Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Blake Wheeler
Blake Wheeler was born on August 31, 1986 in Plymouth Minnesota. A scoring sensation in high school, Wheeler would join the USHL and played a single season with the Green Bay Gamblers before attending the University of Minnesota. While with the Golden Gophers, Blake would score the game winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

Though he was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2004, the two sides were unable to come to terms on a contract and Wheeler became an unrestricted free agent and Wheeler signed with the Boston Bruins in July of 2008.

In his rookie season of 2008-09, Wheeler would record 21 goals for the Bruins and establish himself as a physical force. Wheeler was also named MVP of the NHL's YoungStars game, scoring four goals in a 9-5 victory.

The 2009-10 season was a difficult one for the Bruins. The club was ranked 30th in the NHL for goals scored and as such, Wheeler saw his own offensive totals dip slightly. He recorded 18 goals in his sophomore season.

The following year was not much better for the big winger out of Minnesota. In 58 games for the Bruins he was limited to just 11 goals and on February 18, 2011 he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Mark Stuart in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik.

Prior to the 2011-12 season, Wheeler moved with the rest of the Thrashers to Winnipeg, where they formed the Winnipeg Jets. Between 2013 and 2016, Wheeler would record three consecutive seasons of 25 or more goals. He would also establish himself as one of the Jets' leaders and on August 31, 2016, was named the club's captain.

On the international stage, Wheeler has represented the United States three times, which is highlighted by a fourth place finish at the 2014 Winter Olympics.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2002-03 Breck Mustangs High-MN 26 15 27 42
2003-04 Team Northwest UMEHL 24 5 6 11
2003-04 Breck Mustangs High-MN 27 39 50 89 34 3 6 5 11 0
2004-05 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 58 19 28 47 43 -7
2005-06 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 9 14 23 41
2005-06 United States WJC-A 7 2 0 2 6 +3
2006-07 University of Minnesota WCHA 44 18 20 38 42
2007-08 University of Minnesota WCHA 44 15 20 35 72
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 81 21 24 45 46 +36 8 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Boston Bruins NHL 82 18 20 38 53 -4 13 1 5 6 6
2010-11 Boston Bruins NHL 58 11 16 27 32 +8
2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 23 7 10 17 14 +2
2010-11 United States WC-A 7 2 3 5 6 -1
2011-12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 17 47 64 55 +3
2012-13 EHC Red Bill Munchen Germany 15 6 14 20 51
2012-13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 48 19 22 41 28 -3
2013-14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 28 41 69 63 +4
2013-14 United States Olympics 6 0 1 1 2 0
2014-15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 26 35 61 73 +26 4 1 0 1 2
2015-16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 26 52 78 49 +8
2016-17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 26 48 74 47 +6
NHL Totals 697 199 315 514 460 25 2 5 7 8


USHL All-Rookie Team (2005) Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2008. Traded to Atlanta by Boston with Mark Stuart for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik, February 18, 2011. Transferred to Winnipeg after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Munchen (Germany), October 28, 2012.
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