NHL Hockey: Stefan Elliott
Colorado #46 D
POB: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Height: 6-1 Weight: 180lbs
Drafted by Colorado in 2009 (2/49)
Playing For The Enemy
Stephan Elliot was born on January 30th, 1991 in Vancouver, British Columbia and started playing hockey like nearly every kid his age on the West coast of Canada.
He came through the ranks in the Vancouver Minor Hockey system and developed a reputation as a very offensively gifted defenseman – something that would follow him through junior and eventually lead to him being drafted into the NHL.
Elliot did enough with the Vancouver North West of the BC Major Midget league to get noticed by the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.
Elliot would suit up for the Blades and play the first season in 2007-2008 and would record 31 assists in 40 games. The 2008-2009 season was even better for Elliot who was obviously developing at a very impressive rate.
He was Saskatoon’s best defenseman again that year posting 15 goals and 40 assists.
Strong on-ice play was matched by some off-ice accolades for Elliot in 2008-2009 – he was named CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year. Yes, Stefan Elliot is a smart dude as well as a heck of a hockey player!
Elliot became draft eligible after the 2009 season and the Colorado Avalanche would be the team to select him in the second round (49th overall).
Elliot would play in the WHL again in 2009-2010 and he would further his claim as one on the more effective offensive defensemen in the league with 65 points (26 goals) in 72 games. 2010-2011 was better yet for Mr. Elliot – 31 goals and 50 assists in 71 games.
Very good numbers from a defenseman!
At the end of the 2010-2011 season Elliot signed his first professional contract – a three-year entry level tender with Colorado. He joined the Avs’ AHL affiliate Lake Erie Monsters later on for their playoff push.
Elliot would make his NHL debut on November 25th 2011 – he would score his first NHL goals a day later against Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers.
Stefan Elliot continues to be a bright future star on the Colorado Avalanche roster.