David Ellett: Canadian or American?
The 1991-92 Dave Ellett O-Pee-Chee features a Hitchcockian profile shot of a man that was briefly at the center of a small international incident.
In 1989, Ellett, who was an NHL all-star in 1989 and 92, opted to play for Canada in the World Championships despite being born in Cleveland, Ohio. The defenseman attended Team USA’s training camp for the 1987 Canada Cup, but was allowed to play for Team Canada because he never suited up for the USA in international play.
Ellett helped Bowling Green State University win an NCAA Championship in 1984.
He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1982, but did join the Jets until after his two seasons with Bowling Green.
Once he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1990 he was an integral part of a team that reached the conference finals in 1993 and 94. Ellett set a pair of Maple Leafs records for most points and assists by a defenseman in a playoff year with 18 and 15 respectively in 1994.
At the end of this NHL career, he played for the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders before retiring 2000.
Since hanging up the skates, Ellett became the co-owner of New Mexico Scorpions in the Central Hockey League (CHL). Ellett owned the team along with another former NHL player Brian Savage, who played his collegiate hockey at Miami University. They suspended operations for the 2009-10 season while they tried to sell the club.
Ellett’s father, Bob, was a minor-league hockey player playing for the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL).
His wife, Annie Bianco Ellett is a women’s world champion cowboy mounted shooter, who competes under the nickname “Outlaw Annie.”