Derrick Walser ( born May 12, 1978 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia ) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is since the summer of 2011 in the Swiss National League A at the Rapperswil -Jona Lakers contract.
Walser spent the first years of his professional career in the Canadian Junior Football League QMJHL. In the last of his five seasons there he managed to get elected to the All- Star team and to be named the best defender in the league. Without being during a NHL Entry Draft drawn, the Calgary Flames took him under contract and Walser moved to the AHL farm team of the Flames. He also completed several games in the East Coast Hockey League. The defender spent three years in the minor leagues until 2001 with the Saint John Flames and together with his later Berlin teammate, Micki DuPont the Calder Cup, the championship of the American Hockey League, won. After the success in the AHL the links gunman was committed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The next few years Walser moved repeatedly between the Columbus Blue Jackets and their farm team, the Syracuse Crunch. He did not make it to occupy a regular place in the NHL team. In the summer of 2004, the Canadians moved to the polar bear Berlin from the German Hockey League. In the seasons 2004/ 05 and 2005/ 06 Walser won the German championship with the polar bears. In 2006, the Canadian was elected by the leaders of the DEL most valuable player of the playoffs. He then signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Polar bears Berlin put out his contract then. The then 28 -year-old met with the Hurricanes Erik Cole again, with whom he had played together during the lockout in the season 2004/ 05 in Berlin.
For the 2007 /08 season Walser signed a two year contract with the polar bears Berlin, decided a little later but in the short term for a one-way contract with the Toronto Marlies, which he played exclusively in the AHL. The polar bears were given financial compensation in the amount of about 75,000 euros and also secured the transfer of rights to the European transfer market on the Walser for three years. In summer 2008, he joined the Continental Hockey League Vityaz Chekhov to, but returned for the season 2009/10 to Berlin. He left with his team - after record main round - in the playoff quarterfinals against Augsburger Panther, because the polar bears could not successfully deny the decisive fifth game in front of a home crowd.
In the following season, Derrick Walser increased offensively ( 47 points, 19 goals) and was honored by an expert committee of the Hockey News about the best defenders in 2011. An award that he could reap in 2006. The decisive factor was in addition to his scoring prowess in particular its strong and important for defenders plus / minus score of 25, he was also in contrast to the previous season significantly increase ( 9).
After re winning the championship Walser opted for a change of club and announced that he will change for the next two seasons in the Swiss National League A for the Rapperswil -Jona Lakers. He signed a one-year contract with two options. One option includes an automatic contract extension for a further year and a premature termination of the contract in order to switch back to Berlin, for example, can. Walser opted for Switzerland, as these in the overall relationship connects a (much ) better pay and an optimal school education of his children.
Awards and achievements
- 2002 AHL All- Star Classic
- 2005 German champion with the polar bear Berlin
- 2006 Most Valuable Player of the DEL Playoffs
- 2006 German champion with the polar bear Berlin
- 2008 AHL All- Star Classic
- 2011 German champion with the polar bear Berlin
- 2012 Spengler Cup win with Team Canada
As of the end of the 2010/11 season