Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Shane Hnidy
Born November 8, 1975 in Neepawa, Manitoba, Shane Hnidy is a graduate of the WHL. A hard-nosed defenceman, Hnidy played 45 games with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL, before being traded to the Prince Albert Raiders in the latter stages of the 1992-93 season. During his three and a half seasons with Prince Albert, Hnidy established himself as a big, strong defenseman with offensive skills. The Buffalo Sabres noticed Shane's ability, and at the 1994 Entry Draft, made him their seventh selection.

After graduating from junior in 1996, Hnidy played four seasons in the minors for development, moving to the Detroit organization in 1998 and then was traded to Ottawa for an eighth round draft choice in 2000. Hnidy made his NHL debut with the Senators in the opening game of the 2000-01 season. While spending the majority of the season with the parent club, Hnidy saw limited action with the team's IHL affiliate in Grand Rapids . Hnidy returned healthy in the 2002-03 season after suffering an ankle injury the previous year, and contributed to Ottawa's first place finish.

The Neepawa, Manitoba native went on to play parts of four seasons with the Sens before being dealt to the Nashville Predators at the 2004 trade deadline. Upon his arrival in Nashville, Hnidy was a key contributor on the team's blue line and in their inaugural post season appearance.

Following a lock out season in 2004-05, Hnidy was acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2005. Hnidy would spend a pair of seasons in Atlanta and set a career high in games, goals, assist and plus/minus with the Thrashers in the 2006-07 season before signing a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks in the summer of 2007. Hnidy's stint with the defending Stanley Cup champions was short lived however as the Ducks traded the defenseman to the Boston Bruins on January 2, 2008.

Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 3, 2009

On February 26, 2011, Hnidy signed with the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the season. The intention was to have Hnidy serve as a depth player during a long playoff run and that is exactly what he did. When called upon due to injury during the 2011 playoffs, Hnidy provided solid play on the Bruins back end en route to the club's first Stanley Cup title since 1972.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Yellowhead Chiefs MMMHL 36 9 11 20 92
1991-92 Swift Current Broncos WHL 56 1 3 4 11 4 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Swift Current Broncos WHL 45 5 12 17 62
1992-93 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 27 2 10 12 43
1993-94 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 69 7 26 33 113
1994-95 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 72 5 29 34 169 15 4 7 11 29
1995-96 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 58 11 42 53 100 18 4 11 15 34
1996-97 Baton Rouge Kingfish ECHL 21 3 10 13 50
1996-97 Saint John Flames AHL 44 2 12 14 112
1997-98 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 77 6 12 18 210 3 0 2 2 23
1998-99 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 68 9 20 29 121 3 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 68 9 19 28 153 +9
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 52 3 2 5 84 +8 1 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 1 1 2 57 -10 12 1 1 2 12
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL 67 0 8 8 130 -1 1 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Ottawa Senators NHL 37 0 5 5 72 +2
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 9 0 2 2 10 +3 5 0 0 0 6
2004-05 Florida Everblades ECHL 19 1 4 5 56 +7 17 0 4 4 6
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 66 0 3 3 33 +1
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 72 5 7 12 63 +15 4 1 0 1 0
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 33 1 2 3 30 +2
2007-08 Boston Bruins NHL 43 1 4 5 41 -4 7 1 1 2 9
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 65 3 9 12 45 +6 7 1 0 1 0
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 70 2 12 14 66 -6
2010-11 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -2 3 0 0 0 7
NHL Totals 550 16 55 71 633 40 4 2 6 34


Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 6, 1998. Traded to Ottawa by Detroit for Ottawa's 8th round pick (Todd Jackson) in 2000 NHL Draft, June 25, 2000.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to ankle injury vs. Boston, December 26, 2001. Traded to Nashville by Ottawa for Colorado's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Peter Regin) in 2004 NHL Draft, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Florida (ECHL), December 6, 2004. Traded to Atlanta by Nashville for Atlanta's 4th round pick (Niko Snellman) in 2006 NHL Draft, July 30, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 5, 2007. Traded to Boston by Anaheim with Anaheim's 6th round pick (Nicholas Tremblay) in 2008 NHL Draft for Brandon Bochenski, January 2, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 3, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Boston, February 26, 2011. Missed majority od 2010-11 due to shoulder injury in Phoenix training camp and as a healthy reserve with Boston. Officially announced his retirement, September 1, 2011.
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