Stephane Yelle
Stephane Yelle
Number: 18
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 182
Shoots: Left
Born: May 9, 1974
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent on August 19, 2009
Drafted: NJD / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 8th (186th overall)
Draft: New Jersey 1992 (9-186-8)
First NHL Game: October 6, 1995 in a 3-2 Colorado win vs. Detroit
First NHL Point: October 18, 1995 in a 4-2 Colorado win vs. Washington (assist)
First NHL Goal: November 1 1995 in a 6-1 Colorado win vs. Calgary
Most Assists, Game: 3 (February 19, 2000 in a 4-2 Colorado win vs. Nashville)
Most Goals, Game: 2 - 4 times (Last: November 13, 2008 in a 6-1 Boston win vs. Montreal)
Most Points, Game: 3 - 2 times (Last: November 13, 2008 in a 6-1 Boston win vs. Montreal)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 12 (April 7, 1996 in a 4-1 Colorado win at Dallas)
Shootout Stats: 0 attempts, 0 goals (0%)

Stephane and his wife, Susan, welcomed their second child this off-season... They now have two daughters: Sienna (2) and Emme (born Aug. 1, 2009)... Stephane spends his summers in Denver... His charitable endeavors include Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids... Stephane’s favorite team growing up was Edmonton and the player he emulated most was Mark Messier... His parents were the biggest influence on his hockey career... He also enjoys golf, tennis, softball and volleyball... Stephane’s first job was “picking asparagus”... His favorite vacation spot is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico... The most-played artist on his iPod is Basshunter... Stephane’s favorite movie is Top Gun... He enjoys reading Men’s Health magazine... His favorite food is sushi and his biggest talent outside of hockey is cleaning... The person in history he would most like to meet is President Barack Obama... His favorite Web site is CNBC.com... His favorite thing about playing in the National Hockey League is the competition... His most common game-day habit is the pre-game nap... His most prized possessions are his kids... Stephane’s favorite road city is New York... His favorite road arena is the Air Canada Centre in Toronto... His favorite team to play against is his former team, the Colorado Avalanche... He was teammates with fellow Hurricane Aaron Ward on the Bruins during the 2008-09 season.

2008-09 SEASON
Completed his 13th NHL season, skating in 77 games with the Boston Bruins and totaling 18 points (7g, 11a)... Won 52 percent of his face-offs... Led all Bruins forwards in blocked shots (56) and was fourth  among Boston forwards in hits (107)... Had two helpers vs. FLA (2/24)... Played his 900th career NHL game at NJ (2/13)... Notched a pair of assists on New Year’s Day vs. PIT (1/1)... Skated a season-high 17:18 of ice time vs. ATL (12/13)... Matched his career high with three points (2g, 1a), including the game-winning goal, vs. MTL (11/13)... Earned his first point with Boston with a goal vs. ATL (10/25)... Made his Bruins debut at COL (10/9)... Missed five games due to injury (neck)... Longest assist streak: 2 games (11/13-11/15: 2g, 2a)... Longest point streak: 2 games (11/13-11/15: 2g, 2a)... Multi-goal games: 1 (11/13 vs. MTL: 2g, 1a)... Multi-assist games: 2 (1/1 vs. PIT: 0g, 2a; 2/24 vs. FLA: 0g, 2a)... Multi-point games: 3 (11/13 vs. MTL: 2g, 1a; 1/1 vs. PIT: 0g, 2a; 2/24 vs. FLA: 0g, 2a).

Earned one assist in 11 playoff games for Boston... Played in his 12th career game seven when the Bruins hosted Carolina (5/14), the most by any active player and tied for second in NHL history (Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens each played in 13)... Earned his only point of the playoffs with an assist in Game 3 at MTL (4/20).

Is in his 14th NHL season and first with Carolina... Signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on Aug. 19, 2009... Has won the Stanley Cup twice in his career, both times with Colorado (1996, 2001)... Has participated in the playoffs in all but one season (2002-03 with Calgary) in his entire career, including junior hockey and the American Hockey League.

1991-92: Totaled 26 points (12g, 14a) in 55 games during his first season of junior hockey with Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

1992-93: Was fifth among Oshawa skaters in scoring with 74 points (24g, 50a) in 66 games.

