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Tyler Eckford

Tyler Eckford  #56

Defenseman
NUMBER: 56 BIRTHDATE: September 8, 1985
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Vancouver, BC, Canada
WEIGHT: 225 DRAFTED: NJD / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 7th   (217th overall)
On leave of absence from Albany (AHL) announced Jan. 24...Is in his 3rd pro season; made 2010-11 NHL debut Nov. 29 at Ana…Recalled from Albany (AHL) Thu.;  stats showed 2a &  6 PIM in 6 AHL appearances…2009-10:  Completed campaign 3rd among Lowell (AHL) defensemen with 8g-23a-31pts…Recorded 1st NHL point with 1a Nov. 21 at Dal.;  made his NHL/Devils' debut Nov. 19 at Nsh…Was 1st among Lowell d’men with 5g-10a-15pts at time of recall…Named AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 15, ‘09;  had 2g-5a-7pts & +6 rating in 3 games…Spent 3 seasons at Alaska-Fairbanks (CCHA);  was named to the conference All-Rookie Team in 2006 & WCHA 1st All-Star Team/NCAA West 1st All-American Team in 2008…Spent 2 seasons with S. Surrey (BCJHL);  teammates included Trenton Devils defenseman T. Miller.
CCHA All-Rookie Team (2006) CCHA First All-Star Team (2008) NCAA West First All-American Team (2008) Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 4, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 10, 2012. Missed majority of 2013-14 as a healthy reserve.
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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense