Nashville Predators
Wade Belak
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WadeBelak
POSITION: Right Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 222
BIRTHDATE: 07/03/1976
BIRTHPLACE: Saskatoon, SK, CAN
DRAFTED: QUE: 1994-12 overall

* Notched 10 fighting majors in 38 games with the Predators
* Has 11 fighting majors this season, the third-highest total of his career.
* Ranked second on the club in penalty minutes (79).

* Missed the final 13 games of the regular season - and 18 games total - due to injury.
* Posted two fighting majors in a game for the first time since Feb. 11, 2003 on March 12 vs. Washington.
* Notched his second assist as a Predator, and first since Dec. 4, on March 5 vs. Columbus. They are his first two assists since the 2006-07 season with Toronto.
* Played 10:46 on Dec. 29 at Colorado, his highest total since Nov. 25, 2006 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
* Posted his first point/assist as a Predator - as well as his first point in 85 games - on Dec. 4 vs. Colorado.
* Made his Predators debut on Nov. 28 at Atlanta after being acquired one day earlier..
* Started the 2008-09 season with Florida, amassing 25 penalty minutes in 15 games from Oct. 10-Nov. 26.

Career Notes
OT Points: 0g-0a-0pt, Shootouts: none, Penalty Shots: none.
2009-10: Led the team in penalty minutes (58) and fighting majors (10)… Notched his 1,200th career penalty minute on Nov. 30 vs. Calgary… Dressed for his 500th NHL contest on Oct. 21 at Boston.

2008-09: Led the club in fighting majors (11) and ranked third on the team in penalty minutes (79)… Posted his first point/assist as a Predator - as well as his first assist in 85 games – on Dec. 4 vs. Colorado… Started the 2008-09 season with Florida, amassing 25 penalty minutes in 15 games from Oct. 10-Nov. 26.

2007-08: Scored his first goal in 143 games on Dec. 4, 2007 vs. Nashville… 2006-07: Set a career high in games played (65)… Ranked second on the Maple Leafs in penalty minutes (110)… Posted more than 100 penalty minutes for the sixth time in his career… Registered his 1,000th career penalty minute on Jan. 16, 2006 at Tampa Bay… 2005-06: Tied for second on Toronto in penalty minutes (109)… Set a career high and led Toronto forwards in blocked shots (47)… 2004-05: Posted 17 points (7g-10a) and 178 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Coventry Blaze of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom… Voted to the 2005 EIHL All-Star Team after helping the Blaze win the regular season and playoff titles, in addition to the 2005 Challenge Cup… 2003-04: Finished fourth on Toronto in penalty minutes (109)… Ranked third on the Leafs in penalty minutes during the 2004 Playoffs (14)… Missed the majority of the season recovering from abdomen (Nov. 20, 2003 vs. Edmonton) and knee (Jan. 6, 2004 vs. Nashville) injuries... 2002-03: Set career highs in goals (3), assists (6) and points (9)… Ranked fourth in the NHL and led Toronto with a career-high in penalty minutes (196)… Also set a career high in average ice time (10:50)… 2001-02: Ranked second on the Maple Leafs in penalty minutes (142)… Set career highs in shots (47) and hits (102)… Scored his first and only playoff goal on April 28, 2002 at N.Y. Islanders… Made his NHL Playoff debut on April 18, 2002 at N.Y. Islanders… Missed majority of 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons recovering from shoulder injury sustained on Feb. 10, 2000 vs. Colorado… 2000-01: Split the season between Calgary and Toronto… 1999-00: Led the Flames in penalty minutes (122)… 1998-99: Split the season between Calgary and Colorado… Also appeared in 27 games between the clubs’ AHL affiliates (17 for Hershey and 12 for Saint John)… 1997-98: Limited to eight games due to shoulder and abdominal injuries… Notched his first career NHL point/assist on Oct. 22, 1997 vs. Washington. Scored his first career goal later in the game, creating the only multi-point effort of his career… 1996-97: Helped the Hershey Bears win the 1997 Calder Cup in his first professional season… Ranked fifth in the American Hockey League and led Hershey in penalty minutes (320)… Led the Bears and ranked third in the league in penalty minutes (61) during the 1997 Calder Cup Playoffs… 1994-95: Appeared in his first five professional contests during the 1995 Calder Cup Playoffs with Cornwall (AHL).

AMATEUR: Played 211 games with Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League (1992-96), amassing 53 points (11g-42a) and 746 penalty minutes… Helped the Blades reach Game Seven of the 1993 WHL Finals, notching four points (2g-2a) and 43 penalty minutes (43) in 16 games… Named Saskatoon’s Most Improved Player for the 1993-94 season.

BACKGROUND:
Nickname: “Beeker”… Would like to go into broadcasting or host his own radio show after his hockey career is completed. Co-hosts “Blackstone Hockey Night,” a weekly radio show during the regular season, and has his own segment “Wade’s World,” on the team’s FOX Sports Tennessee broadcasts… The historical figure he would have most liked to have met is Wyatt Earp… Maintains his own website: www.wadebelak.com... Favorites include Metallica (band), Las Vegas (vacation spot), Dave Manson (player growing up)… He and his wife, Jennifer, have a daughter, Andie, and a son, Alex.

TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 28, 2008 – Acquired by Nashville from Florida for Nick Tarnasky… Feb. 26, 2008 – Acquired by Florida from Toronto for a fifth-round selection in 2008 Entry Draft (Jerome Flaake) … Feb. 16, 2001 – Claimed on waivers by Toronto… Feb. 28, 1999 – Acquired by Calgary along with Rene Corbet, Robyn Regehr and Colorado's second round compensatory choice in 2000 Entry Draft (Jarret Stoll) from Colorado for Theoren Fleury and Chris Dingman… June 28, 1994 – Quebec’s first choice (12th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.