|Born||January 19, 1990 |
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)|
|NHL Draft||23rd overall, 2008|
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).
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.
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.
Tyler has represented Canada at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2008 World Junior Championships.
Tyler is a two-way defenseman, who has a slightly offensive bent.