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MR. UNFLAPPABLE TIM WEDDURBURN


Salmon Kings Booster Club

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<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/c.../Wedderburn.gif" class="imageFloatRightFramed"> On New Years Day 2010 the finals of the prestigious Macs Midget Tournament took place in the Calgary Saddledome. In 1997, Salmon Kings defenseman #28 Tim Weddurbun was selected to the Macs AllStar Team plus was selected as the Top Defenseman. That season he was a member of the UFA Bisons of the Alberta Midget League.

Born on June 29,1981 in Okotoks, Alberta. He joined the WHL major junior Prince George Cougars in the fall of 1998. There he manned the blueline for four seasons, with his best offensive one being 34 points (nine goals) in 2000-2001. He completed his WHL tenure with 273 games played, 20 goals and 76 assists for 96 points, and 218 penalty minutes. In each WHL season, his team made the playoffs where this WHL playoff career numbers were 33 games played, 10 points with 3 goals, and 23 penalty minutes. Three Prince George Cougars teamates of note were former Salmon KIngs goalie Billy Thompson and current NHLers Dan Hamhuis and Trent Hunter. His play in the WHL was noted by Jim Swanson who on Feb.29, 2008, in the Prince George Citizen selected an all-time Prince George WHL all-star team based on sweater numbers. For swearer #2 Swansons wrote, "The rock solid choice here, no question is Tim Weddurburn."

A brief taste of professional hockey found him playing one regular season game plus eight more in the playoffs with the WCHL San Diego Gulls. Crossing the continet, in the fall of 2002, he began play with the famous Hershey Bears of the AHL.He had a seven point season in 67 games, plus played in 5 playoff matches. He was part of a defense corps that included current Alaska Aces head coach Brent Thompson. Heading west again, the next season was spent with the AHL Utah Grizzlies where he got 14 points (three goals) in 67 games. After a 10 game stint with the United League's Rockford Ice Hogs, he them completed the 2004-05 season with 10 assists in 65 games for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. In 18 playoff games over four series, his goal and two assists, plus his play without the puck helped the Wolves reach the Calder Cup finals, where there hopes where dashed by the Philadephia Phantoms. Still with the Wolves, he played 73 games in 2005-06. For only the second time in his junior and pro career his team failed to make the playoffs. Once again, he began a season with the Rockford Ice Hogs. After 40 games and 10 points (2 goals) for the Ice Hogs, the Hershey Bears added him to their roster. There he had 5 points in 20 games plus 3 more in 15 playoff matches. For the 2007-08 campaign, he joined Cortina SG of the Italian League, where he would skate in home games at the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. There he had 15 points (six goals) in 32 games.

Returning to Canada in the fall of 2008, he began play with the first Canadian based team since turning professional. Coach Mark Morrison was quoted in the Victoria Times-Colonist as being very pleased to have someone with a lot of AHL expereince to join and help stabilize his defense corps. In his intital ECHL season, he would net 2 goals and 21 points in 70 games plus two assists in nine playoff games. Currently (January 7,2009) he has 12 points (two goals) in 33 games.

On December 28 of this season, he had a two assist night to help the Salmon Kings overcome a 4-0 defecit to win 5-4 over the Alaska Aces. His game winning assist was one to remember. He had gotten into the Aces defensive corner, got a quick pass from Olivier Filion, then wasted no time in sending the puck toward the net, where Wes Goldie would score the game winner. That goal ensured that the result would be the eighth win of a twelve game victory streak.

With Tim Weddurburn, stats are only the tip of the iceberg. He is superb without the puck, plays his positon and angle well, has good hockey sense, and provides an aura of being unflappable. This season he is often paired with Patrick Coulombe. When the occasion warrants it, Coach Morrison will utilize Tim Weddurbun and Gary Gladue as a very effective shutdowun duo. Each game night, Tim Weddurburn plays his steady unflappable game and provides veteran leadership from the blueline.

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