T. J. Brennan

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T. J. Brennan
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Born (1989-04-03) April 3, 1989 (age 25)
Moorestown, NJ, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Buffalo Sabres
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 31st overall, 2007
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2009–present

Terrance James Brennan (born April 3, 1989) is an American ice hockey defenseman with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. Brennan was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2nd round (31st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Brennan grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey.[1] He left Moorestown High School in his senior year to begin his career as a hockey player. He played two seasons with the now defunct St. John's Fog Devils of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and moved with the team to Montreal, where he played the inaugural season with the Montreal Junior Hockey Club. He then played the 2009-2010 season with the Portland Pirates, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

In the 2006–07 season, Brennan scored sixteen goals and twenty-five assists in sixty-eight games. He was awarded the Raymond Lagacé Trophy as the QMJHL defensive Rookie of the Year. The following year he played three fewer games and matched his offensive output from the year before while averaging a point per game in the team's 6-game playoff run.

He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round, 31st overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

On April 18, 2009, Brennan signed a three-year entry level contract that began in the 2009–10 season.

In the 2009–10 season Brennan spent the season getting accustomed to the AHL in Portland, further developing his defensive game that he had begun to work on in Montreal, when his point totals dropped as he looked to become stronger as a defenseman. His work ethic also improved- Brennan quickly learned that to stay in the line-up, he would have to continue to earn his place every night, or be a healthy scratch; his hard work paid off, and he didn't miss two games back-to-back from January 12, 2010 to the end of the Pirates postseason. On November 23, 2011, Brennan played in his first NHL game for the Buffalo Sabres and got his first NHL goal that game against Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.[2] On March 15, 2013, Brennan was traded by the Sabres to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

On June 14, 2013 he was traded from the Panthers to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Bobby Butler. Brennan was not qualified by the Predators and was released as a free agent. On July 5, 2013, he was signed to a one-year two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $600,000.

On July 4, 2014, Brennan buoyed by his successful season with the Marlies was signed as a free agent to a one-year NHL contract with the New York Islanders.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 St. John's Fog Devils QMJHL 68 16 25 41 79 4 1 1 2 4
2007–08 St. John's Fog Devils QMJHL 65 16 25 41 92 6 2 4 6 12
2008–09 Montreal Junior Hockey Club QMJHL 59 5 29 34 63 10 4 8 12 34
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 65 6 17 23 64 4 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Portland Pirates AHL 72 15 24 39 49 4 0 1 1 6
2011–12 Rochester Americans AHL 52 16 14 30 39 3 2 0 2 6
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 1 0 1 6
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 36 14 21 35 57
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 1 0 1 6
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 19 2 7 9 2
2013–14 Toronto Marlies AHL 76 25 47 72 115 14 6 8 14 10
NHL totals 40 4 7 11 14

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
AHL First All-Star Team 2013–14 [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donnellon, Sam. "Sam Donnellon / Moorestown's.", Philadelphia Daily News, June 22, 2006. Accessed March 1, 2011. "His future lay 1,805 miles away, on the easternmost point of an island nearer the Arctic Circle than his Moorestown home. This is where the National Hockey League would discover T.J. Brennan."
  2. ^ "Bruins edge Sabres for 10th straight win". National Hockey League. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Panthers acquire defenseman T.J. Brennan". Florida Panthers. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Islanders sign Johnson, Conacher and Brennan". National Hockey League. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  5. ^ "First and Second AHL All-Star Teams named". American Hockey League. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 

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Preceded by
Ondrej Pavelec
Winner of the Raymond Lagacé Trophy
2006–07
Succeeded by
Olivier Roy