club of the OHA.

In May 1990, de Vries was drafted in the 3rd round (35th overall) by the Niagara Falls Thunder in the OHL Priority Selection. de Vries, however, decided that he would forego major junior hockey and pursue an NCAA scholarship.

The following season (1990–91), de Vries signed with the Stratford Cullitons Jr.B. club and teamed with future NHL defenseman, Chris Pronger.

In 1991-92, de Vries accepted a scholarship at Bowling Green State University (CCHA). He left BGSU for the OHL Niagara Falls Thunder in September 1992.

Undrafted, de Vries was signed by the Edmonton Oilers on March 20, 1994 as a free agent. de Vries was signed from junior team Niagara Falls Thunder of the Ontario Hockey League and made his professional debut at the end of the 1993–94 season with Oilers affiliate, the Cape Breton Oilers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

On October 1, 1998, he was traded by the Oilers, along with Drake Berehowsky and Éric Fichaud to the Nashville Predators for Jim Dowd and Mikhail Shtalenkov, but less than a month later on October 24 was traded to the Colorado Avalanche for a second round draft pick.[1] He played five seasons in Colorado, becoming a fixture in the Avalanche defense and winning the Stanley Cup in 2001.

On July 14, 2003, he left the Avalanche and signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers for the 2003–04 season.[2] De Vries however, was traded at the deadline on March 9, 2004, to the Ottawa Senators for Karel Rachunek and prospect Alexandre Giroux.[3] While brought in to help the Senators in the playoffs, they lost in the first round.

After the 2004 NHL Lockout, he was traded by the Senators along with Marián Hossa on August 23, 2005, to the Atlanta Thrashers for Dany Heatley.[4] de Vries' inclusion in that deal was strictly financial, as Senators' management deemed his on-ice performance was not in line with his big contract. After two seasons with the Thrashers, de Vries left as a free agent and signed with former team the Nashville Predators on July 2, 2007.[5]

He currently divides his time between Stratford, Ontario and Brentwood, Tennessee.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Aurora Tigers Jr.A. OHA 37 2 7 9 40
1990–91 Stratford Cullitons Jr.B. OHA 34 3 16 19 62
1991–92 Bowling Green State U. CCHA 24 0 3 3 20
1992–93 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 62 3 23 26 86 4 0 1 1 6
1993–94 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 64 5 40 45 135
1993–94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 9 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 77 5 19 24 68
1995–96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 58 9 30 39 174
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 1 1 2 12
1996–97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 34 4 14 18 26
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 0 4 4 52 12 0 1 1 8
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 7 4 11 80 7 0 0 0 21
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 6 0 0 0 4
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 67 1 3 4 60 19 0 2 2 22
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 69 2 7 9 73 5 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 79 5 12 17 51 23 0 1 1 20
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 8 12 20 57 21 4 9 13 2
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 6 26 32 70 7 2 0 2 0
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 53 3 12 15 37
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 0 1 1 6 7 0 1 1 8
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 7 28 35 76
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 2 21 24 66 4 1 0 1 4
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 77 4 11 15 71 6 1 0 1 2
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 71 1 4 5 65
NHL totals 878 48 146 194 780 111 8 14 22 91

References[edit]

  1. ^ "De Vries doesn't let trades slow his career". NHL. 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  2. ^ "De Vries signs on to help rebuild Rangers". ESPN. 2003-07-14. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  3. ^ "De Vries dealt to Ottawa". thefourthperiod. 2004-03-09. Retrieved 2009-06-29. [dead link]
  4. ^ Diamos, Jason (2005-08-24). "Thrashers trade Heatley to Senators for Hossa". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Predators sign free agents Bonk, de Vries". Nashville Predators. 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 

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