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Tyler Cuma

North American Skater - Ottawa, OHL
Final Rank:19Midterm Rank:15
Position:DefensemanShoots:Left
Height:6' 2"Weight:180
Born:January 19, 1990
Born in:Toronto, ON, CAN
Drafted: 2008: MIN (1st Round / 23rd Overall)  Minnesota Wild
  • Finished second on his team among defenseman in scoring with 32 points and was the only Ottawa rearguard to finish with a positive plus-minus rating (+4).
  • Named the Ottawa 67’s Top Scholastic Player for the first semester of the 2007-08 season.
  • Participated in the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships as a member of Team Canada.
  • Participated in the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game picking up two assists and was also named to the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic but was unable to participate.
  • Named to Team Canada for the 2007 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament; also was a member of Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games – won gold.
  • Was named as Ottawa’s Rookie of the Year in 2006-07 after posting 19 points (3-16--19).
  • Nicknamed “Cooms” or “Lumatime” and he wears number 61 because his favorite number 19 was taken and 61 is number 19 upside down.
  • He credits his Mississauga Minor Midget coach (Peter Miller) as having had the most influence on his career for switching him from forward to defense and for teaching him discipline.
  • His most embarrassing hockey moment was forgetting that there would be two national anthems when Ottawa hosted the Saginaw Spirit this season – “I wasn’t paying attention and I skated away thinking there was only one anthem.”
  • His pre-game rituals include: Listening to his iPod until he stretches, eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before the game and putting the left side of his equipment on first.

 

FAVORITES

 

NHL Team: Vancouver Canucks

NHL Player: Hall of Famer Scott Stevens

Shootout move: “Fake backhand then go high forehand”

Goal celebration: Fist pump

Video Game: Guitar Hero

Movie: Dumb and Dumber

TV Show: House

Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington and Jessica Biel

Country Singer: Kenny Chesney

Book: The Hockey News magazine

Pump-up song: “Before I forget” - Slipknot

Food to cook: Pasta

Sport (other than hockey): Football

Toy growing up: Gameboy

Place to shop: Hollister

Place to visit: Mont Tremblant (Quebec)

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2006-2007OTTAWAOHL633131955
2007-2008OTTAWAOHL594283269