Wes O'Neill

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Wes O'Neill
Wes O'Neill K-Wings.JPG
Born (1986-03-03) March 3, 1986 (age 28)
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 115th overall, 2004
New York Islanders
Playing career 2007–2013

Wes Samuel O'Neill (born March 3, 1986 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman who previously played with the Colorado Avalanche organization of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

O'Neill was drafted 115th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Originally from the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL he was to play for Canada at the World U18 Championships in 2004. He then committed to play four years of collegiate hockey at Notre Dame culminating in a conference championship in 2007.

O'Neill signed as a free agent by the Colorado Avalanche on August 20, 2007.[1] He made his professional debut in the 2007–08 season with the Avalanche's affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. O'Neill spent the majority of the year with the Monsters before he was sent to the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL for their playoff run.

In the 2008–09 season, O'Neill received his first NHL recall on March 27, 2009.[2] He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche on the same day, in a 4-1 defeat to the Vancouver Canucks.[3] He was sent back down to the Lake Erie Monsters on April 4, 2009.[4]

O'Neill speaking with a referee following a penalty while with the K-Wings

Wes was assigned to Lake Erie and recorded a career-high 15 points in the 2009–10 season. Wes became the Monsters franchise leader in games played with 159 and appeared in a further two games for the Avalanche in a brief stint in January.

O'Neill was not retained by the Avalanche and was rendered a free agent at seasons end. Unable to attract an NHL offer prior to the 2010–11 season, O'Neill accepted a try-out to the reigning AHL Champions, the Hershey Bears, training camp but failed to attain a contract.[5] With the season underway, Wes signed with Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL on a one-year contract on October 18, 2010.[6] As Captain of the K-Wings, O'Neill appeared in 13 games before he was signed on a professional try-out contract by AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, on November 19, 2010.[7][8]

After a second injury hit season with the Wings, O'Neill left as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with ECHL competitor the Toledo Walleye on September 4, 2012.[9] At the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, O'Neill opted to retire from hockey after 6 professional seasons.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Chatham Maroons GOHL 51 6 9 15 50
2001–02 Chatham Maroons WOHL 51 9 36 45
2002–03 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 50 2 15 17 79
2003–04 Notre Dame CCHA 39 2 10 12 28
2004–05 Notre Dame CCHA 38 6 14 20 52
2005–06 Notre Dame CCHA 35 6 19 25 40
2006–07 Notre Dame CCHA 42 3 18 21 40
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 51 2 4 6 50
2007–08 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 6 0 1 1 2 6 0 0 0 8
2008–09 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 6 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 54 1 5 6 34
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 3 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 54 1 14 15 41
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 23 2 1 3 39 19 0 5 5 10
2010–11 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 33 4 3 7 21
2011–12 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 29 0 2 2 48 14 0 3 3 8
2012–13 Toledo Walleye ECHL 65 11 21 32 70 6 0 0 0 6
2012–13 Providence Bruins AHL 2 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 5 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 5 0 0 0 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WJC18 4th 7 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 7 1 1 2 2

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2007 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avalanche sign Wes O'Neill". Islesinfo.com. 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Avalanche recalls O'Neill". Colorado Avalanche. 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Sedin brothers power Canucks past scuffling Avalanche". CBS Sports. 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Avs Recall MacKenzie, Return O'Neill". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2009-04-05. [dead link]
  5. ^ Leone, Tim (2010-10-05). "Hershey cuts". pennlive.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  6. ^ "K-Wings add NHL experience to blueline". Kalamazoo Wings. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  7. ^ "K-Wings unveil 2010-11 Captains". Kalamazoo Wings. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Islanders recall Joensuu, Sound Tigers sign three to PTO's". Norwarkplus.com. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  9. ^ "Toledo adds experience: Defenseman Wes O'Neill and David Walker join Walleye". Toledo Walleye. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  10. ^ "Walleye will be strong on offense". Toledo Free Press. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  11. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

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