January 15, 1982|
Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
|National team||United States|
Brett Steven Lebda (born January 15, 1982) is a former American professional ice hockey defenseman, who last played with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has played in the National Hockey League with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Detroit Red Wings where he won a Stanley Cup in 2008.
Lebda attended Buffalo Grove High School in Buffalo Grove, Illinois for two years. In addition to hockey, he also played golf and volleyball. He then relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was a participant on the USA National Under-18 Team. Lebda graduated from Pioneer High School.
Lebda played college hockey at the University of Notre Dame. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Red Wings in 2004, and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Wings' minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League. Lebda was unable to suit up for a NHL game until the 2005–06 NHL season due to the NHL lockout. He became the first Red Wing since Greg Johnson in 1993 to score his first NHL goal on opening night. He played in 46 games that regular season and all of Detroit's six opening round playoff games.
He played in 76 games during the 2006–07 NHL season to go with 12 games that playoff year. He set a career high in points with 18, and participated in the only fight of his career when he squared off against Mikael Holmqvist.
Due to sub-par play to start the 2008–09 NHL season, Lebda found himself a healthy scratch for three straight games before returning to the lineup.
During his career with the Red Wings, Lebda was often paired with Chris Chelios, a fellow Chicago suburban native who is 20 years his elder. While growing up in suburban Chicago, Lebda considered Chelios an idol, and modeled his game after his.
On July 7, 2010, Lebda signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, he struggled during his time in Toronto, playing only 41 games and posting a career-worst -14. His spell as a Leaf was most notable for the fact that, in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers which the Leafs won 9-3, Lebda somehow finished the game -3. His one and only goal came against the Montreal Canadiens a month and a half later.
Following the 2010–11 NHL season Lebda became a free agent, and on November 7, 2011, the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League signed Lebda to a professional tryout agreement. With NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, suffering injuries on the defense he was subsequently signed to a one-year deal for the remainder of the season with the Jackets on January 19, 2012.
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||39||7||19||26||109||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||34||6||8||14||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||40||7||14||21||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||39||6||18||24||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||6||0||1||1||0||4||0||0||0||2|
|2004–05||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||80||2||10||12||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||25||4||14||18||42||11||1||4||5||8|
|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||46||3||9||12||20||6||0||0||0||4|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||74||5||13||18||61||12||0||2||2||8|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||3||11||14||48||19||0||2||2||6|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||65||6||10||16||48||23||0||6||6||22|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||1||7||8||24||2||0||0||0||0|
|2010–11||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||41||1||3||4||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||30||1||3||4||14||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||2000-01|
|All-CCHA Second Team||2003-04|
- "Leafs acquire Lombardi and Franson in swap". NHL.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
- "Springfield Falcons Sign Lebda To PTO contract". Springfield Falcons. 2011-11-07. Archived from the original on 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- "Blue Jackets Radek Martinek to miss rest of season; sign defenseman Brett Lebda". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- "B-SENS SIGN BRETT LEBDA". February 5, 2013.