Ben Clymer

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Ben Clymer
Ben Clymer.jpg
Born (1978-04-11) April 11, 1978 (age 39)
Bloomington, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals
HC Dinamo Minsk
ERC Ingolstadt
National team  United States
NHL Draft 27th overall, 1997
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1999–2010

Benjamin Andrew Clymer (born April 11, 1978) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. He also played college hockey at the University of Minnesota

Playing career[edit]

Clymer was drafted 27th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He attended and played hockey for Bloomington Jefferson High School and the University of Minnesota. Clymer left school in 1998 to take advantage of a loophole in the NHL CBA which would allow him to become and unrestricted free agent if he was to play one year in the WHL. In this pursuit he joined the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League in 1998-1999 in played 70 games posting 56 points.

Clymer made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning the following season(1999), and was part of the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship team. During the NHL lockout, Clymer played with Swiss team EHC Biel in the second Swiss division.

After the lockout, Clymer returned to the NHL, signing a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals on August 8, 2005. The following year he was re-signed to a three-year contract, however spent the final year of his contract in the AHL with the Hershey Bears.[1]

For the 2008–09 season, Clymer left the NHL and signed with the Minsk of the KHL. That season Clymer was named an All-Star and played in the KHL's All-Star game outdoor in Moscow's Red Square. Clymer scored a goal and was a member of the victorious "Team Jagr". Following that season Clymer signed a one-year contract with ERC Ingolstadt.

An integral part of Ingolstadt's defense during the 2009–10 season, Clymer scored 32 points in 37 games before he was again on the move within Europe, signing with HC Lugano of the Swiss Nationalliga A.

Clymer, failed to appear for Lugano in a NLA after suffering a season ending knee injury in training camp. He then returned to Ingolstadt on a one-year contract on May 14, 2011.[2] However, unable to satisfactorily recover from his lingering knee injury, Clymer announced his retirement just over a month later on June 30, 2011.[3]

Post career[edit]

Following Clymer's retirement, Clymer enrolled back at the University of Minnesota, and was admitted to the Carlson School of Management where he received a degree in Finance. During his retirement Clymer also broke into the broadcast world. In 2009 Clymer was hired by Channel 45 to cover the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. Clymer has continued to annually cover the State High School Tournament for Channel 45 and has also been hired by Fox Sports North to cover Minnesota Golden Gopher and Minnesota Wild games. On September 16, 2013 it was announced that Clymer had joined the Big Ten Network as a college hockey analyst.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Rochester Mustangs USHL 10 2 8 10 20
1996–97 U. of Minnesota WCHA 29 7 13 20 64
1997–98 U. of Minnesota WCHA 1 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 70 12 44 56 93 11 1 5 6 12
1999–00 Detroit Vipers IHL 19 1 9 10 30
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 60 2 6 8 87
2000–01 Detroit Vipers IHL 53 5 8 13 88
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 5 1 6 21
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 14 20 34 36
2002–03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 65 6 12 18 57 11 0 2 2 6
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 2 8 10 50 5 0 0 0 0
2004–05 EHC Biel NLB 19 12 13 25 30
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 77 16 17 33 72
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 66 7 13 20 44
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 50 11 16 27 83
2008–09 Dinamo Minsk KHL 49 3 14 17 85
2009–10 ERC Ingolstadt DEL 37 8 24 32 70 10 2 3 5 12
NHL totals 438 52 77 129 367 16 0 2 2 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2000 United States WC 7 0 0 0 4
Senior int'l totals 7 0 0 0 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 1996–97

Personal life[edit]

Ben Clymer is going back to school full-time.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitals have re-signed left wing Ben Clymer". Washington Caps. 2005-08-08. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Ben Clymer returns" (in German). ERC Ingolstadt. 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Career finished for Clymer" (in German). ERC Ingolstadt. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Ben Clymer". LinkedIn. 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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