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Born July 19, 1982 (1982-07-19) (age 27),
Forest Park, IL, USA
Height
Weight
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
F. teams
Atlanta Thrashers
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs
SM-l
Jokerit
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006 – present

Tim Stapleton (born July 19, 1982 in Forest Park, Illinois) is an American professional ice hockey center who currently plays for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

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Playing career

Undrafted, Stapleton played for two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Stapleton then represented the University of Minnesota Duluth for four seasons, where he led the team in scoring as a freshman and had back-to-back 40 point seasons.

After a brief stint with the Portland Pirates of the AHL, he signed with Jokerit of the Finnish SM-liiga, completing a tryout which led to a one-year contract. During his first Jokerit season, Stapleton won the SM-liiga silver medal and finished second in playoff scoring.

On June 6, 2008, Stapleton signed as a free agent to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2008–09 season.[1] Stapleton was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on September 26, 2008.

On 26 February 2009, Stapleton played his first career NHL game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring the shootout winner.[2] In his next game Stapleton was credited with his first NHL goal against the Ottawa Senators, when Jason Spezza inadvertently put the puck past goaltender Brian Elliott on February 28, 2009.[3]

On July 1, 2009, Stapleton was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers with Pavel Kubina for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart.[4] After signing with the Thrashers, Stapleton was then assigned to affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, for the 2009-10 season.[5]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 52 7 15 22 8 4 1 2 3 4
2001–02 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 61 24 36 60 10 7 4 7 11 0
2002–03 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 42 14 28 42 6
2003–04 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 43 16 25 41 18
2004–05 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 38 19 20 39 6
2005–06 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 39 14 16 30 4
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 9 0 5 5 4 4 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Jokerit SM-l 56 19 29 48 28 10 6 4 10 8
2007–08 Jokerit SM-l 55 28 33 61 36 14 9 8 17 8
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 70 28 51 79 26 6 2 0 2 2
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 1 0 1 0
SM-l totals 111 48 62 110 60 24 15 12 27 16
NHL totals 4 1 0 1 0

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