Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Derek Meech
Derek Meech was born April 21, 1984 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Detroit's seventh round, 229th overall selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Meech is a graduate of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels.

A highly skilled defenceman, Meech played his junior hockey alongside NHL star Dion Phaneuf to combine as the team's top defensive paring. After a stellar junior career, Meech made his professional debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2004-05. He would continue to compete in Grand Rapids over the next three seasons before making his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 2006-07.

The following season Meech saw action in 32 regular season games and earned his first NHL point in a contest against Colorado on February 18, 2008. He appeared in 14 of the clubs final 17 games but did not dress in any playoff games during his clubs route to the Cup.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 Winnipeg Warriors MMMHL 36 15 40 55 24
1999-00 Red Deer Rebels WHL 5 1 0 1 2 -1
2000-01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 60 2 7 9 40 +7 22 0 0 0 9
2000-01 Canada U-18 5 1 1 2 2
2000-01 Red Deer Rebels M-Cup 4 1 0 1 0
2001-02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 71 8 19 27 33 +35 13 1 1 2 6
2002-03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 65 6 16 22 53 +31 12 1 1 2 12
2003-04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 62 10 28 38 40 -6 19 4 7 11 10
2003-04 Canada WJC-A 6 0 1 1 2 +5
2004-05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 78 6 8 14 40 -2
2005-06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 79 4 16 20 85 +3 16 0 2 2 4
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 2 +1
2006-07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 67 6 23 29 40 0 7 0 1 1 4
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 0 3 3 6 -5
2007-08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 6 1 1 2 0 -7
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 2 5 7 12 -12 2 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 2 4 6 19 -12
2010-11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 74 10 27 37 81 +17
2011-12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2 0 0 0 4 +1
2011-12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 6 0 2 2 0 0 15 4 5 9 2
2012-13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 46 3 20 23 38 -11
2012-13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 16 0 1 1 2 0
2013-14 Dynamo Minsk KHL 23 0 5 5 14
2013-14 Texas Stars AHL 36 2 15 17 22 +12 21 3 8 11 8
2014-15 Texas Stars AHL 63 10 25 35 32 -8 2 0 0 0 4
2015-16 IF Malmo Redhawks Sweden 37 3 9 12 14
NHL Totals 144 4 13 17 45 2 0 0 0 0


WHL East Second All-Star Team (2004) Missed majority of 2007-08 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 2, 2011. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to recurring lower-body injury.and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Minsk (KHL), July 14, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Texas (AHL), January 6, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Malmo (Sweden), May 6, 2015.
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