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Raphael Diaz
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Born January 9, 1986 (1986-01-09) (age 31)
Baar, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
EV Zug
National team Template:Country data SUI
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present

Raphael Diaz (born Raphael Salvador Diaz on January 9, 1986) is a Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

In 2003, Raphael began his professional career with EV Zug. On May 13, 2011, he signed a one year two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL.

On October 18, 2011, Raphael scored his first NHL goal against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2nd period.

He appeared as a rookie team member at the 2012 All Star game skills competition, as an injury replacement for Adam Larsson.

Raphael participated in the G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay performing the control relay skill skating with the puck through a series of six cones.

On February 3, 2014, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Dale Weise.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 EV Zug NLA 38 2 1 3 16 5 0 0 0 2
2004–05 EV Zug NLA 41 1 4 5 12 9 0 0 0 4
2005–06 EV Zug NLA 35 5 2 7 34 7 0 0 0 4
2006–07 EV Zug NLA 44 2 4 6 22 12 0 1 1 6
2007–08 EV Zug NLA 50 3 11 14 44 7 0 0 0 4
2008–09 EV Zug NLA 50 4 9 13 36 10 1 1 2 4
2009–10 EV Zug NLA 49 4 27 31 22 13 1 5 6 10
2010–11 EV Zug NLA 45 12 27 39 26 10 2 4 6 4
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 3 13 16 30
2012–13 EV Zug NLA 32 7 22 29 12
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 1 13 14 6 5 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 82 4 26 30 36 5 0 0 0 0

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Switzerland WJC18 5 1 3 4 4
2005 Switzerland WJC 6 1 1 2 8
2006 Switzerland WJC 6 0 1 1 6
2008 Switzerland WC 7 0 0 0 0
2010 Switzerland OG 5 0 0 0 4
2011 Switzerland WC 6 3 1 4 4
Junior int'l totals 17 2 5 7 18
Senior int'l totals 18 3 1 4 8

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Competitor for Template:SUI
World Championships
Silver 2013 Sweden/Finland

Raphael was selected to play for the Switzerland men's national ice hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

He previously represented Switzerland at the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2005 and 2006 IIHF World U20 Championship and the 2008 Ice Hockey World Championship.

Personal LifeEdit

Raphael's father is originally from Spain while his mother is Swiss.

His name was originally "Rafael" and is still used by the Swiss national team. Even though his passport uses "Raphael," he uses that as his official name.

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