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Garnet Exelby
Born August 16, 1981 (1981-08-16) (age 40)
Craik, SK, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
F. teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Atlanta Thrashers
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 217th overall, 1999
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2001–present

Garnet Exelby (born August 16, 1981 in Craik, Saskatchewan, and raised in Ste. Anne, Manitoba) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. He is particularly known for his aggressive style of play and his fearsome bodychecking skills.

Playing career[]

Exelby was drafted by the Thrashers in round 8, 217th overall, at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Having already spent one year playing junior hockey for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, Exelby played the next two seasons at the WHL with the Blades and the Regina Pats. In the 2001–02 season, Exelby moved away from the juniors and played in the AHL for the Chicago Wolves. He stayed with the Wolves for the whole of that season, as the Wolves clinched the AHL's Calder Cup. Exelby was called up to the main Thrashers roster midway through the 2002–03 NHL season.

On July 1, 2009, Exelby was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Colin Stuart for Pavel Kubina and the rights to Tim Stapleton.

Exelby became a free agent on July 1, 2010. He was invited on a try-out basis with the New York Rangers. He was let go on September 27.

On November 26, 2010 the Chicago Blackhawks signed Exelby to a one-year contract and assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

On July 5, 2011 the Detroit Red Wings signed Exelby to a one-year contract, with the expectation that he will provide depth for the AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.[1]

Awards[]

  • Inaugural recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial Award - 2003–04

Career statistics[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Saskatoon Blades WHL 61 5 3 8 91
1999–2000 Saskatoon Blades WHL 63 1 8 9 79 11 0 2 2 21
2000–01 Saskatoon Blades WHL 43 5 10 15 110
2000–01 Regina Pats WHL 22 2 8 10 51 6 0 2 2 2
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 75 3 4 7 257 25 0 4 4 49
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 15 0 2 2 41
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 53 3 6 9 140 9 0 1 1 27
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 71 1 9 10 134
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 1 9 10 75
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 2 8 10 56 4 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 2 5 7 85
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 59 0 7 7 120
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 51 1 3 4 73
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 77 3 10 13 128
NHL totals 408 7 43 50 584 4 0 0 0 6

Career transactions[]

  • Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft as an 8th round choice, 217th overall.
  • Traded to Regina Pats (WHL) by Saskatoon Blades (WHL) for Scott Balan and future considerations, January 15, 2001.
  • Called up during the NHL 2002–03 season.
  • Traded to Toronto Maple Leafs, July 1, 2009

See also[]

  • List of Toronto Maple Leafs players

External links[]

Preceded by
None
Winner of the Dan Snyder Memorial Award
2004
Succeeded by
Niclas Hävelid, 2006
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