Daniel Ellis (born June 19, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Dallas Stars drafted Ellis in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Ellis then spent three seasons with the University of Nebraska, posting a cumulative record of 53 wins, 50 losses, and 12 ties. For the 2003–2004 season, Ellis split time between the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) and Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, finishing the season with the Steelheads. In Idaho, Ellis would have great success, leading the team to a Kelly Cup Championship win and nabbing the 2004 Playoff MVP award with a record of 13–3 and a 1.86 goals-against average.
For the 2005–06 AHL season, Ellis spent his time exclusively with the Iowa Stars. He split playing time with fellow goalie Mike Smith, but ultimately lost the job as the season came to a close. He finished the season with a record of 16 wins, 13 losses and 1 tie.
Ellis made his NHL debut on February 8, 2004 against the Los Angeles Kings. Ellis made 25 saves en route to his first career win as Dallas defeated Los Angeles 4 - 3.
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