Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Focht
Dan Focht was born December 31, 1977 in Regina, Saskatchewan. The 1st round, 11th overall selection of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Focht is a graduate of the Western Hockey League.

A very mobile defenseman and a competitive player who has excellent physical presence on the ice, Focht spent two seasons in the WHL with stops in Tri-City and Regina before making his professional debut with the Coyotes AHL affiliate in Springfield following the 1996-97 WHL season.

In 1997-98, Focht played in 61 games with Springfield recording two goals and five assists for seven points while amassing 125 PIM before splitting the next two seasons with Springfield and the ECHL's Mississippi River Kings.

Focht began the 1999-2000 season in Finland with Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League before he was reassigned to Springfield early into the season.

The hulking defenseman established a career high in games played in 2000-01 with 66 and in penalty minutes with 156 before making his NHL debut with the Coyotes the following year. During the 2002-03 season Focht saw time with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, and the Phoenix Coyotes, before being acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the latter stages of the season.

Focht went on to play two seasons with the Penguins before suiting up for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs during the NHL lock out of 2004-05.

In the summer of 2005, Focht was acquired by the Florida Panthers.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Saskatoon Blazers SMHL 33 6 12 18 98
1995-96 Tri-City Americans WHL 63 6 12 18 161 11 1 1 2 23
1996-97 Tri-City Americans WHL 28 0 5 5 92
1996-97 Regina Pats WHL 22 2 2 4 59 5 0 2 2 8
1996-97 Springfield Falcons AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Springfield Falcons AHL 61 2 5 7 125 +5 3 0 0 0 4
1998-99 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL 2 0 0 0 6 -2
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 30 0 2 2 58 -2 3 1 0 1 10
1999-00 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 2 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL 4 0 1 1 0 +1
1999-00 Springfield Falcons AHL 44 2 9 11 86 -4 5 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Springfield Falcons AHL 69 0 6 6 156 -11
2001-02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 8 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 1 1 0
2001-02 Springfield Falcons AHL 56 2 8 10 134 +14
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 10 0 0 0 10 -2
2002-03 Springfield Falcons AHL 37 2 7 9 80 -12
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 0 3 3 19 -7
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 52 2 3 5 105 -23
2004-05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 26 2 3 5 84 -3
2005-06 Rochester Americans AHL 54 2 5 7 146 -12
NHL Totals 82 2 6 8 145 1 0 1 1 0


Traded to Pittsburgh by Phoenix with Ramzi Abid and Guillaume Lefebvre for Jan Hrdina and Francois Leroux, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Hamilton (AHL), October 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Florida, August 26, 2005.
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