March 9, 1981 |
Kirkland, QC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Vancouver Canucks
DEG Metro Stars
|NHL Draft||208th overall, 2000
Brandon Reid (born March 9, 1981) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward, now coach, 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. He is currently head coach of the Aalborg Pirates in Denmark.
Playing, coaching career
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.
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.
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. As a first year coach, Reid had a successful season, bringing both teams to highest rankings in team history, including a first bronze medal for the U20 team.
At the start of the 2015/2016 season, Reid was invited  to be assistant coach at the Canadian National Sledge Hockey development camp. After impressing staff and building great rapport with players, Reid was invited back to assist at the team's selection camp,. Reid stayed on as assistant coach for the remainder of the 15/16 season, helping lead the team to one gold and two silver medals at various international tournaments.
On May 31, 2016, he was appointed as head coach of the Aalborg Pirates of the Metal Ligaen, Denmark's top league. After quickly leading the team to first place, winning the first eight regular season games in a row, Reid was re-signed by the Pirates for an additional two seasons.
|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|
Awards and achievements
- 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)
- "A look back: Ex-Mooseheads Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Brandon Reid retire from pro hockey". The Chronicle Herald. August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
- "Aalborg Pirates henter canadisk cheftræner » TV3 SPORT". www.tv3sport.dk. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
- "Reid recalls cup run, pines for Halifax". 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03.