|Born||July 19, 1982 (1982-07-19) (age 28),
Forest Park, IL, USA
|5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Timothy Gabriel Stapleton (born July 19, 1982 in Forest Park, Illinois) is an American professional ice hockey center who is currently a free-agent.
Undrafted, Stapleton played for two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Stapleton then represented the University of Minnesota Duluth for four seasons, where he led the team in scoring as a freshman and had back-to-back 40 point seasons.
After a brief stint with the Portland Pirates of the AHL, he signed with Jokerit of the Finnish SM-liiga, completing a tryout which led to a one-year contract. During his first Jokerit season, Stapleton won the SM-liiga silver medal and finished second in playoff scoring.
On June 6, 2008, Stapleton signed as a free agent to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2008–09 season. Stapleton was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on September 26, 2008.
On 26 February 2009, Stapleton played his first career NHL game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring the shootout winner. In his next game Stapleton was credited with his first NHL goal against the Ottawa Senators, goaltender Brian Elliott on February 28, 2009.
On July 1, 2009, Stapleton was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers with Pavel Kubina for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart. After signing with the Thrashers, Stapleton was then assigned to affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, for the 2009-10 season.
|2000–01||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||52||7||15||22||8||4||1||2||3||4|
|2001–02||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||61||24||36||60||10||7||4||7||11||0|
|2002–03||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||42||14||28||42||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||43||16||25||41||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||38||19||20||39||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||U. of Minnesota-Duluth||WCHA||39||14||16||30||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||4||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|