Raymond Sawada

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Raymond Sawada
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Born (1985-02-19) February 19, 1985 (age 29)
Richmond, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
EIHL team
Former teams
Belfast Giants
Dallas Stars
Texas Stars
St. John's IceCaps
Manitoba Moose
Colorado Eagles
Tappara
NHL Draft 52nd Overall, 2004
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2008–present

Raymond Masao Sawada (born February 19, 1985 in Richmond, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

He played at Cornell University from 2004–2008, where he was co-captain as a senior and a member of the Quill and Dagger society. On March 28, 2008, Sawada signed his first professional contract, signing a two-year entry level deal with the Stars.[1] On February 19, 2009, his 24th birthday, Sawada made his debut for the Dallas Stars against the Edmonton Oilers and scored his first NHL goal.[2]

On July 19, 2011, Sawada signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Stars.[3] Unable gain a full-time spot with the Stars during the 2011–12 season, Sawada was re-assigned by Dallas from Texas to fellow AHL outfit, the St. John's IceCaps, as part of an AHL trade on March 2, 2012.[4]

After finishing the season out with the IceCaps, and without a contract offer from the Stars, Sawada signed as a free agent to a one-year AHL deal to remain with St. John's on August 9, 2012.[5]

The IceCaps did not offer Sawada another contract after the end of the 2012-13 season and he subsequently signed with the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL. After playing eighteen games with the Eagles, in which he scored seven goals and eight assists, Sawada decided to play the rest of the season for Tappara in SM-Liiga, the top tier league in Finland. He helped the team to the SM-Liiga silver medal. Following the completion of the 2013-14 season, Sawada signed with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Richmond Sockeyes PIJHL 3 1 0 1 6
2002–03 Richmond Sockeyes PIJHL 36 7 17 24 155
2003–04 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 54 20 32 52 93 25 6 16 22 22
2004–05 Cornell University ECAC 35 4 5 9 48
2005–06 Cornell University ECAC 35 7 13 20 20
2006–07 Cornell University ECAC 31 10 11 21 29
2007–08 Cornell University ECAC 36 10 16 26 34
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 10 2 7 9 14
2008–09 Manitoba Moose AHL 52 6 15 21 31 22 4 4 8 4
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 5 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Texas Stars AHL 60 8 11 19 92 24 3 5 8 20
2009–10 Dallas Stars NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Texas Stars AHL 57 11 18 29 91 6 1 5 6 2
2010–11 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Texas Stars AHL 26 6 10 16 19
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 17 1 2 3 14 15 3 3 6 10
2012–13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 65 13 16 29 88
2014–15 Belfast Giants EIHL
NHL totals 11 1 0 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stars sign right wing Raymond Sawada". Dallas Stars. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Brunnstrom lifts Stars over Oilers". CBS Sports. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Stars sign Ray Sawada to one-year deal". DallasNews.com. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  4. ^ "IceCaps add Trotter, Sawada". American Hockey League. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  5. ^ "IceCaps agree to terms with Sawada, Arsene". St. John's IceCaps. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  6. ^ "Belfast Giants sign Canadian winger Raymond Sawada". BBC.com. August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 

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