Erik Westrum

Erik Clinton Westrum (born July 26, 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American former professional ice hockey center who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Erik Westrum
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Westrum with the Houston Aeros during the 2005-06 season
Born (1979-07-26) July 26, 1979 (age 42)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Phoenix Coyotes
Minnesota Wild
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Ambrì-Piotta
National team  United States
NHL Draft 187th overall, 1998
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2001–2012

Playing careerEdit

Westrum was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes with their 7th pick, 187st overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. At the time he was playing in the NCAA for the University of Minnesota. Erik played the next four years with the Gophers. After completing his college career he moved to the Springfield Falcons of the AHL for the 2001/2002 season. With the Falcons he played 199 games, scoring 106 points, 37 goals and 69 assists.

Westrum made his NHL debut with Phoenix during the 2003–04 NHL season, playing 15 games with 2 points, one goal and one assist. After the NHL season he played an important role in helping Team USA win the bronze medal in the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. He scored the winning goal to secure the Bronze medal in a shootout while leading the tournament in face-off percentage and was one of the tournament leaders in scoring.

After making an impact with the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2003-2004 NHL season, Westrum was forced to sign a contract with the Utah Grizzlies in the AHL due to the 2004 NHL lockout. With this team he played 80 games with 18 goals and 15 assists, for a total of 33 points. In the season 2005–06 Erik Westrum signed a two-way contract with Minnesota Wild in the NHL after a trade sent him from Phoenix and to his home state of Minnesota. The Wild exchanged Zbynek Michalek for the Coyote's Erik Westrum. But the second experience in the top North America league lasted for only 10 games with one assist. He finished the season with the Wild's farm team, the Houston Aeros. He played 71 games with 98 points, finishing second on the team behind Kirby Law's 110 points.

At the end of 2006 season he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs in July, 2006, joining Minnesota Gophers teammate John Pohl, already with the Leafs. With Toronto, Westrum played two games scoring no points. As Captain of the Leafs top farm-team, the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League, he finished as the team's top scorer with 58 points (23 goals and 35 assist).

After six professional seasons in North America Westrum signed his first European contract in the Swiss League with the HC Ambri-Piotta. After an explosive start with Ambri-Piotta he signed a four-year contract extension on May 15, 2009. In the first year in Ambrì he became a fan favorite thanks to his spectacular league leading play.[1]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2004 Prague

He has represented Team USA at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships where Team USA won the bronze medal. Westrum scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to secure the Bronze medal against Slovakia and his future teammate Marian Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Apple Valley High School HSMN 26 14 15 29
1995–96 Apple Valley High School HSMN 26 19 37 56
1996–97 Apple Valley High School HSMN 26 20 33 53
1997–98 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 6 12 18 43
1998–99 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 10 26 36 81
1999–2000 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 27 26 53 99
2000–01 University of Minnesota WCHA 42 26 35 61 84
2001–02 Springfield Falcons AHL 73 13 29 42 116
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 70 10 22 32 65 6 0 4 4 6
2003–04 Springfield Falcons AHL 56 14 18 32 91
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 15 1 1 2 20
2004–05 Utah Grizzlies AHL 80 18 15 33 117
2005–06 Houston Aeros AHL 71 34 64 98 138 8 1 7 8 20
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 10 0 1 1 2
2006–07 Toronto Marlies AHL 70 23 35 58 135
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 HC Ambrì–Piotta NLA 50 33 39 72 104
2008–09 HC Ambrì–Piotta NLA 32 21 18 39 115
2009–10 HC Ambrì–Piotta NLA 40 10 16 26 40
2010–11 HC Ambrì–Piotta NLA 11 1 3 4 6
2011–12 HC Ambrì–Piotta NLA 8 1 4 5 26
AHL totals 420 112 182 294 662 14 1 11 12 26
NHL totals 27 1 2 3 22
NLA totals 141 66 80 146 289

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WC   9 3 2 5 6
Senior totals 9 3 2 5 6

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1999 [2]
All-WCHA Third Team 1999–00
All-WCHA First Team 2000–01
AHL First All-Star Team 2005–06, 2006–07
NLA Leading Scorer 2007–08

Golden Gopher Award WinnersEdit

  • Frank Pond Rookie of the Year Award, season 1997–98.
  • Dr. V. George Nagobads Unsung Hero Award second place, season 1998–99.
  • John Mariucci MVP, season 1999–00.
  • Tom Mohr Playoff MVP, season 1999–00.
  • John Mariucci MVP, season 2000–01.
  • Tom Mohr Playoff MVP, season 2000–01.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Westrum to remain in Ambri-Piotta". ticinonews.ch (in Italian). 2009-05-13. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  2. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Archived from the original on 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-06-26.

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