March 25, 1994 |
Sudbury, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
Belleville Bulls (OHL)
|NHL Draft||26th overall, 2012
Brendan Gaunce, (born March 25, 1994) is an ice hockey player currently playing for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and serves as their Captain. He was drafted 26th overall in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. His older brother, Cameron Gaunce currently plays in the Colorado Avalanche organization.
Internationally Gaunce has represented Canada twice. He won a gold medal at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and a bronze at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships. He also represented Ontario at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge where he won a gold medal.
Early life 
Brendan was born to Stephen and Julie Gaunce in Sudbury, Ontario, but grew up in Markham, Ontario. He has two siblings a brother and a sister. His older brother, Cameron, was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Gaunce attended Markham District High School where he played on their ice hockey team registering 4 goals and 21 points in 17 games. Despite playing much of the season on defence was named to the Toronto Star High School Hockey All-Star First Team. He also played for the Markham Waxers Minor Midget team, where he was captain and scored 55 goals and 148 points in 86 games in 2009–10.
Playing career 
After being the highest scoring minor midget player in Ontario for 2010 Gaunce was taken second overall in the OHL Priority Draft (behind Alex Galchenyuk) by the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Gaunce made his major junior debut in the 2010–11 OHL season and in his second OHL game recorded a four assist game in a 7–4 win over the Peterborough Petes. In the following game Gaunce scored his first career OHL goal. He had a second 4 point game and added a 5 game point streak before finishing the season with 11 goals and 36 points, finishing 13th in OHL rookie scoring.
At the beginning of his second season, Gaunce was named an alternate captain for the Bulls. During the season he eared the OHL Player of the Week award. He scored five goals and added an assist in three Belleville wins for the week ending November 27. Gaunce finished the season as a point a game player registering 28 goals and 40 assists in 68 games. At the end of the season Gaunce was Belleville's nominee for the Bobby Smith Trophy as scholastic player of the year, but lost out to Adam Pelech. Leading up to the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2012 Entry Draft Gaunce was ranked 13th among North American skaters by the NHL's scouting department, and the top-ranked Canadian forward. Projected to be a mid first round pick he fell to 26 where he was selected by the Vancouver Canucks. Canucks' general manager Mike Gillis stated that going into the draft they had targeted Gaunce and if he had not been available Vancouver would have traded down to add extra picks.
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Canada|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
|Bronze||2012 Czech Republic|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
|Gold||2011 Slovakia & Czech Republic|
|Competitor for Ontario|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge|
Gaunce made his international debut at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge representing team Ontario. After winning their first two games Team Ontario was leading Team West 3–2 early in the third when Gaunce assisted on an insurance goal by Matia Marcantuoni. Ontario eventually won the game 4–3 to remain unbeaten and clinch a spot in the semi-final. In Ontario's final preliminary game Gaunce scored two second period goals helping Ontario to the 4–2 win over team Pacific. Gaunce was named player of the game for Ontario. Ontario defeated Quebec 2–1 in overtime to advance to the gold medal game. In the gold medal game Gaunce scored the third goal in a 5–3 victory.
Later in the year Gaunce represented Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Team Canada lost its opening game to Sweden 5–1, but finished the preliminary round with a 2–1 record and received a spot in the semi-finals. In the semi-final game Gaunce assisted on Team Canada's third goal in a 5–0 victory of the Russians. Canada re-matched Sweden in the Final with Gaunce scoring early in the third to give the Canadians a two goal advantage then assisting on another goal mid-way through the period. Canada defeated Sweden 4–1 winning the gold medal, Canada's fourth straight at the tournament.
Gaunce again played for Team Canada the following year at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships. After Canada started the tournament with split decisions Gaunce scored two first period goals and added an assist in a 6–2 win over the Czech Republic. For his performance Gaunce was named player of the game for Team Canada. Canada lost its next game finishing the preliminary round with a 2–2–0 record, third place in their pool. Canada qualified for the quarterfinals were they defeated the Russians 4–2. In the Semi-final game Canada lost to the United States 2–1. Despite not registering a point Gaunce was named player of the game for the Canadians. With the loss Canada faced Finland in the bronze medal game. In the first period Gaunce was hooked by Ville Pokka resulting in a penalty shot opportunity. Gaunce failed to score on the penalty shot, but registered a shorthanded goal in the second period. Canada defeated Finland 5–4 capturing the bronze medal.
Career statistics 
Regular season and playoffs 
|2009–10||Markham Waxers Minor Midget AAA||OMHA||86||55||93||148||?||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011||Canada U17||World U-17 Hockey Challenge||6||3||1||4||18|
|2011||Canada U18||Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament||5||1||3||4||2|
|2012||Canada U18||IIHF World U18 Championship||7||3||1||4||8|
|Junior int'l totals||18||7||5||12||28|
- Brendan Gaunce's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Brendan Gaunce's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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- "IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Preliminary Round Results". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
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- "Best Player of the Game Selected by Team". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- "Final Rankings". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- "IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Semifinals - Game 27". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- "IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Bronze Medal Game - Game 30". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- "Hockey Canada Player Profile". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
|Awards and achievements|
|Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick