Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wade Belak
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's Wade Belak was a first round draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1994. Born on July 3rd, 1976, Belak was a stand out defenseman with the Saskatoon Blades and actually made his pro hockey debut before his junior career had ended. At the conclusion of the 1994-95 season, Belak joined the Nordiques' American Hockey League affiliate, the Cornwall Aces, for their playoff run.

With some professional experience under his belt, Belak returned to the Western Hockey League for the 1995-96 season and made the jump to the NHL the following year. By this time, the Nordiques had transferred to Colorado and had become the Avalanche. Belak suited up for five NHL games that season, but he tasted his first professional success in the minors that year when he was part of the Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears.

Belak spent the bulk of the next season with Hershey as well, playing only eight games with the Avalanche. In 1998-99, he established himself with the Avs, playing 20 games before he found himself part of a blockbuster trade that saw him packaged with junior defenseman Robin Regehr and winger Rene Corbet and dealt to the Calgary Flames for sniper Thereon Fleury and tough guy Chris Dingman.

Belak was never ever able to play more then forty games in a season with the Flames and eventually was a victim of the numbers game on the crowded Flames blueline. He was placed on waivers, where he was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the 2000-01 season. In Toronto, Belak would help add grit to a soft Leaf line up and in his 2002-03 season set career highs in goals (3) assists (6) and points (9) while competing in his 200th career game. Belak would go on to spend another three seasons with the Maple Leafs and at one point nearly set a Leaf record for consecutive games without a goal. Entering his seventh season as a Maple Leaf in 2007-08, the career enforcer was dealt to the Florida Panthers at the NHL trading deadline for a fifth round draft pick.

Belak's time in Florida was short lived. After only 15 games the Florida Panthers traded the enforcer to the Nashville Predators for Nick Tarnasky.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 North Battleford North Stars SMBHL 57 6 20 26 186
1992-93 North Battleford North Stars SJHL 50 5 15 20 146
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 +4 2 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 0 0 11 -1
1996-97 Hershey Bears AHL 65 1 7 8 320 -1 16 0 1 1 61
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 8 1 1 2 27 -3
1997-98 Hershey Bears AHL 11 0 0 0 30 -5
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 0 0 0 71 -2
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 17 0 1 1 49 +8
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 9 0 1 1 23 +3
1998-99 Saint John Flames AHL 12 0 2 2 43 -3 6 0 1 1 23
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 40 0 2 2 122 -4
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 23 0 0 0 79 -2
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 1 1 2 31 -4
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 1 3 4 142 +2 16 1 0 1 18
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 3 6 9 196 -2 2 0 0 0 4
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 1 1 2 109 0 4 0 0 0 14
2004-05 Coventry Blaze Britain 20 3 5 8 109 8 1 1 2 16
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 0 3 3 109 -13
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 0 3 3 110 -8
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 30 1 0 1 66 -2
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 17 0 0 0 12 0
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 15 0 0 0 25 0
2008-09 Nashville Predators NHL 38 0 2 2 54 -1
2009-10 Nashville Predators NHL 39 0 2 2 58 0
2010-11 Nashville Predators NHL 15 0 0 0 18 -1
NHL Totals 549 8 25 33 1263 22 1 0 1 36


Rights transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Calgary by Colorado with Rene Corbet, Robyn Regehr and Colorado's 2nd round compensatory pick (Jarret Stoll) in 2000 NHL Draft for Theoren Fleury and Chris Dingman, February 28, 1999.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 and 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Colorado, February 10, 2000. Claimed on waivers by Toronto from Calgary, February 16, 2001.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to abdomen (November 20, 2003 vs. Edmonton) and knee (January 6, 2004 vs. Nashville) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Coventry (Britain), November 8, 2004. Traded to Florida by Toronto for Florida's 5th round pick (Jerome Flaake) in 2008 NHL Draft, February 26, 2008. Traded to Nashville by Florida for Nick Tarnasky, November 27, 2008. Missed majority of 2010-11 as a healthy reserve. Passed away on August 31, 2011.
Surname(s) beginning with