Bracken Kearns

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Bracken Kearns
Born (1981-05-12) May 12, 1981 (age 33)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Espoo Blues
Florida Panthers
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Bracken Kearns (born May 12, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing with the Espoo Blues in the Finnish Liiga. Kearns, who started his professional career in 2005 with the Toledo Storm in the ECHL, played 428 games in the minors before playing his first game in the National Hockey League with the Florida Panthers.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Kearns, who graduated from the University of Calgary in 2005 with a degree in economics, was captain of the Calgary Dinos men's ice hockey team.[2]

Professional[edit]

Kearns made his professional debut with the Toledo Storm during the 2005–06 ECHL season. He spent the entire 2006–07 season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Milwaukee Admirals. During the 2007–08 season, he played 53 games in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals and also played 17 games in the ECHL with the Reading Royals. He played AHL hockey for the next two years with Norfolk and the Rockford IceHogs.

On July 27, 2010, Kearns was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes who assigned him to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio for the start of the 2010–11 AHL season.[3]

On July 14, 2011, Kearns signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.[4] During the 2011–12 season on October 20, 2011, at the age of 30, Kearns made his NHL debut with the Panthers playing seven shifts for 6:30 of ice time in a 3–0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.[5][6] Kearns was the second oldest player to make his NHL debut with the Panthers, behind only Magnus Svensson who made his NHL debut with Florida in 1995 at the age of 32.[7] Kearns went scoreless in 5 games with the Panthers, before returning to the Rampage to be among the offensive leaders with 52 points in 69 games.

On July 2, 2012, Kearns was again on the move, signing a one-year free agent contract with the San Jose Sharks.[8] With the 2012 NHL lockout in effect, Kearns reported directly to AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, to begin the 2012–13 season.

Kearns was recalled from Worcester on December 28, 2013. The next day, Kearns scored his first NHL goal in the San Jose Sharks 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks against goaltender Frederik Andersen.[9] He became the oldest player in Sharks history to score his first NHL goal (32 years, 231 days), besting the previous record holder Jay Leach (30 years, 190 days). On February 24, 2014, Kearns was sent to waivers by the Sharks.[10]

As a free agent from the Sharks, Kearns accepted a try-out contract to the Boston Bruins training camp for the 2014–15 season. Following camp, Kearns was released by the Bruins and after spending his entire professional career in North America, he opted to pursue a European career in agreeing to a one-year contract in the Finnish Liiga with the Espoo Blues on October 23, 2014.[11]

Family[edit]

Kearns' father is Dennis Kearns, a retired All-Star defenceman for the Vancouver Canucks.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 University of Calgary CIS 26 0 8 8 2
2002–03 University of Calgary CIS 29 8 9 17 14
2003–04 University of Calgary CIS 38 11 12 23 22
2004–05 University of Calgary CIS 43 12 23 35 18
2005–06 Toledo Storm ECHL 71 33 36 69 66 13 7 6 13 6
2005–06 Cleveland Barons AHL 1 0 1 1 0
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 79 11 15 26 59 4 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Reading Royals ECHL 17 5 13 18 17
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 53 9 16 25 40
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 53 12 10 22 63
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 80 15 36 51 99 4 0 2 2 2
2010–11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 72 20 23 43 104
2011–12 San Antonio Rampage AHL 69 22 30 52 58 10 2 5 7 4
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 5 0 0 0 10
2012–13 Worcester Sharks AHL 66 21 25 46 73
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Worcester Sharks AHL 45 6 19 25 72
2013–14 San Jose Sharks NHL 25 3 2 5 6
NHL totals 31 3 2 5 16 7 0 0 0 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eastern conference". Edmonton Journal. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Dinos hockey opens season with a pair of ties". The Gauntlet Sports.ca. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Player Bio – Bracken Kearns". The Hockey News. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Panthers sign C Kearns to one-year, two-way contract". The Sports Network. 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Florida Panthers’ Kearns quick trip follows long wait". Miami Herald. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  6. ^ "30-year-old rookie debuts for Panthers". National Hockey League. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Quick trip to NHL inspires Rampages Bracken Kearns". mysanantonio.com. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Sharks sign forward Bracken Kearns". San Jose Sharks. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Sharks snap Ducks' 10-game winning streak". CBS Sports. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  10. ^ Halford, Mike (2014-02-24). "Sharks waive Kearns". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  11. ^ "Bracken Kearns and Espoo Blues come to comprehensive agreement". Espoo Blues. 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  12. ^ "Late blooming a Kearns family tradition". National Hockey League. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

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