Doug O'Brien

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Doug O'Brien
Born (1984-02-16) February 16, 1984 (age 30)
St. John's, NF, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
CZE team
Former teams
HC Sparta
CZE
HC Plzeň
NHL
Tampa Bay Lightning
SM-liiga
Lukko
NHL Draft 192nd overall, 2003
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2006–present

Doug O'Brien (born February 16, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for HC Sparta in the Czech Extraliga.

Playing career[edit]

O'Brien was drafted 192nd overall in the 6th round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. O'Brien played four seasons of major junior hockey for the Gatineau/Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey (QMJHL) before turning professional. In the 2003–04 season with the Olympiques, Doug recorded 63 points in 66 games and was named the league's top defenceman.

O'Brien made his professional debut with the Lightning's affiliate, the Springfield Falcons of the AHL in the 2004–05 season. At the end of the 2005–06 season, O'Brien made his NHL debut with the Lightning, featuring in 5 games.

Unable to secure a place with the Lightning for the 2006–07 season, O'Brien was assigned to the Falcons. On February 27, 2007, O'Brien was traded by the Lightning to the Anaheim Ducks for Joe Rullier he was then sent to affiliate, the Portland Pirates, for the duration of the season.[1]

A free agent upon the 2007–08 season, O'Brien signed with Finnish team Lukko Rauma of the SM-liiga. Doug returned to North America when he signed with the Rochester Americans of the AHL on September 5, 2008.[2] After playing in 12 games with the Amerks in the 2008–09 season, Doug was demoted to affiliate, the Florida Everblades of the ECHL on November 11, 2009.[3]

On July 16, 2009, O'Brien signed with Czech Republic team, HC Plzeň 1929 of the Czech Extraliga for the 2009–10 season.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 47 1 6 7 16 5 0 1 1 0
2001–02 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 46 1 5 6 36 12 0 0 0 14
2002–03 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 71 10 34 44 102 19 3 12 15 18
2003–04 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 66 17 46 63 146 15 1 8 9 16
2004–05 Springfield Falcons AHL 74 4 13 17 76
2004–05 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 3 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Springfield Falcons AHL 74 7 25 32 70
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Springfield Falcons AHL 53 6 13 19 34
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 13 0 2 2 17
2007–08 Lukko Rauma SM-l 39 5 4 9 51
2008–09 Rochester Americans AHL 12 0 2 2 8
2008–09 Florida Everblades ECHL 56 7 18 25 130 9 2 6 8 12
2009–10 HC Plzeň CZE 44 1 2 3 94 4 0 0 0 6
2010–11 HC Sparta Praha CZE 50 2 10 12 75
NHL totals 5 0 0 0 2

Awards[edit]

QMJHL
Award Year(s)
QMJHL First All-Star Team 2004
Emile Bouchard Trophy (Best Defenceman) 2004
CHL
Award Year(s)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2003, 2004
Ed Chynoweth Trophy (Memorial Cup Leading Scorer) 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lightning make 3 deadline deals, acquire Jason Ward, Karl Stewart and Joe Rullier". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Amerks sign Jacob Micflickier, Doug O'Brien to contracts". oursportscentral.com. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Amerks reassign O'Brien; Shantz sent back to Amerks". Rochester Americans. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2009-07-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Plzen strengthen with trio of Canadians" (in Czech). sportovninoviny.com. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 

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