Clay Wilson

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Clay Wilson
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Born (1983-04-05) April 5, 1983 (age 31)
Sturgeon Lake, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Donbass
Columbus Blue Jackets
Atlanta Thrashers
Florida Panthers
Calgary Flames
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present
Wilson as a member of the Rochester Americans

Clay Daniel Wilson (born April 5, 1983) is a professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the HC Donbass of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He played 36 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames.

Playing career[edit]

Clay Wilson played collegiate hockey for Michigan Tech from 2001 until 2005. After the 2004–05 collegiate season ended, he turned professional with the Muskegon Fury of the UHL. He played parts of two seasons with Muskegon before joining the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. After the 2005–06 season, he was signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. He played for the Ducks' AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL in November 2007.

Wilson made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets on March 25, 2008, against the Nashville Predators. He scored his first NHL goal and assist on March 26, 2008 in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, earning him first star honors in only his second NHL game.[1] On January 14, 2009, Wilson was traded by the Blue Jackets, along with a 6th round draft pick, to the Atlanta Thrashers for Jason Williams.[2][3]

Wilson signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers on July 2, 2009.[4] Wilson was then assigned to AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, for the majority of the 2009–10 season before making his Panthers debut on April 3, 2010 against the New York Rangers.[5] Although appearing in only two NHL games, Clay scored an impressive 60 points in 75 games with the Americans to be named to the AHL's Second All-Star Team.[6]

The Calgary Flames signed Wilson to a two-way deal for the 2011–12 season. He spent the majority of it with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL, but appeared in five games with Calgary. He had a one-way deal with the Flames for 2012–13, but was expected to again spend most of the season in Abbotsford. Wilson instead chose to leave the Flames organization, signing with HC Donbass of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The Flames terminated his NHL contract.[7] He won the IIHF Continental Cup 2013 with HC Donbass and was named the best defender in the tournament.[8] He was named best defender again in 2014.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 4 8 12 18
2002–03 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 8 17 25 37
2003–04 Michigan Tech WCHA 37 2 11 13 22
2004–05 Michigan Tech WCHA 35 3 4 7 42
2004–05 Muskegon Fury UHL 14 3 3 6 2 17 0 2 2 8
2005–06 Muskegon Fury UHL 13 3 9 12 9
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 60 10 27 37 40 16 0 3 3 8
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 79 9 34 43 52
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 14 3 5 8 6
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 57 11 28 39 29 13 2 5 7 4
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7 1 1 2 2
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 33 8 12 20 6
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 5 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 37 6 19 25 10
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 75 14 46 60 58 7 2 0 2 22
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 66 12 36 48 24
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 15 3 2 5 6
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 66 16 27 43 41
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 4
2012–13 HC Donbass KHL 51 8 12 20 26
NHL totals 36 4 4 8 12

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States WC 7 0 2 2 0
International totals 7 0 2 2 0

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