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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-CANADIAN " SHAWN BELLE " IS A FORMER CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL ICE HOCKEY DEFENSE MAN WHO PLAYED FOR THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

BLACK   SOCIAL  HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shawn Belle


Shawn Belle
Shawn Belle 1.jpg
BornJanuary 3, 1985 (age 30)
EdmontonABCAN
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotLeft
Played forMinnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Avalanche
Adler Mannheim
Färjestad BK
Düsseldorfer EG
NHL Draft30th overall, 2003
St. Louis Blues
Playing career2005–2015
Shawn James Robert Belle (born January 3, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defense man who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota WildMontreal CanadiensEdmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche.

Playing career

Belle 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, Belle returned to the Americans and played for 2 more years there. Belle 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 Belle's goal sparked a 4 goal burst by North America, who won in a final score of 8-7. The next year Belle's penalty in triple OT cost North America as they fell 1-0.
During the 2004–2005 season, Belle was traded to the Dallas Stars.[1] For the 2005–2006 season, Belle turned pro and joined the Stars minor league affiliate, the Iowa Stars. He 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.[2] For the 2006–2007 season, Belle 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, Belle was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for forward Corey Locke.[3]
After two seasons within the Canadiens organization, Belle signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with hometown team, theEdmonton Oilers on July 13, 2010.[4] On February 28, 2011, Belle was traded by the Oilers to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Kevin Montgomery.[5]
Belle signed a contract abroad as a free agent with Adler Mannheim of the German DEL on September 10, 2011.[6]
After two seasons in Mannheim, Belle signed a one-year contract in the Swedish Hockey League with Färjestad BK on June 10, 2013.[7]
On June 16, 2014, Belle continued his European journey in signing a one-year contract in the Kontinental Hockey League with Croatian team KHL Medveščak Zagreb.[8] 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.[9] On November 10, 2014, having recovered to full health, Belle made a return to Germany in signing for the remainder of the season with Düsseldorfer EG.[10]
On July 23, 2015, Belle 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.[11]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
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 totals200112
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place2005 Minnesota
Silver medal – second place2004 Helsinki
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place2003 Yaroslavl

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2003CanadaWJC181st71120
2004CanadaWJC2nd60110
2005CanadaWJC1st61016
Junior totals192246

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