Brandon Gormley

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Brandon Gormley
Brandon Gormley WJC12 press conference.jpg
Gormley as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Born (1992-02-18) February 18, 1992 (age 22)
Murray River, PE, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2010
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2011–present

Brandon Gormley (born February 18, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. During his junior career, he has been named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team, is a two-time QMJHL Second Team All-Star and won the President's Cup with the Wildcats in 2010. Internationally, he has competed in two World U-17 Hockey Challenges, one Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and one IIHF World U20 Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Gormley left his home in Prince Edward Island at the age of 14 to compete with the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame's hockey program in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. He played two years of midget hockey with the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. In 2007–08, he scored 23 goals and 53 points over 42 games as a 16-year-old, after which the Moncton Wildcats made him the first overall selection in the 2008 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Draft.[1] He joined the Wildcats in 2008–09 and scored 7 goals and 27 points for Moncton in 62 games. His efforts earned him QMJHL All-Rookie Team honours.

He improved to 9 goals and 43 points for the Wildcats in 2009–10 and added 17 more points in the playoffs, the third highest post-season total among league defencemen.[2] Gormley and the Wildcats won the President's Cup as QMJHL champions, earning a berth in the 2010 Memorial Cup.[3] He scored three points in three games in the national tournament,[4] but the Wildcats lost all three games and were eliminated.[5] Individually, he was voted the recipient of the Mike Bossy Trophy in 2010 as the Quebec League's top professional prospect.[3] He was also named a Second-Team QMJHL All-Star.[6]

Gormley finished the season highly rated for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The NHL Central Scouting Bureau listed him sixth among North American skaters, while the International Scouting Services listed him third among all skaters.[7][8] Scouts described Gormley as "well rounded, but not dynamic" and praised his intelligence on the ice and ability to move the puck.[9] Gormley went on to be selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes.

He attended his first NHL training camp in September 2010 before being returned to the Wildcats. Playing in his third QMJHL season, Gormley recorded 13 goals and 48 points over 47 games; he was namd to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. He added an assist over five post-season games as the Wildcats were eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs, failing to defend their league title. With his junior season over, the Coyotes assigned him to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. He played in four AHL games, recording an assist.

In his fourth season with the Wildcats, Gormley played 26 games before being traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes hours before the January 7, 2012 QMJHL trade deadline. Since the 2012-13 season, Gormley has played for the AHL's Portland Pirates, an affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes. He is an assistant captain with the Pirates for the 2013-14 season.[10]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2009 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2012 Canada

Gormley represented Atlantic Canada twice at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge.[notes 1] He scored six points over five games in back-to-back years in the 2008 and 2009 tournaments.[11] He moved on to the national under-18 team for the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and scored three goals to help Canada win the gold medal.[1]

Gormley participated in the Canadian national junior team's selection camp for the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, but failed to make the under-20 team as a 17-year-old.[12] He was expected to participate in the 2011 tournament, but was sidelined with a knee injury.[1] The following year, he was selected to the team for the 2012 World Juniors, held in Alberta. During the preliminary round, he was named Canada's player of the game after scoring two goals and an assist in a 10–2 win against Denmark.[13] He was named Top Defenseman of the Tourney in addition to being named to the tournament All-Star team.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Notre Dame Hounds SMHL 42 23 33 56 63 9 1 6 7 18
2008–09 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 62 7 20 27 34 10 1 3 4 6
2009–10 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 58 9 34 43 54 21 2 15 17 10
2010–11 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 47 13 35 48 42 5 0 1 1 6
2010–11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 4 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 26 10 17 27 18
2011–12 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 9 0 5 5 4 7 5 2 7 8
2012–13 Portland Pirates AHL 68 5 24 29 44 3 1 2 3 0
2013–14 Portland Pirates AHL 54 7 29 36 34
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 5 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 5 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada Atlantic U17 8th 5 1 5 6 4
2009 Canada Atlantic U17 9th 5 3 3 6 2
2012 Canada WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 6 3 3 6 2
Junior totals 16 7 11 18 8

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL
All-Rookie Team 2008–09
Mike Bossy Trophy 2009–10 [3]
President's Cup (with the Moncton Wildcats) 2010
Second-Team All-Star 2009–10, 2010–11 [6]
International
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament gold medal 2008
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships First Team All-Star 2012
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best defenseman 2012
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Bronze Medal 2012

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Canada sends five regional teams to the annual competition: Pacific, West, Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kimelman, Adam (2010-02-23). "Gormley hasn't made many bad trips in his hockey life". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Brandon Gormley Draft Card". Florida Panthers Hockey Club. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c White, Nathan (2010-05-12). "Gormley, Moncton both winners in QMJHL final". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Memorial Cup scoring – Defencemen". Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  5. ^ Parker, Jim (2010-05-19). "Battle on the blue-line". Windsor Star. Retrieved 2010-06-07. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "QMJHL All-Star Teams". Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-07. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Final Rankings Domestic Skaters". NHL Central Scouting. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  8. ^ "2010 ISS Top 30". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  9. ^ Adams, Alan (June 2010). "Top prospects gun for no. 1". The Hockey News: 24. ISSN 0018-3016. 
  10. ^ "Jordan Szwarz named Pirates Captain Andy Miele, Brandon Gormley, Brandon McMillan, Tim Kennedy named Assistants". Portland Pirates. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  11. ^ "Brandon Gormley player card". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  12. ^ Beacon, Bill (2009-12-16). "P.E.I.'s Gormley cut from world junior hockey camp". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  13. ^ "Game Summary" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 

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Preceded by
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Mark Visentin