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Dennis Earl Wideman (born March 20, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Wideman was drafted in the eighth round, 241st overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Wideman grew up playing his minor hockey in his hometown of Elmira, Ontario, playing for the Woolwich Township Wildcats "B" of the OMHA's Tri-County League and the Guelph Reps AAA Bantams of the OMHA's South Central AAA League in 1997â"98.
Wideman spent the 1998â"99 season with the Elmira Sugar Kings of the Mid-Western Junior Hockey League (MWJHL), scoring 18 goals and 48 points in 47 games. He was then drafted by the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Wideman began his OHL career with the Wolves in the 1999â"2000 season. In his rookie season in Sudbury, he had ten goals and 36 points in 63 games. He then added three points in 12 games in the playoffs. Wideman began 2000â"01 in Sudbury, scoring seven goals and 18 points in 25 games before being traded to the London Knights.
Wideman finished the 2000â"01 season with London, earning eight goals and 16 points in 24 games with the Knights. In the playoffs, Wideman had four assists in five games. He exploded offensively in the 2001â"02 season, scoring 27 goals and 69 points in 65 games with London, while registering 141 penalty minutes. In 12 playoff games, Wideman had four goals and 13 points. He had another solid offensive season in 2002â"03, as Wideman had 20 goals and 47 points in 55 games. He then added six goals and 12 points in 13 playoff games Wideman returned to London as an over-ager in 2003â"04, and had another very solid season. He scored 24 goals and had 65 points in 60 games, while posting a +52 rating. In 15 playoff games, Wideman scored seven goals and 17 points to finish his junior career.
St. Louis Blues
Wideman signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues on June 30, 2004. He played his first professional season with the Worcester IceCats of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2004â"05. In 79 games with Worcester, Wideman had 13 goals and 43 points. He then began the 2005â"06 season with Blues' new affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, also of the AHL, scoring two goals and six points in 12 games. Wideman was then called up to the NHL and appeared in 67 games with the Blues in 2005â"06, scoring eight goals and 24 points. In 2006â"07, Wideman made the Blues out of training camp, and in 55 games, he scored five goals and 22 points. On February 27, 2007, the Blues traded Wideman to the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Brad Boyes.
Wideman finished the 2006â"07 season with the Bruins, as he recorded three points in 20 games with the team. He broke out offensively in the 2007â"08 season, scoring 13 goals and 36 points in 81 games, helping the Bruins return to the Stanley Cup playoffs. On December 31, 2007, he scored a memorable goal at 4:40 of the second period against Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Kari Lehtonen during a power play â" it was the 18,000th goal in Bruins history. In the 2008 playoffs, Wideman had three assists in six games. In 2008â"09, Wideman once again had a very solid offensive season, scoring 13 goals and 50 points in 79 games to tie Zdeno ChÃ¡ra for most points by a defenceman on the team. Wideman also finished sixth in the NHL with a +32 rating. In 11 2009 playoff games, Wideman had seven assists. He struggled in the 2009â"10 season, however, scoring only six goals and 30 points in 76 games. Despite his lower regular season point production, he had a very strong offensive 2010 playoff p
erformance, scoring a goal and 12 points in 13 games. On June 22, 2010, the Bruins traded Wideman, their first-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and their third-round pick in 2011 to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell.
Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames
Wideman had a solid offensive season with the Panthers in 2010â"11, as he scored nine goals and 33 points in 61 games. The Panthers traded Wideman to the Washington Capitals for Jake Hauswirth and the Capitals' third-round draft pick in 2011. At the time of the trade, Wideman was second on the Panthers' scoring list.
On December 9, 2011, Wideman was initially credited with the first hat-trick in his career in a 4â"2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The following day, however, the play was reviewed and his third goal was officially credited to teammate Brooks Laich, with Wideman receiving the primary assist. Despite the change, the game remained the first four-point performance of his career.
At the conclusion of the 2011â"12 season, as a pending unrestricted free agent, Wideman's rights were traded to the Calgary Flames on June 27, 2012, in exchange for Jordan Henry and a fifth-round draft pick. Wideman was then immediately signed to a five-year, $26.25 million contract with the Flames. He recorded six goals and 16 assists during the lockout-shortened 2012â"13 season, his first with the Flames.
On January 27, 2016, Wideman appeared to cross-check linesman Don Henderson to the ice. After the game, he said the hit was not intentional, saying he didn't see Henderson until the last second. Wideman could face a suspension if the league determines the contact was deliberate. Wideman was suspended indefinitely the next day pending a hearing after the All-Star break.
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