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New York Rangers Michael Del Zotto (4) watches Boston Bruins Blake Wheeler slide into Henrik Lundqvist at Madison Square Garden in New York
New York Rangers Michael Del Zotto (4) watches Boston Bruins Blake Wheeler slide into Henrik Lundqvist in the third period at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 17, 2010. The Bruins defeated the Rangers 3-2. UPI /John Angelillo
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Blake James Wheeler (born August 31, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Wheeler attended Breck School his freshman year through his junior year. There, during his junior year, Wheeler had his breakout season, putting up a state-high 45 goals and 55 assists in 2003–04. He led his team to a Class A State Hockey Championship that season, and scored a hat trick in the final game.

Wheeler opted to forego his senior year to play in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Green Bay Gamblers. After playing one season with the Gamblers, Wheeler attended the University of Minnesota. In 2005–06, his freshman year with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he recorded 23 points in 39 games, playing alongside future Boston Bruins teammate Phil Kessel. Wheeler is praised for his deceptive speed with his large body frame, and his ability to stick handle at such high speeds.

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