Willie Coetzee

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Willie Coetzee
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Coetzee with the Toledo Walleye.
Born (1990-11-07) November 7, 1990 (age 23)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
EBEL team
Former teams
Graz 99ers
Grand Rapids Griffins
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Willie Coetzee (born November 7, 1990) is a South Africa-born Canadian ice hockey player, who is currently playing on try-out for the Graz 99ers of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Early life[edit]

Coetzee, the son of an ultra marathon runner and a semi-pro tennis player, and grandson of a field hockey player, lived in Johannesburg until he was 4. Afterwards he moved to Vancouver, developing an interest in ice hockey watching Pavel Bure's Vancouver Canucks. While also interested in soccer and golf, Coetzee eventually chose to focus on hockey at the age of 17, signing with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.[1]

Playing career[edit]

On September 18, 2009, the Detroit Red Wings signed Coetzee as a free agent to a three-year, entry-level contract,[2] and after finishing the WHL season, the Red Wings sent him to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. In 2011 he was reassigned to the ECHL,[1] becoming a points leader and fan favorite.[3] Coetzee suffered a knee injury in training camp, which sidelined him for the entire 2013–14 season.[4]

Coetzee was not tendered a qualifying offer from the Red Wings, which released him as a free agent. On July 2, 2014, Coetzee accepted a try-out contract with Austrian club, Graz 99ers of the EBEL.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Red Deer Rebels WHL 23 2 0 2 14
2008–09 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 18 24 42 42
2009–10 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 29 52 81 32 4 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 0 5 5 8
2010–11 Toledo Walleye ECHL 36 9 11 20 4
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 61 11 11 22 25
2012–13 Toledo Walleye ECHL 64 28 40 68 22 6 0 4 4 2
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 1 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 89 11 16 27 33

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