Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Daze
Eric Daze was drafted 90th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite his strong junior career, most scouts did not hold him in high regard, questioning both his skating ability and his ruggedness.

Daze first rose to prominence while playing Midget hockey with the Laval Regents of the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League. In 1992-93, he joined the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques, scoring 32 points in 55 games before moving on to the Beauport Harfangs late in the season. The following year with Beauport, he vastly improved on those stats, to 59 goals and 107 points and was named a QMJHL First Team All-Star. In 1994-95, he scored 54 goals and 99 points and was again named a QMJHL First Team All-Star. He won the CHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player award as well as the Viscount Alexander Award, which goes to the Junior Male Athlete of the Year in the province of Quebec.

Daze led the Quebec provincial under-17 Midget team to a silver medal at the 1992 World Hockey Challenge and was a key contributor to the Canadian under-20 junior team that skated to a gold medal at the 1995 World Junior Championships. That year, he was named a tournament All-Star.

In a shortened 1994-95 season, the 19-year-old Daze made his NHL debut on April 27 against the Dallas Stars. Just three nights later, he scored his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings.

In 1995-96, Daze joined the Blackhawks full-time and collected 30 goals. After a couple of seasons tempered by injuries, Daze returned to form in 2000-01, scoring 33 goals before establishing a career high 38 in 2001-02.

Injuries would plague Daze once again in 2002-03, limiting his season to under 60 games for the first time in his nine year career and in 2003-04 suited up for a mere 19 games, while recovering from a back injury.Due to continuous back injuries, Daze has saw limited action throughout the 2005-06 season.

Aside from his World Junior experience, Daze represented Canada at the World Championships (1998-1999).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Laval-Laurentides QAHA 30 25 20 45 30
1991-92 Laval-Laurentides QAAA 35 30 29 59 40 12 8 10 18 8
1991-92 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 13 6 17 23 10
1993-94 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 66 59 48 107 31 15 16 8 24 2
1994-95 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 57 54 45 99 20 16 9 12 21 23
1994-95 Canada WJC-A 7 8 2 10 0
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 4 1 1 2 2 +2 16 0 1 1 4
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 30 23 53 18 +16 10 3 5 8 0
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 22 19 41 16 -4 6 2 1 3 2
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 31 11 42 22 +4
1997-98 Canada WC-A 3 1 4 5 0
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 72 22 20 42 22 -13
1998-99 Canada WC-A 2 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 59 23 13 36 28 -16
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 33 24 57 16 +1
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 38 32 70 36 +17 5 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 22 22 44 14 +10
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 19 4 7 11 0 -7
2004-05
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -2
NHL Totals 601 226 172 398 176 37 5 7 12 8


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1994, 1995)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1995)
Canadian Major Junior Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year (1995)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1996) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2002)
Missed majority of 2003-04 and 2005-06 due to back injury vs. Los Angeles, October 16, 2003.