Tyler Cuma

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Tyler Cuma
Tyler Cuma.jpg
Born (1990-01-19) January 19, 1990 (age 24)
Scarborough, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Minnesota Wild
Iowa Wild (AHL)
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2008
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2010–present

Tyler Cuma (born January 19, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently an unrestricted free agent. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft when he was playing for the Ottawa 67's.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Cuma began his major junior career in the OHL with the Ottawa 67's in 2006–07. He was drafted sixth overall in the 2006 OHL Priority Draft.

He recorded 19 (3 goals, 16 assists) points in his rookie season before improving to 32 (4 goals, 28 assists) points in 59 games in 2007-08. That year, he was named the 67's Top Scholastic Player and played in the OHL All-Star Game.

Cuma's 2008–09 season, his third with the 67's, was cut short after sustaining a knee injury during Team Canada's 2009 World Junior selection camp in December 2008.[1] He appeared in just 21 games, scoring nine points. It was thought that he might have made the Minnesota Wild's roster that year.[2]

Cuma's last year in the OHL was the 2009-10 season, where he got 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists) in 52 games.

Professional[edit]

Cuma's first AHL season was 2010-11, when he played for the Houston Aeros. That year, he played 31 games, getting 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) before suffering a knee injury in February.

In the 2011-12 season, Cuma played 73 games, getting 9 assists for the Houston Aeros. Cuma made his NHL debut in April 2011-12, playing for the Minnesota Wild in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, getting 2 PIM in 11 minutes on ice.

In 2012-13, Cuma spent the entire season with the Houston Aeros, playing in 42 games, getting 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists). He suffered a foot injury which caused him to miss a month.

International[edit]

Cuma has represented Canada at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2008 World Junior Championships.

Style of play[edit]

Cuma is a two-way defenseman, who has a slightly offensive bent.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Ottawa 67's OHL 63 3 16 19 55 5 0 2 2 6
2007–08 Ottawa 67's OHL 59 4 28 32 69 4 1 1 2 2
2008–09 Ottawa 67's OHL 21 1 8 9 27
2009–10 Ottawa 67's OHL 52 5 17 22 73 12 0 5 5 20
2010–11 Houston Aeros AHL 31 1 3 4 15
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 73 0 9 9 48 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 42 1 11 12 14 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Iowa Wild AHL 55 0 8 8 47
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 2

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Preceded by
Colton Gillies
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Nick Leddy