Shaun Van Allen

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Shaun Van Allen
Born (1967-08-29) August 29, 1967 (age 49)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Ottawa Senators
Dallas Stars
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 105th overall, 1987
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1987–2004

Shaun Kelly Van Allen (born August 29, 1967 in Calgary, Alberta) is a retired professional hockey player who played in the NHL from 1991 to 2004. He played 794 games in the NHL, and scored 269 points. He serves as an assistant coach with Ottawa's Carleton University Ravens of the OUA.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Van Allen was drafted 105th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers after a standout junior hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. He spent five seasons in the Oilers system with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nova Scotia Oilers, and Cape Breton Oilers but failed to catch on with the big club in Edmonton. While in Cape Breton, Van Allen enjoyed much personal and team success. It was there that he met his wife, and in 1991-92 he won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the American Hockey League's leading scorer. In the 1992-93 season, Cape Breton, led by Van Allen, captured the Calder Cup title as American Hockey League Champions.

Once the 1992-93 season had concluded, the Oilers released him. In July 1993 Van Allen signed as a free agent with the expansion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and became an NHL regular until his retirement in 2005. He spent three seasons in Anaheim and became a versatile forward, able to contribute on the score sheet as well as kill penalties.

On October 1, 1996, Van Allen was acquired by Ottawa Senators along with defenceman Jason York, and began perhaps his most successful period in the NHL. He spent four productive seasons in Ottawa before unrestricted free agency led him to the Dallas Stars, with whom he signed a two year contract in July 2000. He spent parts of two seasons in Dallas before he was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens in the early 2001-02 season. After completing the 2001-02 season with Montreal, Van Allen returned to his former team, the Ottawa Senators, as a free agent. He was a regular in the Ottawa lineup in a defensive role until the beginning of the 2004-05 season, when the 2004–05 NHL lockout wiped the season out entirely. Van Allen announced his retirement as an NHL player in 2005.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 55 12 11 23 43 13 4 8 12 28
1986–87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 38 59 97 116 11 4 6 10 24
1987–88 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 19 4 10 14 17 4 1 1 2 4
1987–88 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 40 14 28 42 34
1988–89 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 76 32 42 74 81
1989–90 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 61 25 44 69 83 4 0 2 2 8
1990–91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1990–91 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 76 25 75 100 182 4 0 1 1 8
1991–92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 77 29 84 113 80 5 3 7 10 14
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 1 4 5 6
1992–93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 43 14 62 76 68 15 8 9 17 18
1993–94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 8 25 33 64
1994–95 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 45 8 21 29 32
1995–96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 49 8 17 25 41
1996–97 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 11 14 25 35 7 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 4 15 19 48 11 0 1 1 10
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 6 11 17 30 4 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 75 9 19 28 37 6 0 1 1 9
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 59 7 16 23 16 8 0 2 2 8
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 19 2 4 6 6
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 6 9 15 20 7 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 12 20 32 66 18 1 1 2 12
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 73 2 10 12 80
NHL totals 794 84 185 269 481 61 1 7 8 45

Other[edit]

Van Allen was born in Calgary, Alberta and his family later relocated to Climax, Saskatchewan.

Van Allen served as the Director of Player Evaluation for the Ottawa Senators during the 2006-2007 season, with the responsibility of evaluating all players within the organization including professional players, minor league players, and prospects. He serves as an assistant coach with Ottawa's Carleton University Ravens of the OUA.[2]

He can be heard on TSN 1200 radio broadcasts of Ottawa Senators games, to which he contributes commentary during pre and post-game shows. As of September 2008, Van Allen has appeared on Rogers TV broadcasts of Senators' games in Ottawa.

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