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Blair Betts
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Born February 16, 1980 (1980-02-16) (age 39)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Played for Calgary Flames
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1998
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2000–2011

Blair Betts (born on February 16, 1980) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing CareerEdit

Blair was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the second round (33rd overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

On September 27, 2002, he missed the majority of the 2002-03 NHL season due to a shoulder injury he suffered during training camp.

Blair also missed the majority of the 2003-04 NHL season due to shoulder injuries he suffered on November 22, 2003 (in a game versus the Chicago Blackhawks) and December 31, 2003 (in a game versus the Colorado Avalanche).

On March 6, 2004, he was traded to the New York Rangers with Jamie McLennan and Greg Moore for Chris Simon and the Rangers' seventh round choice (Matt Schneider) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

During the 2006–07 season, he found success on the Rangers checking fourth line. Blair was mostly paired with Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg. He was also a key factor on the penalty kill.

He was one of the Rangers most consistent faceoff men with 52.3 percent of faceoffs won.

Blair was first on the team with 1,186 faceoffs taken. He was also sixth on the team, first among forwards with 98 blocked shots.

He led the team with 276 minutes and 42 seconds of short-handed time on the ice.

In the 2008–09 season, Blair served as one of the Rangers' alternate captains while Scott Gomez was injured.

TSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire declared him "the most underrated player in the league."

Praise continued for Blair on January 24, 2009 when Larry Brooks (a columnist for The New York Post) wrote that he and his teammate Fredrik Sjostrom could be the best penalty kill tandem in Rangers history. As of then, the penalty kill was a franchise high of 87.6 percent.

After becoming a free agent, Blair was invited to the 2009 Philadelphia Flyers training camp.

On October 1, 2009, the Flyers signed him to a one-year contract. On February 12, 2010, he was later signed to a two-year contract extension.

On October 5, 2011, The Montreal Canadiens picked Blair up off waivers from the Flyers, but on October 9, 2011, Montreal cancelled the waiver claim on him & returned him to the Flyers after failing his physical.

Blair ended up missing the entire 2011-12 NHL season and subsequently retired after the season.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Prince George Cougars WHL 58 12 18 30 19 15 2 2 4 6
1997–98 Prince George Cougars WHL 71 35 41 76 38 11 4 6 10 8
1998–99 Prince George Cougars WHL 42 20 22 42 39 7 3 2 5 8
1999–00 Prince George Cougars WHL 44 24 35 59 38 13 11 11 22 6
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 75 13 15 28 28 19 2 3 5 4
2001–02 Saint John Flames AHL 67 20 29 49 10
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 6 1 0 1 2
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 19 6 7 13 2
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 9 1 3 4 0
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 20 1 2 3 10
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 16 5 4 9 3
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 66 8 2 10 24 4 1 1 2 2
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 82 9 4 13 24 10 0 0 0 4
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 75 2 5 7 20 8 0 0 0 2
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 81 6 4 10 16 6 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 8 10 18 14 23 1 1 2 4
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 5 7 12 8 11 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 477 41 37 78 118 62 2 2 4 12
WHL totals 215 91 116 207 134 46 20 21 41 28
AHL totals 177 44 55 99 48 19 2 3 5 4

Personal LifeEdit

Blair was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but he grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.

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