Dennis Wideman
Position Defence
Shoots Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Washington Capitals
St. Louis Blues
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 20 1983 (1983-03-20) (age 37),
Kitchener, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 241st overall, 2002
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 2005 – present

Dennis Earl Wideman (born March 20, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Wideman was drafted from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in the 8th round, 241st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Minor hockeyEdit

Wideman grew up playing his minor hockey in his hometown of Elmira, Ontario playing for the Woolwich Township Wildcats "B" of the OMHA's Tri-County League and the Guelph Reps AAA Bantams of the OMHA's South Central AAA League in 1997–98.

Wideman spent the 1998–99 season with the Elmira Sugar Kings of the MWJHL, scoring 18 goals and 48 points in 47 games. He was then drafted by the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL.

Wideman began his OHL career with the Sudbury Wolves in the 1999–2000 season. In his rookie season in Sudbury, Wideman had 10 goals and 36 points in 63 games. He then added three points in 12 games in the playoffs. Wideman began the 2000–01 in Sudbury, scoring seven goals and 18 points in 25 games before being traded to the London Knights.

Wideman finished the 2000–01 season in London, earning eight goals and 16 points in 24 games with the Knights. In the playoffs, Wideman had four assists in five games. Wideman exploded offensively in the 2001–02 season, scoring 27 goals and 69 points in 65 games with London, while registering 141 penalty minutes. In 12 playoff games, Wideman had four goals and 13 points. He had another solid offensive season in 2002–03, as Wideman had 20 goals and 47 points in 55 games. He then added six goals and 12 points in 13 playoff games. Wideman returned to London as an overager in 2003–04, and had another very solid season. Wideman scored 24 goals and had 65 points in 60 games, while having a +52 rating. In 15 playoff games, Wideman scored seven goals and 17 points to finish his junior career.


St. Louis BluesEdit

Wideman signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues on June 30, 2004. He played his first professional season with the Worcester IceCats of the AHL in 2004–05. In 79 games with Worcester, Wideman had 13 goals and 43 points. He then began the 2005–06 season with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL, scoring two goals and six points in 12 games. Wideman was then called up to the NHL, and appeared in 67 games with the Blues in 2005–06, scoring eight goals and 24 points. In 2006–07, Wideman made the Blues out of training camp, and in 55 games, he scored five goals and 22 points. On February 27, 2007, the Blues traded Wideman to the Boston Bruins for Brad Boyes.

Boston BruinsEdit

Dennis Wideman Capitals

Wideman with the Capitals

Wideman finished the 2006–07 season with the Boston Bruins, as he recorded three points in 20 games with the team. He broke out offensively in the 2007–08 season, as Wideman had 13 goals and 36 points in 81 games, helping the Bruins return to the playoffs. Wideman scored a memorable goal on December 31, 2007, as at 4:40 of the second period, during a power play, he scored the 18,000th goal in Boston Bruins history when his shot beat Atlanta Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen in a 5-2 win over Atlanta.[1] In the playoffs, Wideman had three assists in six games. In 2008–09, Wideman once again had a very solid offensive season, scoring 13 goals and 50 points in 79 games to tie Zdeno Chara for most points by a defenseman on the team. Wideman finished sixth in the NHL with a +32 rating. In 11 playoff games, Wideman had seven assists. Wideman struggled in the 2009–10 season, scoring only six goals and 30 points in 76 games. He had a very strong playoff though, scoring a goal and 12 points in 13 games. On June 22, 2010, the Bruins traded Wideman, their first round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and their third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to the Florida Panthers for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell.[2]

Florida PanthersEdit

Wideman had a solid offensive season with the Florida Panthers in 2010–11, as he had nine goals and 33 points in 61 games.

Washington CaptialsEdit

The Panthers traded Wideman to the Washington Capitals for Jake Hauswirth and the Capitals third round draft pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. At the time of the trade, Wideman was second on the Panthers scoring list.[3]

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98Guelph Bantam AAASCTA3723224542
1998–99Elmira Sugar KingsMWJHL4718404862
1999–00Sudbury WolvesOHL63102636641212322
2000–01Sudbury WolvesOHL257111837
2000–01London KnightsOHL2488163850446
2001–02London KnightsOHL6527426914112491326
2002–03London KnightsOHL552027478314661210
2003–04London KnightsOHL6024416585157101717
2004–05Worcester IceCatsAHL7913304365
2005–06Peoria RivermenAHL1224631
2005–06St. Louis BluesNHL678162483
2006–07St. Louis BluesNHL555172244
2006–07Boston BruinsNHL2012327
2007–08Boston BruinsNHL811323367060330
2008–09Boston BruinsNHL7913375034110774
2009–10Boston BruinsNHL76624303413111124
2010–11Florida PanthersNHL619243333
2010–11Washington CapitalsNHL141676
NHL totals 453 56 149 205 331 30 1 21 22 8


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