Wade Brookbank

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Wade Brookbank
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Born (1977-09-29) September 29, 1977 (age 37)
Lanigan, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Nashville Predators
Vancouver Canucks
Boston Bruins
Carolina Hurricanes
Rockford IceHogs
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2014

Wade Brookbank (born September 29, 1977) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He currently works as a pro scout for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Brookbank has previously played for the Anchorage Aces of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL), the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League (CHL), the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League (IHL), the Grand Rapids Griffins, Providence Bruins, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Binghamton Senators, Milwaukee Admirals, Norfolk Admirals and Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL.

The 2000–01 season saw him win 2 professional hockey championships. He played the first half of the season with the Oklahoma City Blazers(CHL) before being called up to the Orlando Solar Bears(IHL) where he won the last Turner Cup before the IHL amalgamated with the American Hockey League. He then went back to the Blazers where he helped them capture the Ray Miron President's Cup CHL championship. His unofficial role is that of an enforcer, evident from his 43 career NHL fights, including 17 in his rookie season. Wade scored his first career NHL goal with the Canucks against Olaf Kolzig and the Washington Capitals on January 31, 2004 in a 6-1 victory.[1]

He was traded by the Hurricanes, along with Josef Melichar and a fourth round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Jussi Jokinen on February 7, 2009.[2] He was then assigned to AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals to finish the 2008–09 season. A free agent during the following off-season he signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 31, 2009.[3]

On July 21, 2010, Wade signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.[4]

Following the 2013-14 season, Brookbank retired from professional hockey. He is currently a pro scout for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Personal life[edit]

Wade's younger brother Sheldon is also a professional ice hockey player who was last playing with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. He also has an older brother, Leigh. Leigh (Yorkton Terriers), Wade (Melville Millionaires), and Sheldon (Humboldt Broncos) are all Junior "A" alumni of the SJHL. Their father Murray was an assistant coach from 2004/05 to 2011/12 with the Humboldt Broncos. Wade is the cousin of Geoff Sanderson, a former NHL player. In 2007 Wade was named as one the Oklahoma City Blazers 15 greatest players.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Melville Millionaires SJHL 60 1 10 11 412
1997–98 Melville Millionaires SJHL 58 8 21 29 330
1997–98 Anchorage Aces WCHL 7 0 0 0 46 4 0 0 0 20
1998–99 Anchorage Aces WCHL 56 0 4 4 337 5 0 0 0 7
1999–00 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 68 3 9 12 354 7 1 1 2 29
2000–01 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 46 1 13 14 267 5 0 0 0 24
2000–01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 29 0 1 1 122 4 0 0 0 6
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 73 1 6 7 337 3 0 1 1 14
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 8 0 0 0 28
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 9 0 0 0 38
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 6 0 0 0 6
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 2 0 2 95
2003–04 Binghamton Senators AHL 4 0 0 0 31
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 4 0 0 0 12
2004–05 Manitoba Moose AHL 68 0 10 10 285 9 0 0 0 10
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 32 1 2 3 81
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 7 1 0 1 15
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 4 0 0 0 15
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 39 1 0 1 116 5 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 25 0 2 2 28
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 32 1 1 2 76
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 27 0 1 1 40
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 24 0 1 1 46
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 3 4 7 168 4 0 0 0 6
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 56 2 0 2 143
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 17 1 4 5 44
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 28 0 1 1 100
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 27 0 1 1 30
NHL totals 127 6 3 9 345

Transactions[edit]

  • Sep 1, 2000 - Signed as a free agent by Orlando Solar Bears IHL.
  • Jul 27, 2001 - Signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators.
  • Oct 3, 2003 - Claimed by the Nashville Predators from the Ottawa Senators in the NHL Waiver Draft.
  • Dec 17, 2003 - Nashville Predators traded Wade Brookbank to the Vancouver Canucks for future considerations.
  • Dec 19, 2003 - Claimed by the Ottawa Senators off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Dec 29, 2003 - Ottawa Senators traded Wade Brookbank to the Florida Panthers for future considerations.
  • Jan 3, 2004 - Claimed by the Vancouver Canucks off waivers from the Florida Panthers.
  • Jul 21, 2006 - Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins.
  • Dec 19, 2006 - Boston Bruins traded Wade Brookbank to the Pittsburgh Penguins for future considerations.
  • Jul 3, 2007 - Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • Feb 7, 2009 - Carolina Hurricanes traded Wade Brookbank, along with Josef Melichar and a fourth round draft pick in the 2004 draft, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Jussi Jokinen.
  • Jul 31, 2009 - Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Jul 21, 2010 - Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Rockford IceHogs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canucks 6, Capitals 1". hockeyreference.com. 2004-01-31. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Hurricanes acquire Jussi Jokinen from Tampa Bay". National Hockey League. 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  3. ^ "Penguins sign forwards Brookbank, Smith". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ "IceHogs sign NHL forward Brookbank". Rockford IceHogs. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 

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