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Tyler Cuma
Born January 19, 1990 (1990-01-19) (age 31)
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 Career[]

Junior[]

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.

Professional[]

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 Statistics[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Ottawa 67's OHL 63 3 16 19 55 5 0 2 2 6
2007–08 Ottawa 67's OHL 59 4 28 32 69 4 1 1 2 2
2008–09 Ottawa 67's OHL 21 1 8 9 27
2009–10 Ottawa 67's OHL 52 5 17 22 73 12 0 5 5 20
2010–11 Houston Aeros AHL 31 1 3 4 15
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 73 0 9 9 48 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 42 1 11 12 14 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Iowa Wild AHL 55 0 8 8 47
2014–15 Graz 99ers EBEL 31 1 7 8 35
2015–16 Vienna Capitals EBEL 35 0 2 2 10 4 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 1 0 0 0 2

International Play[]

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

Playing Style[]

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

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