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#8 Willie Coetzee, RW

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Position: RW
Date of Birth: 11/07/1990
Height: 5' 10"   Weight: 185 lbs
Shoots: R
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Drafted: Undrafted
Last Amateur Team: 2009-10 Red Deer (WHL)

Biography:



Current Stats




News Stories/Articles/Multimedia:

Getting to know the Griffins - Grand Rapids Press - Dec. 29, 2011
Post-Game Comments - GriffVision - Dec. 14, 2011
Out of Africa - Griffiti - Dec. 2, 2011
Griffiti Interview - GriffVision - Dec. 1, 2011
Coetzee making strong case to remain with Griffins - Grand Rapids Press - Oct. 12, 2011
 

Biography

Coetzee.jpgFifth season as a Griffin…Fourth year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 9/18/09…Assigned to Red Deer (WHL) by Detroit, 9/18/09…Reassigned from Red Deer by Detroit, 3/30/10…Reassigned to Red Deer by Detroit, 4/12/10…Assigned by Detroit, 9/29/10…Recalled by Detroit, 10/1/10…Assigned by Detroit, 10/3/10…Reassigned to Toledo (ECHL) by Detroit, 12/1/10…Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 12/6/10…Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 1/28/11…Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 4/5/11...Assigned by Detroit, 9/26/11…Assigned by Detroit, 9/14/12…Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 10/9/12...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 1/4/13...Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 1/5/13...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 2/15/13...Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 2/16/13...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 4/19/13...Assigned by Detroit, 4/17/14.

2012-13: Served as a “black ace” with Grand Rapids during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs…Made one appearance with the Griffins during the regular season…Led ECHL Toledo with 68 points (28-40—68) in 64 games…Tied for ninth in the league in goals and finished fourth with 260 shots…Enjoyed two five-game point streaks, 11/16/12-11/24/12 and 12/7/12-12/16/12…Represented Toledo at the ECHL All-Star Game, recording a goal and an assist…Amassed 13 points (6-7—13) in an eight-game stretch, 1/27/13-2/27/13…Picked up a season-high four points (1-3—4) in the Walleye’s season finale, 3/29/13 at Wheeling…Tied for the team lead with four assists in the postseason. 2011-12: Notched 22 points (11-11—22) in 61 games with Grand Rapids as a second-year pro…Recorded his first AHL goal, 10/8/11 at Rockford…Tallied goals in each of the team’s first two games, 10/8/11-10/14/11…Enjoyed a career-best three-game point streak (2-1—3) from 10/29/11-11/2/11 and matched that streak with four points (2-2—4) in three games from 1/13/12-1/17/12…Registered his first AHL two-goal game, 12/14/11 vs. Rockford…Scored in back-to-back games on four occasions. 2010-11: Split first professional season between Grand Rapids and Toledo…Recorded his first AHL point with an assist, 10/23/10 vs. Rochester…Finished the season with five points (0-5—5) in 25 games with the Griffins…Tallied his first multi-point game (0-2—2), 11/27/10 at Chicago…Debuted with ECHL Toledo on 12/3/10 and notched six points (3-3—6) in his first six games…Earned 20 points (9-11—20) in 36 total contests with the Walleye. 2009-10: Made AHL debut, 4/3/10 at Abbotsford, and appeared in two games with Grand Rapids…Tied for 18th in the Western Hockey League with 81 points (29-52—81) in 72 games for Red Deer…His 52 assists tied for 14th in the league…Paced the Rebels in assists, points and plus-minus (plus-10), while standing second in goals and third in power play tallies (10)…Netted one goal in four playoff games with Red Deer…Was a teammate of current Griffin Landon Ferraro. 2008-09: Skated in 72 contests for Red Deer, ranking among the Rebels’ leaders with 18 goals (3rd), 24 assists (T3rd), 42 points (2nd) and 10 power play goals (2nd). 2007-08: Played 56 games between Cowichan Valley (33) of the British Columbia Hockey League and Red Deer (23)…Tallied 16 points (5-11—16) for Cowichan Valley, tying for ninth in assists and 12th in points…Netted two goals during his time with Red Deer.

Personal: Lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia…Has a Shetland Sheepdog named Annie…Has one older sister, Val, who has three boys…Famous relatives are his mom who was a professional tennis player and Dad who qualified for Olympic speed walking…Best friends in hockey are Griffins equipment manager Brad Thompson, Landon Ferraro, trainer John Bernal and asst. equipment manager Andrew Stegehuis…Greatest hockey memory is being part of the Calder Cup Championship…Began playing hockey at the age of four…Hockey nickname is Bill…Hockey idols as a youth were Pavel Bure and Teemu Selanne…Chose his jersey number because he admires Teemu Selanne …Greatest influence on his hockey career is his family because they push him through the good and bad…Plans on staying involved in hockey or owning his own organic store after his playing career…First job was doing construction…Greatest obstacle he’s overcome was hurting his ankle on his draft year and still coming back to make his junior team…Proudest achievements are signing with the Red Wings and being part of the Calder Cup experience…Favorite charity is the Make A Wish Foundation …Most unique thing he’s done is travel to South Africa to visit family…Most interesting facts about him are that he has a beard, is a three handicap in golf and loves to camp and fish…If he could trade occupations for one day, he would trade with a professional golfer …Also speaks Afrikaans…Played soccer, golf and baseball growing up…Favorite food is seasoned chicken breast with sweet potato and asparagus…Favorite music artist is Anberlin…Favorite movie is Saving Private Ryan…Favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones…Favorite web site is IGN.com…Favorite book is The Bible…Favorite vacation spot is Whistler, B.C.…Roots for the Seattle Seahawks and Michigan Wolverines…Enjoys watching golf, football and soccer. 
 
AHL CAREER HIGHS
Games Played: 61, 2011-12 Assist Streak: n/a
Goals: 11, 2011-12 Point Streak: 3, twice (MR: 1/13/12-1/17/12)
Assists: 11, 2011-12 Goals, Game: 2, 12/14/11 GR vs. RFD
Points: 22, 2011-12 Assists, Game: 2, 11/27/10 GR at CHI
PIM: 25, 2011-12 Points, Game: 2, three times (MR: 1/13/12 GR vs. TEX)
Goal Streak: 2, four times (MR: 4/13/12-4/14/12) PIM, Game: 5, 11/2/11 GR vs. LE
FIRSTS
AHL Game: 4/3/10 GR at ABB NHL Game: n/a
AHL Point: 10/23/10 GR at RCH (assist) NHL Point: n/a
AHL Goal: 10/8/11 GR at RFD (Alec Richards) NHL Goal: n/a
 

 

Career Stats

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Vancouver NE BCMML 40 22 25 47 56 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Cowichan Valley BCHL 33 5 11 16 19 -- -- -- -- --
  Red Deer WHL 23 2 0 2 14 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Red Deer WHL 72 18 24 42 42 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Red Deer WHL 72 29 52 81 32 4 1 0 1 0
  Grand Rapids AHL 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 Grand Rapids AHL 25 0 5 5 8 -- -- -- -- --
  Toledo ECHL 36 9 11 20 4 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 Grand Rapids AHL 61 11 11 22 25 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Toledo ECHL 64 28 40 68 22 6 0 4 4 2
  Grand Rapids AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
  GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS 89 11 16 27 33 0 0 0 0 0
  PRO TOTALS 189 48 67 115 59 6 0 4 4 2
 

 

 
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