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Capitals Acquire Center Eric Belanger from Minnesota

Wednesday, 03.03.2010 / 1:54 PM / News
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Capitals Acquire Center Eric Belanger from Minnesota
ARLINGTON, Va. –The Washington Capitals have acquired center Eric Belanger from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
 
Belanger, 32, is in his 10th NHL season and his third season with Minnesota. The 5’11”, 187-pound native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, has 13 goals and 22 assists in 60 games to rank fifth in scoring for the Wild. He also ranks seventh in the NHL with a 57.6 faceoff percentage. Belanger was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round with the 96th overall pick in the 1996 NHL Draft. He has played 617 career NHL games for Los Angeles, Carolina, Atlanta and Minnesota and has recorded 119 goals and 174 assists. Belanger has played in 30 NHL Stanley Cup playoff games, registering two goals and four assists.

Belanger previously played for Washington coach Bruce Boudreau when both were with the AHL’s Lowell Lock Monsters from 1999-2001. He had 23 goals and 35 assists in 78 games under Boudreau.

Eric Belanger
Position: Center
Birthday: Dec. 16, 1977 (Sherbrooke, Quebec)
Height: 5’11’’         Weight: 187             Shoots: Left
Acquired: From Minnesota in exchange for Washington’s second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft

CAREER STATISTICS
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW S GP G A Pts PIM
1993-94 Magog QAAA 32 19 24 43 24 - - - - - 13 5 6 11 36
1994-95 Beauport QMJHL 71 12 28 40 24 - - - - - 18 5 9 14 25
1995-96 Beauport QMJHL 59 35 48 83 18 - - - - - 20 13 14 27 6
1996-97 Beauport QMJHL 31 13 37 50 30 - - - - - - - - - -
1996-97 Rimouski QMJHL 31 26 41 67 36 - - - - - 4 2 3 5 10
1997-98 Fredericton AHL 56 17 34 51 28 -1 6 0 3 110 4 2 1 3 2
1998-99 Springfield AHL 33 8 18 26 10 8 1 0 0 67 3 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Long Beach IHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Lowell AHL 65 15 25 40 20 -5 6 0 3 116 7 3 3 6 2
2000-01 Los Angeles NHL 62 9 12 21 16 14 1 2 1 80 13 1 4 5 2
2000-01 Lowell AHL 13 8 10 18 4 7 1 1 2 29
2001-02 Los Angeles NHL 53 8 16 24 21 2 2 1 1 67 7 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Los Angeles NHL 62 16 19 35 26 -5 0 3 1 114 - - - - -
2003-04 Los Angeles NHL 81 13 20 33 44 -16 0 1 2 132 - - - - -
2004-05 HC Forst Bolzano Italy 12 13 10 23 20 - - - - - 9 3 7 10 33
2005-06 Los Angeles NHL 65 17 20 37 62 -5 5 0 1 119 - - - - -
2006-07 Carolina NHL 56 8 12 20 14 -2 3 0 1 100 - - - - -

Atlanta NHL 24 9 6 15 12 0 1 0 0 49 4 1 0 1 12
2007-08 Minnesota NHL 75 13 24 37 30 -6 7 1 3 115 6 0 0 0 4
2008-09 Minnesota NHL 79 13 23 36 26 -5 4 0 4 147 - - - - -
2009-10 Minnesota NHL 60 13 22 35 28 -1 3 0 3 120 - - - - -
NHL TOTALS 617 119 174 293 279 -24 26 8 17 1043 30 2 4 6 22
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