Kevin Weekes

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Kevin Weekes
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Born (1975-04-04) April 4, 1975 (age 39)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
Carolina Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 41st overall, 1993
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1995–2009
Website http://www.kevinweekes.com

Kevin Weekes (born April 4, 1975) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who most recently played for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is now a colour commentator on Hockey Night in Canada, and a studio analyst for NHL on the Fly.

Career[edit]

Player[edit]

Weekes' career began with the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League. He also had a brief stint with the Ottawa 67's.

Chosen 41st overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, he joined the team for the 1997–98 season, going 0–5–1 in 11 appearances for the Panthers. The following summer he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for Pavel Bure and compiled a 6–15–5 record in 31 appearances over a season and a half before being traded to the New York Islanders halfway through the 1999–2000 season. At the conclusion of that season he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he played until late in the 2001–02 season when he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.

He played in a tandem with Arturs Irbe, helping lead the Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals while recording two shutouts in the playoffs, establishing a Hurricanes team record.

He signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent prior to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, winning his first start with the Rangers on October 5, 2005, in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. His time with the Rangers looked to be promising until an injury kept him out and he lost his number one spot to Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist came in to play in place of Weekes and played exceptionally well. Weekes remained in good spirits upon his healthy return to the team even though he had been bumped to the number two spot and back up to the rookie (Lundqvist). He became an unrestricted free agent following a less than stellar 2006–07 season. On July 5, 2007, he signed with the New Jersey Devils to serve as a backup to All-Star Martin Brodeur. In the 08-09 season, Brodeur suffered an injury which sidelined him for almost the entire season. This left Weekes and Scott Clemmensen battling for the number one spot. With the two battling, Weekes would again see himself in the playoffs with the team losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the quarter finals.

Weekes announced his retirement from playing on September 27, 2009.[1]

Broadcasting[edit]

Weekes made history in 2009, when he became the first black analyst in hockey.[2] Weekes provides color commentary for NHL games on the NHL Network and Hockey Night in Canada. In The Hockey News 2011 edition of the 100 Most Powerful people in ice hockey, Weekes was considered one of the Top 40 under the age of 40.[3]

Personal[edit]

Weekes' parents emigrated from Barbados to Canada and went to Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute.

The reason that he sometimes wore jersey number 80 was he wanted to wear 00. However, the NHL does not allow a player to wear single or double zero jerseys. "Shady 80" chose the number that most closely resembled 00. Upon signing with the New Jersey Devils, as a result of the team's policy of wearing jerseys 1–40 with exception of marquee players, Weekes was given jersey number 1.[citation needed] Weekes wore 00 in junior hockey when he played for the Ottawa 67's.

Career statistics[edit]

Season League GP MIN W L T/OTL GA SO GAA
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 11 485 0 5 1 32 0 3.96
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 532 0 8 1 34 0 3.83
1999–2000 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 986 6 7 4 47 1 2.86
1999–2000 New York Islanders NHL 36 2,025 10 20 4 115 1 3.41
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 61 3,377 20 33 3 177 4 3.14
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 829 3 9 0 40 2 2.89
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 2 119 2 0 0 3 0 1.50
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 51 2,965 14 24 9 126 5 2.55
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 66 3,764 23 30 11 146 6 2.33
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 32 1850 14 14 3 91 0 2.95
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 14 761 4 6 2 43 0 3.39
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 9 343 2 2 1 17 0 2.97
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 16 795 7 5 0 32 0 2.42
NHL totals 348 18,042 98 158 39 871 19 2.90

Transactions[edit]

  • August 26, 2004 - Signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent.
  • July 5, 2007 - Signed with the New Jersey Devils as a free agent.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin Weekes at THN". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Weekes is a bold new voice for Hockey Night in Canada". The Hockey News. September 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  3. ^ The Hockey News, Volume 64, Number 14, January 17, 2011, p.25, Publisher: Caroline Andrews, Transcontinental Media