David Wilkie (ice hockey)

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David Wilkie
Born (1974-05-30) May 30, 1974 (age 43)
Ellensburg, WA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 20th overall, 1992
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1994–2002

David John Wilkie (born May 30, 1974) is a retired American ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, and New York Rangers. He played defense and shot right-handed.

Playing career[edit]

After a successful season with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, Wilkie was seen as one of the top upcoming defensive prospects for the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and was selected in the 1st round, 20th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens. The following season, Wilkie returned to the Blazers and made his international debut representing the United States in the 1993 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship (WJC). The 1993–94 season saw Wilkie split the year between the Blazers and Regina Pats while also returning to the WJC for 1994.

For the 1994–95 season, Wilkie made his professional debut and played the majority of the year with the Fredericton Canadiens of the American Hockey League (AHL) while also making his NHL debut, appearing in one game with Montreal. The following season, he split time with Fredericton and Montreal, appearing in 23 and 24 games respectively. The 1996–97 season saw Wilkie make the Montreal Canadiens full-time, appearing in 61 games and scoring 15 points, both NHL career highs.

The 1997–98 season saw Wilkie play five games with the Canadiens before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Injuries would hamper Wilkie in his time with the Lightning. He played in 29 games with the Lightning during the 1997–98 season and only 46 for the 1998–99 season. The following season, Wilkie signed with the New York Rangers, but ended up playing the majority of the time in the minors. He played the majority of two seasons with the Houston Aeros, appearing in one game with the Hartford Wolf Pack during the 1999–2000 season and one game with the Rangers during the 2000–01 season.

For the 2001–02 season, Wilkie signed with the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL as a player-coach. After one season with the Lynx, Wilkie retired as a player in 2002.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his player-coach stint, Wilkie returned for the 2002–03 as an assistant coach for the Augusta Lynx. Midway through the season he replaced the head coach and finished the year as the head coach of the team, leading them to a 24–32–6 record. After this he went on to coach the Omaha Gladiators Bantam AA (majors) and led them to a third place finish at Nationals.

Wilkie led the Omaha Jr. Lancers U16 to the National Championship Game at the 2008 USA Hockey Nationals in Buffalo, New York; placing second and finished the season with a 40–23–5 record. In the 2009–10 season, he head coached the Omaha Jr. Lancers U18 to the 2010 USA Hockey Nationals in Rochester, NY, where they finished second and finished the season with a 28–28–5 record. Has also coached PeeWee AA teams, Squirt AA teams, and also coaches the Omaha Tropics summer hockey team. He has also served as the volunteer assistant coach to the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks, a Division I hockey school. Wilkie was the head coach of the Omaha AAA Hockey Club that competes in the North American Prospects Hockey League.

In 2017, Wilkie was hired as the head coach and general manager of the Omaha Lancers' United States Hockey League team.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1994–1995 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1995–1996 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 1 5 6 10
1996–1997 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 6 9 15 63
1997–1998 Montreal-Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 34 2 5 7 21
1998–1999 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 1 7 8 69
2000–2001 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 2
6 Years Totals NHL 167 10 26 36 165

International play[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1993 USA WJC 7 0 2 2 2
1994 USA WJC 6 2 1 3 0


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Preceded by
Brent Bilodeau
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Saku Koivu