Brendan Bell

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Brendan Bell
Bell Brendan-2010-11-20 EHCB vs Davos.jpg
Born (1983-03-31) March 31, 1983 (age 31)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Norfolk Admirals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Phoenix Coyotes
Ottawa Senators
Avangard Omsk
EHC Biel
New York Rangers
Frölunda HC
NHL Draft 65th overall, 2001
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2003–present

Brendan Bell (born March 31, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL). Bell was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Prior to being drafted by the NHL, Bell attended High School at St. Pius X High School (Ottawa). He grew up a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bell played in the CJHL for the Ottawa Jr. Senators where he was selected as the league's Rookie of the year. Bell then moved on to the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67's where in four OHL seasons, he scored 43 goals, 176 assists, and 218 points in 303 games, including the playoffs. In 2002–03, his final season with the 67's, Bell was named the top defenseman in both the OHL and CHL. He also played on the silver-medal winning Canadian team in the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Professional[edit]

Bell was drafted in the 3rd round, 65th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by Toronto.

In his first pro season with St. John's Maple Leafs, the 2003–04 season, Bell scored 7 goals and 19 assists for 26 points. He also had 55 penalty minutes. Bell made his NHL debut with the Leafs in the 2005–06 season.

On February 27, 2007, Bell was traded by the Leafs to the Phoenix Coyotes along with a draft pick for Yanic Perreault. On July 11, 2008, Brendan signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators to a one-year contract.[1] In the 2008-09 season Bell played in a career-high 53 games with the Senators contributing with 21 points.[2]

On July 31, 2009, Bell signed with the St. Louis Blues on a one-year contract.[3] After starting the 2009–10 season playing 22 games with AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, Brendan was traded by St. Louis, along with Tomas Kana, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Pascal Pelletier on December 8, 2009.[4]

On May 19, 2010, Bell signed a one-year contract with Russian team, Avangard Omsk, of the KHL.[5]

After a single game with Omsk despite recording 2 assists, Bell signed with Swiss National League team EHC Biel, where he played for the rest of the season.

On August 3, 2011, Bell signed a contract with the New York Rangers[6] He appeared in a solitary game with the Rangers during the 2011–12 season, however primarily spent his time with the Connecticut Whale of the AHL, as an alternate captain.

For the 2012–13 season, Bell signed a one-year contract to play for the Frölunda Indians in the Swedish Hockey League. After an unproductive campaign with the Indians, Bell returned to EHC Biel for the 2013–14 season.

Prior to the 2014–15 season, Bell returned to North America and accepted a try-out invitation to attend the Anaheim Ducks training camp. He was reassigned to the Ducks AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals to begin the year.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Ottawa Jr. Senators CJHL 54 7 20 27 46
1999–00 Ottawa 67's OHL 48 1 32 33 34 5 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Ottawa 67's OHL 68 7 32 39 59 20 1 11 12 22
2001–02 Ottawa 67's OHL 67 10 36 46 56 13 2 5 7 25
2002–03 Ottawa 67's OHL 55 14 39 53 46 23 8 19 27 25
2003–04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 74 7 18 25 72
2004–05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 75 6 25 31 57 5 0 1 1 2
2005–06 Toronto Marlies AHL 70 6 37 43 99 5 0 4 4 10
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 1 4 5 19
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 14 0 2 2 8
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 69 7 24 31 80 7 2 5 7 10
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 15 6 9 15 12
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 6 15 21 24
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 22 4 13 17 26
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 49 10 25 35 30
2010–11 Avangard Omsk KHL 1 0 2 2 0
2010–11 EHC Biel NLA 29 2 9 11 14
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 65 7 26 33 68 5 0 1 1 4
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Frölunda HC SEL 21 1 9 10 8 6 1 0 1 6
2013–14 EHC Biel NLA 42 4 13 17 26
AHL totals 439 53 178 231 444 22 2 11 13 26
NHL totals 102 7 21 28 51
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver 2003 Halifax Ice hockey

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJC 2nd 6 1 1 2 6
Junior totals 6 1 1 2 6

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulletin: Senators Sign Defenceman Brendan Bell To A One-year Contract". Ottawa Senators. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Bell answers Senators' call". Ottawa Senators. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  3. ^ NHL.com (2009). "Blues sign defenseman Brendan Bell". NHL.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets send Pelletier to Blues for Bell, Kana". TSN. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Former Ottawa defender to Omsk" (in Russian). sovsport.ru. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  6. ^ "Rangers Agree To Terms With Free Agent Defenseman Brendan Bell". rangers.nhl.com. August 3, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ducks reduce roster to 29". Anaheim Ducks. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 

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