January 9, 1986 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
New York Rangers
Raphael Salvador Diaz (born January 9, 1986) is a Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for EV Zug in the National League A (NLA). Diaz previously played with the Rangers during the 2014 season after the trade deadline. He began his professional career with EV Zug in 2003 and has also played with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and the Calgary Flames.
Diaz was selected to play for the Switzerland men's national ice hockey team at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. He previously represented Switzerland at the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2005 and 2006 IIHF World U20 Championship, and the 2008 Ice Hockey World Championship.
On May 13, 2011, Diaz signed a one-year two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL. He made his NHL debut October 6, 2011 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Diaz scored his first NHL goal on October 18, 2011, against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2nd Period. He appeared as a rookie team member at the 2012 All Star game skills competition, as an injury replacement for Adam Larsson. He participated in the G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay performing the control relay skill skating with the puck through a series of 6 cones. Diaz was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on February 3, 2014 for Dale Weise.
On July 1, 2015, the New York Rangers signed Diaz as a free agent to a one-year, $700,000 contract. In his return to the Rangers organization, Diaz was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack for the duration of the 2015–16 regular season. On December 23, 2015, Diaz was signed to a five-year contract by the EV Zug, the contract will start for the 2016-17 season. He will make CHF 5 millions over that span.
Diaz's father is originally from Spain, while his mother is Swiss. His name was originally 'Rafael,' and is still used by the Swiss national team, though as his passport uses 'Raphael' he uses that as his official name.
Regular season and playoffs
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|Men's Ice hockey|
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- "For more than CHF 1 million per year? Raphael Diaz offered to Swiss teams as of 2016". swisshockeynews.ch. 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
- Associated Press (2012-07-13). "Canadiens sign Swiss defenceman Raphael Diaz to two-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03.