June 22, 1987 |
Regina, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||31st overall, 2005
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Brendan Mikkelson (born June 22, 1987) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a second round selection of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 31st overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was a member of the 2007 Memorial Cup winning Vancouver Giants team, and was named a tournament all-star on defence.
Mikkelson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in St. Albert, Alberta, where he played Bantam hockey for the St. Albert Raiders of the Alberta Bantam Hockey League in 2001-02 and was a 6th round pick in the 2002 WHL Bantam Draft. Mikkelson played his first two seasons in the WHL with the Portland Winter Hawks. Midway through his third season with the club (the 2005–06 season), he was dealt to the Vancouver Giants. Mikkelson contributed 29 points in 69 games in the 2006–07 season, a season in which the Giants hosted and won the 2007 Memorial Cup.
Mikkelson was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2nd round, 31st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On November 30, 2006, Brendan was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Ducks. Mikkelson was claimed by the Calgary Flames on Waivers on October 19, 2010  On July 14, 2011, Mikkelson signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames. The Flames traded Mikkelson to the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 6, 2012, in exchange for forward Blair Jones. He scored his first NHL goal on March 17, 2012, against Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues.
On July 19, 2013, Mikkelson left the Lightning organization as a free agent and signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mikkelson's father, Bill, played in the NHL for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals in the 1970s, while his sister, Meaghan, plays on the Canadian national women's team and won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. His brother in law, Scott Reid is a career minor league goaltender. His great uncle, Jim McFadden, won the Calder Trophy in 1948, and the Stanley Cup in 1950.
Awards and achievements
- 2007 Memorial Cup All-Star Team
|2003–04||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||65||3||12||15||43||5||1||0||1||0|
|2004–05||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||70||5||10||15||60||7||1||2||3||0|
|2005–06||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||3||1||1||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||41||1||2||3||13||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||VIK Västerås HK||Swe.1||17||3||4||7||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||4||0||1||1||6||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Flames claim D Mikkelson off waivers". National Hockey League. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
- "Flames re-sign Mikkelson; sign Reinhart". Fox News. 2011-07-14.
- "Bolts add Mikkelson from Flames for 'D' depth". National Hockey League. 2012-01-06.
- "Penguins sign defenceman Mikkelson". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
- "Flames claim Mikkelson". ESPN. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
- Sports Illustrated, Cover Date: July 9–16, 2012, “Hockey’s Minus Man”, by Michael Farber, p. 112, Editor in Chief: John Huey, Published by: Time Inc.