Brian Elliott

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Brian Elliott
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Elliott practicing with the St. Louis Blues.
Born (1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 (age 29)
Newmarket, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 291st overall, 2003
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2006–present

Brian Elliott (born April 9, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the ninth round, 291st overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. A two-time NHL All-Star in 2012 and 2015, Elliott has also played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche.

Playing career[edit]

Early Years/Ottawa Senators[edit]

Elliott grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, playing minor hockey for the Newmarket Redmen AA and the York-Simcoe Express AAA teams in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. Elliott was not drafted by an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team in 2001 and returned to York-Simcoe for Major Midget the following season. After a solid season in the Eastern AAA Hockey League, Elliott was signed by the Ajax Axemen of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League in 2002–03.

After a standout season with the Ajax Axemen in 2002–03, Elliott was drafted in the ninth round, 291st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. The second-last player selected in the draft, Elliott was not expected to progress to the NHL. After being drafted, he would spend four seasons with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, serving as a backup for his first two seasons before securing the starting goaltender position in the 2005–06 season. For his efforts, he was selected as a finalist for the 2005–06 Hobey Baker Memorial Award,[1] collecting eight shutouts in 33 appearances, and leading the Badgers to the 2006 NCAA National Championship. He was then signed by the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Binghamton Senators – an affiliate of the Ottawa Senators – on March 23, 2007, and played in eight games with Binghamton near the end of the 2006–07 season.

Elliott in goal during his tenure with Ottawa.

Elliott was invited to the Ottawa Senators' 2007–08 training camp, but was ultimately assigned to Binghamton on September 25, 2007. He was recalled to Ottawa four days later to back up Martin Gerber, as starting goaltender Ray Emery was recovering from wrist surgery. On October 10, Elliott played in his first NHL game and earned the win against the Atlanta Thrashers. Upon Emery's return, Elliott was sent back to Binghamton, where he played in 44 games that season.

On January 9, 2009, Elliott was recalled by Ottawa after being named the AHL's "Goalie of the Month" for December.[2] He had been a standout in Binghamton, posting an 18–8–1 record with a 2.31 goals against average (GAA) and .926 save percentage. His play earned him the starting position for the Canadian team in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game.

Elliott made an immediate impact in Ottawa. The team had struggled all season, with inconsistent goaltending being an issue. Craig Hartsburg, Ottawa's head coach at the time, said of the move, "We need some saves, some big saves, and he's done it down there [in Binghamton]."[3] Elliott would finish the season in Ottawa, sharing goaltending duties with veteran Alex Auld. Elliott's emergence effectively made Martin Gerber expendable to the team, and he would later be claimed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Elliott was nominated for the NHL's "Rookie of the Month" award for March 2009, though he would lose out to Blues' forward T. J. Oshie.[4] In January 2010, he was awarded the National Hockey League's "First Star" for the week of January 18–24, and named the league's "Second Star" the week of January 25–31.

Colorado Avalanche[edit]

Prior to the trade deadline of the 2010–11 season, Elliott was traded as a part of Ottawa's rebuilding process to the Colorado Avalanche on February 18, 2011, in exchange for goaltender Craig Anderson.[5]

After winning just two of his 12 starts with the Avalanche, combined with a sub-par 3.83 goals against average, Elliott was released as a free agent after Colorado declined his qualifying offer.[6]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Elliott playing for the Blues in 2014.

Elliott signed a one-year contract worth $600,000 with the St. Louis Blues on July 1, 2011.[7] Forming a formidable goaltending tandem with Jaroslav Halák, Elliott revitalized his career, posting a 23–10–4 record while sporting a 1.56 goals against average. He was also chosen to participate in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.

On January 18, 2012, Elliott signed a two-year contract extension with the Blues. The deal carried an average annual value of $1.8 million. Elliott will reportedly earn $1.7 million in 2012–13 and $1.9 million in 2013–14. After taking over for the injured Halák during the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Elliott led the Blues to a series victory over the San Jose Sharks before ultimately being swept in round two by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

On May 19, 2014, Elliott signed a three-year contract extension to remain in St. Louis. The deal has an average annual value of $2.5 million.[8] On January 22, 2015, Elliott was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, replacing Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who pulled out due to injury.[9]

On March 12, 2015, Elliott tied Jaroslav Halak for the Blues' franchise record in shutouts.[10]

On March 17, 2015, Elliott surpassed Jaroslav Halak for the St. Louis Blues' franchise record in shutouts.

Personal[edit]

  • While attending Newmarket High School, he took the school's boys hockey team to the championship, winning it in 2000. He also attended Newmarket High School with former Blues teammate B. J. Crombeen.
  • Elliott's father, Bill, is a television director who has worked on numerous Canadian television programs, including The Red Green Show.
  • He resides in Wisconsin during the off season.
  • Elliott has one brother named Dan.
  • Elliott was taught the art of moose calling by the late Owen Scott, a champion moose caller. He paid tribute to Scott with a moose painted on the back of his goaltender mask. Brian also has Casey Jones from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles painted on his mask.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 6 3 3 0 336 12 0 2.14 .912
2004–05 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 9 6 2 1 467 9 3 1.16 .945
2005–06 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 33 25 5 3 2008 52 8 1.55 .938
2006–07 University of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 36 15 17 2 2053 72 5 2.10 .923
2006–07 Binghamton Senators AHL 8 3 4 0 425 30 0 4.24 .886
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .966
2007–08 Binghamton Senators AHL 44 18 19 1 2394 112 2 2.81 .915
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 30 18 8 1 1691 65 2 2.31 .926
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 31 16 8 3 1667 77 1 2.77 .902
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 29 18 4 3038 130 5 2.57 .909 4 1 2 203 14 0 4.14 .853
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 13 19 8 2293 122 3 3.19 .894
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 2 8 1 690 44 0 3.83 .891
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 38 23 10 4 2235 58 9 1.56 .940 8 3 4 455 18 0 2.37 .904
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 14 8 1 1292 49 3 2.28 .907 6 2 4 378 12 0 1.90 .919
2012–13 Peoria Rivermen AHL 2 1 1 0 119 3 1 1.51 .946
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 31 18 6 2 1624 53 4 1.96 .922
NHL totals 235 116 77 23 12,898 534 25 2.48 .910 18 6 10 1036 44 0 2.55 .898

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 2005–06
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2005–06
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2006 [12]
All-WCHA Second Team 2006–07

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Elliott Bio News". Ottawa Senators Organization. Senators.NHL.com. October 10, 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Senators hope Elliott supplies boost". CBC Sports. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Senators turn to Elliott". Ottawa Senators. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Oshie Named NHL Rookie of the Month". St. Louis Blues. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Senators Acquire G Anderson from AVS for G Elliott". TSN. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Avalanche says goodbye to goaltender Brian Elliott". Denver Post. 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  7. ^ "Blues sign Goaltender Brian Elliot". The Sports Network. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  8. ^ Blues, St. Louis. "Elliott Signs 3-Year Deal with Blues". St. Louis Blues. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Blues goalie Elliott to replace Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky". NHL. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ Hitchcock becomes fourth coach to win 700 games as Elliott ties Blues shutout record, retrieved March 13, 2015 
  11. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (February 4, 2009). "Masks are a billboard to a goalie's soul". NHL.com Staff. NHL.com. Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  12. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider
Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
(with Jaroslav Halák)

2011–12
Succeeded by
Corey Crawford
Ray Emery