David Van der Gulik

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David Van der Gulik
David van der gulik.jpg
Born (1983-04-20) April 20, 1983 (age 33)
Abbotsford, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Los Angeles Kings
Düsseldorfer EG
NHL Draft 206th overall, 2002
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2006–present

David Van der Gulik (born April 20, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey Winger currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with Düsseldorfer EG in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He was a draft pick of the Calgary Flames, selected 206th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, and appeared in six games with the team in 2008–09 before spending four seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and his last North American season with the Los Angeles Kings.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Following three seasons of Junior A hockey as an offensive star with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League,[1] Van der Gulik was selected in the seventh round, 206th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He then committed to play College hockey for Boston University, and in 2002–03, Van der Gulik scored 10 goals and 20 points in 40 games as a freshman to be named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2003.[2]

With a slightly undersized physical frame as a winger, Van der Gulik relied on his offensive ability and hardworking mentality to increase his goal totals in each of his sophomore and junior years.[3] Despite persisting with an abdominal injury in the latter part of his junior campaign he failed to heal prior to his senior year with the Terriers in 2005–06.[4] After missing the first few months of the season with the still undiagnosable injury, Van der Gulik was initially a candidate to be red-shirted and receive another year of college eligibility. However, with ambitions to turn pro the following year, the vexing injury subsided, and Van der Gulik set up the winning goal in his return on December 30, 2005 against Merrimack College.[4] In 25 games as co-captain he totaled 22 points including scoring 2 hat-tricks in the playoffs to help BU progress to the Hockey East finals.[5] Over his four-year Terrier career he amassed 52 goals for 93 points in 141 games and subsequently earned selection in BU's All Decade Team.[6]

Professional[edit]

After finishing his collegiate career, Van der Gulik was signed to a two-year entry level contract with the Calgary Flames on May 22, 2006. Attending Calgary's 2006–07 training camp he was then assigned to American Hockey League affiliate, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights to start the year.[7] In his first professional season he led all Knights with 80 games and posted 16 goals for 43 points to help Omaha qualify for their first and only playoff appearance. As a rookie, he also led the team with four short handed goals while also setting an impressive franchise record in Plus/minus (+27).[8]

Van der Gulik during his tenure with the Flames.

In the 2007–08 season Van der Gulik followed the Knights relocation to Quad City and established himself among the Flames offensive leaders in with 19 goals and 42 points. On a largely underwhelming Quad City team, Van der Gulik proved defensively responsible, finishing as the only Quad City forward in the positive in Plus/minus (+3). On July 1, 2007, he was re-signed as a restricted free agent to a two-year contract by the Flames.[9] Van der Gulik was again reassigned by the Flames to Quad City for the 2008–09 season. Established as an energetic two-way role player he was recalled by Calgary on February 26, 2009 and made his National Hockey League debut, leading Calgary with 6 shots, the following night against the Minnesota Wild.[10][11] On March 3 he recorded his first NHL point, an assist to set up Warren Peters first NHL goal, in a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.[12] He finished with six games with the Flames, recording two assists.

Van der Gulik spent the entire 2009–10 season in his hometown with new Flames AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, finishing second in scoring with 40 points. After four years within the Flames organization he left following the season, signing as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 2, 2010.[13] Following attending the Avalanche's training camp, he was reassigned during the pre-season to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to begin the 2010–11 season.[14]

His first NHL goal was scored on November 4, 2010 against Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks.

On July 1, 2014, Van der Gulik ended his four-year tenure with the Avalanche organization to sign a one-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings.[15] After attending the Kings training camp, Van der Gulik was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. A month into the 2014–15 season, he was recalled and appeared in his first and only game with the Kings, in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 30, 2014.[16] Upon his return to the AHL, Van der Gulik added a veteran presence in scoring 25 points in 57 games, to contribute in helping the Monarchs capture the Calder Cup.

As a free agent from the Kings in the off-season, Van der Gulik went unsigned over the summer. On November 2, 2015, with little NHL interest, Van der Gulik turned to Europe and signed for the remainder of the season in Germany with Düsseldorfer EG of the DEL.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Abbotsford Pilots PIJHL 41 35 46 81
2000–01 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 60 42 38 80 61
2001–02 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 56 38 62 100 90 13 8 11 19
2002–03 Boston University HE 40 10 10 20 56
2003–04 Boston University HE 35 13 7 20 74
2004–05 Boston University HE 41 18 13 31 48
2005–06 Boston University HE 25 11 11 22 26
2006–07 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 80 16 27 43 69 6 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Quad City Flames AHL 80 19 23 42 62
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 73 17 19 36 58
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 6 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 64 16 24 40 58 13 4 2 6 10
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 48 15 21 36 25 7 2 2 4 8
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 6 1 2 3 2
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 40 12 16 28 36
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 25 1 5 6 2
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 60 18 17 35 58
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 0 2 2 6
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 33 13 9 22 37
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Manchester Monarchs AHL 57 11 14 25 39 14 2 7 9 6
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Düsseldorfer EG DEL 16 3 1 4 6 5 1 0 1 8
NHL totals 49 2 11 13 10

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2002–03 [2]
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2006 [18]
AHL
Calder Cup (Manchester Monarchs) 2015 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Van der Gulik player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Hockey East All-Stars". Hockey East. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Prospect David Van der Gulik". Hockeysfuture.com. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  4. ^ a b "Rookie rebounds from mystery aliment". Calgary Herald. 2006-09-13. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Roundup: Second hat trick propels BU over UNH". USA Today. 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Boston University All-Decade Team". Hockey East. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Flames assign 19 players to Omaha". Calgary Flames. 2006-09-17. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Second season big for Knights". Calgary Flames. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  9. ^ "Prust, Van der Gulik re-sign with Flames". Calgary Flames. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  10. ^ "Cammalleri leads offense as Flames burn Wild to extend winning streak". ESPN. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  11. ^ "Fine Debut". Calgary Flames. 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  12. ^ "Moss, Iginla lead Flames to 6-3 win over Senators". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  13. ^ "Avalanche signs Quincey, Winnik and six others". Colorado Avalanche. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  14. ^ "Avalanche re-assign Goalie Cann, six others". Denver Post. 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  15. ^ "Kings sign Adam Cracknell and David Van der Gulik to one-year contracts". Los Angeles Kings. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  16. ^ "Fleury, Penguins blank Kings". National Hockey League. 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  17. ^ "DEG sign forward David Van der Gulik" (in German). Düsseldorfer EG. 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  18. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  19. ^ "Manchester defeats Utica to win Calder Cup". National Hockey League. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brian Boyle
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
2006
Succeeded by
Brock Bradford