March 15, 1996|
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers|
31st overall, 2014|
Brendan Lemieux (born March 15, 1996) is an American-Canadian professional ice hockey forward for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lemieux was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres at 31st overall (1st pick of 2nd round) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Lemieux previously played for the Winnipeg Jets before being acquired by the Rangers and is the son of former NHL right winger Claude Lemieux.
Lemieux joined the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League part-way into the 2012–13 OHL season after starting the season in the United States Hockey League with the Green Bay Gamblers. He was named to play with the gold medal winning Canadian squad at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and was also selected to skate in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
On February 11, 2015, Lemieux was traded to the Winnipeg Jets as part of a blockbuster deal that saw him, Tyler Myers, Joel Armia, Drew Stafford, and a 2015 conditional first round pick (Jack Roslovic) go to Winnipeg in exchange for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, and the rights to Jason Kasdorf. It was later revealed that Lemieux had requested a trade from the Sabres and on July 3, 2015, he was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Jets.
On December 10, 2015, during his final eligible junior season in 2015–16, Lemieux, alongside a 2017 third-round and a 2020 fourth-round pick was traded to the Windsor Spitfires in exchange for Anthony Stefano, a 2019 third-round and 2021 second-round pick. He finished the season with 34 goals and 62 points.
Lemieux made the transition to professional hockey during the 2015–16 season, appearing in five games for the Jets' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. Lemieux recorded two goals and one assist.
In his first full professional season, Lemieux skated in 61 games for the Moose, recording 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points.
The following season, after recording three goals and two assists in four games with the Moose, Lemieux received his first call-up by the Jets, and made his NHL debut on October 20, 2017. He went scoreless in 9:53 on-ice time in a 4–3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Lemieux's first career NHL goal came on October 29 in a 7–1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, redirecting a Tyler Myers point shot.
In the following 2018–19 campaign, Lemieux made the Jets opening season roster for the first time, securing a role on Winnipeg's fourth-line. On November 2, 2018, Lemieux delivered an illegal check to the head of Florida Panthers' forward Vincent Trocheck. He was given a match penalty for the incident. Three days later, Lemieux received a two-game suspension. Having already established career highs through 44 games with the Jets, Lemieux was dealt at the trade deadline, along with a 2019 first-round pick and a conditional fourth round pick, to the New York Rangers in exchange for Kevin Hayes on February 25, 2019. On March 1, 2019 Lemieux scored his first goal as a Ranger in a 4–2 home loss against the visiting Montreal Canadiens.
Player agent Tyler Parchem described Lemieux as:
Perfectly fits the cliche as a player you hate to play against but love to have on your team. Like his father Claude, Brendan will drive the opposing team crazy as he is the perfect agitator. Lemieux also has the ability to burn you offensively as he is a top 5 scorer on Barrie. He showed the ability to both agitate and score in the CHL Top Prospects Game."— Tyler Parchem on Lemieux, 2015
He is the son of the former NHL right winger Claude Lemieux. Lemieux was born in Denver during his father's tenure with the Colorado Avalanche and as a result of his career, he grew up in Denver, New Jersey, Phoenix and Dallas. Lemieux has a younger sister and two paternal half-brothers from his father's first marriage.
Regular season and playoffs
|2012–13||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||11||1||1||2||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||New York Rangers||NHL||19||3||3||6||44||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game||2014|||
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal||2013|||
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- Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team wins gold medal at 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament