June 13, 1977 |
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Carolina Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||56th overall, 1995
Tampa Bay Lightning
88th overall, 1997
Willis was originally drafted by Tampa Bay 56th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, but unable to come to terms, he re-entered the draft and was selected 88th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Willis was drafted from the Western Hockey League where he played for the Prince Albert Raiders and Lethbridge Hurricanes.
In 1999, his first full professional season, Willis won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie of the American Hockey League, while playing for the Beast of New Haven. Shane made his NHL debut for the Hurricanes in the 1998–99 before breaking out in the 2000–01 season, enjoying career highs of 20 goals and 24 assists.
Carolina qualified for the postseason in 2001 and faced the New Jersey Devils in the conference quarterfinals. Late in game 2, Willis was leveled by a Scott Stevens hit. He sat out the rest of the series.
In 2005–06, he played in Europe for Davos in Switzerland and for Linköpings HC in Sweden. He returned to North America for the 2006–07 season, signing with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 18, 2006. However, Willis spent the year playing with the Hurricanes affiliate, the Albany River Rats.
In the 2008–09 season Willis had signed a tryout contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2008–09 season but was subsequently released on September 25, 2008. On January 13, 2009, Shane was signed by the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL to a player/coach role. After one game Willis was then signed by former team the Springfield Falcons of the AHL to a professional try-out contract on January 16, 2009. Willis has played 174 career NHL games, scoring 31 goals and 43 assists for 74 points.
On September 8, 2011, Willis was hired as the Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Awards and achievements
- 1997–98 WHL East First All-Star Team
- 1998–99 AHL All-Rookie Team
- 1998–99 AHL First All-Star Team
- 1998–99 AHL Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
- 2000–01 NHL All-Rookie Team
|1994–95||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||65||24||19||43||38||13||3||4||7||6|
|1995–96||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||69||41||40||81||47||18||11||10||21||18|
|1996–97||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||41||34||22||56||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Beast of New Haven||AHL||1||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Beast of New Haven||AHL||73||31||50||81||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||21||4||3||7||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||12||0||6||6||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Albany River Rats||AHL||43||20||23||43||23||5||3||1||4||0|
- "Willis gets tryout with Columbus". dispatch.com. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Willis released by Blue Jackets". sports.yahoo.com. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Wheeling Nailers sign former NHL goal scorer". oursportscentral.com. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
- "Falcons fall short to pack". falconsahl.com. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-28.