Dan Spang

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Dan Spang
Dan Spang 01.jpg
Born (1983-08-16) August 16, 1983 (age 33)
Winchester, MA, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
EIHL team
Former teams
Nottingham Panthers
Cleveland Barons
Worcester Sharks
Quad City Flames
Syracuse Crunch
Nürnberg Ice Tigers
Texas Stars
HPK
Leksands IF
Oulun Kärpät
Hamburg Freezers
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 2002
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2005–present

Dan Spang (born August 1, 1983) is an American-Italian professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing for Nottingham Panthers in the UK's EIHL. Spang was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round (52nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Spang won a Massachusetts state championship in 2000 at Winchester High School. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

During his collegiate career, he was a co-winner of Boston University’s Most Improved Player Award following the 2003–04 season.[1] Spang led Boston University defensemen in goals (nine), assists (22) and points (31) in 40 games as a senior.[2] Won a Hockey East regular season and tournament championship at Boston University in 2005–06 he was an Alternate Captain for the Worcester Sharks as a rookie in 2006–07[3] and remained with the club for the following 2007-08 season.

The 2008-09 season saw him play for AHL franchises Quad City Flames, Syracuse Crunch as well as for ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers.

On July 21, 2009, he signed a contract for Nürnberg Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga,[4] where he spent the entire 2009-10 season. He then signed with the Dallas Stars organization to play for them in the 2010–11 season. However, he was assigned to the affiliates Texas Stars of the AHL.

Although Spang signed with the Växjö Lakers Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien (SEL) on May 4, 2011,[5] he extended his contract with the Dallas Stars organization on June 16, 2011.[6]

Between 2012 and 2015, Spang played for three different teams of the Finnish elite league Liiga, HPK, SaiPa and Kärpät. In between, during the 2012-13 season, he had a stint with Swedish SHL side HV71.

Spang opened the 2015-16 season in the KHL on the roster of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. After eleven games played, he moved on to Czech club HC Kometa Brno. In December, he was signed by HC Lugano of Switzerland on loan to strengthen the club's roster at the Spengler-Cup.[7] In late January 2016, he signed with the Hamburg Freezers of the German top-tier league, DEL, for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Boston University HE 27 3 6 9 14
2003–04 Boston University HE 38 5 9 14 12
2004–05 Boston University HE 41 3 13 16 22
2005–06 Boston University HE 40 9 22 31 14
2005–06 Cleveland Barons AHL 8 0 0 0 8
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 48 4 21 25 18
2007–08 Worcester Sharks AHL 77 8 23 31 41
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 30 1 7 8 10
2008–09 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 17 2 10 12 10 16 5 10 15 2
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 24 3 10 13 6
2009–10 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 48 4 10 14 45 5 1 2 3 0
2010–11 Texas Stars AHL 77 10 27 37 32 6 0 4 4 2
AHL totals 264 26 88 114 115 6 0 4 4 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East First Team 2005–06
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2005–06
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2006 [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Bio – Dan Spang". Forecaster.ca. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Prospect Dan Spang Player Profile". Hockeysfuture.com. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Dan Spang – Stats". American Hockey League. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Ice Tigers sign Dan Spang" (in German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Växjö värvar AHL-back" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers Hockey. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Spang signed to two-way contract". Stars Blog. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Dan Spang and Ryan Glenn: two defensemen for HCL at the Spengler Cup". www.hclugano.ch. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  8. ^ MOPO.de. "Vertrag bis Saisonende: Freezers verpflichten Verteidiger Spang | MOPO.de". MOPO.de (in German). Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  9. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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