Derek Meech (D)
Enters his tenth professional season in 2013-14. Meech was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit. He made his pro and AHL debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 15, 2004 against the Cleveland Barons. Meech made his NHL debut with Detroit on December 7, 2006 vs. St. Louis and scored his first career NHL goal on December 4, 2008 against Vancouver and he won the 2008 Stanley Cup Championship with Detroit. After spending the first seven years of his pro career in the Red Wings organization, he signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets as a free agent on July 1, 2011 and then re-signed another one-year deal with Winnipeg on July 1, 2012. Meech was twice named to the AHL All-Star Classic, first representing Grand Rapids at the 2007 All-Star Classic in Toronto and then representing the St. John’s IceCaps at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in Providence. He has twice reached the Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs, in 2006 with Grand Rapids (swept by Milwaukee 4-0) and in 2012 with St. John’s (swept by Norfolk 4-0). Meech played for Canada Western at the 2001 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and won a silver medal playing for Team Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Under-20 Hockey Championship in Finland. He played parts of five seasons of major junior hockey for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. In 263 career WHL games, Meech registered 97 points (27 goals, 70 assists) and 168 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 77 career WHL playoff games, scoring 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) and 45 penalty minutes, helping Red Deer win the 2001 WHL Championship and the 2001 Memorial Cup.