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Born July 3, 1976 (1976-07-03) (age 33),
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Defence/forward
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Nashville Predators
Colorado Avalanche
Calgary Flames
Toronto Maple Leafs
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1994
Quebec Nordiques
Career 1996 – present

Wade Belak (born July 3, 1976 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian professional hockey forward and defenceman for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 12th Overall. He has played for the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.

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Playing career

In 2004–05 he played for Coventry Blaze in the British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) during the NHL lockout. Belak won man of the match a number of times and was voted to the EIHL All-Star team at the end of the season.

Until December 4, 2007 Belak was on pace to set a Leafs record for most consecutive games without a goal. He went 143 games until he scored against the Nashville Predators.[1] Belak was previously featured in a Rogers Sportsnet interview where he jokingly admitted he was attempting the record intentionally. Despite his limited scoring in the NHL, Belak has scored on notable goalies such as Martin Brodeur,[2] Roberto Luongo,[3] and Chris Mason.[1] Wade Belak was traded to the Florida Panthers on February 26, 2008 for a 5th round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. [4] Belak was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Nick Tarnasky on November 27, 2008.

Personal life

Belak was born in St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Lorraine Belak and Lionel Aadland. At age six, his family moved to Battleford where he attended St. Vital Elementary School, Battleford Junior High, and North Battleford Comprehensive High School. He was described as a typical jock, and by 14, he was aiming to become a certified lifeguard.[5]

On July 20, 2002, Wade married Jennifer Jordan Russell in Banff, Alberta. They have two daughters, Andie Marie (born 2004) and Alex Grace (born 2006), who were both born in Toronto. The family owns two Yorkshire dogs: Oscar and Macie.[5] In the summer, the family resides in Kelowna, British Columbia, where Wade enjoys golfing, bike-riding, softball, and water sports. Wade's younger brother Graham Belak played in several lower-tier leagues and was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche, 53rd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, although he never played a game in the NHL.[6]

Off the ice, the Toronto media portrayed Belak as a charismatic, easy-going person who loves to joke, contrary to his aggressive style of play. He has participated in spoof interviews with Greg Ross of Rogers Sportsnet; Ross characterizes him as an athlete who has a sense of humour about his career. He also had his own segment with Leafs TV called "Wade a Minute".[7] In 2008, Belak also hosted his own short form series on BiteTV called The Wade Belak Show.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Saskatoon Blades WHL 7 0 0 0 23 7 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Saskatoon Blades WHL 69 4 13 17 226 16 2 2 4 43
1994–95 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 4 14 18 290 9 0 0 0 36
1994–95 Cornwall Aces AHL 11 1 2 3 40
1995–96 Saskatoon Blades WHL 63 3 15 18 207 4 0 0 0 9
1995–96 Cornwall Aces AHL 5 0 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 0 0 11
1996–97 Hershey Bears AHL 65 1 7 8 320 16 0 1 1 61
1997–98 Hershey Bears AHL 11 0 0 0 30
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 8 1 1 2 27
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 17 0 1 1 49
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 0 0 0 71
1998–99 Saint John Flames AHL 12 0 2 2 43 6 0 1 1 23
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 9 0 1 1 23
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 40 0 2 2 122
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 23 0 0 0 29
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 1 1 2 31
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 1 3 4 142 16 1 0 1 18
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 3 6 9 196 2 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 1 1 2 109 4 0 0 0 14
2004–05 Coventry Blaze EIHL 42 7 10 17 178
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 0 3 3 109
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 0 3 3 110
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 30 1 0 1 66
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 17 0 0 0 12
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 15 0 0 0 25
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 38 0 2 2 54
NHL totals 495 8 23 31 1187 22 1 0 1 36
WHL totals 211 11 42 53 746 36 2 2 4 88
AHL totals 110 1 10 11 460 35 1 4 5 126

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Preceded by
Adam Deadmarsh
Quebec Nordiques first round draft pick
1994
Succeeded by
Jeff Kealty
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