Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Aaron Downey
Bruising right-winger Aaron "Diesel" Downey made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins, but his one game stint in Beantown wasn't where he made his impression. The tough winger worked his way through the ranks of minor pro hockey with stops in Hampton Roads of the ECHL, Portland of the AHL and Manitoba of the IHL before signing his deal with the Bruins.

His time in the Boston organization was primarily spent with their farm club the Providence Bruins with the exception of one game in the 1998-99 campaign. When the Chicago Blackhawks moved their farm team to Norfolk for the 2000-01 season Downey was signed as a free agent to be a link to that town's ECHL past with the Hampton Roads franchise.

Downey, the former captain of the Hampton Roads version of the Admirals quickly became a fan-favourite because of his tough style and his willingness to take on all comers. What wasn't expected was the impression that Downey made on the Chicago brass with his gritty play.

Downey joined the Hawks for three games during the 2000-01 season, but returned the following year for a much longer stay. His physical play and determined style made him a welcome addition to the resurgent 'Hawks lineup and he was able to beat Dominik Hasek for his first NHL goal.

The Shelburne, Ontario native spent two seasons in the Hawks organization before joining the Dallas Stars in 2002-03. Upon his arrival in the Lone Star state, Downey continued to provide gritty play and was a fan favourite for the next two seasons before he was acquired by the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 2005.

The rugged-winger went on to play 17 games with the Blues before being claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens in January of 2006. He would compete in 21 games with the Canadiens but not be re-signed by the club in the off-season. However, he signed as a free agent in Detroit after being invited to the Red Wings training camp for a tryout. His rough play would earn him 56 games in the clubs line up and help them capture the Presidents Trophy as the leagues top team. Downey was a black ace on the Red Wings during their run to the 2008 Stanley Cup.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Grand Valley Harvesters ON-Jr.D 27 6 8 14 57
1991-92 Collingwood Blues ON-Jr.B 40 9 8 17 111
1992-93 Guelph Storm OHL 53 3 3 6 88 5 1 0 1 0
1993-94 Cole Harbour Red Wings NSMHL 35 8 20 28 210
1994-95 Cole Harbour Red Wings NSMHL 40 10 31 41 320
1995-96 Hampton Roads Admirals ECHL 65 12 11 23 354
1996-97 Manitoba Moose IHL 2 0 0 0 17
1996-97 Portland Pirates AHL 3 0 0 0 19
1996-97 Hampton Roads Admirals ECHL 64 8 8 16 338 9 0 3 3 26
1997-98 Providence Bruins AHL 78 5 10 15 407
1998-99 Providence Bruins AHL 75 10 12 22 401 +3 19 1 1 2 46
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Providence Bruins AHL 47 6 4 10 221 -6 14 1 0 1 24
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 0 0 6 -1
2000-01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 67 6 15 21 234 +2 9 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 36 1 0 1 76 -2 4 0 0 0 8
2001-02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 12 0 2 2 21 +1
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 43 1 1 2 69 +1
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 37 1 1 2 77 +2
2004-05
2005-06 St. Louis Blues NHL 17 2 0 2 45 0
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 1 4 5 50 +2 1 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 21 1 0 1 48 -6
2006-07 Providence Bruins AHL 15 0 0 0 30 -3 1 0 0 0 12
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 56 0 3 3 116 0
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 1 1 2 7 0
2008-09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 65 2 7 9 126 -8 10 0 1 1 44
NHL Totals 243 8 10 18 494 5 0 0 0 8


Signed as a free agent by Boston, January 20, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 13, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 3, 2002.
Spent majority of 2003-04 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 1, 2005. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from St. Louis, January 23, 2006.
Spent majority of 2006-07 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 1, 2005.Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 3, 2007.