Canucks Re-sign Forward Jozef Balej

Wednesday, 01.08.2007 / 2:00 PM / News
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Canucks Re-sign Forward Jozef Balej
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have re-signed winger Jozef Balej.

Balej, 25, played 37 games for HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss League last season recording 30 points (13-17-30) and 44 penalty minutes. In 2005-06 the Myjava, Slovakia native played 39 games with the Manitoba Moose scoring 29 points (14-15-29) with 20 penalty minutes. Balej has played 18 career NHL games including one game with the Canucks, in which he recorded an assist, during the 2005-06 season. In 18 NHL games Balej has six points (1-5-6) and four penalty minutes.

Balej set career records in 2003-04 scoring 26 goals, 36 assists (26-36-62) for the Hamilton Bulldogs and Hartford Wolfpack and was selected to play in the 2004 AHL All-star game.

The 6’1”, 195-pound winger was originally drafted by Montreal in the 3rd round, 78th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

CAREER STATISTICS

Position: Forward
Shoots: Right
Born: Feb. 22, 1982
Hometown: Myjava, SVK
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 195 lbs.

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1996-1997 Trencin Jr.  Slovak-Jr.   51 31 25 56 36
1997-1998 Trencin Jr.  Slovak-Jr.   52 57 40 97 60
1998-1999 Thunder Bay  USHL   38 8 7 15 9
1998-1999 Rochester  USHL   17 0 1 1 2
1999-2000 Portland  WHL   65 22 23 45 33
1999-2000 Slovakia  WJ18-A   6 0 5 5 4
2000-2001 Portland  WHL   46 32 21 53 18
2000-2001 Slovakia  WJC-A   7 3 3 6 4
2001-2002 Portland  WHL   65 51 41 92 18 52 20 5 8
2002-2003 Hamilton  AHL   56 5 15 20 29
2003-2004 Canadiens   4 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0
2003-2004 Rangers   13 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 0 25 4.0
2003-2004 Hamilton  AHL   55 25 33 58 19 32 3 2 5
2003-2004 Hartford  AHL   5 1 3 4 0 21 0 0 1
2004-2005 Hartford  AHL   69 20 22 42 2 46 5 2 3
2005-2006 Canucks   1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0
2005-2006 Manitoba  AHL   39 14 15 29 3 20 4 0 2
NHL Totals:   18 1 5 6 0 4 0 0 0 32 3.1
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2000-2001 Portland  WHL   16 9 6 15 6
2001-2002 Portland  WHL   7 0 2 2 6 0 0 0
2003-2004 Hartford  AHL   16 9 7 16 6 10 4 3 4
2004-2005 Hartford  AHL   6 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0
2005-2006 Manitoba  AHL   4 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0