Brendan Witt

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Brendan Witt
Brendan Witt - Nashville Predators.jpg
Born (1975-02-20) February 20, 1975 (age 39)
Humboldt, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Played for Washington Capitals
Nashville Predators
New York Islanders
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1993
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1995–present

Brendan Witt (born February 20, 1975) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He played for the Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, and New York Islanders in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Witt's NHL career began with the Washington Capitals, the team that drafted him in the 1993 Entry Draft. In the 2000–01 NHL season, he led the league with 322 hits. Witt served as co-captain of the Washington Capitals during the 2001–02 NHL season, along with Steve Konowalchuk. Witt lost his share of the captaincy, when in a player vote (before the 2002–03 NHL season), the Capitals chose Konowalchuk as sole captain. After Konowalchuk's trade to the Avalanche (October 2003), the captaincy remained vacant (until Jeff Halpern was appointed in September 2005).

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Witt signed for the English, BNL side, Bracknell Bees. He only played three games for Bracknell before returning home due to a fire at his house. During his three games he scored one goal and got four assists for a total of five points.

In August, 2005, Witt requested a trade to the Capitals management to a team with a better chance of winning Stanley Cup. Re-signed by the Capitals despite his trade desire he remained on the Capitals defense to start the 2005–06 season.[1] His request for a trade was finally granted by the Capitals on March 9, 2006, when he was shipped to the Nashville Predators for former Capital Kris Beech and a first-round draft pick.

On July 3, 2006, Witt signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the New York Islanders and was named an alternate captain.[2] On July 8, 2008, with a year of his original Islander contract still remaining, Witt signed a 2 year, $6 million extension to remain with the New York Islanders.[3] During the 2008–09 season, on February 27, 2009, the NHL suspended Witt 5 games for an elbow to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman resulting in a concussion.[4]

In January 2010, Brendan was sent to Islanders affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers.[5] Completing the season with 2 goals in 27 games for Bridgeport, Witt was then bought-out from the remaining year of his contract with the Islanders on August 1, 2010.[6]

Personal[edit]

Witt and his wife, Salima have two daughters, Aliana and Safiya. On January 30, 2007, Witt was the subject of a Sports Illustrated article in which he showed off his tattoos.[7]

On December 8, 2009, while in Philadelphia for a game later that day against the Flyers, Witt was hit by a truck while crossing Arch Street in Center City Philadelphia. A truck made an illegal turn and hit Witt who tried to jump on the hood of the vehicle before being thrown to the ground as he was hit. Witt picked himself up off the road, cursed, and assured the stunned onlookers that he was ok. Witt chose not to call police or get medical care, and was at the Islanders' morning skate just a few hours later.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 67 3 9 12 212 15 1 1 2 84
1992–93 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 70 2 26 28 239 5 1 2 3 30
1993–94 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 56 8 31 39 235 9 3 8 11 23
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 48 2 3 5 85
1996–97 Portland Pirates AHL 30 2 4 6 56 5 1 0 1 30
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 44 3 2 5 88
1997–98 Washington Capitals NHL 64 1 7 8 112 16 1 0 1 14
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL 54 2 5 7 87
1999–00 Washington Capitals NHL 77 1 7 8 114 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 72 3 3 6 101 6 2 0 2 12
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 68 3 7 10 78
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 69 2 9 11 106 6 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 72 2 10 12 123
2004–05 Bracknell Bees BNL 3 1 4 5 0
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 58 1 10 11 141
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 17 0 3 3 68 5 0 0 0 12
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 81 1 13 14 131 5 0 1 1 6
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 59 2 5 7 51
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 65 0 9 9 94
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 42 2 3 5 45
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 27 2 4 6 49
NHL totals 890 25 96 121 1424 41 4 1 5 44

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ten Capitals agree to qualifying offers". Washington Times. 2005-08-16. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Islanders, Witt agree to terms on three-year contract". ESPN. 2006-07-03. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Islanders ink defenceman Witt to extension". CBC.ca. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Witt suspended 5 games by NHL". ESPN. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Islanders drop Brendan Witt on waiver after no trade takers". Yahoo! Sports. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Islanders buy out defenseman Brendan Witt". NHL. 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Tale of My Tattoos: Inking Man's Game". Sports Illustrated. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  8. ^ Matt Burt (2009-12-08). "Isles' Witt hit by car this morning; will still play tonight". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 

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Preceded by
Sergei Gonchar
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
1993
Succeeded by
Jason Allison
Preceded by
Adam Oates
Washington Capitals captain
2001–02
with Steve Konowalchuk
Succeeded by
Steve Konowalchuk