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Shawn Belle
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Born January 3, 1985 (1985-01-03) (age 34)
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 CareerEdit

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 StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01Regina PatsWHL40330
2000–01Tri-City AmericansWHL20110
2001–02Tri-City AmericansWHL64117185152132
2002–03Tri-City AmericansWHL667142177
2003–04Tri-City AmericansWHL5592029681135815
2004–05Tri-City AmericansWHL621332457651126
2005–06Iowa StarsAHL4512363
2005–06Houston AerosAHL161121881014
2006–07Houston AerosAHL574141873
2006–07Minnesota WildNHL90110
2007–08Houston AerosAHL631237430002
2008–09Hamilton BulldogsAHL603101393610116
2009–10Hamilton BulldogsAHL7031619691916720
2009–10Montreal CanadiensNHL20000
2010–11Oklahoma City BaronsAHL393172061
2010–11Edmonton OilersNHL50000
2010–11Lake Erie MonstersAHL12336870338
2010–11Colorado AvalancheNHL40002
2011–12Adler MannheimDEL46358871413414
2012–13Adler MannheimDEL422796830112
2013–14Färjestad BKSHL39336621401118
2014–15Düsseldorfer EGDEL2803322122468
NHL totals 20 0 1 1 2

International StatisticsEdit

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 PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg 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.