Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stephane Yelle
Stephane Yelle played his junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL from 1991 to 1994 and was the eighth choice of the New Jersey Devils in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. During his final season of junior he recorded 104 points.

Yelle was traded by New Jersey to the Quebec Nordiques on June 1, 1994, and made his pro debut in the AHL with the Cornwall Aces during the 1994-95 season. In 1995-96, both he and the Nordiques franchise relocated to Colorado. The Nords became the Avalanche and Yelle became an NHL regular. Yelle played in 71 regular season games and 22 playoff games for the Avalanche in his first season en route to the Stanley Cup championship.

With the Avalanche, Yelle continued to improve on his checking and penalty killing skills. Strong on faceoffs and considered one of the premier defensive players in the league, injuries limited Yelle to 50 regular season games with Colorado in 2000-01, but he returned for the playoffs and contributed to the Avs' Stanley Cup victory at year's end. The Bourget, ON native played one more season in Colorado before being traded to the Calgary Flames prior to the 2002-03 season. Upon his arrival with the Flames, Yelle continued his strong play in his own end and was a key player in the team's drive to the 2004 Stanley Cup final.

On September 3, 2008, the career Western Conference player signed with the Boston Bruins in the east. Sadly, his time in Boston was short-lived however and the following summer, Yelle was again an unrestricted free-agent, this time choosing to sign with the Carolina Hurricanes.

On March 3, 2010, the NHL trade deadline, the veteran forward was shipped back to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a sixth round draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Cumberland Barons OHA-B 33 20 30 50 16
1991-92 Oshawa Generals OHL 55 12 14 26 20 7 2 0 2 2
1992-93 Oshawa Generals OHL 66 24 50 74 20 10 2 4 6 4
1993-94 Oshawa Generals OHL 66 35 69 104 22 5 1 7 8 2
1994-95 Cornwall Aces AHL 40 18 15 33 22 13 7 7 14 8
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 13 14 27 30 +15 22 1 4 5 8
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 79 9 17 26 38 +1 12 1 6 7 2
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 7 15 22 48 -10 7 1 0 1 12
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 72 8 7 15 40 -8 10 0 1 1 6
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 79 8 14 22 28 +9 17 1 2 3 4
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 4 10 14 20 -3 23 1 2 3 8
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 73 5 12 17 48 +1 20 0 2 2 14
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 82 10 15 25 50 -10
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 53 4 13 17 24 +1 23 3 3 6 16
2004-05
2005-06 Calgary Flames NHL 74 4 14 18 48 +10 7 1 0 1 8
2006-07 Calgary Flames NHL 56 10 14 24 32 +5 6 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Calgary Flames NHL 74 3 9 12 20 -4 7 2 0 2 6
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 77 7 11 18 32 +6 11 0 1 1 2
2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 59 4 3 7 28 -6
2009-10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 0 1 1 4 0 6 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 991 96 169 265 490 171 11 21 32 90


Traded to Quebec by New Jersey with New Jersey's 11th round choice (Steven Low) in 1994 Entry Draft for Quebec's 11th round choice (Mike Hanson) in 1994 Entry Draft, June 1, 1994. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Calgary by Colorado with Chris Drury for Derek Morris, Jeff Shantz and Dean McAmmond, October 1, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Boston, September 3, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, August 19, 2009. Traded to Colorado by Carolina with Harrison Reed for Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and Colorado's 6th round choice (Tyler Stahl) in 2010 Entry Draft, March 3, 2010.