Wideman warming up with the Calgary Flames
March 20, 1983 |
Kitchener, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
|NHL Draft||241st overall, 2002
Dennis Earl Wideman (born March 20, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Wideman was drafted in the eighth round, 241st overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Wideman grew up playing his minor hockey in his hometown of Elmira, Ontario, playing for the Woolwich Township Wildcats "B" of the OMHA's Tri-County League and the Guelph Reps AAA Bantams of the OMHA's South Central AAA League in 1997–98.
Wideman spent the 1998–99 season with the Elmira Sugar Kings of the Mid-Western Junior Hockey League (MWJHL), scoring 18 goals and 48 points in 47 games. He was then drafted by the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Wideman began his OHL career with the Wolves in the 1999–2000 season. In his rookie season in Sudbury, he had ten goals and 36 points in 63 games. He then added three points in 12 games in the playoffs. Wideman began 2000–01 in Sudbury, scoring seven goals and 18 points in 25 games before being traded to the London Knights.
Wideman finished the 2000–01 season with London, earning eight goals and 16 points in 24 games with the Knights. In the playoffs, Wideman had four assists in five games. He exploded offensively in the 2001–02 season, scoring 27 goals and 69 points in 65 games with London, while registering 141 penalty minutes. In 12 playoff games, Wideman had four goals and 13 points. He had another solid offensive season in 2002–03, as Wideman had 20 goals and 47 points in 55 games. He then added six goals and 12 points in 13 playoff games Wideman returned to London as an over-ager in 2003–04, and had another very solid season. He scored 24 goals and had 65 points in 60 games, while posting a +52 rating. In 15 playoff games, Wideman scored seven goals and 17 points to finish his junior career.
St. Louis Blues
Wideman signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues on June 30, 2004. He played his first professional season with the Worcester IceCats of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2004–05. In 79 games with Worcester, Wideman had 13 goals and 43 points. He then began the 2005–06 season with Blues' new affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, also of the AHL, scoring two goals and six points in 12 games. Wideman was then called up to the NHL and appeared in 67 games with the Blues in 2005–06, scoring eight goals and 24 points. In 2006–07, Wideman made the Blues out of training camp, and in 55 games, he scored five goals and 22 points. On February 27, 2007, the Blues traded Wideman to the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Brad Boyes.
Wideman finished the 2006–07 season with the Bruins, as he recorded three points in 20 games with the team. He broke out offensively in the 2007–08 season, scoring 13 goals and 36 points in 81 games, helping the Bruins return to the Stanley Cup playoffs. On December 31, 2007, he scored a memorable goal at 4:40 of the second period against Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Kari Lehtonen during a power play — it was the 18,000th goal in Bruins history. In the 2008 playoffs, Wideman had three assists in six games. In 2008–09, Wideman once again had a very solid offensive season, scoring 13 goals and 50 points in 79 games to tie Zdeno Chára for most points by a defenceman on the team. Wideman also finished sixth in the NHL with a +32 rating. In 11 2009 playoff games, Wideman had seven assists. He struggled in the 2009–10 season, however, scoring only six goals and 30 points in 76 games. Despite his lower regular season point production, he had a very strong offensive 2010 playoff performance, scoring a goal and 12 points in 13 games. On June 22, 2010, the Bruins traded Wideman, their first-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and their third-round pick in 2011 to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell.
Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames
Wideman had a solid offensive season with the Panthers in 2010–11, as he scored nine goals and 33 points in 61 games. The Panthers traded Wideman to the Washington Capitals for Jake Hauswirth and the Capitals' third-round draft pick in 2011. At the time of the trade, Wideman was second on the Panthers' scoring list.
On December 9, 2011, Wideman was initially credited with the first hat-trick in his career in a 4–2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The following day, however, the play was reviewed and his third goal was officially credited to teammate Brooks Laich, with Wideman receiving the primary assist. Despite the change, the game remained the first four-point performance of his career.
At the conclusion of the 2011–12 season, as a pending unrestricted free agent, Wideman's rights were traded to the Calgary Flames on June 27, 2012, in exchange for Jordan Henry and a fifth-round draft pick. Wideman was then immediately signed to a five-year, $26.25 million contract with the Flames. He recorded six goals and 16 assists during the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, his first with the Flames.
On January 27, 2016, Wideman cross-checked linesman Don Henderson to the ice in a game against the Nashville Predators. After the game, he said the hit was not intentional, saying he didn't see Henderson until the last second. Wideman faced a suspension if the league determined the contact was deliberate. The video of the incident shows Wideman getting hit along the boards and getting up slowly. As he skates over to the bench, he appears to cross check the referee violently. This sparked news controversy and debate among the sports world, as making any type of contact with an official is a major violation of rules. Wideman was suspended indefinitely the next day pending a hearing after the All-Star break. On 3 February 2016, Wideman was suspended for 20 games without pay for the incident (which is the minimum penalty in accordance with NHL rules) and can appeal the suspension. Wideman will forfeit $564,516.18 in salary. Many thought this suspension was rather light due to the violent nature that Wideman appears to hit the referee. It is worth noting that Wideman was checked into a hospital after the game of the incident with neck pain and nausea, and was diagnosed with a concussion.
|1997–98||Guelph Bantam AAA||SCTA||37||23||22||45||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Elmira Sugar Kings||MWJHL||47||18||40||48||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||St. Louis Blues||NHL||67||8||16||24||83||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||St. Louis Blues||NHL||55||5||17||22||44||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Bruins become 2nd NHL team with 18,000 goals after Wideman scores against Thrashers". Boston Bruins. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
- "Panthers deal Horton, Campbell to Boston for Wideman, picks". The Sports Network. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
- "Capitals acquire Wideman from Panthers". CBC Sports. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
- "Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Dennis Wideman nets first career hat trick, Washington wins on four power-play goals". Washington Post. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
- "NHL voids Dennis Wideman's hat trick". ESPN. 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
- "Flames acquire D Wideman; sign him to five-year contract". The Sports Network. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
- "Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman violently cross-checks official". The Guardian. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
- "Flames’ Wideman suspended indefinitely, pending hearing". Sportsnet. January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
- "Flames' Dennis Wideman suspended 20 games for hit on linesman". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2016-02-03.