Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kevin Weekes
A graduate of the OHL's Owen Sound Platers and Ottawa 67's, Kevin Weekes was drafted in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers and was immedietly anointed their goaltender of the future. The Panthers, who already had a very solid tandem with John Vanbiesbrouck and Mark Fitzpatrick, which meant Weekes spent his first two seasons as a professional honing his skills in the minors with the Carolina Monarchs. During his third season the Panthers traded Fitzpatrick and Weekes was given an opportunity to show his stuff at the big league level.

Weekes played 11 games for the Panthers but was unable to record a victory. The following season the Panthers went with the veteran tandem of Sean Burke and Kirk McLean which left Weekes out of the picture. He was assigned to the Detroit Vipers of the IHL and he posted dominant numbers. Weekes won 19 games while losing just five and registering a measly 2.07 goals against average capturing the James Norris Memorial Trophy awarded to the goaltender with the fewest goals against. With his stock on the rise, the Panthers dangled Weekes in trade talks and he was soon on the move as part of the blockbuster trade that landed Pavel Bure in South Florida.

Now a Vancouver Canuck, Weekes was saddled with the pressure of filling the large goaltending void for them, but Weekes struggled and was unable to post a win in the eight games he played to finish out the 1998-99 schedule. He improved his numbers the following year for Vancouver, but management felt they still needed a more proven starting netminder and Weekes was on the move again. This time he was dealt to the New York Islanders in exchange for Felix Potvin.

With the Islanders Weekes teamed with youngster Roberto Luongo to handle the goaltending load for the struggling club. At season's end, New York General Manager Mike Milbury, traded away both Luongo and Weekes in two separate deals.

Weekes landed back in Florida, but this time as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Given an opportunity to play and hone his craft without a lot of pressure Weekes shined in Tampa Bay. Weekes played a career-high 61 games and managed to post four shutouts and 20 wins for the lowly Lightning, but his parade was rained on late in the season with the Lightning went out and acquired goaltender Nikolia Khabibulin in a deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. While Khabibulin ate up most of the ice time in Tampa, Weekes could do little but wait and hope another opportunity would arise. That chance came late in the season when the Carolina Hurricanes, who had a goaltending tandem that featured two aging netminders in Arturs Irbe and Tom Barrasso identified Weekes as the guy they wanted for the future.

Shortly after he was acquired by the Hurricanes, Barrasso was traded away creating a roster spot for the well-travelled Weekes. Upon his arrival in Carolina, Weekes became a key player in the team's post season success and their drive to the Stanley Cup final. Although the team fell short to the Detroit Red Wings, Weekes strong play help lead the team to it's first Stanley Cup final appearance in franchise history. Weekes had 14 wins in 2002-03 and a career high 23 wins in 2003-04.

After parts of three seasons with Carolina, Weekes was acquired by the New York Rangers in the summer of 2004. In his first season as a Ranger, Weekes suited up for 32 games with the club and posted a 14 and 14 record backing up Gold-Medal Olympian Henrik Lundqvist. The following season Weekes only saw action in 14 games as the netminder was sidelined by a strained quadricep muscle suffered in mid-February.

In the summer of 2007, Weekes was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils.

Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1990-91 Toronto Red Wings MTHL
1990-91 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B 1 0 0 0 0 1.46
1991-92 Toronto Red Wings MTHL 35 4 1.94
1991-92 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.A 2 0 1 1 0 5.20 4 1 2 0 1 4.21
1992-93 Owen Sound Platers OHL 29 9 12 5 0 5.22 1 0 0 0 11.50
1993-94 Owen Sound Platers OHL 34 13 19 1 0 4.80
1994-95 Ottawa 67's OHL 41 13 23 4 1 4.05
1995-96 Carolina Panthers AHL 60 24 25 8 2 4.04
1996-97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 51 17 28 4 1 3.56
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 11 0 5 1 0 3.96
1997-98 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 12 9 2 1 1 2.84
1998-99 Detroit Vipers IHL 33 19 5 7 4 2.06
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 0 8 1 0 3.83
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 6 7 4 1 2.86
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 36 10 20 4 1 3.41
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 61 20 33 3 4 3.14
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 3 9 0 2 2.89
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 2 2 0 0 0 1.50 8 3 2 2 1.62
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 51 14 24 9 5 2.55
2003-04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 66 23 30 11 6 2.33
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 32 14 14 3 0 2.95 1 0 1 0 4.00
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 14 4 6 2 0 3.39
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 9 2 2 1 0 2.97
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 16 7 5 0 0 2.42
NHL Totals 348 105 163 39 19 2.87 9 3 3 2 1.92

James Norris Memorial Trophy (IHL - fewest goals against) (1999) (shared with Andrei Trefilov) Traded to Vancouver by Florida with Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown and Florida's 1st round pick (Nathan Smith) in 2000 NHL Draft for Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and Vancouver's 3rd round pick (Robert Fried) in 2000 NHL Draft, January 17, 1999. Traded to NY Islanders by Vancouver with Dave Scatchard and Bill Muckalt for Felix Potvin, NY Islanders' 2nd round compensatory pick (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Teemu Laine) in 2000 NHL Draft and NY Islanders' 3rd round pick (Thatcher Bell) in 2000 NHL Draft, December 19, 1999. Traded to Tampa Bay by NY Islanders with the rights to Kristian Kudroc and NY Islanders' 2nd round pick (later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Matthew Spiller) in 2001 NHL Draft for Tampa Bay's 1st round pick (Raffi Torres) in 2000 NHL Draft, Calgary's 4th round pick (previously acquired, NY Islanders selected Vladimir Gorbunov) in 2000 NHL Draft and NY Islanders' 7th round pick (previously acquired, NY Islanders selected Ryan Caldwell) in 2000 NHL Draft, June 24, 2000. Traded to Carolina by Tampa Bay for Shane Willis and Chris Dingman, March 5, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 5, 2007. Officially announced his retirement, September 17, 2009.
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