Edmonton Oilers
Eric Belanger
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EricBelanger
POSITION: Centre
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 185
BIRTHDATE: 16/12/1977
BIRTHPLACE: Sherbrooke, QC, CAN
DRAFTED: LAK: 1996-96 overall
Signed as a free agent by Bolzano (Italy), December 22, 2004. Traded to Carolina by Los Angeles with Tim Gleason for Oleg Tverdovsky and Jack Johnson, September 29, 2006. Traded to Nashville by Carolina for Josef Vasicek, February 9, 2007. Traded to Atlanta by Nashville for Vitaly Vishnevski, February 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 3, 2007. Traded to Washington by Minnesota for Washington's 2nd round choice (Johan Larsson) in 2010 Entry Draft, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, September 14, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Yekaterinburg (KHL), July 15, 2013.
2011-12 HIGHLIGHTS:

Finished the season appearing in 78 games with 16 points (4G, 12A and 32 PIM...had an assist on Dec. 2 vs CBJ (4th in 6 games)...scored 1st goal of season on Dec. 7 vs CAR...had a goal on Jan. 31 vs COL...scored a goal and was 7/8 on the draws on Feb. 21 @ CGY...was 12/14 in face-offs on Feb. 23 vs PHI.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2010-11:

Appeared in 82 games for Phoenix scoring 13 goals and 27 assists for 40 points with 36 penalty minutes...he set career personal highs for games played (82), assists (27) and points (40)... won 55.3% of his face off draws to lead the team.

2009-10:

Combined to record a career-high 41 points (15G, 26A) with MIN and WSH... Registered a +3 rating in 15 games with WSH... His 15th goal vs. BOS on Apr. 11 was the fastest Caps goal after an opposition tally in 2009-10 (19 seconds) ... Joined WSH via trade on Mar. 3 and made his debut the next night ... Scored his first goal as a Capital in his second game, vs. NYR on Mar. 6 ... Recorded points in each of the last two games of the season (1G, 1A).... Recorded three GWGs and three PPGs (with MIN)... Collected three points (1G, 2A) in the second game of the season, vs. ANA on Oct. 6, sparking a five-game point-scoring streak (10/6—10/16, 2-6-8) ...Registered two multiple-goal games for MIN (at LA on Dec. 28 and vs. CGY on Jan. 6)... Scored two goals vs. CGY on Jan. 6 in his 600th career NHL game... 2010 Playoffs: Appeared in all seven of Washington’s playoff games vs. MTL, recording 0-1-1 and 4 PIM.

2008-09:

Ranked seventh on the Wild roster with 35 points (13-12-35), sixth an assists and second with four GWG... Nine of his 23 assists came on the power play, with two others coming shorthanded...Wild was 18-1-1 when Belanger played to a plus-rating and went 9-3-0 when Belanger scored a goal...Played in his 500th NHL game vs. COL on Dec. 1.

2007-08:

Tied career high with 37 points during his first season with Minnesota...Set career highs with 24 assists...Became a fourth player in team history to collect four assists in game, also setting new career high in points and assists in game at EDM on Nov. 14.

2006-07:

Matched a career high for goals in a season with 17...Won 53.1% of face-offs taken (640-1206)...Recorded eight multi-point games including five with Thrashers...Skated in 400th career NHL contest at BOS on Mar. 31.

2005-06:

Set career highs in goals (17) and points (37) and PPGs (5) in 65 games with Los Angeles...Ranked tied for fifth on club in goals and tied for fourth with 28 takeaways...Had five multi-point games.

2003-04:

Led Kings in face-off percentage for fourth consecutive season at 53.6%... Notched five-game point streak (2-3=5, 1/3-2/13)...Finished with a career- high nine shots and tallied goal at PIT (10/10)...Goal came on his first shot of the game and first shot faced by the Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury in the NHL.

2002-03:

Finished third season with Los Angeles second on the club with 16 goals...Improved his assist (19) and point totals (35) for third consecutive year...Notched first career-hat trick in 6-2 win vs. STL (12/17)... Led Kings and tied for seventh in the NHL with three SHGs...Paced Los Angeles in face-off percentage for the third straight season winning 51.8% of his draws.

2001-02:

Led Kings and ranked seventh in the NHL with a 57.7% face-off percentage.

2000-01:

Made NHL debut and picked up three points (1-2=3) including his first NHL goal in 4-1 victory at WSH (10/6)... Led all rookies and ranked 12th in NHL with a 56.4% face-off percentage... Finished a career-high +14, which ranked fourth among league rookies... Scored first career playoff goal in OT at 2:38 in Game 4 as the Kings overcame 3-0 deficit to beat Detroit 4-3...Ranked second among rookies in playoff scoring.

1999-00:

Finished third in regular season scoring for Lowell (AHL) with 40 points (15-25=40) and tied for club lead in playoff scoring with six points (3-3=6).

1998-99:

Appeared in just 33 games with Springfield (AHL) due to injuries including a back ailment and tallied 26 points (8-18=26)...1997-98: Tied for third in scoring for Fredericton (AHL) with 51 points (17-34=51) in 56 games during first professional season.