Wade Dubielewicz

Wade Roger Dubielewicz (born January 30, 1979) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played 43 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) between 2003 and 2010 with three teams: the Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and the New York Islanders. The rest of his career, which lasted from 2003 to 2011, was mainly spent in the American Hockey League.

Wade Dubielewicz
Wade Dubielewicz Bridgeport.jpg
Dubielewicz with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers during the 2006-07 season
Born (1979-01-30) January 30, 1979 (age 42)
Invermere, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New York Islanders
Ak Bars Kazan
Columbus Blue Jackets
Minnesota Wild
Kölner Haie
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2003–2012

Following his retirement, he became a goaltending coach for the Columbia Valley Rockies of the KIJHL, where his junior ice hockey career began.[1]

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Dubielewicz played at the University of Denver and as a junior in 2001–2002 lead his team to the NCAA tournament. He turned down a million plus dollar NHL offer to stay at Denver for his senior season and to finish his degree. Before signing with Denver, he played for the Junior A Fernie Ghostriders of the now-dormant RMJHL in Fernie, British Columbia. He played Junior B for the Columbia Valley Rockies of the KIJHL in Invermere, British Columbia, and then onto Trail of the BCHL in 1998–99, before ending his junior career the next year for the Chilliwack Chiefs.

ProfessionalEdit

After tending goal for four years at the University of Denver, Dubielewicz was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Islanders on May 26, 2003. He joined the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he became a fan favorite at the Arena at Harbor Yard, home of the Tigers. "Dubie" holds numerous AHL league records that still stand as of 2009. He holds the AHL/Sound Tigers records for most shutouts (15) and wins (81) in a career, and highest save percentage (.946) and goals against average (1.38) in a season (during the 2003–04 AHL season), passing the records of Rick DiPietro. Dubielewicz won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie in the AHL for 2003–04.

Dubielewicz made his first appearance of the 2006–2007 season for the New York Islanders on March 15, 2007, relieving Mike Dunham. In the regular season, he started the Islanders' final five games with a record of 4–1–0. On April 8, 2007, in the final game of the season against the New Jersey Devils, after Dubielewicz gave up a goal to John Madden (ice hockey) with .7 seconds left in regulation, he rebounded to stop the Devils in the shootout of a 3–2 victory to send the Islanders into the postseason as the 8th seed, eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs from playoff contention.[2]

Dubielewicz made his post-season debut on April 12, 2007 on the road in game one of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals against the Buffalo Sabres. He allowed four goals on 35 shots in a 4–1 loss, giving the Sabres a 1–0 series lead. His teammate Rick DiPietro would get the start in goal for game two, after recovering from an injury.

The Islanders re-signed Dubielewicz to a one-year contract worth $500,000 for the 2007–2008 season. After the season, on June 1, 2008, Newsday reported that Dubielewicz declined the two-way contract extension they offered, as he believed that he'd be assigned to the AHL, as Joey MacDonald had a one-way deal. Dubielewicz previously voiced a desire to remain an Islander and called himself "an Islander at heart".[1] He signed instead with Ak Bars of the Kontinental Hockey League.

On December 30, 2008, Wade Dubielewicz terminated his contract with Ak Bars by mutual agreement. In the previous month, Wade was often backing up the younger Stanislav Galimov. Wade left Ak Bars with a record of 11-8-3, a .892 save pct., and 2.77 GAA. After an injury to the Islanders' goaltender Joey MacDonald and with starting goalie Rick DiPietro sidelined, Dubielewicz re-signed with the Islanders on January 15, 2009,[3] but the Blue Jackets claimed him off re-entry waivers on January 17, 2009. Dubielewicz played the rest of the season for Columbus.

Dubielewicz became a free agent in July 2009 and he signed a contract with the Minnesota Wild on July 17. The Wild have two other goalies with NHL experience and he was signed to improve the depth at the position.[4]

Dubielewicz last played in Germany, having signed with the Kölner Haie on September 30, 2010.[5]

Coaching careerEdit

In 2012 Dubielewicz became coach of the Columbia Valley Rockies of the KIJHL. He became the general manager of the team in 2020.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1993–94 Columbia Valley Rockies KIJHL
1994–95 Columbia Valley Rockies KIJHL
1994–95 Cranbrook Colts RMJHL 1 6 0 0 0.00 1.000
1995–96 Fernie Ghostriders RMJHL 29 12 9 0 1281 83 0 3.89 .891
1996–97 Fernie Ghostriders RMJHL 34 16 13 1 1847 103 3 3.35 .909
1997–98 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 41 2225 118 0 3.18 .888
1998–99 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 41 3.88 .901
1998–99 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 14 10 4 0 834 41 0 2.95 .918
1999–00 University of Denver WCHA 13 3 5 1 596 27 1 2.72 .902
2000–01 University of Denver WCHA 29 12 9 3 1542 59 2 2.30 .921
2001–02 University of Denver WCHA 24 20 4 0 1431 41 2 1.72 .943
2002–03 University of Denver WCHA 19 9 8 2 1060 43 3 2.43 .912
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 2 1 0 1 105 3 0 1.72 .940
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 33 20 8 5 1959 45 9 1.38 .946 3 2 1 181 11 0 3.64 .880
2004–05 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 43 18 23 1 2539 113 1 2.67 .911
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 7 2 3 0 310 15 0 2.90 .897
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 46 20 21 2 2575 134 3 3.12 .910 7 3 4 435 16 0 2.21 .933
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 8 4 1 0 379 13 0 2.06 .934 1 0 1 59 4 0 4.06 .886
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 40 22 12 5 2405 108 2 2.69 .923
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 20 9 9 1 1132 51 0 2.70 .919
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 2 1 1 0 124 5 0 2.42 .904
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 1 2 0 169 10 0 3.56 .870
2008–09 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 21 11 8 3 1236 57 0 2.77 .892
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 3 1 1 0 101 5 0 2.98 .853
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 32 12 14 1 1564 71 0 2.72 .895
2010–11 Kölner Haie DEL 12 2 8 0 722 47 0 3.90 .879
NHL totals 43 18 16 1 1 2196 97 0 2.65 .914 1 0 1 59 4 0 4.06 .886

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 2000–01
All-WCHA First Team 2001–02
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2001–02
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2002 [6]
All-WCHA Second Team 2002–03
AHL All-Rookie Team 2004
AHL Second All-Star Team 2004
AHL Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award 2004
AHL Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award 2004

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dubielewicz announced on coaching staff". Rockieshockey.ca. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  2. ^ New York Islanders - News: ISLANDERS 3, NEW JERSEY 2, SO - 04/08/2007
  3. ^ http://islanders.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=404371
  4. ^ "Wild find back-up with Dubielewicz". Sportsnet.ca. July 17, 2009. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  5. ^ "Wade Dubielewicz NHL Player Page". NHL.com. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tyler Arnason
WCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
2002
Succeeded by
Grant Potulny