Brad Isbister

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Brad Isbister
Born (1977-05-07) May 7, 1977 (age 37)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Vancouver Canucks
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
AUS
HC TWK Innsbruck
SUI
EV Zug
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 67th overall, 1995
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1997–2009

Brad Isbister (born May 7, 1977) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played 541 regular season games in the National Hockey League. He is currently an assistant coach for the Calgary Dinos men's ice hockey team.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Isbister played junior hockey with the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, recording 49 points in 35 games in 1992–93. The following season, he began his career in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winter Hawks. After a 16-goal, 36-point season in 1994–95, he was drafted in the third round, 67th overall, by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Upon being drafted, he returned to the Winter Hawks and recorded 89 points, as well as a team-high 45 goals. In his final year with the Winter Hawks, Isbister recorded 33 points in 24 games and was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team.[2] That season, he also competed for the Team Canada at the 1997 World Junior Championships and made his professional debut with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, appearing in 7 games.

Isbister played his first NHL game on October 1, 1997 for the Phoenix Coyotes (formerly the Winnipeg Jets) against the Chicago Blackhawks. His first NHL point was an assist, in a 3–2 Phoenix win over the Colorado Avalanche on October 11. He scored his first NHL goal ten days later on October 21, in a 4–3 loss to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Isbister finished his rookie season with 17 points in 66 games. After his second season with the Coyotes, Isbister was traded to the New York Islanders on March 20, 1999, with a third round draft choice (Brian Collins) in 1999 for Robert Reichel, a third round draft choice (Jason Jaspers) in 1999 and a fourth round draft choice (previously acquired from Ottawa; Phoenix selected Preston Mizzi) in 1999.[2]

In his first season with the Islanders, 1999–2000, Isbister recorded a career-high 22 goals, 20 assists, and 42 points in 64 games. He continued at that pace in New York until March 11, 2003, as he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Raffi Torres for Janne Niinimaa and a second round draft choice (previously acquired from Washington; New York selected Evgeni Tunik) in 2003.[2]

In Isbister's first season with the Oilers, in 2003–04, his points total dipped to 18. After spending the locked out 2004–05 season playing for HC TWK Innsbruck of the Austrian Hockey League, Isbister was traded from Edmonton to the Boston Bruins on August 1, 2005, in exchange for a fourth round draft choice (later traded back to Boston - later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected James DeLory) in 2006.[2]

Isbister recorded 23 points as NHL play resumed in 2005–06, his only season with Boston. The following summer, he was picked up by the Carolina Hurricanes as a free agent on August 30, 2006, but was traded to the New York Rangers a month into the season in exchange for Jakub Petruzalek and a conditional fifth-round draft choice in 2008.[3] With New York, Isbister spent the majority of the 2006–07 season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' AHL affiliate.

Following his only season with the Rangers organization, Isbister signed a one-year, $525,000 contract with the Vancouver Canucks.[4] Isbister only played 55 games with Vancouver due to injuries and staff decisions.

In 2008, he was not re-signed and was picked up by the Ottawa Senators, signing a two-way, one-year contract on September 4, 2008.[5] At the end of training camp, Isbister was assigned to Ottawa's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. However, he instead went overseas to play for EV Zug of the Swiss Nationalliga A and on 27 September 2009 retired as an active player and went into coaching.

International play[edit]

Brad Isbister
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1997 Switzerland

Isbister first played internationally with Team Canada at the 1997 World Junior Championships. He scored 7 points in 7 games, tied for seventh in tournament scoring, as Canada captured their fifth straight gold medal. Isbister scored the final goal of the 2–0 victory over the United States in the gold medal game.[6]

Three years later, Isbister made his senior international debut, competing in the 2000 World Championships. He scored 7 points in 9 games for Team Canada, but they were defeated in the semi-finals by the Czech Republic, then lost the bronze medal game to Finland.

Isbister competed for Canada for the second consecutive year in the 2001 World Championships and scored 5 goals in 7 games. Canada was once again held from a medal as they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by the United States.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Calgary Canucks AJHL 35 24 25 49 74
1993–94 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 64 7 10 17 45 10 0 2 2 0
1994–95 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 67 16 20 36 123
1995–96 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 71 45 44 89 184 7 2 4 6 20
1996–97 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 24 15 18 33 45 6 2 1 3 16
1996–97 Springfield Falcons AHL 7 3 1 4 14 9 1 2 3 10
1997–98 Springfield Falcons AHL 9 8 2 10 36
1997–98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 66 9 8 17 102 5 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 32 4 4 8 46
1998–99 Springfield Falcons AHL 4 1 1 2 12
1998–99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 2 0 0 0 9
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 64 22 20 42 100
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 51 18 14 32 59
2001–02 New York Islanders NHL 79 17 21 38 113 3 1 1 2 17
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 53 10 13 23 34
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 3 2 5 9 6 0 1 1 12
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 51 10 8 18 54
2004–05 HC TWK Innsbruck Austria 11 7 4 11 41 5 3 1 4 6
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 58 6 17 23 46
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 9 3 5 8 54
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 34 12 8 20 22
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 19 1 4 5 14 4 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 55 6 5 11 38
2008–09 EV Zug Swiss-A 24 10 7 17 55
NHL totals 541 106 116 222 615 18 1 2 3 33

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Canada WJC 7 4 3 7 8
2000 Canada WC 9 4 3 7 18
2001 Canada WC 7 5 0 5 16
Senior int'l totals 16 9 3 12 34

Coaching career[edit]

On September 27, 2009, the University of Calgary's head hockey coach, Mark Howell, announced that Isbister would be an assistant coach along with former NHLer Cory Cross.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.godinos.com/coaches.aspx?path=mhockey&tab=menshockey
  2. ^ a b c d e "Brad Isbister - NHL Profile". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-09-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ "NHL Transactions". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  4. ^ Allen, Kevin (2007-07-03). "Canucks pick up Ritchie, Isbister". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Isbister lands two-way deal with the Senators". Sporting News. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  6. ^ "Canada shuts out US for fifth straight title". New York Times. 1997-01-05. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 

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