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Daniel Tkaczuk (born June 10, 1979) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former centre who played 19 games in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames. He is currently an assistant coach for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.

Daniel Tkaczuk
Born (1979-06-10) June 10, 1979 (age 40)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Calgary Flames
Lukko
HC Milano
ERC Ingolstadt
Füchse Duisburg
Nottingham Panthers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1997
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1999–2011

Playing careerEdit

Tkaczuk was born in Toronto, Ontario. As a youth, he played in the 1993 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with Toronto Marlboros minor ice hockey team.[1]

He was selected sixth overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He represented Canada at the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he won a silver medal and led the team in scoring. Tkaczuk was named to the American Hockey League's All-Rookie Team the following season. He played in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames during the 2001–02 campaign, but returned to the minors and never saw NHL action again.[citation needed]

Tkaczuk left the Flames system at the end of 2000–01 after winning the Calder Cup when traded along with Fred Brathwaite, Sergei Varlamov, and a 2001 ninth-round pick to the St. Louis Blues for goaltender Roman Turek on June 23, 2001.[2] He would then play two more years in the AHL for the Worcester IceCats and after being released by the St. Louis Blues, for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.[citation needed]

Unhappy with his shaky status in the minors, he tried his luck in Europe, spending the 2003–04 season with Lukko of Finland's major league, the SM-liiga, where his numbers were respectable, but not impressive enough to earn him a significant profile in Finland.[citation needed]

Tkaczuk then turned to Milan, the highest paying club in the Italian league, where he enjoyed considerable success, maintaining his preeminence even during the 2004–5 season, when the squad was strengthened by the arrival of NHL players during the NHL lockout. He led Milan in goals (23), assists (33) and points (56) during the regular season and playoffs, good enough for third place overall in Serie A scoring. Thanks to those solid numbers, Tkaczuk was one of three Milan players, along with defenceman Marc Savard and veteran forward Ryan Savoia, named to Team Canada's roster for the 2004 Loto Cup in Slovakia. Milan went on to win the national title, their fourth in a row, defeating Cortina in the finals.[citation needed]

In the late summer of 2005, Tkaczuk held talks with Krefeld Pinguine of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, and Lada Togliatti of the Russian Super League before eventually returning to Milan.[citation needed]

In 2006, Tkaczuk signed for ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL. In 2007, he moved to EV Duisburg Die Füchse and played there until the completion of the 2008–09 season. Tkaczuk was second in goals during the 2007–08 season (17).[citation needed]

After six years abroad, Tkaczuk returned to North America and signed with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL on November 13, 2009.[3] He would later be loaned to the Rochester Americans on December 7, 2009. On January 6, 2010, the Hartford Wolf Pack signed Tkaczuk to a professional tryout (PTO) contract.[4] Tkaczuk finished the season with 45 points in 46 games for the Checkers.[citation needed]

In the following season, Tkaczuk signed a one-year contract with the EC TREND-Dornbirn of the second-tier Austrian National League on September 16, 2010[5] After scoring 33 points in 26 games with Trend, Tkaczuk signed for the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the United Kingdom, on January 19, 2011.[6]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring, he became an assistant coach with the Owen Sound Attack and the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.[7] He then became assistant coach of the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves in 2016 before spending the 2017–18 season as skills coach with the St. Louis Blues. In 2018, he became an assistant coach for the Blues' AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage.

PersonalEdit

Tkaczuk is the president of iHockeyTrainer.com, an online hockey school for training and skill development.[8] He is also a columnist for The Hockey News, often providing insight from a player's perspective[9] He is married and has two young boys, Weylan and Sawyer Tkaczuk.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Mississauga Reps GTHL 53 65 66 131 20
1995–96 Barrie Colts OHL 61 22 39 61 38 7 1 2 3 8
1996–97 Barrie Colts OHL 62 45 48 93 49 9 7 2 9 2
1997–98 Barrie Colts OHL 57 35 40 75 38 6 2 3 5 8
1998–99 Barrie Colts OHL 58 43 62 105 58 12 7 8 15 10
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 80 25 41 66 56 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 50 15 21 36 48 14 10 9 19 10
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 19 4 7 11 14
2001–02 Worcester IceCats AHL 75 10 27 37 37 3 1 1 2 2
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 69 9 18 27 44 9 3 7 10 16
2003–04 Lukko SML 36 7 11 18 16 4 0 0 0 18
2004–05 HC Milano Vipers ITL 34 23 36 59 28 13 6 10 16 18
2005–06 HC Milano Vipers ITL 30 13 31 44 55 4 4 2 6 8
2006–07 ERC Ingolstadt DEL 48 9 23 32 36 6 1 4 5 16
2007–08 Füchse Duisburg DEL 44 17 16 33 54
2008–09 Füchse Duisburg DEL 37 3 8 11 34
2009–10 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 46 11 34 45 18 4 4 1 5 2
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 7 0 2 2 4
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Dornbirner EC AUS2 26 16 17 33 65
2011–12 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 6 2 4 6 8
NHL totals 19 4 7 11 14

InternationalEdit

Daniel Tkaczuk
Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  1999 Winnipeg
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Canada Int18 5 1 1 2 4
1998 Canada WJC 7 2 1 3 4
1999 Canada WJC 7 6 4 10 10
Junior int'l totals 19 9 6 15 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  2. ^ "St.Louis Blues transactions 1997-2003".
  3. ^ "Checkers sign ex-NHLer and all-star goalie". ihockey.net. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  4. ^ "Wolf Pack Sign Forward Daniel Tkaczuk to PTO". Hartford Wolfpack. 2010-01-06. Archived from the original on 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
  5. ^ "Tkaczuk Returns To Europe After Year In North America". www.ohlalumnicentral.com. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  6. ^ "Tkaczuk signs for Panthers". EIHL. 2011-01-19. Archived from the original on 2011-01-22. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  7. ^ "Rangers Announce Coaching Staff – Kitchener Rangers".
  8. ^ iHockeyTrainer.com: About Us
  9. ^ TheHockeyNews.com: Daniel Tkaczuk's Blog Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Derek Morris
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
1997
Succeeded by
Rico Fata