Brandon Dubinsky

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Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky 2013-11-01.JPG
Brandon Dubinsky, November 2013
Born (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 28)
Anchorage, AK, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 60th overall, 2004
New York Rangers
Playing career 2004–present

Brandon G. Dubinsky (born April 29, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Dubinsky began playing youth hockey in Anchorage, and graduated from Service High School in 2004. He played his junior career with Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for four years, and was a two-time Western Conference second team All-Star before being drafted in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.

New York Rangers[edit]

Dubinsky played for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) for most of the 2006-2007 season. He first played for the New York Rangers on March 8, 2007, against the New York Islanders.

Dubinsky scored his first NHL goal against Marc-André Fleury on November 8, 2007, in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dubinsky was the 3rd star of the game. Much of the season was spent centering the Rangers' first forward line with Jaromír Jágr and Sean Avery.[1] He was one of sixteen rookies selected to participate in the 2008 YoungStars competition at the 56th NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta. He scored two goals and one assist and was named YoungStars Most Valuable Player.[2] Dubinsky scored his first career playoff goal in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils on April 13, 2008.

Dubinsky with the Rangers in 2011

His successful rookie season was marked on April 4, 2008, when Dubinsky was awarded the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for the 2007-08 season[3] and "Rookie of the Year" for the Rangers as voted by his teammates.

On May 12, 2008, Dubinsky scored a hat trick in his first World Championships, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, against Norway.[4] Team USA went on to win the game 9-1.

On November 24, 2008, Dubinsky scored a Gordie Howe hat trick against the Phoenix Coyotes. He squared off against the Coyotes' tough guy Daniel Carcillo protecting the Rangers' netminder Henrik Lundqvist at 2:58 into the first, taking a five-minute major penalty for fighting. He then scored a wraparound goal 1 minute 15 seconds into the second period (which ended up being the game winner). Dubinsky then finished the "Gordie" with an assist to Dan Girardi, who scored a power play goal from the blue line at 7:37 into the third period. The Rangers won the game 4-1 and Dubinsky along with Lundqvist and Zherdev were named the three stars. Ranger coach Tom Renney called the feat a "Gordie Orr hat trick" claiming that Dubinsky "didn't do that well in the fight".[5]

Dubinsky finished his second full season with one point more than his previous season. Despite a strong start with a game-winning goal in the Rangers' first game [6] and a streak of 11 points in his first 11 games in 2008-09, he also suffered a 20-game goal-scoring drought.[7] On April 15, 2009, Dubinsky scored the game-winning goal with 8:17 remaining in the third period of the Rangers' first game of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals.

After holding out at the beginning of the 2009–10 season and missing over a week of training camp, Dubinsky signed a two-year contract worth $3.7 million as a restricted free agent.[8] Dubinsky tallied 3 goals and 10 points on the season before suffering a broken hand in a game against the Calgary Flames on November 7, 2009, which relegated him to the injured reserved list for more than a month.

Dubinsky returned to the Rangers' lineup on December 14 against the Atlanta Thrashers. Four games later, he scored his first goal in more than two months against the Carolina Hurricanes. The goal was the game-winner in a 3-1 Rangers victory.

Despite missing over a month due to injury, Dubinsky finished the season with career highs in goals and points.

After the 2010-11 season, Dubinsky avoided arbitration with the Rangers and signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract.[9]

On July 23, 2012, Dubinsky was traded along with Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a first round draft pick in 2013 to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash, minor leaguer Steven Delisle and a conditional third round pick in the same draft.[10]

On July 11, 2014, Dubinsky signed a 6-year, $35.1 million contract extension with Columbus.

Dubinsky with the Blue Jackets, October 2013

Columbus Blue Jackets[edit]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Dubinsky played for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.[11] Dubinsky made his Blue Jackets debut once the NHL returned from the work stoppage.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 44 8 18 26 35 7 2 2 4 10
2003–04 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 71 30 48 78 137 5 0 2 2 6
2004–05 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 68 23 36 59 160 7 4 5 9 8
2005–06 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 51 21 46 67 98 12 5 10 15 24
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 11 5 5 10 14
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 71 21 22 43 115 7 1 3 4 12
2006–07 New York Rangers Connecticut Whale NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 82 14 26 40 79 10 4 4 8 12
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 82 13 28 41 112 7 1 3 4 18
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 69 20 24 44 54
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 77 24 30 54 100 5 2 1 3 2
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 77 10 24 34 110 9 0 2 2 14
2012–13 Alaska Aces ECHL 17 9 7 16 22
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 29 2 18 20 76
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 76 16 34 50 98 6 1 5 6 6
NHL totals 498 99 184 283 631 37 8 15 23 52

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 United States WC 6th 4 3 0 3 2
2010 United States WC 13th 6 3 7 10 2
Senior totals 10 6 7 13 4

Personal life[edit]

Dubinsky was born in Anchorage, Alaska. His father, mother, and two brothers live there.[citation needed]

Dubinsky became engaged to his fiance Brenna McGuire, a model and former basketball player for the University of Virginia Cavaliers while on vacation in Mexico during the NHL All-Star Game.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dellapina, John (2008-02-19). "Rookie Brandon Dubinsky ready to rumble on Jaromir Jagr's line". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Rangers Show Off Their Skills; Dubinsky YoungStars MVP". newyorkrangers.com. 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Dubinsky wins Extra Effort Award". newyorkrangers.com. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Dubinsky Rocks the Worlds with a Hat Trick". newyorkrangers.com. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  5. ^ Botte, Peter (2008-11-24). "Scott Gomez returns as Rangers beat Coyotes, break losing skid". New York: nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  6. ^ "New York Rangers/Tampa Bay Lightning Box Score". Yahoo. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  7. ^ Brooks, Larry (2009-01-18). "Dubinsky rediscovers scoring touch". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  8. ^ Zipay, Steve (2009-09-19). "Rangers' Dubinsky ends holdout, signs 2-year deal". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  9. ^ Brehm, Mike; Allen, Kevin (2011-07-21). "Brandon Dubinsky avoids arbitration with four-year deal". USA Today. 
  10. ^ "Blue Jackets Ship Nash to Rangers In Blockbuster Trade". TSN. 2012-07-23. 
  11. ^ Woody, Doyle. "Dubinsky Says He's In Full-Time With Aces". Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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Preceded by
Jed Ortmeyer
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award winner
2008
Succeeded by
Ryan Callahan