Brandon Prust

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Brandon Prust
Brandon Prust, Canadiens Montréal.jpg
Born (1984-03-16) March 16, 1984 (age 30)
London, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Rangers
NHL Draft 70th overall, 2004
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2005–present

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.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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. [3] [4]

Prust 13-01-27

Personal life[edit]

Prust has an uncle who was a Broadway actor. His interests other than hockey include golf and watching baseball. Recently he has become a talented artist, trying his hand at drawing with felt markers. He is very private about other details of his personal life. He relates that it is often difficult to be a Montreal Canadien because of the media attention they receive, a sentiment shared by many players. He is proud to be a player in the NHL, and is quoted as saying he earned his spot on the Canadiens team by shining as a Ranger in the 2012 Winter Classic. He received a call from his new coach, Guy Carbonneau, that night.

Brandon is a talented guitar player, and singer. In 2013, he recorded with Brandon Boyd on his Sons of the Sea album. His trade secret for game nights is that he hires a bus (for the games the players drive to). He does this to keep his legs fresh for the match by being able to move around, and to work on his music to stay relaxed. His bus features his original art.


Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 London Knights OHL 65 12 17 29 94 14 2 1 3 21
2003–04 London Knights OHL 64 19 33 52 269 15 7 13 20 33
2004–05 London Knights OHL 48 10 20 30 174 15 3 5 8 71
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
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 10 0 0 0 25
2007–08 Quad City Flames AHL 79 10 27 37 248
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 25 1 1 2 79
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 11 0 1 1 29
2009–10 Calgary Flames NHL 43 1 4 5 98
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
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 38 5 9 14 110 4 0 1 1 14
NHL totals 317 29 48 77 722 28 1 3 4 49


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