About Me

Finally, a current player interview!  Wade Belak is a physical stay-at-home defenseman for the Calgary Flames.  He was scratched for quite a bit of games, but saw his fair share of action with 40 games last season.  I sent to him at his home in North Battleford, and he quickly filled out my questionnaire.  However, the cards I got back were signed with a crummy ballpoint pen, and are barely even visible.  Originally an Av, Wade was shipped off to the Flames!  Here is the first-ever current player interview on Paul's Hockey Autograph Mania!

  

  
Interview (September 8, 2000)
Buxton: First of all, where did you play hockey before being drafted?
Belak: The Saskatoon Blades.
 
Buxton: Who were some of your hockey idols growing up?
Belak: Wayne Gretzky.
 
Buxton: Who were some of your favorite teammates?
Belak: Adam Foote, Peter Forsberg, and Joe Sakic.
 
Buxton: How much fan mail do you get on an average week during the season?
Belak: About 20 letters.
 
Buxton: Do you collect any sort of hockey cards or memorabilia?
Belak: Nope.
 
Buxton: Do you enjoy signing autographs for fans?
Belak: Yes!
 
Buxton: For you, what were the best moments in your hockey career?
Belak: Scoring my first NHL goal.
 
Buxton: What's the oddest item you ever signed for a fan?
Belak: Breasts.
 
Buxton: Do you have any advice for aspiring high-schoolers who want to play in the NHL?
Belak: Work hard and stay positive!
 
Buxton: Thanks very much for your time in answering these questions!
Statistical Corner
Born: July 3, 1976
Where: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Currently Resides: North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 213
Drafted: Quebec's 1st choice, 12th overall, in 1994 Entry Draft.
Year Team League GP G A PTS PIM
1991-92 North Battleford North Stars SJHL 50 2 6 8 136
1992-93  North Battleford North Stars SJHL 50 5 15 20 146
Saskatoon Blades WHL 7 0 0 0 23
1993-94 Saskatoon Blades WHL 69 4 13 17 226
1994-95 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 4 14 18 290
1995-96 Saskatoon Blades WHL 63 3 15 18 207
Cornwall Aces AHL 5 0 0 0 18
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 5 0 0 0 11
Hershey Bears AHL 65 1 7 8 320
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 8 1 1 2 27
Hershey Bears AHL 11 0 0 0 30
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 17 0 0 0 71
Hershey Bears AHL 12 0 1 1 49
Calgary Flames NHL 9 0 1 1 23
Saint John Flames AHL 22 0 2 2 43
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 40 0 2 2 122
Totals 9 NHL Seasons   84 1 4 5 254
 
Did You Know?
- Was one of the players involved in the blockbuster trade that sent Theo Fleury to Colorado late in the 1998-99 season.
- Has a younger brother, Graham Belak, who was selected in the 1997 Entry Draft with Colorado's second pick, 53rd overall in the 2nd round.  Graham played for the Kootenay Ice in 1999-00.
- Was a member of the Hershey Bears' 1996-97 Calder Cup-winning championship team.
- Wade's PIM per Game average is: 3.02 minutes.
  


That does it for this interview.  Hope you enjoyed it!  Check back for more interviews!