Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wes Walz
In 1987-88, Walz played his first major junior game with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, scoring a goal and an assist. The following season, he joined the Lehtbridge Hurricanes and had 75 assists and 104 points as a WHL rookie. In 1989-90, he scored 54 goals and 140 points and was named a WHL East 1st Team All-Star. In the playoffs, he scored a league-best 24 assists and 37 points in 19 games.

The Boston Bruins selected Walz with their 3rd-round pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. During his rookie season with the Bruins, he scored eight goals and eight assists and after 15 games in 1991-92, he was traded with Garry Galley and a 3rd-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Gord Murphy, Brian Dobbin, and a 3rd-round draft pick. He played just two games with the Flyers before the close of the season.

On August 26, 1993, Walz signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames. That year, he scored 38 points in 53 games as the Flames won the Pacific Division title. In the shortened 1994-95 campaign, he played 39 games with the Flames as they repeated as Pacific Division champions.

On September 6, 1995, Walz signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings. That season, he played two games at the NHL level. Frustrated at his lack of NHL success, he opted to play two seasons with Lugano in the Swiss Elite League, winning the league title in 1998. After finding new confidence in his game, Walz returned to the NHL with the expansion Minnesota Wild in 2000-01, playing all 82 games, scoring 18 goals and assisting on 12 others. Over the next three seasons Walz continued be an on ice leader with the Wild and was instrumental in the team's playoff success in 2003.

Walz won a gold medal with Canada at the 1990 World Junior Championships. Just over eleven years later, he represented the national team at the 2001 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Calgary North Stars AMHL
1987-88 Calgary North Stars AMHL 35 47 52 99 72
1987-88 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 1 1 1 2 0
1988-89 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 63 29 75 104 32 8 1 5 6 6
1989-90 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 56 54 86 140 69 19 13 24 37 33
1989-90 Canada WJC-A 7 2 3 5 0
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 2 1 1 2 0 -1
1990-91 Boston Bruins NHL 56 8 8 16 32 -14 2 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Maine Mariners AHL 20 8 12 20 19 2 0 0 0 21
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 15 0 3 3 12 -3
1991-92 Maine Mariners AHL 21 13 11 24 38
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 1 0 1 0 +1
1991-92 Hershey Bears AHL 41 13 28 41 37 6 1 2 3 0
1992-93 Hershey Bears AHL 78 35 45 80 106
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 53 11 27 38 16 +20 6 3 0 3 2
1993-94 Saint John Flames AHL 15 6 6 12 14
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 39 6 12 18 11 +7 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 38 20 35 55 58
1996-97 EV Zug Swiss 41 24 22 46 67 9 5 1 6 39
1997-98 EV Zug Swiss 38 18 34 52 32 20 16 12 28 18
1997-98 EV Zug EuroHL 5 1 3 4 10
1998-99 EV Zug Swiss 42 22 27 49 75 10 3 9 12 2
1998-99 EV Zug EuroHL 6 7 5 12 4 2 0 0 0 12
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 6 4 3 7 8 +7
1999-00 HC Lugano Swiss 13 7 11 18 14 5 3 4 7 4
1999-00 HC Lugano EuroHL 1 0 0 0 0 4 3 3 6 4
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 18 12 30 37 -8
2000-01 Canada WC-A 6 0 4 4 2 +3
2001-02 Minnesota Wild NHL 64 10 20 30 43 0
2002-03 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 13 19 32 63 +11 18 7 6 13 14
2003-04 Minnesota Wild NHL 57 12 13 25 32 +5
2004-05
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 19 18 37 61 +7
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 62 9 15 24 30 +3 5 0 1 1 4
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 11 1 3 4 6 -5
NHL Totals 607 109 151 260 343 32 10 7 17 20


WHL - Rookie of the Year (1989)
WHL East First All-Star Team (1990)
Traded to Philadelphia by Boston with Garry Galley and Boston's 3rd round pick (Milos Holan) in 1993 NHL Draft for Gord Murphy, Brian Dobbin, Philadelphia's 3rd round pick (Sergei Zholtok) in 1992 NHL Draft and Philadelphia's 4th round pick (Charles Paquette) in 1993 NHL Draft, January 2, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, August 26, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 6, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Long Beach (IHL), October 12, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, June 28, 2000.
Officially announced his retirement December 1, 2007.
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