May 19, 1994 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Vegas Golden Knights
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||89th overall, 2012
Brendan Leipsic (born May 19, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). Leipsic was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 3rd round (89th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Leipsic was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is Jewish. His mother Kathleen was a gymnast who represented Canada at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and his father Greg was a all star high school running back. He has a brother (Jeremey) who plays for the Portage Terriers of the MJHL and was the leading scorer in 2016-17 as well as a sister (Emma) who was a international gymnast.
On February 15, 2015, the Predators traded Leipsic along with Olli Jokinen and Nashville's 2015 first round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a package deal for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli. Leipsic played an important role down the stretch in helping the Toronto Marlies (a team that struggled to score early in the year) reach the post-season.
Leipsic began the 2015–16 season with the Marlies, and would play there for most of the year. However, in February 2016, the Maple Leafs lineup was depleted due to injuries. Wanting to allow younger players to remain in the AHL and develop, Toronto initially called up older veterans.
When injury struck again however, Leipsic was called up on February 13, 2016, in reward for his strong play, along with Jeremy Morin, both on an emergency basis. Leipsic made his debut the same night, in a road game against the Vancouver Canucks, and scored his first NHL goal midway through the second period, batting a flying puck out of mid-air and past goaltender Ryan Miller. The reaction of Leipsic's parents, who were in attendance and flew last minute to the game, garnered much media attention. Leipsic became the first Maple Leafs' player to score a goal in his NHL debut since Nikolay Kulemin in 2008. Leipsic was sent back to the Marlies shortly after his debut.
On June 21, 2017, Leipsic was left exposed at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. He signed a two year $1.3 Million dollar contract in July of 2017.
Regular season and playoffs
|2015–16||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||6||1||2||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|CHL Top Scorer Award||2012–13|||
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