Brendan Gaunce

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Brendan Gaunce
Brendan Gaunce Utica Comets.jpg
Gaunce playing with the Utica Comets
Born (1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 22)
Sudbury, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Center/Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Vancouver Canucks
Utica Comets (AHL)
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2012
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2014–present

Brendan Gaunce (born March 25, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League (AHL). He is a prospect for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 26th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Canucks. His older brother, Cameron Gaunce currently plays in the Florida Panthers organization.

Internationally Gaunce has represented Canada twice. He won a gold medal at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and a bronze at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships. He also represented Ontario at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge where he won a gold medal.

Early life[edit]

Brendan was born to Stephen and Julie Gaunce in Sudbury, Ontario, but grew up in Markham, Ontario.[1][2] He has two siblings a brother and a sister.[3] His older brother, Cameron, was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.[4] Gaunce attended Markham District High School where he played on their ice hockey team registering 4 goals and 21 points in 17 games. Despite playing much of the season on defence he was named to the Toronto Star High School Hockey All-Star First Team. He also played for the Markham Waxers Minor Midget team, where he was captain and scored 55 goals and 148 points in 86 games in 2009–10.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

After being the highest scoring minor midget player in Ontario for 2010 Gaunce was taken second overall in the OHL Priority Draft (behind Alex Galchenyuk) by the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).[3] Gaunce made his major junior debut in the 2010–11 OHL season and in his second OHL game recorded a four assist game in a 7–4 win over the Peterborough Petes. In the following game Gaunce scored his first career OHL goal.[3][5] He had a second 4-point game and added a 5-game point streak before finishing the season with 11 goals and 36 points, finishing 13th in OHL rookie scoring.[3]

At the beginning of his second season, Gaunce was named an alternate captain for the Bulls.[3] During the season he eared the OHL Player of the Week award. He scored five goals and added an assist in three Belleville wins for the week ending November 27.[3] Gaunce finished the season as a point a game player registering 28 goals and 40 assists in 68 games.[6] At the end of the season Gaunce was Belleville's nominee for the Bobby Smith Trophy as scholastic player of the year, but lost out to Adam Pelech.[7] Leading up to the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2012 Entry Draft Gaunce was ranked 13th among North American skaters by the NHL's scouting department, and the top-ranked Canadian forward.[1][8] Projected to be a mid first round pick he fell to 26 where he was selected by the Vancouver Canucks. Canucks' general manager Mike Gillis stated that going into the draft they had targeted Gaunce and if he had not been available Vancouver would have traded down to add extra picks.[1] On November 26, 2013, Brendan Gaunce was traded from the Belleville Bulls to the Erie Otters.

Professional[edit]

On October 29, 2015, Gaunce made his NHL debut with the Canucks in a game against the Dallas Stars.[9] On October 30, Gaunce scored his first NHL goal in his second career NHL game against Anders Lindback of the Arizona Coyotes.[10] On March 1, 2016 Gaunce was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks. On March 14, 2016 after going pointless in 4 games and being a -3 during that time, Gaunce was reassigned to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League (AHL). On March 15, 2016 Gaunce was once again recalled by the Canucks.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Czech Republic
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2011 Slovakia & Czech Republic
Representing Ontario Ontario
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2011 Manitoba

Gaunce made his international debut at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge representing team Ontario.[11] After winning their first two games Team Ontario was leading Team West 3–2 early in the third when Gaunce assisted on an insurance goal by Matia Marcantuoni. Ontario eventually won the game 4–3 to remain unbeaten and clinch a spot in the semi-final.[12][13] In Ontario's final preliminary game Gaunce scored two second period goals helping Ontario to the 4–2 win over team Pacific. Gaunce was named player of the game for Ontario.[14] Ontario defeated Quebec 2–1 in overtime to advance to the gold medal game.[12] In the gold medal game Gaunce scored the third goal in a 5–3 victory.[15]

