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 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 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

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. [5]

Personal life[edit]

Prust has an uncle who was a Broadway actor. His interests other than hockey include golf and watching baseball. [6]

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
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 6 7 13 121 13 0 2 2 32
NHL totals 369 35 55 90 843 41 1 5 6 81

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The fighter-scorer is as rare as the 40-goal scorer, and almost as valuable". Yahoo Sports. 2012-01-08. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  2. ^ "New York Rangers - Rangers Records - New York Rangers - All Time Roster". Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Praise for Prust". Montreal Canadiens. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Prust Honoured, Therrien approves". RDS.ca. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Canadiens' Prust suspended two games for late hit on Stepan". The Sports Network. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Brandon Prust player bio". New York Rangers. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 

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