July 30, 1985 |
Melville, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
|Ak Bars Kazan
EC Red Bull Salzburg
Heshka played his junior years for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Upon completing his time with the Silvertips, Heshka was signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a three-year entry level contract on July 24, 2006. In his professional debut season in 2006–07, Heska played with the Canucks affiliates, the Manitoba Moose and the Victoria Salmon Kings. Following two strong and productive seasons with the Moose in the American Hockey League, Heska's rights were traded by the Canucks to the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on June 27, 2009.
After leading the Rampage defense in scoring, Heshka received his first recall from the Coyotes on November 6, 2009. He made his NHL debut the following night, in a tight game with the Anaheim Ducks on November 7. On November 12, Heshka brought home his first career NHL point, an critical assist on a Paul Bissonnette goal, in a 4-2 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens. After 8 games and 2 assists with the Coyotes, he was then re-assigned to the Rampage after a number of Coyotes players returned from injuries.
Unable to reach an agreement or be traded, the restricted North American was forced to play overseas. He signed with EC Red Bull Salzburg team on September 6, 2010. The 25 year old remained restricted throughout the 2010–11 season to the Phoenix Coyotes. He went on to play a critical defensive roll in the Red Bulls spectacular 2011 season, securing his position as a team leader in the overtime championship win in game 7 of the series final.
On 15th of November 2012, Heshka signed a two-year contract with Porin Ässät of the Finnish SM-liiga. In the 2012–13 season on April 24, 2013, Heshka won the Finnish Elite League championship with Porin Ässät.
On June 18, 2013, Heshka departed Ässät on a mutual release and signed a one-year contract with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League.
|2006–07||Victoria Salmon Kings||ECHL||3||0||1||1||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||73||7||26||33||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||EC Red Bull Salzburg||EBEL||50||6||18||24||32||18||3||7||10||14|
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- "Phoenix Coyotes sign Shaun Heshka to one-year contract". National Hockey League. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
- "Hiller loses shutout, but hold on for Ducks win". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
- "Bergeron, Metropolit help Canadiens beat Coyotes". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
- "Ak Bars announces recruits" (in Russian). Ak Bars Kazan. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
- Shaun Heshka's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Shaun Heshka's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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