January 3, 1985 |
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)|
|NHL Draft||30th overall, 2003
St. Louis Blues
Shawn James Robert Belle (born January 3, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. He was most recently under contract to KHL Medveščak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Belle was a highly touted prospect playing for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL) when he was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 1st round, 30th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Belle returned to the Americans and played for 2 more years there. Belle has spent time with Team Canada’s junior program. He has played on the U-18 gold medals teams in 2003 as well as the U-20 team in 2003 and 2004. He also participated in the 2003 and 2004 Canada-Russia Challenge, while representing Team WHL and represented North America in the America Japan challenge.
Japan lead 6-4 in the challenge before Belle's goal sparked a 4 goal burst by North America, who won in a final score of 8-7. The next year Belle's penalty in triple OT cost North America as they fell 1-0.
During the 2004–2005 season, Belle was traded to the Dallas Stars. For the 2005–2006 season, Belle turned pro and joined the Stars minor league affiliate, the Iowa Stars. He played 45 games with the Stars before being traded to the Minnesota Wild and joining their affiliate, the Houston Aeros, for the remainder of the season. For the 2006–2007 season, Belle played the majority of the year with the Aeros but also made his NHL debut with the Wild, skating in 9 games and recording 1 assist.
After two seasons within the Canadiens organization, Belle signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers on July 13, 2010. On February 28, 2011, Belle was traded by the Oilers to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Kevin Montgomery.
On June 16, 2014, Belle continued his European journey in signing a one-year contract in the Kontinental Hockey League with Croatian team KHL Medveščak Zagreb. Prior to the 2014–15 season, he was released from his contract without appearing for the club due to a pre-existing injury on August 31, 2014.
Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||39||3||17||20||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||12||3||3||6||8||7||0||3||3||8|
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
- June 21, 2003 - Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 1st round, 30th overall.
- June 25, 2004 - Traded to the Dallas Stars for Jason Bacashihua.
- March 9, 2006 - Traded by the Stars to the Minnesota Wild with Martin Skoula for Willie Mitchell and a 2nd round pick in 2007.
- July 11, 2008 - Traded by the Wild to the Montreal Canadiens for Corey Locke.
- July 13, 2010 - Signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
- February 28, 2011 - Traded by the Oilers to Colorado Avalanche for Kevin Montgomery.
- "Blues get Bacashihua". NBC Sports. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
- "Wild acquires Skoula, Belle for Mitchell". Minnesota Wild. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- "Wild acquires center Corey Locke". Minnesota Wild. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- Matheson, Jim (2010-07-13). "Edmonton also signs Shawn Belle to one-year contract". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
- "Avs make minor move at NHL trade deadline, but Liles stays in Colorado". Denver Post. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- "Shawn Belle erhält Probevertrag". Adler Mannheim. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Färjestad acquires Canadian defender" (in Swedish). Färjestad BK. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
- "Medvescak defence fortified by Shawn Belle". KHL Medveščak Zagreb. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "Slovakian defender Mezei signs instead of Belle" (in Croatian). KHL Medvescak Zagreb. 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
- Shawn Belle's player profile at NHL.com
- Shawn Belle's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|St. Louis Blues first round draft pick