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Shawn Belle
Born January 3, 1985 (1985-01-03) (age 36)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Played for Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Avalanche
Adler Mannheim
Färjestad BK
Düsseldorfer EG
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2003
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2005–2015

Shawn Belle (born Shawn James Robert Belle on January 3, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche.

Playing Career[]

Shawn was a highly touted prospect playing for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL) when he was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 1st round, 30th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, he returned to the Americans and played for 2 more years.

During the 2004–2005 season, Shawn was traded to the Dallas Stars.

For the 2005–2006 season, he turned pro and joined the Stars minor league affiliate, the Iowa Stars.

Shawn played 45 games with the Stars before being traded to the Minnesota Wild and joining their affiliate, the Houston Aeros, for the remainder of the season.

For the 2006–2007 season, he played the majority of the year with the Aeros but also made his NHL debut with the Wild, skating in 9 games and recording 1 assist.

On July 11, 2008, Shawn was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for forward Corey Locke.

After two seasons within the Canadiens organization, he signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers on July 13, 2010.

On February 28, 2011, he was traded by the Oilers to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Kevin Montgomery.

Shawn signed a contract abroad as a free agent with Adler Mannheim of the German DEL on September 10, 2011.

After two seasons in Mannheim, Shawn signed a one-year contract in the Swedish Hockey League with Färjestad BK on June 10, 2013.

On June 16, 2014, Shawn continued his European journey in signing a one-year contract in the Kontinental Hockey League with Croatian team KHL Medveščak Zagreb.

Prior to the 2014–15 season, he was released from his contract without appearing for the club due to a pre-existing injury on August 31, 2014. On November 10, 2014, having recovered to full health, he made a return to Germany in signing for the remainder of the season with Düsseldorfer EG.

On July 23, 2015, Shawn signalled the end of his professional playing career in agreeing to an assistant coach role with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Regina Pats WHL 4 0 3 3 0
2000–01 Tri-City Americans WHL 2 0 1 1 0
2001–02 Tri-City Americans WHL 64 1 17 18 51 5 2 1 3 2
2002–03 Tri-City Americans WHL 66 7 14 21 77
2003–04 Tri-City Americans WHL 55 9 20 29 68 11 3 5 8 15
2004–05 Tri-City Americans WHL 62 13 32 45 76 5 1 1 2 6
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 45 1 2 3 63
2005–06 Houston Aeros AHL 16 1 1 2 18 8 1 0 1 4
2006–07 Houston Aeros AHL 57 4 14 18 73
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 9 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 63 1 2 3 74 3 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 60 3 10 13 93 6 1 0 1 16
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 70 3 16 19 69 19 1 6 7 20
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 39 3 17 20 61
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 12 3 3 6 8 7 0 3 3 8
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Adler Mannheim DEL 46 3 5 8 87 14 1 3 4 14
2012–13 Adler Mannheim DEL 42 2 7 9 68 3 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Färjestad BK SHL 39 3 3 6 62 14 0 1 1 18
2014–15 Düsseldorfer EG DEL 28 0 3 3 22 12 2 4 6 8
NHL totals 20 0 1 1 2

International Statistics[]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC18 Template:Goca 7 1 1 2 0
2004 Canada WJC Template:Sica 6 0 1 1 0
2005 Canada WJC Template:Goca 6 1 0 1 6
Junior totals 19 2 2 4 6

International Play[]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2005 Minnesota
Silver 2004 Helsinki
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold 2003 Yaroslavl

Shawn has spent time with Team Canada’s junior program.

He has played on the U-18 gold medals teams in 2003 as well as the U-20 team in 2003 and 2004. He also participated in the 2003 and 2004 Canada-Russia Challenge while representing Team WHL and represented North America in the America Japan challenge.

Japan lead 6-4 in the challenge before his goal sparked a 4 goal burst by North America, who won in a final score of 8-7. The next year, Shawn's penalty in triple OT cost North America as they fell 1-0.