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Blair Betts
Blair Betts
Center
Number: 15
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 16, 1980
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Acquired: Acquired from Calgary on March 6, 2004, along with Jamie McLennan and Greg Moore, in exchange for Chris Simon and a 2004 seventh round draft choice.
Drafted: CGY / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (33rd overall)
2008 TRAINING CAMP PROFILE PAGE

2007-08 SEASON:
Skated in 75 games with the Rangers, registering two goals and five assists for seven points, along with 20 penalty minutes ... Posted a plus or even rating in 32 of his last 36 games ... Logged 12:59 of icetime on Apr. 6 at New Jersey in his return to the lineup after missing the last seven games following minor foot surgery performed on Mar. 20; His consecutive games played streak ended at 180 games, dating back to Mar. 2, 2006 at Philadelphia ... Skated in his 200th career NHL game on Nov. 10 at Toronto ... Also skated in eight playoff games.

2006-07 SEASON:
Skated in 82 games with the Rangers, registering nine goals and four assists, along with 24 penalty minutes … Established career-highs in games played (82), goals (nine),  assists (four), points (13), shots on goal (120), and average icetime (14:01) … Ranked first among all  orwards in the NHL with 98 blocked shots … Led the team in faceoffs won (620) and ranked 26th among NHL centers with a 52.3% faceoff percentage … Was one of only two players to appear in all 82 games with the Rangers … Registered team-highs in hits (five) and blocked shots (four) on Apr. 5 vs. Montreal … Recorded a goal, blocked three shots and won 12 of 19 faceoffs (63%) on Mar. 19 vs. Pittsburgh … Picked up an assist and won 16 of 22 faceoffs (72%) on Mar. 17 vs. Boston … Recorded a season-high five blocked shots on Mar. 3 vs. St. Louis … Notched a power play goal and won 12 of 19 faceoffs (63%) on Mar. 1 vs. Pittsburgh; Marked his first power play goal since October 14, 2003 at Edmonton (Salo) … Won a season-high 17 of 21 faceoffs (80%) in 16:25 of total icetime on Feb. 27 vs. Montreal … Recorded five shots on goal, all in the first period, on Jan. 16 at New Jersey …  Registered a season-high five hits on Jan. 2 at New Jersey … Won 16 of 20 faceoffs (80%) and  ogged a season-high 18:28 of total icetime on Dec. 17 vs. New Jersey … Tallied a shorthanded goal, the second of his career, on Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh ... Skated in 10 post-season games, collecting four penalty minutes ... Tied for first among team forwards with nine blocked shots.

2005-06 SEASON: Appeared in 66 games with the Rangers, registering eight goals and two assists, along with 24 penalty minutes Led the team and ranked 19th among NHL centers with a 53.4% faceoff percentage Ranked third on the team among forwards in blocked shots (58) Appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Apr. 15 at Philadelphia ... Registered a goal and the game-winning assist for a season-high two points, while blocking two shots and winning seven of 11 faceoffs on Mar. 29 vs. Islanders Netted a goal and posted a plus-two rating in his first game back from injury, on Mar. 2 at Philadelphia Suffered an isolated, grade three sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the first period on Jan. 7 vs. Florida, and missed 16 games Tallied his first goal as a Ranger on Oct. 13 vs. New Jersey ... Made his Rangers debut on Oct. 5 at Philadelphia ... Appeared in four playoff games, registering one goal and one assist, along with two penalty minutes ... Led the team in playoff scoring (two points) and faceoffs won (39)

2004-05 SEASON: Skated in 16 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, registering five goals and four assists … Underwent surgery on Dec. 15 to repair a dislocated right shoulder ... Injured his shoulder on Dec. 5 at Manchester and missed the balance of the season … Injured on Nov. 11 vs. Houston and missed six games … Notched his first Wolf Pack goal in a 4-1 victory on Oct. 30 at Portland … Registered his first Wolf Pack point with an assist on the game-winning goal on Oct. 24 vs. Springfield (3-1 win).

2003-04 SEASON: Acquired from Calgary on Mar. 6, along with Jamie McLennan and Greg Moore, in exchange for Chris Simon and a 2004 seventh round draft choice (Matt Schneider) … Appeared in 20 games with Calgary prior to the trade, registering one goal and two assists for three points, along with 10 penalty minutes … Suffered a shoulder injury while with Calgary on Nov. 22 and missed the remainder of the season

2002-03 SEASON: Appeared in nine games, registering one goal and three assists for four points … Registered his first NHL assist on Mar. 18 at Los Angeles … Missed the majority of the season recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in training camp on Sept. 27.

2001-02 SEASON: Appeared in six games, collecting one goal and two penalty minutes … Tallied his first NHL goal/point while making his NHL debut on Apr. 4 vs. Minnesota (Manny Fernandez).

AHL CAREER: Has appeared in 177 career games with the Saint John Flames and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 44 goals and 55 assists for 99 points, along with 48 penalty minutes. 2000-01: Skated in 75 games in his first professional season, registering 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points, along with 28 penalty minutes Appeared in 19 postseason games, tallying two goals and three assists for five points, along with four penalty minutes, helping Saint John capture the Calder Cup championship. 2001-02: Tallied 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points in 67 games, along with 10 penalty minutes Ranked first on the team with 49 points Ranked third on the team with 20 goals and was second with 29 assists. 2002-03: Skated in 19 games, registering six goals and seven assists for 13 points, along with six penalty minutes.

JUNIOR CAREER: Skated in 215 career games with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 91 goals and 116 assists for 207 points, along with 134 penalty minutes. 1996-97: Appeared in 58 games with Prince George, registering 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points, along with 19 penalty minutes Selected as the team's Rookie of the Year. 1997-98: Skated in 71 games, collecting 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points, along with 38 penalty minutes Tied for second on the team with 76 points Ranked second on the team with 35 goals and was fourth with 41 assists. 1998-99: Appeared in 42 games, registering 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points, along with 39 penalty minutes Ranked ninth on the team with 42 points Tied for fourth on the team with 20 goals. 1999-00: Tallied 24 goals and 35 assists for 59 points in 44 games, along with 38 penalty minutes Ranked fourth on the team with 24 goals and 59 points.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Captured a silver medal with Team Canada at the 1999 World Junior Championships Also garnered a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2001 Spengler Cup.

BACKGROUND: Winning the 2001 Calder Cup with the St. John Flames is his most memorable hockey moment … Lists Steve Yzerman as his favorite hockey player growing up … Started playing hockey at the age of five … Appeared in the February 2006 issue of Gotham Magazine with several of his teammates ... Nickname is “Bettsy” … Married: wife, Susan; daughter, Julia.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 27, 1998 - Calgary Flames' second round choice, 33rd overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Mar. 6, 2004 - Traded to the Rangers from Calgary, along with Jamie McLennan and Greg Moore, in exchange for Chris Simon and a 2004 seventh round draft choice (Matt Schneider).

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 2, (twice), last - 3/17/07-3/19/07 (one goal, one assist)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: None

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK:
None

MOST GOALS, GAME: 1 (22 times) last - Dec. 29, 2007 at Tor. (Raycroft)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 1 (16 times), last - Mar. 2, 2008 vs. Phi.

MOST POINTS, GAME: 2, Mar. 29, 2006 at NYI

MOST PIM, GAME:
4, Nov. 25, 2006 at Pit.

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 7, Apr. 5, 2003 at Edm.

FIRST NHL GAME: Apr. 4, 2002 vs. Min.

FIRST NHL GOAL: Apr. 4, 2002 vs. Min. (Fernandez)