Elliott practicing with the St. Louis Blues.
April 9, 1985 |
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
|NHL Draft||291st overall, 2003
Brian Elliott (born April 9, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the ninth round, 291st overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. A two-time NHL All-Star in 2012 and 2015, Elliott has also played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues.
Early Years/Ottawa Senators
Elliott grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, playing minor hockey for the Newmarket Redmen AA and the York-Simcoe Express AAA teams in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. Elliott was not drafted by an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team in 2001 and returned to York-Simcoe for Major Midget the following season. After a solid season in the Eastern AAA Hockey League, Elliott was signed by the Ajax Axemen of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League in 2002–03.
After a standout season with the Ajax Axemen in 2002–03, Elliott was drafted in the ninth round, 291st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. The second-last player selected in the draft, Elliott was not expected to progress to the NHL. After being drafted, he would spend four seasons with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, serving as a backup for his first two seasons before securing the starting goaltender position in the 2005–06 season. For his efforts, he was selected as a finalist for the 2005–06 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, collecting eight shutouts in 33 appearances, and leading the Badgers to the 2006 NCAA National Championship. He was then signed by the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Binghamton Senators – an affiliate of the Ottawa Senators – on March 23, 2007, and played in eight games with Binghamton near the end of the 2006–07 season.
Elliott was invited to the Ottawa Senators' 2007–08 training camp, but was ultimately assigned to Binghamton on September 25, 2007. He was recalled to Ottawa four days later to back up Martin Gerber, as starting goaltender Ray Emery was recovering from wrist surgery. On October 10, Elliott played in his first NHL game and earned the win against the Atlanta Thrashers. Upon Emery's return, Elliott was sent back to Binghamton, where he played in 44 games that season.
On January 9, 2009, Elliott was recalled by Ottawa after being named the AHL's Goalie of the Month for December. He had been a standout in Binghamton, posting an 18–8–1 record with a 2.31 goals against average (GAA) and .926 save percentage. His play earned him the starting position for the Canadian team in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game.
Elliott made an immediate impact in Ottawa. The team had struggled all season, with inconsistent goaltending being an issue. Craig Hartsburg, Ottawa's head coach at the time, said of the move, "We need some saves, some big saves, and he's done it down there [in Binghamton]." Elliott would finish the season in Ottawa, sharing goaltending duties with veteran Alex Auld. Elliott's emergence effectively made Martin Gerber expendable to the team, and he would later be claimed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Elliott was nominated for the NHL's Rookie of the Month award for March 2009, though he would lose out to St. Louis Blues forward T. J. Oshie. In January 2010, he was awarded the NHL's First Star of the Week for January 18–24, and named the League's Second Star of the Week for January 25–31.
Prior to the trade deadline of the 2010–11 season, Elliott was traded as a part of Ottawa's rebuilding process to the Colorado Avalanche on February 18, 2011, in exchange for goaltender Craig Anderson.
After winning just two of his 12 starts with the Avalanche, combined with a sub-par 3.83 GAA, Elliott was released as a free agent after Colorado declined his qualifying offer.
St. Louis Blues
Elliott signed a one-year contract worth $600,000 with the St. Louis Blues on July 1, 2011. Forming a formidable goaltending tandem with Jaroslav Halák, Elliott revitalized his career, posting a 23–10–4 record while sporting a 1.56 GAA. He was also chosen to participate in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.
On January 18, 2012, Elliott signed a two-year contract extension with the Blues. The deal carried an average annual value of $1.8 million. Elliott will reportedly earn $1.7 million in 2012–13 and $1.9 million in 2013–14. After taking over for the injured Halák during the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Elliott led the Blues to a series victory over the San Jose Sharks before ultimately being swept in round two by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.
On May 19, 2014, Elliott signed a three-year contract extension to remain in St. Louis. The deal has an average annual value of $2.5 million. On January 22, 2015, Elliott was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, replacing Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who pulled out due to injury.
A 23–8–6 record during the 2015–16 NHL season earned Elliott the starting role for the Blues for the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. He led the Blues to a first round victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. He made 31 saves in the deciding Game 7 victory on April 25. Elliott and the Blues would then move on to face the Dallas Stars, who had been the Western Conference's number one overall team. Again, the Blues prevailed in seven games. Elliott's only faltering occurred in Game 6 of the series, when he was pulled in favor of Jake Allen after allowing three goals on seven shots. He would rebound the next game, making 31 saves in a decisive 6-1 victory that propelled St. Louis to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2001.
- While attending Newmarket High School, he took the school's boys hockey team to the championship, winning it in 2000. He also attended Newmarket High School with former Blues teammate B. J. Crombeen.
- Elliott's father, Bill, is a television director who has worked on numerous Canadian television programs, including The Red Green Show.
- He resides in Wisconsin during the off-season.
- Elliott has one brother named Dan.
- Elliott was taught the art of moose calling by the late Owen Scott, a champion moose caller. He paid tribute to Scott with a moose painted on the back of his goaltender mask. Brian also had Casey Jones from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles painted on his mask.
- During the 2015-16 NHL season, Elliott began wearing all blue pads as a tribute to former Blues goaltender Curtis Joseph, and also had his mask painted with the same design that Joseph wore.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||6||3||3||0||336||12||0||2.14||.912||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||9||6||2||1||467||9||3||1.16||.945||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||33||25||5||3||2008||52||8||1.55||.938||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||36||15||17||2||2053||72||5||2.10||.923||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||38||23||10||4||2235||58||9||1.56||.940||8||3||4||455||18||0||2.37||.904|
|2012–13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||24||14||8||1||1292||49||3||2.28||.907||6||2||4||378||12||0||1.90||.919|
|2013–14||St. Louis Blues||NHL||31||18||6||2||1624||53||4||1.96||.922||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||St. Louis Blues||NHL||46||26||14||3||2546||96||5||2.26||.917||1||0||0||26||1||0||2.31||.857|
|2015–16||St. Louis Blues||NHL||42||23||8||6||2,263||78||4||2.07||.930||18||9||9||1058||43||1||2.44||.921|
Awards and achievements
|All-WCHA Second Team||2005–06|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2005–06|
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||2006|||
|All-WCHA Second Team||2006–07|
|William M. Jennings Trophy||2011–12|
|All-Star Game||2012, 2015|
|Lowest GAA (1.56)||2011–12|
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- "Senators hope Elliott supplies boost". CBC Sports. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Senators turn to Elliott". Ottawa Senators. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
- "Oshie Named NHL Rookie of the Month". St. Louis Blues. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- "Senators Acquire G Anderson from AVS for G Elliott". TSN. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- "Avalanche says goodbye to goaltender Brian Elliott". Denver Post. 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- "Blues sign Goaltender Brian Elliot". The Sports Network. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- Blues, St. Louis. "Elliott Signs 3-Year Deal with Blues". St. Louis Blues. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- "Blues goalie Elliott to replace Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky". NHL. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
- Hitchcock becomes fourth coach to win 700 games as Elliott ties Blues shutout record, retrieved March 13, 2015
- "Blues leave no doubt in Game 7 rout of Stars". Stltoday. 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- "Flames acquire goaltender Brian Elliott". Calgary Flames. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
- Morreale, Mike G. (February 4, 2009). "Masks are a billboard to a goalie's soul". NHL.com Staff. NHL.com. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
- "Elliott Debuts New Cujo-Inspired Pads". blues.nhl.com. 2015-12-30. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- Brian Elliott's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brian Elliott's player profile at NHL.com
- 'Legends of Hockey' profile
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
(with Jaroslav Halák)