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Born July 26, 1979 (1979-07-26) (age 30),
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
Swiss-A team
F. teams
HC Ambri-Piotta
U. of Minnesota
NHL Draft 187st overall, 1998
Phoenix Coyotes
Career 1997 – present

Erik Westrum (born July 26, 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American professional ice hockey center.

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Playing career

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Springfield Falcons

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 league for University of Minnesota.Erik played the next four year with the same team. Then he made the jump in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons in the season 2001/2002. With the Falcons he played 199 games and has scored scoring 106 points, 37 goals and 69 assists.

Phoenix Coyotes

Westrum made his NHL debut with Phoenix during the 2003–04 NHL season, playing 15 games with 2 points, one goal and one assist. At the same time he played for the farmteam of Phoenix, the Springfield Falcons.

Utah Grizzlies

After the little apparison in the NHL Westrum signed a contract with the Utah Grizzlies in the AHL. With this team he played 80 games with 18 goals and 15 assists, for a total of 33 points.

Minnesota Wild

In the season 2005–06 Erik Westrum signed a "two-ways" contract with Minnesota Wild in the NHL after the trade between Phoenix and Minnesota. Wild traded Zbynek Michalek to the Coyotes for Erik Westrum and Dustin Wood.But the second experience in the North America top league resisted for only 10 games with one assist. Then he played the rest of season with the farmteam of Minnesota, the Houston Aeros. He played 71 games with 98 points, finishing second on the team behind Kirby Law that did 110 points.

Toronto Maple Leafs

At the end of 2005/06 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 Toronto Marlies in the AHL, he finish as the team's top scorer with 58 points (23 goals and 35 assist).

HC Ambrì-Piotta

Westrum is going to play the season 2007/2008 in the Swiss League with the HC Ambri-Piotta. He signed a contract for four years. In Ambrì he found Nick Naumenko, an old companion of the Utah Grizzlies. In the first year in Ambrì he became a fan favorite thanks to his spectacular kind of play.

Awards & Honours

Golden Gopher Team Award Winners

  • 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.

All-Star Team

  • WCHA - Third All-Star Team, season 1999–00.
  • WCHA - First All-Star Team, 2000–01.
  • AHL - First All-Star Team, season 2005–06.
  • AHL - First All-Star Team, season 2006–07.

Swiss National League

  • National League TopScorer, season 2007–08.

International play

He has represented Team USA at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 U. of Minnesota NCAA 39 6 12 18 43
1998–99 U. of Minnesota NCAA 41 10 26 36 81
1999–00 U. of Minnesota NCAA 39 27 26 53 99
2000–01 U. of Minnesota NCAA 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 Ambri-Piotta Swiss-A 50 33 39 72 104
2008–09 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss-A 32 21 18 39 115
NHL totals 27 1 2 3 22

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