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Born February 16, 1980 (1980-02-16) (age 30),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Calgary Flames
New York Rangers
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1998
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2000 – present

Blair Betts (born February 16, 1980 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Betts was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft in the second round, 33rd overall.

During the 2006–07 season, Betts found success on the Rangers checking fourth line. He was mostly paired with Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg. Betts was also a key factor on the penalty kill. He was one of the Rangers most consistent faceoff men with 52.3 percent of faceoffs won. He was first on the team with 1186 faceoffs taken. He was also sixth on the team, first among forwards, with 98 blocked shots and led the team with 276 minutes and 42 seconds of short handed time on the ice. In the 2008-09 NHL season, Betts played as one of the Rangers' alternate captains while Scott Gomez was injured.

Recently, TSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire declared Betts "the most underrated player in the league". Praise continued for Betts on January 24, 2009 when Larry Brooks, columnist for The New York Post, wrote that Betts and teammate Fredrik Sjöström could be the best penalty kill tandem in Rangers history. As of then, the penalty kill was a franchise high of 87.6 percent.[1]

After becoming a free agent, Betts was invited to the 2009 Philadelphia Flyers training camp. The Flyers signed him to a one-year contract on October 1, 2009.[2]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Prince George Cougars WHL 58 12 18 30 19 15 2 2 4 6
1997–98 Prince George Cougars WHL 71 35 41 76 38 11 4 6 10 8
1998–99 Prince George Cougars WHL 42 20 22 42 39 7 3 2 5 8
1999–00 Prince George Cougars WHL 44 24 35 59 38 13 11 11 22 6
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 75 13 15 28 28 19 2 3 5 4
2001–02 Saint John Flames AHL 67 20 29 49 10
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 6 1 0 1 2
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 19 6 7 13 2
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 9 1 3 4 0
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 20 1 2 3 10
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 16 5 4 9 3
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 66 8 2 10 24 4 1 1 2 2
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 82 9 4 13 24 10 0 0 0 4
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 75 2 5 7 20 8 0 0 0 2
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 81 6 4 10 16 6 0 0 0 0
WHL totals 215 91 116 207 134 46 20 21 41 28
AHL totals 177 44 55 99 48 19 2 3 5 4
NHL totals 339 28 20 48 96 28 1 1 2 8

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