|A. J. Thelen|
|6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
212 lb (96 kg)
|Born||March 11, 1986,|
Savage, MN, USA
|NHL Draft||12th overall, 2004|
|Pro Career||2006 – present|
A. J. Thelen (born March 11, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who plays for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL and was a prospect for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Playing career[edit | edit source]
After playing for the U.S. National Under-18 Development Program in 2002–03, Thelen joined Michigan State University to play college hockey. After his freshman season in 2003–04, he was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Following his sophomore season with Michigan State, however, he was dismissed by the league for rules infractions.
Accordingly, he joined the major junior Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Prince Albert Raiders. Upon completing his first season in the WHL, Thelen was assigned by the Wild to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros, where he made his professional debut, playing in one game. The next season, in 2006–07, after missing some time due to a knee sprain, Thelen was traded by the Raiders to the Vancouver Giants, in exchange for defenseman John Flatters and prospect Nathan Deck, where he captured the 2007 Memorial Cup championship with the Giants as tournament hosts.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|2003–04||Michigan State University||CCHA||42||11||18||29||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Michigan State University||CCHA||33||0||11||11||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||72||13||23||36||79||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||23||4||8||12||53||—||—||—||—||—|
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|Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
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