Prust with the Montreal Canadiens in January 2015
March 16, 1984 |
London, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||70th overall, 2004
Brandon Raymond James Prust (born March 16, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League. He is often considered what is known as "a clock-eater" in professional hockey circles.
Prust played three seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. During his junior career, he won an OHL and Memorial Cup Championship. A London youth, Prust was a walk-on during the Knights tryouts having been bypassed in the OHL draft.
Prust was drafted by the Calgary Flames in third round, 70th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was sent back down to London to play his final OHL season. After spending the following season with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Prust made his NHL debut on November 1, 2006, against the Detroit Red Wings.
Prust suffered an injury during the 2008-2009 season when he broke his jaw after being elbowed by Cam Janssen of the St. Louis Blues. On March 4, 2009, he was traded along with Matthew Lombardi and a 2009 first round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Olli Jokinen, and was then traded back to Calgary in exchange for Jim Vandermeer on June 27.
On February 1, 2010, Prust, along with Olli Jokinen, were traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Aleš Kotalík and Christopher Higgins. The Rangers re-signed Prust to a two-year, $1.6 million contract after the end of that season on July 3.
In the 2010-11 season, Prust a fourth-line utility player and occasional enforcer, was one of only seven players to score at least 10 goals, as well as engage in at least 10 fights. He was awarded the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award at the end of the season, which is given to the Rangers player who "goes above and beyond the call of duty" as voted on by the fans.
Prust also played as the Rangers faced the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, which took place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on January 2, 2012. Prust posted two assists in a 3-2 Rangers win. Prust proved to be a valuable member of the Rangers' penalty kill during his tenure there.
Prust became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a 4-year deal worth $10 million with the Montreal Canadiens on July 1, 2012. He will be eligible for free agency in 2016.
After the start of the lockout-shortened season Prust scored his first goal in a Canadiens uniform against Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils on January 27, 2013. Prust was awarded the Jacques-Beauchamp trophy at the end of the regular season, an award voted on by the members of the media in Montreal to honour the team's unsung hero. 
During the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers, Prust was suspended for two games following a hit on Rangers forward Derek Stepan during the first period of Game 3. Stepan suffered a broken jaw on the play and missed Game 4. 
Brandon Prust grew up in London, Ontario where he attended Regina Mundi Catholic College. While there, he excelled in multiple sports, and was recognized as the outstanding student athlete in 2000-2001 school year. The number 8 he now wears with the Canadiens is the same number he wore as a football player in high school. (Interestingly, the number is what you get if you flip the digits of his London Knights jersey to mirror one another 3-3.) Although he never had the chance to wear the high school's Titan mascot costume, Prust’s finger prints and signature can be found throughout Regina Mundi Catholic College.
Prust has an uncle who was a Broadway actor. His interests other than hockey include golf and watching baseball. 
|2005–06||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights||AHL||79||12||14||26||249||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights||AHL||63||17||10||27||211||6||0||3||3||20|
|2007–08||Quad City Flames||AHL||79||10||27||37||248||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||26||4||5||9||65||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||82||13||16||29||160||5||0||1||1||4|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||82||5||12||17||156||19||1||1||2||31|
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