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#2 – WES WALZ

Wes Walz played two season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes from 1988 until 1990.

The Calgary, Alberta product appeared in 120 games with the Hurricanes collecting an impressive 246 points (84g-162a) and 101 penalty minutes. He had a career high 140 points (54g-86a) in just 56 games in 1989-1990.

Walz appeared in 27 post-season games with the ‘Canes registering 43 points (14g-29a) and 39 penalty minutes. He was a key contributor in helping the Hurricanes to the WHL Final in 1990 as he racked up 37 points (13g-24a) in 19 post-season games that spring.

He sits 18th in All-Time Hurricanes goals (83), seventh in All-Time assists (161) and 14th in All-Time points (244). He sits atop the Hurricanes All-Time points per game list at (2.05) – the only ‘Cane in franchise history to average more than two points per game in their entire career. He was also named the Hurricanes recipient of the Three-Star Award in 1988-1989 and the Most Valuable Player in both of his seasons with the team.

Walz was drafted in the third round (57th overall) in the 1989 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. The 5’11”, 190-pound centreman went on to play 607 NHL games with the Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild where he collected 260 points (109g-151a) and 343 penalty minutes.

He added 232 points (95g-137a) and 272 penalty minutes in 213 American Hockey League games with the Maine Mariners, Hershey Bears, Saint John Flames and Adirondack Red Wings.

Walz retired from professional hockey as a player in 2008. He went on to spend parts of two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is currently the Head Coach of East Ridge High in the USHS in Minnesota.

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