Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Garnet Exelby
Garnett Exelby was born August 16, 1981 in Craik, Saskatchewan. The eighth round, 217th overall selection of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Exelby is a graduate of the WHL.

A hard-nosed defenseman, Exelby played three seasons in the WHL, with stops in Saskatoon and Regina before making his professional debut with the AHL's Chicago Wolves in 2001-02. In his first two seasons with the Wolves, Exelby continued his aggressive play on the blue line and was a solid defender as the team captured the Calder Cup title in 2002.

While he spent the majority of his first two seasons in the AHL, Exelby strong play impressed the Atlanta staff to earn 15 games throughout the 2002-03 season, before becoming a regular on the Atlanta blue line in 2003-04.

While with the Thrashers, Exelby established himself as a feared open-ice hitter. Opposing players who tried to carry the puck across his blueline were routinely sent crashing down. Never an offensive force, Exelby's play was steady if unspectacular, never scoring more than two goals in a single season in Atlanta.

In the summer of 2009 he was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team looking to add more "pugnacity, testosterone and truculence" to their lineup, as famously said by Maple Leafs general manager, Brian Burke. The trade saw the Thrashers acquire Pavel Kubina in return.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Winnipeg South Blues MJHL 46 5 11 16 110
1998-99 Saskatoon Blades WHL 61 5 3 8 91 -34
1999-00 Saskatoon Blades WHL 63 1 8 9 79 +14 11 0 2 2 21
2000-01 Saskatoon Blades WHL 43 5 10 15 110 -6
2000-01 Regina Pats WHL 22 2 8 10 51 +10 6 0 2 2 2
2000-01 Regina Pats M-Cup 5 0 1 1 4
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 75 3 4 7 257 -8 25 0 4 4 49
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 15 0 2 2 41 0
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 53 3 6 9 140 +11 9 0 1 1 27
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 71 1 9 10 134 -10
2004-05
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 1 9 10 75 +11
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 2 8 10 56 +2 4 0 0 0 6
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 2 5 7 85 -21
2008-09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 59 0 7 7 120 -2
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 51 1 3 4 73 -8
2010-11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 77 3 10 13 128 +7
2011-12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 75 7 14 21 177 +8
2012-13 Providence Bruins AHL 52 2 7 9 95 +13 12 0 2 2 31
NHL Totals 408 7 43 50 584 4 0 0 0 6


Traded to Toronto by Atlanta with Colin Stuart for Pavel Kubina and Tim Stapleton, July 1, 2009. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Rockford (AHL), October 9, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, November 26, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 5, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 11, 2012.