Brad Thiessen

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Brad Thiessen
Brad Thiessen 2012-02-25.JPG
Thiessen with the Penguins in 2012.
Born (1986-03-19) March 19, 1986 (age 28)
Aldergrove, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
Pittsburgh Penguins
HIFK
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present

Brad Thiessen (born March 19, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently under contract with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Thiessen played three seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League before playing three seasons of collegiate ice hockey at Northeastern University. In his junior season at Northeastern, Thiessen was named Hockey East Player of the Year, a conference all-star, an NCAA first-team All-American, and a Hobey Baker Award "hat trick" finalist. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Thiessen signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an undrafted free agent.

Playing career[edit]

Thiessen with the Northeastern University Huskies in 2008.

Amateur[edit]

Thiessen played three seasons in the junior A British Columbia Hockey League. In 2003–04 with the Penticton Panthers, Thiessen appeared in 42 games, finishing with a record of 13–17–1. The following season with the Prince George Spruce Kings, he finished 12–22–1. In his final season of junior hockey with the Prince George Spruce Kings and Merritt Centennials in 2005–06 (he was traded during the season), Thiessen achieved career best statistics with a 22–21–4 record, a 2.88 goals against average, and a .922 save percentage.[1]

After junior hockey, Thiessen played for Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts for three seasons, from 2006 to 2009.

During his freshman season in 2006–07, Thiessen was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team. That season he appeared in 33 games, earning an 11–17–5 record. The next season, he was 16–17–3.

In Thiessen's junior year during the 2008–09 season, he led the team to one of its most successful seasons, including its first trip to the NCAA tournament in over 15 years. He was the 2008–09 Hockey East Player of the Year, a Hockey East all-star, an NCAA All-American, and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.[2] That season, Thiessen set school records for wins (25), goals against average (2.12), save percentage (.931), saves (1,195), games (41) and minutes played (2,495:44).[3] He led the NCAA in saves, was third in minutes played, and fourth in save percentage.[4] He also became Northeastern's all-time top goaltender in goals against average (2.40), save percentage (.922) and shutouts (9).[3]

Professional[edit]

After his third year at Northeastern, rather than play his senior season, Thiessen signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins and joined the organization's American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, though appeared in no games that season.[2] After the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ended, Thiessen was among a number of players who participated with the Pittsburgh Penguins in practice during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Though he never dressed for a game, Thiessen was with the team when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in game seven to win the Stanley Cup.[3]

Thiessen split time during the 2009–10 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and their ECHL affiliate Wheeling Nailers. In 30 regular season appearances with the Penguins, Thiessen earned a 14-14-1 record, while he was 8–3–0 with Wheeling.

During the 2010–11 season, Thiessen was named as the Eastern Conference's starting goaltender for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic. At the time of the All-Star break, Thiessen led the AHL with 17 wins. He became the second Penguin to be named to the All-Star team after Dany Sabourin in 2006.[5] On his 25th birthday, he became the third Penguins goaltender to record 30 wins in a single season, joining Dany Sabourin (2005-06) and John Curry (2007-08).

On March 24, 2011, Thiessen was recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins[6] due to an injury to backup goalie Brent Johnson, but did not play in an NHL game.

Thiessen is interviewed following his first career NHL win.

On February 24, 2012, Thiessen was recalled by the Penguins again and on February 26 he played in his first NHL game, registering his first career NHL win, 4-2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On March 7, 2012, Thiessen recorded his second career win in just as many starts. The Penguins overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.

On July 15, 2013, Thiessen opted to leave North America and signed his first European contract with HIFK of the Finnish Liiga. After only 8 games, Thiessen opted to end his HIFK career and was mutually released on November 19, 2013. On November 28, 2013, he signed a contract with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL for the remainder of the season.[7]

On July 3, 2014, Thiessen was signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Penticton Panthers BCHL 42 13 17 1 2131 122 2 3.44 .897
2004–05 Penticton Vees BCHL 26 7 18 1 1492 86 1 3.46 .901
2004–05 Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL 10 5 4 0 561 31 0 3.31 .912 3 1 1 158 9 0 3.42 .922
2005–06 Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL 36 14 17 4 2058 99 5 2.89 .925
2005–06 Merritt Centennials BCHL 13 8 4 0 754 2 36 2.87 .914 6 3 3 261 16 1 3.68 .895
2006–07 Northeastern University H-EAST 33 11 17 5 1985 82 4 2.48 .921
2007–08 Northeastern University H-EAST 37 16 17 3 2180 96 2 2.64 .914
2008–09 Northeastern University H-EAST 41 25 12 4 2496 88 3 2.12 .931
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 30 14 14 1 1763 72 4 2.45 .914 1 0 1 59 4 0 4.04 .895
2009–10 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 12 8 3 0 674 30 1 2.67 .919
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 46 35 8 1 2567 83 7 1.94 .922 12 6 6 720 20 2 1.67 .940
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 41 23 15 2 2321 109 2 2.82 .887 12 6 6 756 27 0 2.14 .908
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 3 1 0 258 16 0 3.72 .858
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 32 16 12 2 1792 80 4 2.68 .902 12 6 4 654 15 2 1.38 .952
2013–14 HIFK Liiga 8 3.06 .883
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 18 8 6 2 984 37 1 2.26 .930 4 1 3 252 16 0 3.81 .881
NHL totals 5 3 1 0 258 16 0 3.72 .858

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2006–07
All-Hockey East First Team 2008–09
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2008–09
Hockey East Player of the Year 2008–09
Hobey Baker Award Finalist 2008–09
AHL First All-Star Team 2010–11 [9]
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award 2010–11
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award 2010–11, 2012–13

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kevin Regan
Hockey East Player of the Year
2008–09
Succeeded by
Bobby Butler
Preceded by
Bryan Ewing
Hockey East Three-Stars Award
2008–09
Succeeded by
Bobby Butler