January 30, 1991|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
Ak Bars Kazan
49th overall, 2009|
Stefan Elliott (born January 30, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing with HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Elliott was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Elliott first played junior hockey with the Vancouver North West Giants in the BC Major Midget League, before moving on the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. In his first full season with the Blades in 2007–08, Elliott led the defense with 31 assists and 40 points.
In the following 2008–09 season, Elliott's offensive prowess improved to again lead the Blades defense with 15 goals and 55 points. Elliott's intelligence on ice was matched off ice as he was awarded the WHL's and the CHL's Scholastic Player of the Year award. Eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected in the second round, 49th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche.
On March 21, 2011, Elliott was signed by the Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract. On April 16, 2011, Elliott was assigned to join the playoff run of the Avalanche's American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, on an amateur tryout. In his first full professional season in 2011–12 Elliot was recalled from the Monsters by the Avalanche on November 25, 2011. The following day on November 26, 2011, Elliott scored his first goal in his NHL debut against Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers, which proved to be the game winner.
Entering his fourth professional season, Elliott was placed on waivers by the Avalanche on September 29, 2014 before he was reassigned to the Monsters to begin the 2014–15 campaign. Elliott assumed top pairing responsibilities with the Monsters and responded by leading the club in scoring from the blueline, scoring a franchise high 19 goals with 40 points in 64 games. Elliott was the Monsters selection to the AHL All-Star Game and was recalled by the Avalanche to appear in 5 scoreless games.
As a restricted free agent in the off-season, and unable to secure a NHL role with the Avalanche, on September 9, 2015, his rights were traded to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Brandon Gormley. On September 18, 2015, Elliott agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes. In the 2015–16 season, Elliott played 19 games with Arizona before he was placed on waivers by the Coyotes on January 14, 2016. After going unclaimed, Elliott was traded the following day to the Nashville Predators for defenceman Victor Bartley. He was immediately assigned to AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
As a restricted free agent in the off-season with the Predators, Elliott opted to pause his NHL career and with the 2016–17 season underway he signed his first contract abroad on a one-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League on September 29, 2016. In his lone season with Ak Bars, Elliott appeared in 31 regular season contests in registering 4 goals and 11 points.
Unable to perform to heightened expectations with Ak Bars, Elliott left as a free agent at the conclusion of his contract. Midway into the 2017–18 season, Elliott agreed to join Swedish outfit, HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League, for the remainder of the campaign on October 21, 2017. Elliott adapted quickly to the Swedish style, and became a relied upon presence on the blueline for HV71. In 34 games his contributed offensively with 4 goals and 21 points.
In the following off-season, Elliott opted for a return to the NHL in securing as a free agent a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2018. On December 5, Elliott and Tobias Lindberg were traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Ben Sexton and Macoy Erkamps. Both players were immediately assigned to the Senators' AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators. During the 2018-19 season, Elliott was recalled by the Senators and for the first time since 2016 appeared in 3 NHL games, posting 1 assist. In his tenure with Belleville, Elliott contributed with 20 points in 44 games.
As an impending free agent, Elliott ventured abroad, returning to the KHL in signing a one-year contract with Belarusian club, HC Dinamo Minsk, on June 25, 2019.
Elliott first featured in an international tournament at the major junior level, selected to Canada Pacifc at the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He would feature with Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before competing in his first full IIHF competition at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships.
During the 2017–18 season, Elliott was selected to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Used in a depth role, Elliott appeared in two games as Canada claimed the Bronze medal.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||Vancouver NW Giants||BCMM||36||12||19||31||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||—||—||—||—||—||5||0||2||2||0|
|2011–12||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||30||5||9||14||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||44||5||8||13||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||61||14||14||28||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||64||19||21||40||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Ak Bars Kazan||KHL||31||4||7||11||12||1||0||0||0||0|
Awards and honours
|Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy||2008–09|||
|CHL Scholastic Player of the Year||2008–09|||
|East First All-Star Team||2010–11|||
|Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy||2010–11|||
|WHL Plus-Minus Award||2010–11|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
- National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 292. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4.
- "Avalanche signs Stefan Elliott". Colorado Avalanche. March 21, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- "Avalanche gets victory over Edmonton as Elliott stars in debut". Denver Post. November 26, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
- "Leblanc, Elliott among Monday's notable waivers". NBC Sports. September 29, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
- "Elliott named to All-Star Game roster". Lake Erie Monsters. January 6, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- "Coyotes acquire Stefan Elliott in exchange for Brandon Gormley". Arizona Coyotes. September 9, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
- "Coyotes sign Elliott to one-year contract". Arizona Coyotes. September 18, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
- "Coyotes place Stefan Elliott on waivers". AZ Central. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- "Predators trade Victor Bartley to Coyotes for Stefan Elliott, Bartley flipped to Habs". Roger's Sportsnet. January 15, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Stefan Elliott a new defender for Ak Bars" (in Russian). Ak Bars Kazan. September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
- "HV71 signs Stefan Elliott" (in Swedish). HV71. October 21, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
- "Penguins sign four players to one-year, two-way contracts". Pittsburgh Penguins. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "Senators acquire Stefan Elliott and Tobias Lindberg from Pittsburgh". NHL.com. December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
- "Stefan Elliott in Dinamo Minsk" (in Russian). HC Dinamo Minsk. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
- "Stefan Elliott profile". Hockeysfuture.com. October 3, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
- "WHL East All-Stars and Awards finalists". Saskatoon Blades. March 24, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- "Elliott named WHL's top defenseman". Colorado Avalanche. May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011.