Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ben Clymer
Ben Clymer was a high-scoring defenseman at Jefferson High School before moving on to the University of Minnesota. He made quite an impression as a freshman player by scoring 20 points in 29 games but missed the entire 1997-98 season as the result of a shoulder injury in the opening game. When his injury healed, Clymer took his career in a different direction and elected to make the jump to Canada's Junior ranks with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.

Clymer was unable to come to terms with Boston Bruins, who had drafted him 27th overall in 1997, and instead signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning on the eve of the 1999-00 campaign. He impressed the team's brass with a strong training camp and cracked the roster. His strong start soon faded and he was sent down to the IHL's Detroit Vipers in mid-January. Clymer's strong offensive skills, willingness to jump into the rush and strong outlet passes led to the Lightning management toying with the idea of switching him to the wing, but they opted against it and Clymer started the 2000-01 season with Detroit filling a leadership role on the team.

He also appeared in 23 games with Tampa Bay and scored five goals and six points, but it was the following year that he really began to deliver on his offensive promise. The Lightning revisited their earlier idea and this time opted to move Clymer to the right-wing. In 2001-02, Clymer became a full-time NHLer and rewarded the Lightning coaching staff for their confidence in him by chipping in 14 goals and 34 points, making the move to the forward ranks and unqualified success.

After helping his club reach the post season for the first time since the 1995-96 season in 2002-03, Clymer and the Lightning went on to capture their first Stanley Cup title in 2004. Following the NHL lock out of 2004-05, Clymer was acquired by the Washington Capitals in the summer of 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Jefferson Jaguars High-MN 23 3 7 10 20
1994-95 Jefferson Jaguars High-MN 28 11 22 33 36
1995-96 Jefferson Jaguars High-MN 18 12 34 46 34 5 0 6 6 6
1995-96 United States WJC-A 6 0 4 4 14
1996-97 University of Minnesota WCHA 29 7 13 20 64
1996-97 United States WJC-A 6 0 2 2 2
1997-98 University of Minnesota WCHA 1 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 70 12 44 56 93 +21 11 1 5 6 12
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 60 2 6 8 87 -26
1999-00 Detroit Vipers IHL 19 1 9 10 30 -6
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 0 0 0 4 +3
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 5 1 6 21 -7
2000-01 Detroit Vipers IHL 53 5 8 13 88 -19
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 14 20 34 36 -10
2002-03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 65 6 12 18 57 -2 11 0 2 2 6
2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 2 8 10 50 +5 5 0 0 0 0
2004-05 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss-2 19 11 12 23 30 11 6 11 17 24
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 77 16 17 33 72 -7
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 66 7 13 20 44 -17
2007-08 Hershey Bears AHL 50 11 16 27 83 0
2008-09 Dynamo Minsk KHL 49 4 14 18 85
2009-10 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 37 8 24 32 70 10 2 3 5 12
NHL Totals 438 52 77 129 367 16 0 2 2 6


Missed majority of 1997-98 due to shoulder injury vs. University of Michigan (CCHA), October 10, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, October 2, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Biel-Bienne (Swiss-2), December 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 8, 2005.
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