Brandon Bochenski

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Brandon Bochenski
Brandon Bochenski.jpg
Bochenski with the Boston Bruins in 2007.
Born (1982-04-04) April 4, 1982 (age 32)
Blaine, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Barys Astana
Ottawa Senators
Chicago Blackhawks
Boston Bruins
Anaheim Ducks
Nashville Predators
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  United States
NHL Draft 223rd overall, 2001
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2004–present

Brandon Louis Bochenski (born April 4, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey player. He has played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for several teams. He is currently with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Bochenski went to Blaine High School where he graduated in 2000. Bochenski was a part of the Blaine Bengals when they defeated the Duluth East Greyhounds 6–0 in the 2000 class AA championship. Also in the Minnesota State High School League tournament, Bochenski and the Bengals defeated Rochester Mayo, Hastings and finished the tournament leading the AA in scoring with 7 points.[1] The St. Paul Pioneer Press named Bochenski along with teammates Matt Hendricks and Matt Moore to the second team of the All-State Boys hockey team.[2]

Amateur[edit]

With the Lincoln Stars of the USHL in 2000–01, Bochenski led the league in goals with 47 and was the single highest goal total in the league over the past 15 years. Playing in 55 games that year, Bochenski had 80 points and was named the USHL's Rookie of the Year.[3] His standout performances were noticed by the Ottawa Senators and he was subsequently drafted in the seventh round, 223rd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Bochenski would then leave the USHL to pursue a collegiate career.

Bochenski was heavily recruited to play college hockey in the NCAA, finally choosing University of North Dakota. Bochenski went on to spend 3 seasons with the Fighting Sioux in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. As a freshman at UND, Bochenski led his team with five game-winning goals and was third in total points. While the Fighting Sioux failed to make the NCAA tournament in 2001–02, Bochenski would not fail again leading UND to two NCAA tournaments in his final two years at UND. In each of his final two years at UND, Bochenski led his team in goals, points and power play goals. After the 2003–04 season, Bochenski would sign with the Ottawa Senators where he would make his professional hockey debut with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.

Professional[edit]

Bochenski with the Norfolk Admirals.

During his first season in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators, Bochenski racked up 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points in just 75 games. The following year, he only saw action in 33 games, but scored 22 goals and had 24 assists. It would be the 2005–06 season when Bochenski would make his NHL debut with the Ottawa Senators.

After being called up from the Senators, Bochenski would debut on October 5, 2005 and go on to play in twenty games. His first NHL point was an assist versus the Buffalo Sabres on October 8, 2005. Just one week later on October 15, 2005, Bochenski would have his first career goal scoring against the Boston Bruins. In a show against the Florida Panthers on December 15, 2005, Bochenski scored his first career hat trick. Bochenski would then be traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, leaving the Ottawa Senators scoring six goals and assisting on seven others.

On March 9, 2006, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with a second round pick in exchange for Tyler Arnason.[4] Bochenski would record his first point for the Blackhawks on March 19, 2006 and his first goal on April 1, 2006. Bochenski would go on to play for the Blackhawks in twenty games before helping the Norfolk Admirals in which he tallied two points in three playoff games. In his twenty appearances in 2005–06, Bochenski would record four points.

In 2006–07, Bochenski never found his permanent place on the Blackhawk roster. Bochenski spent most of his time in the Blackhawk organization with the Admirals. After an early January 2007 injury to Martin Havlat, Bochenski was recalled and found more playing time. But on February 3, 2007 the Blackhawks traded him to the Boston Bruins for Kris Versteeg and a conditional pick.[5] On February 6, 2007, soon after joining to the Bruins, Bochenski scored his first Bruin goal at the five-minute mark of the second period. The game ended in a 3–2 victory after a shootout against the Washington Capitals.

On June 18, 2007, Bochenski signed a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins for the 2007–08 season.[6] However seldom used as a reserve forward after 20 games with the Bruins on January 2, 2008, the Bruins traded Bochenski to the Anaheim Ducks for Shane Hnidy and a 6th round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[7] He played in 12 games with the Ducks with 4 points before he was traded to his third team within the season, the Nashville Predators, for future considerations on February 26, 2008.[8]

On July 8, 2008, Bochenski joined his sixth NHL team when he signed as a free agent to a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[9] Prior to the 2008–09 season on September 25, 2008, the Lightning placed Bochenski on waivers for the purpose of sending him to American Hockey League affiliate team, the Norfolk Admirals. Returning to Norfolk for a second stint, who were formerly affiliates with the Blackhawks, Bochenski was among scoring leaders of the Admirals and often the Lightnings first recall in cases of injury. After two seasons within the Lightning organization, Brandon became the Admirals record goal scoring leader, passing Casey Hankinson 76 goals to finish with 81 as well as hold the record for most game-winning goals (15) and power play goals (34).[10]

On May 5, 2010, Bochenski left North America and signed a one-year contract with Kazakh KHL team, Barys Astana.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Lincoln Stars USHL 55 47 33 80 22 11 5 7 12 4
2001–02 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 17 15 32 34
2002–03 University of North Dakota WCHA 43 35 27 62 42
2003–04 University of North Dakota WCHA 41 27 33 60 40
2004–05 Binghamton Senators AHL 75 34 36 70 16 6 1 0 1 2
2005–06 Binghamton Senators AHL 33 22 24 46 36
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 20 6 7 13 14
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 20 2 2 4 8
2005–06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 3 1 1 2 0
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 35 33 33 66 31
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 2 0 2 2
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 31 11 11 22 14
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 20 0 6 6 6
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 12 2 2 4 6
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 8 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 69 27 26 53 48
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 7 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 42 21 19 40 16
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 28 4 9 13 2
2010–11 Barys Astana KHL 40 22 23 45 36 4 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Barys Astana KHL 49 27 32 59 26 7 0 5 5 8
2012–13 Barys Astana KHL 48 20 20 40 22 7 4 3 7 12
2013–14 Barys Astana KHL 54 28 30 58 55 10 2 7 9 14
NHL totals 156 28 40 68 54 3 0 0 0 0
KHL totals 191 97 105 202 139 28 6 16 22 36

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2007 United States WC 7 2 3 5 6
Senior int'l totals 7 2 3 5 6

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2001–02
All-WCHA Second Team 2002–03
All-WCHA First Team 2003–04
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2003–04
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2004 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MNHSL Hockey History". vintageminnesotahockey. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  2. ^ "2000 MNHS Second All-Star Team". mnpuck.com. 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Six USHL Alumni named AHL All-Stars". United States Hockey League. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Sens acquire Hawks' Arnason for Bochenski, pick". ESPN. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Boston Bruins acquire Brandon Bochenski". Boston Bruins. 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Bruins, Bochenski agree to contract extension". Boston Bruins. 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Bear Essentials: B's Make Trade". Boston Bruins. 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Predators acquire forwards Brandon Bochenski and Jan Hlavac". Nashville Predators. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  9. ^ "Tampa Bay signs Brandon Bochenski". realgmhockey.com. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  10. ^ Damian Cristodero (2010-02-16). "Brandon Bochenski reassigned to Norfolk". TampaBay.com. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  11. ^ "KHL's 6 new signings" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  12. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 

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