Mike Weaver (ice hockey)

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Mike Weaver
Mike Weaver 2 2012-03-09.JPG
Born (1978-05-02) May 2, 1978 (age 36)
Brampton, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Atlanta Thrashers
Los Angeles Kings
Vancouver Canucks
St. Louis Blues
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2000–present

Arthur Michael Robert Weaver (born May 2, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Weaver played minor hockey in his hometown the local Brampton Maroons in his early years before joining the Richmond Hill-Vaughan Kings of OMHA. After being a 7th round draft choice of the OHL's Guelph Storm in 1995, Weaver decided to remain playing OHA Junior A hockey to maintain his NCAA scholarship eligibility.

Weaver as a King against oncoming Daymond Langkow

Weaver played Tier II Jr.A. with both the Thornhill Islanders and the Bramalea Blues. His final season with the Blues he led the club to a Dudley Hewitt Cup as OHA Junior A Champions and a berth in the 1999 Royal Bank Cup in Yorkton, Saskatchewan; Weaver's team was eliminated in the semi-finals.

The diminutive defenceman acquired a scholarship with the Michigan State Spartans and spent four very productive years in the CCHA that included two First All-Star team nods and two Best Defensive Defenceman awards.

Undrafted by the NHL, Weaver was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers on June 15, 2000. He spent the subsequent season with Atlanta's IHL affiliate, Orlando, with whom he won the Turner Cup as IHL champions. In 2001–02, Weaver played his first 16 games in the NHL, in addition to helping the Thrashers' AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, to a Calder Cup championship. Most of his four seasons as a Thrasher would be spent in the AHL.

In the summer of 2004, Weaver would sign with the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent. After playing 2004–05 with the Kings' AHL affiliate, Manchester, Weaver would play 2005–06 and 2006–07 in the NHL.

On August 8, 2007, Weaver was signed again as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, just before the start of the 2007–08 season, he was placed on waivers and picked up by Vancouver, where he played in 55 games.

In the proceeding off season, he was signed by the St. Louis Blues.

On August 3, 2010, Weaver left the Blues as a free agent and signed a two-year $1.8 million contract with the Florida Panthers.

In the 2013–14 season, his fourth with the Panthers, Weaver was traded to Montreal Canadiens for 5th round draft pick in 2015 NHL Draft on March 4, 2014.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Weaver was born in Brampton, Ont. His mother currently works as a head secretary at a high school in Brampton.

Career statistics[edit]

Weaver collides with Sandis Ozolinsh in 2007
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 39 0 7 7 46
1997–98 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 44 4 22 26 68
1998–99 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 42 1 6 7 54
1999–00 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 26 0 7 7 20
2000–01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 68 0 8 8 34 16 0 2 2 8
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 16 0 1 1 10
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 58 2 8 10 67 25 1 3 4 21
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 40 0 5 5 20
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 33 2 2 4 32 9 0 3 3 4
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Chicago Wolves AHL 78 3 14 17 89 9 2 2 4 20
2004–05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 79 1 22 23 61 6 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 53 0 9 9 14
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 39 3 6 9 16
2006–07 Manchester Monarchs AHL 7 1 3 4 2
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 55 0 1 1 33
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 0 7 7 12 4 0 0 0 0
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 1 9 10 29
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 82 2 11 13 34
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 82 0 16 16 14 7 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 27 1 8 9 8
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 55 0 6 6 23
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 1 6 7 8 17 1 3 4 14
NHL totals 602 8 85 93 213 28 2 3 5 14

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OPJHL Defenceman of the Year 1995-96
CCHA All-Tournament Team 1997 [2]
All-CCHA First Team 1998-99 [3]
CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman 1998-99
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1998–99
All-CCHA First Team 1999-00 [3]
CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman 1999-00
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1999-00

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Panthers trade Weaver to Canadiens for fifth-round pick". The Sports Network. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tyler Harlton

CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
1998–99
1999–00
Succeeded by

Andrew Hutchinson