Derek Meech

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Derek Meech
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With the St. John's IceCaps in 2013 AHL All-Star Game
Born (1984-04-21) April 21, 1984 (age 32)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Detroit Red Wings
Winnipeg Jets
HC Dinamo Minsk
Malmö Redhawks
NHL Draft 229nd overall, 2002
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2006–present

Derek Meech (born April 21, 1984) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman and winger currently an unrestricted free agent who is recovering from injury. He most recently played for the Malmö Redhawks of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Playing career[edit]

Meech played his junior hockey for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. There, he teamed with future NHL star Dion Phaneuf as the team's top defensive pairing. On June 23, 2002, he was drafted 229th overall in the 7th round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Meech made his NHL debut on December 7, 2006 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan against the St. Louis Blues. He played in 4 NHL games during the 2006–07 NHL season. While playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, Meech was named an All Star after posting 6 goals, and 23 assists (29 points) in 67 games.

With the Red Wings in 2008.

Meech was named to the Red Wings final roster during training camp prior to the 2007–08 NHL season. He would have been exposed to waivers had he been sent to the minor leagues, which factored into the team's decision. Also working in Meech's favor for making the roster was Brent Sopel, on a tryout for the Red Wings, had spontaneously signed with the Chicago Blackhawks and Kyle Quincey broke his hand.[1]

In 2008, Meech was named "Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year" by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association for his play in the 2007–08 season. Based on the system the Red Wings employ, Meech was sometimes used as a left winger. His versatility in playing both forward and defenseman led to extra playing time.

Despite not playing the minimum 40 games (Meech only played 32) and not a minute in the playoffs, Meech had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, due to a successful petition to the NHL by the Detroit Red Wings organization.

Meech scored his first career NHL goal with the Detroit Red Wings on December 4, 2008 against Curtis Sanford of the Vancouver Canucks.

On September 8, 2010, Meech was placed on waivers by the Red Wings.[2] Unclaimed, Meech was assigned to the Griffins for the duration of the 2010–11 season.

Meech signed a two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets on July 1, 2011.[3] Meech played in only 2 games with the Jets during the 2011–12 season, in a season largely marred by injury. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets, on July 1, 2012.[4]

On July 14, 2013, Meech signed his first contract with a European team as a free agent on a one-year contract with HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.[5] In the 2013–14 season, Meech played in 23 games with Dinamo Minsk, posting 5 assists, before he was mutually released from his contract. He returned to North America and on January 6, 2014, he signed for the remainder of the season to add a veteran presence with the Texas Stars of the AHL.[6]

After two seasons with the Stars, Meech embarked on a European return in signing a two-year contract with Swedish club, Malmö Redhawks on May 6, 2015.[7] In the 2015–16 season, Meech added a veteran presence to the Blueline, contributing with 12 points in 37 games before he was sidelined due to injury. Unable to return to full physical health in the off-season, Meech and Malmö opted to end his contract early in order to continue his rehabilitation on July 22, 2016.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Red Deer Rebels WHL 5 1 0 1 2
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 60 2 7 9 40 22 0 0 0 9
2001–02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 71 8 19 27 33 13 1 1 2 6
2002–03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 65 6 16 22 53 12 1 1 2 12
2003–04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 62 10 28 38 40 19 4 7 11 10
2004–05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 78 6 8 14 40
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 79 4 16 20 85 16 0 2 2 4
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 67 6 23 29 40 7 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 6 1 1 2 0
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 0 3 3 6
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 2 5 7 12 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 2 4 6 19
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 74 10 27 37 81
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2 0 0 0 4
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 6 0 2 2 0 15 4 5 9 2
2012–13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 46 3 20 23 38
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 16 0 1 1 2
2013–14 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 23 0 5 5 14
2013–14 Texas Stars AHL 36 2 15 17 22 21 3 8 11 8
2014–15 Texas Stars AHL 63 10 25 35 32 2 0 0 0 4
2015–16 Malmö Redhawks SHL 37 3 9 12 14
NHL totals 144 4 13 17 45 2 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sopel signs with Chicago". Winging it in Motown. 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Kirk Maltby re-signs with Red Wings, Derek Meech heads to waivers". nhlhotstove.com. 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  3. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Derek Meech has reached an agreement with Dinamo Minsk" (in Russian). HC Dinamo Minsk. 2013-07-14. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  6. ^ "Texas Stars sign Derek Meech to AHL contract". Texas Stars. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Meech signed by the Redhawks" (in Swedish). Malmö Redhawks. 2015-05-06. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  8. ^ "Change in Malmo defence" (in Swedish). Malmö Redhawks. 2016-07-21. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 

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