Brett Skinner

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Brett Skinner
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Born (1983-06-28) June 28, 1983 (age 31)
Brandon, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Czech.1 team
Former teams
KLH Chomutov
New York Islanders
Amur Khabarovsk
Iserlohn Roosters
Tappara
Modo Hockey
NHL Draft 68th overall, 2002
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2005–present

Brett Skinner (born June 28, 1983) is a professional Canadian ice hockey defenceman currently playing with Piráti Chomutov of the 1. národní hokejová liga (Czech.1).

Playing career[edit]

Skinner was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks 68th overall in the 3rd round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Brett was a member of the Trail Smoke Eaters in the BCHL in 2000–01, the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL in 2001–02, and then the University of Denver from 2002–2005. As a Denver Pioneer, he was a member of two NCAA national championship winning teams, was named an All-American in 2004–05. He was named team captain for what would have been his senior year at Denver (2005–06) but signed his first professional contract with the Canucks on August 30, 2005, and made his pro debut with affiliate, the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, in the 2005–06 season. At the trade deadline, Skinner was traded by the Canucks, along with a 2nd round pick to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Keith Carney and Juha Alen on March 9, 2006.[1] Despite being dealt, Skinner remained on loan with the Moose until the end of the season.

Brett spent the 2006–07 season, playing with the Augusta Lynx, Portland Pirates and the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. He was traded by the Ducks, along with Nathan Saunders, to the Boston Bruins for Mark Mowers just prior to the 2007–08 season on September 24, 2007.[2] Skinner enjoyed a break out year with the Providence Bruins recording 47 points in 68 games and playing in the AHL All-Star game.[3]

On July 3, 2008, Skinner was signed to a one-year contract by the New York Islanders.[4] Brett was assigned to affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, to start the 2008–09 season. When a rash of injuries hit the Islanders, Skinner was recalled and made his NHL debut in a 4-2 defeat against the New York Rangers on October 27, 2008.[5] Skinner played 11 games with the Isles before he was returned to the Sound Tigers. On January 13, 2009, Brett was traded by the Islanders to the Atlanta Thrashers for Junior Lessard.[6] He was then assigned to affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, where he remained for the rest of the season.

On July 8, 2009, Skinner signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[7] He was assigned to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, for 2009–10. Skinner scored 28 points in 73 games for the Monsters. During the season on January 22, 2010, Skinner was re-called but did not debut with the Avalanche.[8]

Skinner left North America as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with the Russian team, Amur Khabarovsk, of the KHL on August 12, 2010.[9]

In the 2011–12 season, Skinner journey-maned as he played for three different teams in three different leagues, the Iserlohn Roosters in Germany, Tappara in Finland and Modo Hockey in Sweden respectively.

Without substantial European interest, Skinner returned to North America and signed a one-year contract with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League on October 12, 2012. During the 2012–13 season, Skinner was leading the league in defensive scoring with 37 points in 28 games, before he was loaned to the American League's Grand Rapids Griffins on January 31, 2013. After three games with the Griffins he was signed to an AHL contract for the remainder of the season on February 7, 2013.[10]

On September 2, 2014, Skinner signed abroad as a free agent to a one-year contract with KHL Chomutov of the second Czech division the, 1. národní hokejová liga.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 59 11 24 35 43
2001–02 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 46 9 38 47 25 3 0 1 1 0
2002–03 University of Denver WCHA 37 4 13 17 27
2003–04 University of Denver WCHA 44 7 23 30 32
2004–05 University of Denver WCHA 41 4 31 35 28
2005–06 Manitoba Moose AHL 65 4 21 25 33 13 0 4 4 19
2006–07 Augusta Lynx ECHL 5 1 3 4 8
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 41 6 12 18 24
2006–07 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 21 0 6 6 2 5 0 3 3 2
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 68 7 40 47 47 10 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 24 1 11 12 10
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 11 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Chicago Wolves AHL 37 3 20 23 4
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 73 3 25 28 43
2010–11 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 34 2 4 6 12
2011–12 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 25 1 10 11 22
2011–12 Tappara SM-l 7 0 3 3 6
2011–12 Modo SEL 11 0 3 3 0 6 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Allen Americans CHL 28 7 30 37 4
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 33 4 13 17 12 21 0 6 6 6
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 10 0 3 3 0
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 38 1 9 10 8
AHL totals 410 29 160 189 183 49 0 14 14 27
NHL totals 11 0 0 0 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
NCAA
WCHA First All-Star Team 2004–05
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2004–05
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2005 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mighty Ducks trade Carney, acquire Friesen, O'Donnell". ESPN. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Bruins acquire Skinner, Saunders in exchange for Mowers". Boston Bruins. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  3. ^ "An AHL All-Star game recap". Boston Bruins. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Islanders add depth to roster". New York Islanders. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  5. ^ "Rangers handle Islanders behind Drury's first two goals". CBS Sports. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Islanders acquire Lessard from Thrashers for Skinner". TSN. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Avalanche sign Dupuis, Skinner". Colorado Avalanche. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  8. ^ "Home sweet home". Colorado Avalanche. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  9. ^ "Skinner signs in Russia". Brandon Sun. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Skinner signed to try-out". Grand Rapids Griffins. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Two new players signed to Chomutov Pirates" (in Czech). KLH Chomutov. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2014-09-02. 
  12. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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