Tyler Wright

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Tyler Wright
Born (1973-04-06) April 6, 1973 (age 41)
Kamsack, SK, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre/right wing
Shot Right
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Columbus Blue Jackets
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1991
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1992–2007
Tyler Wright
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1993 Gävle

Tyler Wright (born April 6, 1973) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played in 613 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Wright was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Canora, Saskatchewan.

Playing career[edit]

Wright was drafted 12th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. As a junior with the Swift Current Broncos in 1989-90 he scored 32 points as a rookie. In 1990-91, he improved his offensive production, scoring 41 goals and 92 points in 66 games. In the 1991-92 season, he netted 36 goals and 82 points in 63 games.

After being drafted by the Oilers, Wright played parts of two seasons in Edmonton (1992–93 and 1993–94) but ultimately spent most of his time with their AHL team, Cape Breton Oilers.

On June 22, 1996, Wright was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 7th-round draft pick (Brandon Lafrance) and subsequently played 45 games with the Penguins during the 1996-97 season, registering 2 goals and 2 assists. In 1997-98, he joined the NHL ranks full-time and played all 82 games for the Penguins. He helped his team win the Northeast Division title and then made his playoff debut.

In 1998-99, he played 61 regular-season games for the Penguins. The following year he dressed for 50 games and scored 12 goals and 22 points. In the 1999 playoffs, he scored four points in eleven games as the Penguins reached the second round. On April 21, he scored his first career playoff goal against the Washington Capitals.

On June 23, 2000, Wright was selected in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft by the newly formed Columbus Blue Jackets. In his first season with his new team, he scored 16 goals and 32 points and developed into an on ice leader for the Blue Jackets.

During the NHL lockout, Wright played with Swiss team EHC Biel in the second Swiss division.

After four seasons in Columbus, Wright was dealt to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on November 15, 2005, in a deal that saw Sergei Fedorov join the Blue Jackets.

On the international stage, Wright represented Canada at the 1992 and 1993 World Junior Championships. At the 1993 tournament, he was an alternate captain and helped Canada win the gold medal and was a member of Canada's World Championship team in 2002.

Since 1987-88, there have been 94 hat tricks scored by a goal i) at even strength, ii) on the power play, and iii) on the penalty kill, by a total of 75 different players. Wright scored two of these 94 hat tricks, with the first coming on March 16, 2001 against the Atlanta Thrashers and his second coming on October 27, 2002 against the L.A. Kings.[1]

Post-playing career[edit]

In July 2007, Wright rejoined the Columbus Blue Jackets' organization in a front office position when he was named Development Coach for the club. His duties include working with prospects and young players throughout the organization, and assisting with the development of prospects within the professional minor leagues, various major junior leagues, and college level.On July 1, 2013 he resigned from the Columbus Blue Jackets On July 10, 2013 Tyler was named the Director of amateur scouting for the Detroit Red Wings, he will oversee the NHL entry draft

Wright and his family currently reside in Plano, Texas.

Career Statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM +/-
1989–90 Swift Current Broncos WHL 67 14 18 32 119 4 0 0 0 12
1990–91 Swift Current Broncos WHL 66 41 51 92 157 3 0 0 0 6
1991–92 Swift Current Broncos WHL 63 36 46 82 295 8 2 5 7 16
1992–93 Swift Current Broncos WHL 37 24 41 65 76 17 9 17 26 49
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 1 1 2 19 -4
1993–94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 65 14 27 41 160 -20 5 2 0 2 11 -1
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 0 0 4 -3
1994–95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 70 16 15 31 184 -16
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 1 0 1 14 1
1995–96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 31 6 12 18 158 -17
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 23 1 0 1 33 -7
1996–97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 10 4 3 7 34 0 14 4 2 6 44 -4
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 2 2 4 70 -7
1997–98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 3 4 7 112 -3 6 0 1 1 4 0
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 0 0 0 90 -2 13 0 0 0 19 -2
1999–00 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 25 5 15 20 86 -1
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 12 10 22 45 4 11 3 1 4 17 0
2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 76 16 16 32 140 -9
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 77 13 11 24 100 -40
2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 70 19 11 30 113 -25
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 68 9 9 18 63 -19
2004–05 EHC Biel NLB 7 3 4 7 4 12 8 8 16 44
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 18 0 4 4 20 -3
2005–06 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 25 2 2 4 31 2
2006–07 EHC Basel NLA 4 0 0 0 4
WHL totals 233 115 156 271 647 32 11 22 33 83
AHL totals 191 41 68 109 588 -54 5 2 0 2 11 -1
NHL totals 613 79 70 149 854 -115 41 6 3 9 57 -2

International statistics[edit]

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
1991–92 Canada U20 WJC-20 7 1 0 1 16
1992–93 Canada U20 WJC-20 7 3 3 6 6
2001–02 Canada World Championship 7 0 2 2 33 1

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Scott Allison
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
1991
Succeeded by
Martin Ručínský
Preceded by
Position Created
Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
1999-00
(shared with)
John Slaney
Stephen Leach
Succeeded by
John Slaney
Sven Butenschon