Brett Clark (ice hockey)

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Brett Clark
Brett Clark Lightning2 2012-02-12.JPG
Clark with the Lightning in 2012.
Born (1976-12-23) December 23, 1976 (age 37)
Wapella, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Lake Erie Monsters
Montreal Canadiens
Atlanta Thrashers
Colorado Avalanche
Tampa Bay Lightning
Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 154th overall, 1996
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1997–present

Brett Barry Clark (born December 23, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers, Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Minnesota Wild.

Playing career[edit]

Clark was drafted in the 6th round, 154th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected from the University of Maine of the Hockey East where he named to the All-Rookie Team in his freshman year.[1] Under the preference of the Canadiens, Clark spent the following season developing with the Canadian National Team program, before he made his professional debut in the 1997–98 season.[2]

After only 20 games with AHL affiliate, the Fredericton Canadiens, he made his debut with the Canadiens and remained with the team scoring a goal, on his 21st birthday, in 41 games for the season.[3] Not used as a depth defenseman in the playoffs Brett further established himself in the 1998–99 season appearing in 61 contests for the Canadiens.

On June 25, 1999, Clark was claimed in the 1999 Expansion draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. His NHL career stalled with the Thrashers unable to find a role in his three seasons. He however found success in the Thrashers affiliate team, winning the Turner Cup in 2001 with the Orlando Solar Bears.

During the 2001–02 season on January 24, 2002, Clark was traded by the Thrashers to the Colorado Avalanche for Frederic Cassivi.[3] Brett spent the majority of the next three seasons with the Avalanche's affiliate, the Hershey Bears of the AHL. He was twice named the Bears best defenseman of the year, and led the AHL in plus/minus (+28) in 2000–01.

After the 2004 NHL Lockout, and at age 28, Brett finally established a role as a two-way defenseman with the Avalanche in 2005–06. He appeared in 80 games and scored a respectable 36 points.[3] In his playoff debut, he scored against the Dallas Stars in game one of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 22, and subsequently finished the playoffs tied with Rob Blake for the team scoring lead among defenseman with four points. On June 30, 2006, Clark re-signed to a two-year contract with Colorado.[4]

In the 2006–07 season, he had a career-high year appearing in 82 games and scoring 10 goals for 39 points and leading the NHL in average shifts per game. On February 24, 2007, Clark played in his 300th career NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings.[5]

On August 27, 2007, Brett signed a two-year contract extension with the Avalanche prior to the 2007–08 season.[6] He again led the NHL in shifts per game before he was sidelined for the rest of the regular season and playoffs after suffering a dislocated shoulder on February 12, 2008.[7] In 2008–09 Clark returned to set an Avalanche record of 238 hits, second in the NHL, but struggled offensively in recording 12 points in 76 games. In the 2009–10 season, on January 29, Clark appeared in his 500th career NHL game against the Dallas Stars.[8]

After eight seasons within the Avalanche organization Clark left as a free agent to sign a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 5, 2010.[9] In the 2010–11 season, Clark was re-inserted on the powerplay with the Lightning and produced 9 goals for his highest total since 2007, helping the Lightning advance to the 2011 Eastern Conference finals.

A free agent upon the 2012 NHL lockout, Clark was belatedly signed to an AHL contract with the Oklahoma City Barons during the midpoint of the 2012–13 season on January 21, 2013.[10] Clark immediately established himself within the Barons producing 17 points in just 18 games. On March 13, 2013, Clark signalled his return to the NHL after he was signed to add a veteran presence for the remainder of the season with the Minnesota Wild.[11] Clark primarily was used as a reserve defensemen however played in 8 games with the Wild, compiling 1 assist.

A free agent again well into the 2013-14 season, Clark signed a professional try-out with the Lake Erie Monsters on December 6, 2013, marking a return of sorts to NHL affiliate, the Colorado Avalanche.

Personal life[edit]

Brett is married to Candace and has 2 kids; son Cail, born in 2004, and daughter Ava, who was born December 10, 2007.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Melville Millionaires SJHL 62 19 32 51 0
1995–96 University of Maine HE 39 7 31 38 22
1996–97 Canadian NT Intl 57 6 21 27 52
1997–98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 20 0 6 6 6 4 0 1 1 17
1997–98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 1 0 1 20
1998–99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 2 2 4 16
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 3 1 0 1 0
1999–00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 63 9 17 26 31 6 0 1 1 0
1999–00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 14 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 43 2 9 11 32 15 1 6 7 2
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 28 1 2 3 14
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 42 3 17 20 18
2001–02 Hershey Bears AHL 32 7 9 16 12 8 0 2 2 6
2002–03 Hershey Bears AHL 80 8 27 35 26 5 0 4 4 4
2003–04 Hershey Bears AHL 64 11 21 32 37
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 1 1 2 6
2004–05 Hershey Bears AHL 67 7 38 45 54
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 9 27 36 56 9 2 2 4 2
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 10 29 39 50
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 57 5 16 21 33
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 76 2 10 12 32
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 64 3 17 20 28 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 9 22 31 14 18 1 2 3 8
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 2 13 15 20
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 18 1 16 17 10
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 8 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 53 6 8 14 24
NHL totals 689 45 141 186 293 28 3 4 7 10

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 1995–96

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey East All-Rookie Teams". augenblick.org. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Clark bringing more than experience". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Making the most of it". Colorado Avalanche. 2007-01-31. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Clark, Skrastins agree to multi-year deals". Colorado Avalanche. 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  5. ^ "Los Angeles 6, Colorado 5 (OT)". CBS Sports. 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Brett Clark signs extension". Colorado Avalanche. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Shoulder surgery ends Clark's season". Denver Post. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Modano scores twice in Stars victory". Sports Illustrated. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning signs free agent D Brett Clark". TampaBay.com. 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  10. ^ "Barons sign defenseman Brett Clark to an AHL contract". Oklahoma City Barons. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  11. ^ "Wild signs veteran defenseman Brett Clark". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  12. ^ "2008-09 Avalanche Media Guide". Colorado Avalanche. 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 

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