Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Belanger
After a strong season with the Beauport Harfangs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1995-96, Eric Belanger was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Belanger split his final junior season between Beauport and Rimouski, scoring 39 goals and 117 points. Upon the completion of his junior career, Belanger went on to spend three seasons split between the UHL, IHL and AHL honing his skills before making his NHL debut with the Kings during the 2000-01 season. Although he spent the majority of the season in Los Angeles, Belanger went on to see limited action with the club's AHL affiliate in Lowell.

During the 2002-03 season, Belanger established at the time a career-high in points with 35 (16-19-35) and continued to be one the Kings more reliable players.

On February 9, 2007, Belanger was sent to the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Josef Vasicek. The following day, he was sent to the Atlanta Thrashers for defencemen Vitaly Vishnevski. Belanger finished his season off with the Thrashers before signing as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2007.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, Belanger was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second round draft pick.

In the summer of 2010 Belanger was on the move again. This time as an unrestricted free agent he signed a one-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.

In what was becoming a summer tradition, Belanger was once again a free agent in the summer of 2011. This time, he inked a deal with the Edmonton Oilers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Magog Cantonniers QAAA 32 19 24 43 24 13 5 6 11 36
1994-95 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 71 12 28 40 24 +31 18 5 9 14 25
1995-96 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 59 35 48 83 18 +38 20 13 14 27 6
1996-97 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 33 16 37 53 32 +7
1996-97 Rimouski Oceanic QMJHL 29 23 41 64 34 +24 4 2 3 5 10
1997-98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 56 17 34 51 28 -1 4 2 1 3 2
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 33 8 18 26 10 +8 3 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 65 15 25 40 20 -5 7 3 3 6 2
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 9 12 21 16 +14 13 1 4 5 2
2000-01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 13 8 10 18 4 +7
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 53 8 16 24 21 +2 7 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 16 19 35 26 -5
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 13 20 33 44 -16
2004-05 HC Forst Bolzano Italy 12 13 10 23 20 9 3 7 10 33
2005-06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 17 20 37 62 -5
2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 56 8 12 20 14 -2
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 24 9 6 15 12 0 4 1 0 1 12
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 75 13 24 37 30 -6 6 0 0 0 4
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 79 13 23 36 26 -5
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 60 13 22 35 28 -1
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 17 2 4 6 4 +3 7 0 1 1 4
2010-11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 13 27 40 36 +11 4 0 0 0 2
2011-12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 4 12 16 32 -13
2012-13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 26 0 3 3 10 -1
2013-14 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL 7 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 820 138 220 358 361 41 2 5 7 28


Signed as a free agent by Bolzano (Italy), December 22, 2004. Traded to Carolina by Los Angeles with Tim Gleason for Oleg Tverdovsky and Jack Johnson, September 29, 2006. Traded to Nashville by Carolina for Josef Vasicek, February 9, 2007. Traded to Atlanta by Nashville for Vitaly Vishnevski, February 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 3, 2007. Traded to Washington by Minnesota for Washington's 2nd round pick (Johan Larsson) in 2010 NHL Draft, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, September 14, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Yekaterinburg (KHL), July 15, 2013.
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