Brandon Reid

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Brandon Reid
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Born (1981-03-09) March 9, 1981 (age 33)
Kirkland, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Hamburg Freezers
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
DEG Metro Stars
CSKA Moscow
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 208th overall, 2000
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2001–2014

Brandon Reid (born March 9, 1981) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who last played with CSKA Moscow of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in the 2013–14 season. He had previously spent parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks. Reid is currently working as head coach and director of player development for the Vojens ice hockey club, Division 1 and U20 teams.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Reid was a junior star for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, but was passed over in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft on account of his size, and was not signed by the New York Rangers after being invited to their training camp that fall. However, he established himself as a legitimate NHL prospect after a superb performance at the 2000 World Junior Championships, where he dazzled with his speed and skill, scoring 9 points in 7 games in helping Canada to a bronze medal. He finished the 1999–2000 season with 124 points in 62 games for Halifax, and helped them reach the Memorial Cup where he was named the tournament's most sportsmanlike player. Following the season, he was selected 208th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

For the 2000–01 season, he was dealt to the Val-d'Or Foreurs, where he continued to dominate the QMJHL and formed a deadly partnership with linemate Simon Gamache. He finished the season with 126 points in 57 games, and added 42 more in 21 playoff games to help Val d'Or reach the Memorial Cup, where he was named Most Sportsmanlike Player for the second consecutive year. He also helped Canada to another bronze medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships.

Professional[edit]

Reid signed with the Canucks for the 2001–02 season, and had a decent year with the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver's AHL affiliate, with 37 points in 60 games. He upped his game considerably in 2002–03, leading the Moose with 36 assists and 54 points, impressively adding 5 points in 7 games when called up to Vancouver, including a two-goal effort against the Nashville Predators. He also played regularly for the Canucks in the playoffs, replacing Trevor Letowski on the team's checking line and impressing with his speed and energy.

Following his strong showing in the 2003 playoffs, Reid was expected to stick with the Canucks as a regular for the 2003–04 season, however was again sent back down to Manitoba. After a slow start, he finished well to again lead the Moose in assists and points. His relationship with the Canucks organization deteriorated however, as he felt he was not being given a fair shake and that less deserving players were being called up ahead of him. He appeared in only 3 NHL games in 2003–04, recording one assist.

Following that season, Reid became a restricted free agent and due to the NHL lockout, signed with the Hamburg Freezers of the DEL. Quickly establishing himself as an impact player in Europe, Reid led Hamburg in assists and points. After a successful season in Germany, Reid then signed with Rapperswil-Jona of the Swiss Nationalliga A.

After a solid season in Switzerland, Reid and the Canucks patched up their differences and agreed to a new one-year contract for the 2006–07 season. Reid would once again, however, find himself in Manitoba, where he struggled with just 32 points in 53 games, spending much of his time in the press box due to the AHL's veteran rule. Reid was held pointless in a three-game callup to Vancouver though when called up for the team's final playoff game, he contributed a key assist on a goal by Alex Burrows.

At the conclusion of the 2006–07 season, Reid became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the DEG Metro Stars of the DEL in Germany. Reid led his team in scoring for the 08/09 season and was named MVP of the 08/09 playoffs. Reid played for the DEG Metro Stars for three seasons becoming a fan favourite. He then returned to the Swiss club Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, signing in April 2010 and remaining until the end of the 2012 season.

With great fanfare, Reid then returned to Germany for the 2012–13 season signing for a second stint with the Hamburg Freezers of the DEL.

In June 2013, Reid was invited to tryout for the Kontinental Hockey League's CSKA Moscow organization by general manager Sergey Fedorov. After impressing with his speed, face-off and scoring abilities, Reid was signed to a one year contract. On August 17, 2014, Reid announced that he would be retiring due to injuries.[1]

Shortly after announcing his retirement, Reid was signed on by the Vojens ice hockey club in Denmark, as head coach and director of player development for the Division 1 "talent team" of the SønderjyskE club of the premier Metal Ligaen, and under 20 team.

Personal[edit]

Reid is married to journalist, Jessica L. Scott-Reid.[2][3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 67 13 21 34 6 5 1 0 1 15
1998–99 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 70 32 25 57 33 5 2 2 4 0
1999–00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 62 44 80 124 10 10 7 11 18 4
2000–01 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 57 45 81 126 18 21 13 29 42 14
2001–02 Manitoba Moose AHL 60 18 19 37 6 7 0 3 3 0
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 73 18 36 54 18 1 1 1 2 0
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 2 3 5 0 9 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 73 19 39 58 20
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Hamburg Freezers DEL 45 18 29 47 41 6 0 3 3 4
2005–06 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 44 16 18 34 16 12 4 7 11 14
2006–07 Manitoba Moose AHL 53 15 17 32 10 10 3 2 5 4
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
2007–08 DEG Metro Stars DEL 56 12 28 40 8 13 7 4 11 4
2008–09 DEG Metro Stars DEL 52 24 25 49 14 16 5 21 26 4
2009–10 DEG Metro Stars DEL 56 22 26 48 18 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 44 8 18 26 8
2011–12 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 39 6 10 16 8
2012–13 Hamburg Freezers DEL 48 10 12 22 12 6 3 2 5 2
2013–14 CSKA Moscow KHL 26 3 6 9 6
NHL totals 13 2 4 6 0 10 0 2 2 0

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Named to QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1999–2000)
  • Named Memorial Cup Most Sportsmanlike Player (2000, 2001)
  • Named to QMJHL First All-Star Team (2000–01)
  • Named CHL Most Sportsmanlike Player (2000–01)
  • Named to CHL Second All-Star Team (2000–01)
  • Won QMJHL Championship (2001)
  • Won Bronze Medal at World Junior Championships (2000, 2001)
  • Led Manitoba Moose (AHL) in scoring (2002–03, 2003–04)
  • Ranked 7th for all-time franchise scoring leaders for the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
  • Led Hamburg Freezers (DEL) in scoring (2004–05)
  • Led DEG Metro Stars (DEL) in scoring (2008–09)
  • Named Playoff MVP (DEL) (2008–09)

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