Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 3, 2007
First NHL Game: 10/9/03; 3-1 NSH W vs. ANA
Most Goals, Game: 1-5x (Last: 2/16/08; 5-4 CAR W vs. FLA)
First NHL Point: 1/31/04; 6-1 VAN W @ WSH (goal)
Most Assists, Game: 1-3x (Last: 1/18/08; 7-2 CAR W vs. EDM)
First NHL Goal: 1/31/04; 6-1 VAN W @ WSH
Most Points, Game: 2 (11/24/05; 3-2 VAN W vs. SJ)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 22 (2/19/04; 6-2 VAN L at MIN)
Wade and his wife, Betsy, have a daughter, Addie (1), and spent the past off-season in Tower Lakes, IL... Wade and his brother, Sheldon, host their own charity golf tournament each summer in Lanigan, Sask., benefiting youth sports in Lanigan... Sheldon currently plays for the New Jersey Devils... Wade’s father, Murray, is an assistant coach for the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League... Wade’s favorite team growing up was the Philadelphia Flyers and his first youth team was the Lanigan Pirates... His ideal vacation is fishing in Saskatchewan... Wade’s favorite holiday is Christmas, favorite musician is Todd Kerns, favorite movie is Anchorman and favorite television show is The Wire... The current celebrity he would most like to meet is Will Ferrell... His favorite meal is steak and potatoes, favorite video game is MLB The Show, favorite non-hockey athlete is Albert Pujols and favorite team outside of hockey is the Saskatchewan Roughriders... Wade and his brother played summer league baseball back home until a few years ago... His most memorable goal was his second NHL goal, which was featured on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays that night... His favorite road city is Nashville, favorite road arena is the Pengrowth Saddledome and favorite former teammate is his brother.
Completed his fourth NHL season and first with Carolina... Split the season between Albany and Carolina, spending the entire second half of the season on the NHL level... Played in 32 games with the Hurricanes, totaling one goal, one assist (2 points) and 76 penalty minutes... Had two assists and 28 penalty minutes in 25 games with the River Rats prior to his recall to Carolina on 12/28... Sparred with Eric Boulton vs. ATL (3/28)... Was placed on injured reserve on 3/14 with a leg injury... Had a pair of fighting majors after bouts with Michael Rupp and David Clarkson vs. NJ (2/26)... Netted his first goal with the Hurricanes vs. FLA (2/16)... Fought with John Erskine at WSH (2/8)... Sparred with Colton Orr twice and was (+1) vs. NYR (1/29)... Earned his first point as a Hurricane with an assist on LaRose’s goal and was a season-high (+3) vs. EDM (1/18)... Fought with Dwayne King at STL (1/5)... Made his Carolina Hurricanes debut at CBJ (12/29)... Was recalled from Albany on 12/28... Missed seven NHL games due to injury or illness (flu: 1/10-1/12; leg: 3/8-3/19)... Was a healthy extra for four NHL games (1/17, 4/1-4/4).
Is in his fifth NHL season and second with Carolina... Signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on July 1, 2008... Totaled five goals and three assists (8 points) and 305 penalty minutes in 100 career NHL games prior to 2008-09... In 231 career AHL games, tallied two goals, 18 assists (20 points) and 858 penalty minutes
1997-99: Played two seasons with Anchorage of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL)... Ranked fourth in the WCHL in penalty minutes during the 1998-99 season with 337
1999-00: Totaled three goals and nine assists (12 points) and 354 penalty minutes with Oklahoma City of the Central Hockey League (CHL)... Ranked first on the Blazers and fourth in the CHL in penalty minutes (354)
2000-01: Split the season between Oklahoma City (CHL) and Orlando of the International Hockey League (IHL)... Tallied one goal and 13 assists (14 points) and 267 penalty minutes with Oklahoma City... Had one assist and 122 penalty minutes with Orlando
2001-02: Completed his first season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Grand Rapids... Led the Griffins in penalty minutes with 337, ranking fourth in the AHL... Led the AHL in major penalties (37)... Played six games with his younger brother, Sheldon, at Grand Rapids... Missed five games due to injury and one by suspension... Played his first career AHL game vs. Utah (10/5)... Earned his first AHL point at Hamilton (10/12)... Scored his first AHL goal at Milwaukee (1/19)... Had attended Ottawa’s main training camp before being assigned to Grand Rapids 9/30... Also attended the Los Angeles Kings summer camp in 2001
2003-03: Attended training camp with Ottawa, playing in three preseason games... Was assigned to Binghamton 10/2... Appeared in eight games with Binghamton before suffering a season-ending right knee injury on 11/2
2003-04: Split the season between seven teams, suiting up for five different clubs... Scored two goals in 29 games with Nashville and Vancouver in his first NHL season, registering 133 penalty minutes... Had 49 penalty minutes in 14 AHL games with Milwaukee, Binghamton and Manitoba... Was claimed in the NHL Waiver Draft by the Predators on Oct. 3... Made his NHL debut with Nashville vs. ANA (10/9)... Played nine games with the Predators, totaling 38 penalty minutes, before being traded to Vancouver on 12/17 for future considerations... Was claimed off of waivers by Ottawa on 12/19, appearing in four games with the Binghamton Senators before being traded to Florida in exchange for future considerations on 12/29... Was then claimed on waivers by the Canucks on 1/3, and remained with the Vancouver organization for the remainder of the season... Changed positions from defenseman to right wing in the Vancouver organization... Was recalled by the Canucks on 1/25... Scored his first NHL goal at WSH (1/31)... Netted his second goal at NYI (2/3), and had 95 penalty minutes in 20 NHL games with Vancouver... Had 12 penalty minutes in four games with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose
2004-05: Spent the entire season with the Manitoba Moose (AHL), registering 10 assists and 285 penalty minutes... His 285 penalty minutes set a Moose franchise record for a single season... Played his first full game at defense for the Moose at Cleveland (12/27)... Tied a Manitoba franchise record with five penalties (29 minutes) in the third period vs. Chicago (1/1)... Missed seven games with a concussion before returning to action vs. St. John’s (3/24)... Skated in nine playoff games for Manitoba before suffering a separated shoulder
2005-06: Spent his first full NHL season with Vancouver, totaling one goal and two assists (3 points) and 81 penalty minutes in 32 games... Recorded his first NHL assist and his first NHL multi-point game vs. SJ (11/24)... Notched his only other point for the season with a helper vs. MTL (1/21)... Missed 14 games with concussions and was a healthy extra for 36 games
2006-07: Split the 2006-07 season between the Boston Bruins and Providence and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL... In seven games with Boston, tallied one goal and 15 penalty minutes... Totaled one goal and 121 penalty minutes in 43 AHL games with Providence and Wilkes-Barre.