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Tyler Cuma
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Born January 19, 1990 (1990-01-19) (age 29)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
Vienna Capitals
Minnesota Wild
Graz 99ers
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2008
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2010–present

Tyler Cuma (born January 19, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Vienna Capitals of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft when he was playing for the Ottawa 67's.

Playing CareerEdit

JuniorEdit

Tyler began his major junior career in the OHL with the Ottawa 67's in 2006–07. He was drafted sixth overall in the 2006 OHL Priority Draft.

He recorded 19 (3 goals, 16 assists) points in his rookie season before improving to 32 (4 goals, 28 assists) points in 59 games in 2007-08. That year, he was named the 67's Top Scholastic Player and played in the OHL All-Star Game.

Tyler's third season with the 67's, was cut short after sustaining a knee injury during Team Canada's 2009 World Junior selection camp in December 2008. He appeared in just 21 games, scoring nine points. It was thought that he might have made the Minnesota Wild's roster that year.

His last year in the OHL was the 2009-10 season where he got 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists) in 52 games.

ProfessionalEdit

Tyler's first AHL season was in 2010–11, when he played for the Houston Aeros. That year, he played 31 games, getting 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) before sustaining a knee injury in February.

In the 2011-12 season, he played 73 games, getting 9 assists for the Houston Aeros. Cuma made his NHL debut in April 2011–12, playing for the Minnesota Wild in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, getting 2 PIM in 11 minutes on ice.

In 2012-13, Tyler spent the entire season with the Houston Aeros, playing in 42 games, getting 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists). He suffered a foot injury which caused him to miss a month.

As a free agent from the Wild, he belatedly signed a trial contract into the 2014–15 season with Austrian club, the Graz 99ers of the EBEL on September 30, 2014.

Tyler opted to remain in the EBEL the following season although he left Graz as a free agent to sign with rivals, the Vienna Capitals on October 5, 2015.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07Ottawa 67'sOHL63316195550226
2007–08Ottawa 67'sOHL59428326941122
2008–09Ottawa 67'sOHL2118927
2009–10Ottawa 67'sOHL5251722731205520
2010–11Houston AerosAHL3113415
2011–12Houston AerosAHL730994820000
2011–12Minnesota WildNHL10002
2012–13Houston AerosAHL42111121410000
2013–14Iowa WildAHL5508847
2014–15Graz 99ersEBEL3117835
2015–16Vienna CapitalsEBEL350221041012
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 2

International PlayEdit

Tyler has represented Canada at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2008 World Junior Championships.

Playing StyleEdit

Tyler is a two-way defenseman, who has a slightly offensive bent.

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