|David M. Hale
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 213 pounds
Born: 6.18.81 Colorado Springs, Colorado
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Calgary Flames with Devils' 5th round pick in the 2007 E.D. for Flames'
third round pick in the 2007 E.D., 2.27.07
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Hale played 3 years for NCAA powerhouse North Dakota before becoming a pro in 2003. He was best known as a stay
at home defenseman, and that's the role he continued to take on when he played in New Jersey and in Albany.
To say that the Devils didn't get Hale for his offense would be an understatement. As you can see, he never scored a
goal for the Devils. In fact, he didn't get his first NHL goal until November 26, 2008, when he, playing for the Phoenix
Coyotes, scored against the Columbus Blue Jackets. At 231 games, his streak of games before getting a first goal is the
longest in NHL history.
And he got a SECOND later in the season, too. Hope he didn't let it get to his head. (Although it's hard not to when #3
was also on the horizon.)
Following that, he saw a season each with the Tampa Bay and Ottawa organizations, splitting time between the N and
the A in both cases.
It was after the 10-11 season that he retired. He would make a comeback in 13-14 with a semi-pro Italian team, HC
Appiano. In his only season there before re-retiring, he had his best offensive season since playing for the Sioux City
Musketeers of the USHL. (Yes, since US juniors.)
|Entry Draft: 2000 First Round Pick (22nd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise