Yannick Weber

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Yannick Weber
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Born (1988-09-23) September 23, 1988 (age 25)
Morges, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defenceman/Forward
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Vancouver Canucks
Montreal Canadiens
National team   Switzerland
NHL Draft 73rd overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2008–present

Yannick Weber (born September 23, 1988) is a Swiss professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round (73rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and is the first player in franchise history to wear jersey No. 68.

Playing career[edit]

Weber began his professional hockey career in his native Switzerland playing for SC Langenthal of the National League B, the second-highest tier of Swiss hockey. However, he moved to Canada in 2006 to develop his game with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. In two seasons with the Rangers, Weber scored 96 points and added 26 more in the playoffs. In 2007-08, his last season with the Rangers, he helped the team to their fourth J. Ross Robertson Cup championship and to the final of the Memorial Cup championship.[2]

The Canadiens signed Weber to a three-year entry-level contract in the summer of 2008.[2] He spent the majority of the next two seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, with his strong play earning him limited action with Montreal and a spot in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game.

Weber scored his first career NHL goal during the 2009 playoffs, April 20 against Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.[3] Weber scored his first NHL regular season goal on February 9, 2011, also against Tim Thomas.[4] Weber contributed two goals during the Canadiens' first round 2011 playoff series against the Boston Bruins, both times beating Tim Thomas. Weber scored a power play goal contributing to a 5-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets' first regular season game in 15 years on October 9, 2011.

On July 5, 2013, he signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks after not being qualified as a restricted free agent by the Canadiens.

International play[edit]

Weber is already a mainstay on the Swiss national team. He made his international debut at the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championships in the Czech Republic. He went on to represent his country three times at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, captaining the team at the 2008 tournament where he scored 6 points in as many games.[2] Weber made his senior international debut at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in his home country. Weber was also named to the Swiss roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[5] He did not register a point in five games at the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 SC Langenthal NLB 28 3 0 3 8
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 51 13 28 41 42 9 3 6 9 8
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 59 20 35 55 79 17 4 13 17 24
2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 68 16 28 44 42 2 0 1 1 10
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 0
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 65 7 25 32 58 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 15 8 4 12 10
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 1 10 11 22 3 2 0 2 0
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 4 14 18 30
2012–13 Genève-Servette HC NLA 32 5 16 21 40
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 6 4 10 16
2013–14 Utica Comets AHL 7 2 5 7 0
NHL totals 164 11 31 42 68 6 3 1 4 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Switzerland WJC18 9th 6 1 0 1 6
2006 Switzerland WJC18-D1 12th 5 0 2 2 22
2006 Switzerland WJC 7th 6 1 0 1 4
2007 Switzerland WJC 7th 6 1 3 4 10
2008 Switzerland WJC 9th 6 2 4 6 14
2009 Switzerland WC 9th 3 0 0 0 8
2010 Switzerland OG 8th 5 0 0 0 6
2014 Switzerland OG 9th 4 0 0 0 2
2014 Switzerland WC 10th 7 3 1 4 4
Junior totals 29 5 9 14 56
Senior totals 19 3 1 4 20

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