January 9, 1961 |
Sudbury, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Buffalo Sabres
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||83rd overall, 1980
James Duncan Wiemer (born January 9, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Wiemer began his path to the pros in Peterborough, Ontario with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League in 1978. He helped his team to the 1979 Memorial Cup Championship and continued his playing career in Peterborough until the end of the 1980–81 OHL season. Wiemer had his most productive season in 1980–81 when he recorded 95 points on 41 goals and 54 assists. During his tenure there, he was selected in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres with the 83rd pick in the fourth round.
Wiemer began his professional career with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) under coach Mike Keenan. He was originally drafted as a forward and was later moved back to defence by Keenan. He was an integral part in the 1983 Calder Cup Championship run.
Wiemer began his National Hockey League career and began to bounce around a bit to the aforementioned teams. He experienced his first trade in the NHL on December 6, 1984, when the Sabres traded Wiemer and Steve Patrick to the New York Rangers in exchange for Chris Renaud and Dave Maloney.
In 1986, he was traded by the Rangers to the Edmonton Oilers. In the 1987–88 season, Wiemer played 12 regular season games, and two games in the Conference Final playoff for the Oilers. However, his name was not included on the Stanley Cup. The criteria to get your name on the cup is to play 41 or more games for the winning team during the regular season, one game in the Finals, or a successful petition by a team. After playing mostly for the Oilers' farm team in the AHL the next season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in March 1989.
In July 1989, Wiemer signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins where he found a solid home. Under coach Mike Milbury, Wiemer was a solid fixture on the blueline with Boston for the better part of four seasons. Wiemer was a member of the Bruins' organization for one more season with their AHL team. In 1994, Wiemer returned to the Rochester Americans for his final season.
Wiemer finished his playing career with 325 games played in the NHL (387 including playoffs). He scored 101 (114 including playoffs) points in his NHL career on 29 goals and 72 assists (34 and 80 including playoffs) with 378 penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +17 (437 and +14 including playoffs). Over his full professional career, he scored 999 career points.