Later in the year Gaunce represented Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[3] Team Canada lost its opening game to Sweden 5–1, but finished the preliminary round with a 2–1 record and received a spot in the semi-finals.[16] In the semi-final game Gaunce assisted on Team Canada's third goal in a 5–0 victory of the Russians.[17] Canada re-matched Sweden in the Final with Gaunce scoring early in the third to give the Canadians a two-goal advantage then assisting on another goal mid-way through the period. Canada defeated Sweden 4–1 winning the gold medal, Canada's fourth straight at the tournament.[18][19]

Gaunce again played for Team Canada the following year at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships.[20] After Canada started the tournament with split decisions Gaunce scored two first period goals and added an assist in a 6–2 win over the Czech Republic.[21][22] For his performance Gaunce was named player of the game for Team Canada.[23] Canada lost its next game finishing the preliminary round with a 2–2–0 record, third place in their pool.[21] Canada qualified for the quarterfinals where they defeated the Russians 4–2.[24] In the Semi-final game Canada lost to the United States 2–1. Despite not registering a point Gaunce was named player of the game for the Canadians.[23][25] With the loss Canada faced Finland in the bronze medal game. In the first period Gaunce was hooked by Ville Pokka resulting in a penalty shot opportunity. Gaunce failed to score on the penalty shot, but registered a shorthanded goal in the second period. Canada defeated Finland 5–4 capturing the bronze medal.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Markham Waxers Minor Midget AAA OMHA 86 55 93 148  ?
2010–11 Belleville Bulls OHL 65 11 25 36 40 4 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Belleville Bulls OHL 68 28 40 68 68 6 1 2 3 2
2012–13 Belleville Bulls OHL 60 33 27 60 44 17 8 14 22 10
2013–14 Belleville Bulls OHL 22 10 16 26 27
2013–14 Erie Otters OHL 43 21 25 46 32 14 5 11 16 16
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 74 11 18 29 31 21 4 5 9 12
2015–16 Utica Comets AHL 46 17 21 38 16 4 0 0 0 4
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 20 1 0 1 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Ontario U-17 1st 6 3 1 4 18
2011 Canada IH18 1st 5 1 3 4 2
2012 Canada WJC18 3rd 7 3 1 4 8
Junior totals 18 7 5 12 28

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Sweetland, Josh (June 22, 2012). "Subban, Gaunce go in first round; Zharkov a third-rounder". Belleville Intelligencer. Canoe Sun Media. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Belleville Bulls Player Profile". Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Botchford, Jason (June 22, 2012). "Brendan Gaunce: Canucks draft gritty centre who oozes intangibles". The Province. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ontario Hockey League 2010-11 Schedule and Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Canucks get physical with 26th pick Brendan Gaunce". CBC. Canadian Press. June 22, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "OHL Announces Academic Player of the Year Award Winners". Ontario Hockey League. April 26, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ O'Brien, James (June 22, 2012). "Get to know a draft pick — Brendan Gaunce". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ http://canucks.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2015020143
  10. ^ http://canucks.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2015020153&navid=DL%7CVAN%7Chome
  11. ^ "2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge Team Ontario Profile". Hockey Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge Schedule and Results". Hockey Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ Parker, Andrew. "Game Summary West 3 - Ontario 4". Hockey Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ McDonald, Alyssa. "Game Summary Pacific 2 - Ontario 4". Hockey Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ontario 5 - United States 3 Monahan Scores Twice, Including Winner, as Ontario Claims U17 Gold". Hockey Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ "2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Schedule and Results". Hockey Canada. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Canada 5 - Russia 0 Shot at Redemption: Canada Downs Russia in Hlinka Semis, to Face Sweden in Final". Hockey Canada. Canadian Press. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Canada Wins Fourth Straight Gold at Ivan Hlinka with 4-1 Victory Over Sweden". Hockey Canada. Canadian Press. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Hockey Canada Player Profile". Hockey Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Canada Roster". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Preliminary Round Results" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  22. ^ "IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Preliminary Round - Group A - Game 13" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  23. ^ a b "Best Player of the Game Selected by Team" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Final Rankings" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  25. ^ "IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Semifinals - Game 27" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  26. ^ "IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Bronze Medal Game - Game 30" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nicklas Jensen
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
2012
Succeeded by
Bo Horvat