Betts with the New York Rangers in 2009
February 16, 1980|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
New York Rangers
33rd overall, 1998|
Blair Betts (born February 16, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, and Philadelphia Flyers. Betts was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
During the 2006–07 season, Betts found success on the Rangers checking fourth line. He was mostly paired with Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg. Betts was also a key factor on the penalty kill. He was one of the Rangers most consistent faceoff men with 52.3 percent of faceoffs won. He was first on the team with 1,186 faceoffs taken. He was also sixth on the team, first among forwards, with 98 blocked shots and led the team with 276 minutes and 42 seconds of short-handed time on the ice. In the 2008–09 season, Betts served as one of the Rangers' alternate captains while Scott Gomez was injured.
TSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire declared Betts "the most underrated player in the league". Praise continued for Betts on January 24, 2009, when Larry Brooks, columnist for The New York Post, wrote that Betts and teammate Fredrik Sjöström could be the best penalty kill tandem in Rangers history. As of then, the penalty kill was a franchise high of 87.6 percent.
After becoming a free agent, Betts was invited to the 2009 Philadelphia Flyers training camp. The Flyers signed him to a one-year contract on October 1, 2009. The Flyers later signed Betts to a two-year contract extension on February 12, 2010. On October 5, 2011, The Montreal Canadiens picked Betts up off waivers from the Flyers. However, on October 9, 2011, the Montreal Canadiens cancelled the waiver claim on Betts and returned him to the Philadelphia Flyers, as he had failed his physical. Betts missed the entire 2011–12 season and subsequently retired after the season.
Regular season and playoffs
|1996–97||Prince George Cougars||WHL||58||12||18||30||19||15||2||2||4||6|
|1997–98||Prince George Cougars||WHL||71||35||41||76||38||11||4||6||10||8|
|1998–99||Prince George Cougars||WHL||42||20||22||42||39||7||3||2||5||8|
|1999–00||Prince George Cougars||WHL||44||24||35||59||38||13||11||11||22||6|
|2000–01||Saint John Flames||AHL||75||13||15||28||28||19||2||3||5||4|
|2001–02||Saint John Flames||AHL||67||20||29||49||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Saint John Flames||AHL||19||6||7||13||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||16||5||4||9||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New York Rangers||NHL||66||8||2||10||24||4||1||1||2||2|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||82||9||4||13||24||10||0||0||0||4|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||75||2||5||7||20||8||0||0||0||2|
|2008–09||New York Rangers||NHL||81||6||4||10||16||6||0||0||0||0|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honours
|CHL Top Prospects Game||1998|
|Calder Cup (Saint John Flames)||2001|
- Brooks, Larry (2009-01-24). "Rangers tandem excels when a man down". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
- Panaccio, Tim (2009-10-01). "Flyers Sign Betts to One-Year Deal". csnphilly.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- "Flyers Sign Betts to Two-Year Contract Extension". philadelphiaflyers.com. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
- Staff, Tsn.ca (2011-10-09). "CANADIENS' WAIVER CLAIM OF BETTS REVERSED DUE TO INJURY". tsn.ca. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
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