Hale with Binghamton Senators in 2011
June 18, 1981|
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
New Jersey Devils|
Tampa Bay Lightning
|National team||United States|
22nd overall, 2000|
New Jersey Devils
David M. Hale (born June 18, 1981) is a former American professional ice hockey player. He played for the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators over an eight-year National Hockey League (NHL) career. Hale is noteworthy for holding the record for most games needed to score his first NHL goal, with it taking him 231 games, scoring it in his 6th professional season.
Hale, a Colorado Springs native, played high school hockey with Coronado High School before joining Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. He was drafted from the Musketeers in the first round, 22nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft before joining the University of North Dakota to play collegiate hockey in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Hale made his NHL debut on October 8, 2003.
On July 3, 2008, Hale a free agent, signed with the Phoenix Coyotes on a two-year deal. During the 2008–09 season on November 26, 2008, Hale scored his first NHL goal in a 3-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hale scored in his 231st game, setting a record for the longest start to a NHL career without a goal.
On July 21, 2009, Hale was traded by the Coyotes, along with Todd Fedoruk, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Radim Vrbata. Used as a depth defenseman Hale played sparingly in 35 games, before he was reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, on a conditioning assignment. In his last game with the Admirals, Hale broke his foot and returned to Tampa to play a part in just 4 further games to end the 2009–10 season.
On August 4, 2010, Hale signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators. Hale split the season between Ottawa and their AHL team, the Binghamton Senators. Hale finished the season with Ottawa, and did not take part in Binghamton's Calder Cup playoff run.
On October 15, 2011, Hale officially announced his retirement from hockey.
Regular season and playoffs
|1998–99||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||56||3||15||18||127||5||0||0||0||18|
|1999–00||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||54||6||18||24||187||5||0||2||2||6|
|2000–01||North Dakota Fighting Sioux||WCHA||44||4||5||9||79||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||North Dakota Fighting Sioux||WCHA||34||4||5||9||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||North Dakota Fighting Sioux||WCHA||26||2||6||8||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||65||0||4||4||72||1||0||0||0||0|
|2004–05||Albany River Rats||AHL||30||2||3||5||39||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New Jersey Devils||NHL||38||0||4||4||21||8||0||2||2||12|
|2005–06||Albany River Rats||AHL||30||2||5||7||64||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||43||0||1||1||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||39||0||4||4||25||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||7||0||2||2||6|
Awards and honors
|All-WCHA Third Team||2002–03|
- 2007-2008 New Jersey Devils Media Guide. p. 62.
- Chere, Rich (February 28, 2007). "Lamoriello's only move hails Greene as ready". The Star Ledger. Sports, p. 68.
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- "Hale's first goal pumps up ex-teammates". Canoe.ca. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2009-06-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
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- "Tampa in Calgary preview". lightninghockeyblog.com. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "Senators sign D Hale, F Lessard to one-year contracts". The Sports Network. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2010-08-04. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Former UND star Hale calls it a career". Grand Forks Herald. 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2011-10-15.[permanent dead link]
- "David Hale, dagli Ottawa Senators ad Appiano" (in Italian). 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
| New Jersey Devils first round draft pick