Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Simon Wheeldon
Center Simon Wheeldon was a big time scorer as a Junior in the Western Hockey League, but he never signed a contract with the team that drafted him, the Edmonton Oilers. When he finished his Junior caeer, he became a free agent and signed a deal with the New York Rangers after then-General Manager Phil Esposito sought him out.

Wheeldon was an instant success as a professional scoring 109 points in his first season which was split between the American and International Hockey Leagues. During his second year he was in the midst of an All-Star season in the IHL when he was summoned by the Rangers.

In five games in New York the skilled forward was limited to just one assist. The following season Wheeldon was again a minor league All-Star and again played a handful of games with the big club. This time he played six games and he once again chipped in a singe assist. After spending all of the 1989-90 campaign in the minors, the Rangers traded Wheeldon away in the summer of 1990.

Now property of the Winnipeg Jets, Wheeldon still wasn't granted a good opportunity to prove his worth at the NHL level. The Jets put him into just four games and he was unable to score any points for his new club.

Despite a trade to the Washington Capitals in the off-season, the 1991-92 season was spent entirely in the minors and Wheeldon, who was recently married, felt his career was at a crossroads at season's end. Wary of the prospect of being a journeyman minor leaguer in North America with a new wife Wheeldon elected to give playing in Europe a try.

Wheeldon signed on to play in Austria for the 1992-93 campaign for what he thought would be one year. Though culture-shock and the language barrier proved troublesome the transition on the ice was seamless. Wheeldon settled in and began to have a family in his new home while his career flourished with VEU Feldkirch. Wheeldon twice led the league in goals and points and also played in the 1998 Olympics, representing his adopted homeland.

In 1999 Wheeldon joined the Munich Barons where he played the next few years and was back in the Olympics in 2002.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Kelowna Buckaroos BCJHL 55 30 44 74 74
1983-84 Victoria Cougars WHL 56 14 24 38 43
1984-85 Victoria Cougars WHL 67 50 76 126 78
1984-85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 61 96 157 85
1986-87 Flint Spirits IHL 41 17 53 70 20
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 38 11 28 39 39 5 0 0 0 6
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 5 0 1 1 4 -2
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 69 45 54 99 80 13 8 11 19 12
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 6 0 1 1 2 -1
1988-89 Denver Rangers IHL 74 50 56 106 77 4 0 2 2 6
1989-90 Flint Spirits IHL 76 34 49 83 61 4 1 2 3 2
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 4 0 0 0 4 +2
1990-91 Moncton Hawks AHL 66 30 38 68 38 8 4 3 7 2
1991-92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 78 38 53 91 62
1992-93 VEU Feldkirch Alpenliga 30 19 32 51 38
1992-93 VEU Feldkirch Austria 20 10 25 35
1993-94 VEU Feldkirch Alpenliga 28 24 20 44 30
1993-94 VEU Feldkirch Austria 27 19 26 45 24
1994-95 VEU Feldkirch Euroliga 17 24 15 39 24
1994-95 VEU Feldkirch Austria 45 32 39 71 38
1995-96 VEU Feldkirch Alpenliga 8 13 11 24 6
1995-96 VEU Feldkirch Austria 37 35 50 85 32
1996-97 VEU Feldkirch Alpenliga 45 32 39 71 38
1996-97 VEU Feldkirch Austria 11 9 5 14 14 6 5 2 7 6
1996-97 Switzerland Oly-Q 3 2 0 2 14
1996-97 Austria WC-B 7 4 0 4 2
1997-98 VEU Feldkirch Alpenliga 16 8 9 17 30 5 4 10 14
1997-98 VEU Feldkirch Austria 21 13 14 27 24 6 0 3 3 4
1997-98 VEU Feldkirch EuroHL 10 6 6 12 8
1997-98 Austria Olympics 4 0 1 1 8
1997-98 Austria WC-A 3 1 0 1 2
1998-99 VEU Feldkirch Alpenliga 35 19 30 49 46
1998-99 VEU Feldkirch Austria 17 6 7 13 22
1998-99 Austria WC-Q 3 2 2 4 4
1999-00 Munchen Barons Germany 56 26 34 60 85 12 2 6 8 8
1999-00 Austria WC-A 5 1 3 4 10 +1
2000-01 Munchen Barons Germany 57 9 37 46 74 11 2 6 8 20
2000-01 Munchen Barons Con-Cup 3 0 2 2 0
2000-01 Austria WC-A 6 1 2 3 2 -5
2001-02 Munchen Barons Germany 57 9 26 35 81 9 2 3 5 14
2001-02 Austria Olympics 4 1 1 2 2 0
2002-03 VEU Feldkirch Austria
NHL Totals 15 0 2 2 10


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1985, 1986)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1988, 1989)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, September 8, 1986. Traded to Winnipeg by NY Rangers for Brian McReynolds, July 9, 1990. Traded to Washington by Winnipeg with Craig Duncanson and Brent Hughes for Bob Joyce, Tyler Larter and Kent Paynter, May 21, 1991.
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