June 10, 1986 |
Bloomington, MN, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
Houston Aeros (AHL)
Brian Connelly (born June 10, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League whilst under contract to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.
Playing career 
Undrafted due to his diminutive size, Connelly signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. In his first seasons with the Blackhawks affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, Connelly quickly developed as the main scoring presence on the Icehogs defense. In the 2010–11 season, Connelly was selected and played in the 2011 AHL All-Star Game.
In the following 2011–12 season, in the midst of his third full season within the Blackhawks system and following his second consecutive AHL All-Star Game appearance, Connelly was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for veteran Brendan Morrison on February 27, 2012. He was then immediately assigned to the Flames' AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. In helping the Heat to the second round of the playoffs, Connelly finished with a combined 52 points, placing second in the AHL amongst defenseman to earn a position in the AHL Second All-Star Team.
On July 6, 2012, Connelly signed as a free agent to a two-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Career statistics 
|2006–07||Colorado College Tigers||WCHA||35||2||15||17||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Colorado College Tigers||WCHA||41||3||16||19||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Colorado College Tigers||WCHA||38||3||24||27||46||—||—||—||—||—|
- Brian Connelly's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Brian Connelly's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brian Connelly's player profile at NHL.com
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