Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis was born June 19, 1980 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The second round, 60th overall selection of the Dallas Stars in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Ellis honed his skills in the USHL with the Omaha Lancers before enrolling at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the fall of 2000.

In his three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha, Ellis compiled a 52-50-12 record before making his professional debut in 2003-04. The Saskatoon native spent the majority of his rookie campaign with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads, leading them to the ECHL Championship and subsequently being named playoff MVP. Although he spent the majority of the year in the ECHL, Ellis would also see action with the AHL's Utah Grizzlies while making his NHL debut with Dallas later that same year.

After appearing in 55 games with the Dallas Stars AHL affiliate in Iowa, Ellis was signed as a free agent by the Nashville Predators.

After three years in "Music City" Ellis was traded by the Predators to the Montreal Canadiens along with Dustin Boyd in exchange for Sergei Kostitsyn on June 29, 2010. Just days later, on July 1, Ellis would sign a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Things did not work out quite as expected for Ellis in Tampa and just 31 games into his Lightning career he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Curtis McElhinney.

In the summer of 2012, Ellis was on the move again. This time he inked a deal with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. He would ultimately split time between the Checkers and their parent club, the Carolina Hurricanes, during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season.

On July 5, 2013, as an unrestricted free agent, Ellis re-joined the Dallas Stars, the team who originally drafted him, signing a two-year deal.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1998-99 Newmarket Hurricane 87's ON-Jr.A 28 24 3 1 3 2.25
1999-00 Omaha Lancers USHL 55 34 16 4 11 2.25 4 1 3 0 0 2.52
2000-01 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 40 21 14 3 2 2.49
2001-02 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 40 20 15 4 3 2.42
2002-03 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 39 11 21 5 3 3.18
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
2003-04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 20 5 14 0 2 2.92
2003-04 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 23 13 8 1 2 2.56 16 13 3 3 1.86
2004-05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 31 10 19 0 1 2.77
2005-06 Iowa Stars AHL 34 16 13 1 2 2.78
2006-07 Iowa Stars AHL 55 30 21 1 4 2.78 12 6 6 0 3.09
2007-08 Nashville Predators NHL 44 23 10 3 6 2.34 6 2 4 0 2.52
2008-09 Nashville Predators NHL 35 11 19 4 3 2.93
2009-10 Nashville Predators NHL 31 15 13 1 1 2.69
2010-11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 13 7 6 2 2.93
2010-11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 13 8 3 1 0 2.39 1 0 1 0 5.85
2011-12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 10 1 5 0 0 2.72
2012-13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 18 8 7 2 2 2.46
2012-13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 19 6 8 2 1 3.13
2013-14 Dallas Stars NHL 14 5 6 0 1 3.04
2013-14 Florida Panthers NHL 6 0 5 0 0 4.81
NHL Totals 204 83 76 17 14 2.81 7 2 5 0 2.86


USHL First All-Star Team (2000)
USHL Goaltender of the Year (2000)
USHL Player of the Year (2000)
CCHA Second All-Star Team (2002) ECHL Playoff MVP (2004)
Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 5, 2007. Traded to Montreal by Nashville with Dustin Boyd and future considerations for Sergei Kostitsyn and future considerations, June 29, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2010. Traded to Anaheim by Tampa Bay for Curtis McElhinney, February 24, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Charlotte (AHL). September 24, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, January 13, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 5, 2013. Traded to Florida by Dallas for Tim Thomas, March 5, 2014.