Curtis Valk

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Curtis Valk
Born (1993-02-08) February 8, 1993 (age 24)
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Florida Panthers
Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present

Curtis Valk (born February 8, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He is currently playing with the Springfield Thunderbirds in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect within the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Valk played major junior hockey for his hometown team, the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Valk, who played in the WHL from the 2010–11 season, was rewarded for his outstanding performance during the 2012–13 WHL season by being named to the 2013 WHL East First All-Star Team.[1]

As an undrafted free agent embarking on his first professional season, Valk was invited to participate in the Vancouver Canucks 2014 training camp on September 21, 2014. He was later demoted to AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, where he signed a one-year contract on October 10, 2014. He was immediately re-assigned to ECHL affiliate, the Kalamazoo Wings to begin the 2014–15 season.[2]

On July 1, 2017, Valk signed as a free agent to a one-year, entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.[3] During training camp, Valk was re-assigned by the Panthers to begin the 2017–18 season with AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds.[4] Through the first 16 games of the season, Valk impressed to lead the team in scoring with 15 points. On November 13, 2017, he received his first recall by the Panthers to the NHL,[5] and made his NHL debut on November 14, 2017.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Brooks Bandits AJHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 4 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 56 8 9 17 19 15 1 4 5 6
2011–12 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 67 24 31 55 35 8 6 4 10 4
2012–13 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 71 46 45 91 54 8 3 2 5 4
2013–14 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 47 45 92 36 18 12 9 21 10
2014–15 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 31 11 19 30 12
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Utica Comets AHL 12 2 4 6 2
2015–16 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 30 16 17 33 14
2016–17 Utica Comets AHL 75 16 30 46 49
AHL totals 88 18 34 52 51

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
First All-Star Team 2012–13 [7]
Second All-Star Team 2013–14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHL Eastern Conference All-Star Teams". Western Hockey League. March 1, 2013. Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Mallet, Fox and Valk assigned to Kalamazoo". Utica Comets. October 10, 2014. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Florida Panthers agree to terms with five players". Florida Panthers. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Thunderbirds to open training camp on Sept 22". Florida Panthers. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  5. ^ "Florida Panthers recall forward Curtis Valk from Springfield". Florida Panthers. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Former K-Wing Curtis Valk makes NHL debut with Florida Panthers". MLive.com. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  7. ^ "2013 WHL East All Stars & Award". Western Hockey League. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 

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