Brett Festerling

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Brett Festerling
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Born (1986-03-03) March 3, 1986 (age 28)
Quesnel, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Hamburg Freezers
Anaheim Ducks
Winnipeg Jets
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Brett Festerling (born March 3, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Hamburg Freezers in the DEL.

Playing career[edit]

Known primarily as a defensive defenceman,[1] Festerling began his major junior career with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, initially appearing in three games in 2001–02. He was the Americans' fifth overall choice in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft.[2] After breaking his wrist in his NHL draft-eligible year,[2] Festerling was traded midway through the 2004–05 season to the Vancouver Giants, along with forward Ryan Costanzo, in exchange for forward Shaun Vey and defenceman Mike McDonald.[3]

After winning the President's Cup as WHL champions with the Giants in 2006 and subsequently appearing in the Memorial Cup, Festerling was named team captain for the 2006–07 season.[4] Festerling put up a major junior career-high 21 points in 70 games as captain. However, the Giants were defeated in the WHL finals by the Medicine Hat Tigers in seven games. As 2007 Memorial Cup hosts, the Giants met the Tigers in the final game once more and captured the franchise's first CHL title with a 3-1 victory.[4]

Undrafted by an NHL team, Festerling was invited to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' training camp in 2005 and was signed to a three-year entry level contract.[1] Coming off his Memorial Cup victory with the Giants, he was assigned to the Ducks' minor league affiliate, the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League for the 2007–08 season. He posted 14 points in his first professional season.

Festerling started the 2008–09 season with the Iowa Chops. When Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin was placed on the long-term injured reserve with a knee injury, Festerling was called up by Anaheim. He made his NHL debut in a 2-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on November 16, 2008, logging 17 minutes of ice-time paired up with Scott Niedermayer.[5] He played 40 games total in his NHL rookie season, recording five assists. In the off-season, he was re-signed to a two-year contract on August 20, 2009.[6]

Festerling was sent down to the Ducks AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, on October 14, 2010. After starting the 2010–11 season with the Crunch he was later traded along with the Ducks' 2012 5th-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Maxim Lapierre on December 31, 2010. He was then immediately assigned to the Canadiens AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs.[7]

On February 28, 2011, Festerling was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for goaltender Drew MacIntyre.[8]

On July 23, 2012, Festerling signed with the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.[9] In two seasons with Thomas Sabo, Festerling provided a physical defensive presence, totalling 20 points in 72 games.

On April 24, 2014, Festerling opted to sign with DEL rival the Hamburg Freezers on a four-year contract. The move re-united him with twin brother Garrett Festerling, who has played with Hamburg since 2010.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Tri-City Americans WHL 3 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Tri-City Americans WHL 55 3 8 11 26
2003–04 Tri-City Americans WHL 54 1 9 10 34 11 1 1 2 2
2004–05 Tri-City Americans WHL 33 3 11 14 20
2004–05 Vancouver Giants WHL 32 2 4 6 10 5 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Vancouver Giants WHL 67 1 6 7 35 18 0 1 1 10
2006–07 Vancouver Giants WHL 70 5 16 21 80 22 1 6 7 24
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 74 3 11 14 64 15 1 3 4 6
2008–09 Iowa Chops AHL 34 0 7 7 31
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 40 0 5 5 18 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 17 0 1 1 19
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 11 0 4 4 8
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 42 0 3 3 15
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 32 3 9 12 41
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 16 0 4 4 15
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 5 0 0 0 0
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 52 3 15 18 50 14 0 2 2 10
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 41 1 8 9 50 3 0 0 0 10
2013–14 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 31 2 9 11 83 6 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 88 0 8 8 35 1 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Prospect Brett Festerling's Profile". HockeysFuture.com. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b "It's been a long road for Giants' captain". Regina Leader Post. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ "WHL Roundup: T-Birds' Bridges breaks record". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2005-01-05. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Giant victory for Vancouver". Globe and Mail. 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2008-10-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Brett Festerling, Bobby Ryan go to work for Ducks". LA Times. 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2008-11-22. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Ducks sign D Festerling to two-year deal". The Sports Network. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Canadiens trade Lapierre to Ducks for Festerling, draft pick". TSN. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Habs acquire Drew MacIntyre". Canadiens.com. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  9. ^ "Ice Tigers holen Brett Festerling nach Nürnberg". http://icetigers.de. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  10. ^ "Freezers the twin club" (in German). Hamburg Freezers. 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 

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