February 16, 2016

Layne Ulmer

Layne Ulmer was drafted 209th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

The Swift Current Broncos center then emerged as a top goal scorer in the Western Hockey League. He scored 50 goals and 104 points in 1999-2000, and then a league leading 63 goals and impressive 119 points in his final season in junior hockey. That included 19 goals in the first 10 games of the season. A charlie horse slowed him some, but he still ended up scoring 50 goals in his first 47 games.

Yet it was not enough for the Ottawa Senators to sign him to a contract. Questions about his size and defensive game had always followed him, even thought he worked hard on his play away from the puck. He was a penalty kill regular in his final season with the Broncos - one of the league's top defensive teams at that time.

The Senators never seemed too interested, though, as they cut him from their pro camp early and never did come forward with a contract off. As a result, Ulmer became an unrestricted free agent. He would sign with the New York Rangers in 2001.

Ulmer would go on to play four seasons with the Rangers minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

On April 3rd, 2004 he would be rewarded for his service with a call up to play in what proved to be his only National Hockey League game. He would skate nine and a half minutes in a 3-2 New York win over the Washington Capitals.

In 2006 Ulmer decided to look overseas to extend his career. After seasons in Finland, Germany and Austria before playing many seasons in Asiago, Italy, winning multiple Italian championships.

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