1993-94: Notched 104 points (35g, 69a) in 66 games for Oshawa during his final season of junior hockey... Was second among Oshawa skaters in points (104), first in assists (69) and third in goals (35)... Completed his junior career with 204 points (71g, 133a) in 187 games.

1994-95: Played his first professional season, spending the year with Quebec’s AHL affiliate in Cornwall... Had 33 points (18g, 15a) in 40 games and led the team in game-winning goals (5).

1995-96: Completed his first NHL season with Colorado during the team’s first season in Denver after re-locating from Quebec... Notched 27 points (13g, 14a) in 71 games and led all NHL rookies in shorthanded points (4)... Was third among rookies in plus/minus (+15)... His 27 points are still a career high... Played his first NHL game vs. DET (10/6)... Earned his first NHL point with an assist vs. WSH (10/18)... Netted his first NHL goal vs. CGY (11/1)... Missed nine games due to a groin injury... Competed in his first NHL playoff season, playing all 22 postseason contests and totaling five points (1g, 4a) as the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup... Netted his first NHL playoff goal vs. DET (4/22).

1996-97: Had a career-high 17 assists... Established a career-best with a four-game point streak (11/16-11/27)... Finished the season with 26 points (9g, 17a) and was plus or even in 62 of his 79 games.

1997-98: Matched his career-best with a four-game point streak (1/31-2/7) and had two three-game streaks as well... Had his stretch of 128-consecutive games played snapped when he missed the game vs. DET (4/18).

1998-99: Had 15 points (8g, 7a) in 72 games... Netted his first career power-play goal at CHI (1/10).

1999-00: Established a career high with three assists at NYR (2/18)... Recorded his 100th career point vs. VAN (12/6)... Scored one of an Avalanche-franchise-record three goals in a 1:00 span at CGY (3/7) along with Joe Sakic and Adam Deadmarsh... Missed three games due to injury.

2000-01: Matched his career-high with a four-game point streak (10/4-10/12: 1g, 3a)... Had three points (1g, 2a) in 23 playoff games as he won his second Stanley Cup with the Avalanche... His playoff goal was an overtime tally during the Western Conference Finals at STL (5/18).

2001-02: Skated in just 50 games for Colorado, a career low... Played his 500th career NHL game vs. ATL (4/3)... Played his 100th career Stanley Cup playoff game vs. SJ (5/4).

2002-03: Completed his first season with Calgary after being acquired by the Flames on 10/1... Skated in all 82 games for the Flames, a career high... Matched his career-long point streak with a four-game streak (10/22-10/31: 1g, 4a).

2003-04: Led the Flames in faceoff percentage (56.6%)... Played in his 600th career NHL game at CHI (11/12)... Missed 29 games due to injury... Had six points (3g, 3a) as the Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals before falling to Tampa Bay in seven games... It marked his third career trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

2004-05: Did not play.

2005-06: Was Calgary’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy, which honors perseverance and dedication to hockey... Tallied 18 points (4g, 14a) in 74 regular-season games for the Flames... Led the team in face-off percentage (55.4%) and was second on the club in plus/minus (+10)... Earned four power-play points and scored one power-play goal... Scored the game-winning goal and added an assist vs. PHX (4/5)... Played in his 700th career NHL game at MIN (3/21)... Earned his 200th career NHL point with a power-play assist at NSH (3/18)... Assisted on game-winning goals in consecutive games vs. MIN (11/1) and vs. CBJ (11/3)... Missed eight games due to injury... Played in all seven of Calgary’s playoff games against Anaheim, scoring the opening goal of Game 6 at ANA (5/1).

2006-07: Skated in just 56 games for the Flames, totaling 24 points (10g, 14a)... Was the recipient of the Flames’ J.R. McCaig Award, awarded to the player who best exemplifies Mr. McCaig’s virtues of respect, courtesy and compassion... Missed 22 games after suffering a broken leg at BOS (10/19)... Had three multi-point games, all two-point efforts.

2007-08: Notched 12 points (3g, 9a) in 74 games with Calgary... Had points in consecutive games twice (10/12-10/13: 0g, 2a; 1/18-1/22: 2g, 1a)... Earned one multi-point game, notching a goal and an assist vs. MIN (1/22)... Skated in his 800th NHL game at CBJ (12/18)... Missed five games with a hip injury... Scored a pair of goals in the Flames’ 3-2 playoff win at SJ (4/9), and played in all seven of Calgary’s postseason contests.