Guillaume Desbiens

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Guillaume Desbiens
Guillaume Desbiens.jpg
Born (1985-04-20) April 20, 1985 (age 32)
Alma, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
EIHL team
Former teams
Sheffield Steelers
Vancouver Canucks
Calgary Flames
Dornbirner EC
HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
NHL Draft 116th overall, 2003
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2005–present

Guillaume Desbiens (born April 20, 1985 in Alma, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays with the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

Playing career[edit]

Desbiens played major junior in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for four seasons, being drafted 116th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers after his second year with the Huskies. He turned pro in 2005–06, splitting the season between the Chicago Wolves of the AHL and the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL. Despite having signed an NHL contract with the Thrashers, Desbiens did not suit up in any pre-season or regular season games with Atlanta.[1] He played in the Thrashers' farm system between the Wolves and Gladiators until the end of the 2007–08 season, when he was released by his NHL team.[1]

Desbiens joined the Manitoba Moose of the AHL as a walk-on in 2008–09.[1] Following his first season with the Moose, he was signed by their NHL affiliate, the Vancouver Canucks on July 22, 2009.[2] Assigned to the Moose to start the 2009–10 season, he was recalled by the Canucks after an injury to Daniel Sedin[3] and made his NHL debut with the Canucks on October 11, 2009. He played nine-and-a-half minutes on the third line with Kyle Wellwood and Tanner Glass in a 4–3 win against the Dallas Stars.[1] After his one-game stint, he was sent back down to the Moose in favour of Michael Grabner.[4]

Desbiens with Lake Erie Monsters (2013).

After a training camp where he impressed the Canucks coaching staff, Desbiens made the Canucks' 2010-2011 opening night lineup. He played in every game until November 5, when he broke his hand, sidelining him indefinitely.[5]

In the off-season, Desbiens left the Canucks organization and on July 4, 2011, signed a one-year two-way contract with rival the Calgary Flames.[6] He was originally assigned to the Flames affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat to begin the 2011–12 season. Whilst leading the Heat in penalty minutes, Desbiens was recalled by the Flames and appeared in 10 games over the course of the campaign to record 25 penalty minutes

On July 30, 2012, Desbiens signed a one-year, two-way contract to return to the Vancouver Canucks organization.[7] He was unable to add to his Canucks experience, as he was assigned directly to familiar affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, for the duration of the 2012–13 season, leading the Wolves with 118 penalty minutes.

Desbiens signed for his fourth NHL team on July 5, 2013, signing as a free agent to one-year, two-way deal with the Colorado Avalanche.[8] After attending the Avalanche training camp, Desbiens was reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to begin the 2013–14 season. In adding a veteran presence to the Monsters, Desbiens was selected as an Alternate captain, and was primarily used in a bottom six role in providing physicality. Desbiens failed to replicate the offensive presence from earlier in his career, scoring just 8 goals in 62 games but led the team with 200 penalty minutes.

Released as a free agent by the Avalanche at season's end, Desbiens opted to begin his European career in agreeing to a one-year deal with Austrian club, Dornbirner EC of the EBEL on August 1, 2014.[9] After one season with Dornbirner, Desbiens opted to continue in the Austrian League, transferring on a one-year deal to Slovenian club, HDD Olimpija Ljubljana on July 30, 2015.[10]

In the 2015–16 season, Desbiens went scoreless in 6 games with HDD before opting to leave the EBEL to sign with British club, Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL on November 22, 2015.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 65 14 10 24 115 4 1 1 2 9
2002–03 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 64 15 18 33 233 4 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 58 20 21 41 199 11 2 2 4 24
2004–05 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 56 27 16 43 206 10 1 4 5 25
2005–06 Chicago Wolves AHL 3 0 0 0 7
2005–06 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 65 33 27 60 187 17 10 6 16 38
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 54 3 6 9 118 6 0 1 1 2
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 23 2 1 3 30 1 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 10 2 5 7 46 8 3 6 9 10
2008–09 Manitoba Moose AHL 78 21 26 47 158 22 4 8 12 18
2009–10 Manitoba Moose AHL 67 19 15 34 144 6 3 6 9 17
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Manitoba Moose AHL 53 11 16 27 104 13 1 3 4 31
2010–11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 0 0 0 10
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 59 3 11 14 114
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 10 0 0 0 25
2012–13 Chicago Wolves AHL 52 4 4 8 118
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 62 8 6 14 200
2014–15 Dornbirner EC EBEL 53 12 12 24 148
2015–16 HDD Olimpija Ljubljana EBEL 6 0 0 0 6
2015–16 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 32 8 16 24 96 2 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 23 0 0 0 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "From walk-on to NHL call-up". Winnipeg Sun. 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Canucks sign Glass, Desbiens and Funk". TSN. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Canucks' Daniel Sedin out 4-6 weeks with broken foot". The Sports Network. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Canucks recall Grabner from AHL". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Desbiens out with broken hand". Vancouver Province. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Flames sign Desbiens to one-year deal". The Sports Network. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Canucks sign Guillaume Desbiens". Vancouver Canucks. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  8. ^ "Avalanche announce signings". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  9. ^ "Dornbirner recruit Desbiens and Samardzic" (in German). Dornbirner EC. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Dragons strengthen with Desbiens and Roy" (in Slovenian). HDD Olimpija Ljubljana. 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  11. ^ "Steelers sign Guillaume Desbiens". Sheffield Steelers. 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 

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