Brian Strait

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Brian Strait
Brian Strait 2013-05-09.JPG
Strait with the New York Islanders during the 2013 playoffs
Born (1988-01-04) January 4, 1988 (age 29)
Waltham, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Winnipeg Jets
Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
NHL Draft 65th overall, 2006
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2009–present

Brian James Strait (born January 4, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, currently playing for the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Strait with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012

Amateur[edit]

Strait played two seasons at the Northfield Mount Hermon School, recording 12 points during his freshman season, and 20 the next year. Beginning in 2004 he joined the U.S. National Development Team in the North American Hockey League. He was the captain of the gold-medal U.S. team at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships.[1]

After graduating from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 2006, Strait attended Boston University, where he began playing for the Boston Terriers men's ice hockey team. In his freshman season, Strait was twice selected as Hockey East rookie of the week. He served as captain of the U.S. team at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where the team finished fourth. That season he also was selected runner-up for the Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman award.[1] During his junior season at Boston, Strait served as an alternate captain. That season, the Terriers won the Beanpot, Hockey East and the NCAA Division I national championship.[2]

Professional[edit]

After his junior season at Boston University, Strait signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who selected Strait in 2006.[3][4] He began his professional career a few months later with the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.[5]

Strait made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh on February 21, 2011 against the Washington Capitals. On the eve of the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, he was picked off of waivers from the Penguins by the New York Islanders January 18, 2013.[6] After establishing his role within the Islanders defense after 6 games he signed a three-year one-way extension deal worth $775,000 per year on January 31, 2013.[7] He scored his first NHL goal on December 20, 2013 against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

On July 1, 2016, Strait signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Winnipeg Jets.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Strait with the New York Islanders in 2013

Regular Season and Playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 U.S. National Development Team USDP 60 5 13 18 50
2005–06 U.S. National Development Team USDP 65 2 12 14 72
2006–07 Boston University HE 36 3 3 6 47
2007–08 Boston University HE 37 0 10 10 20
2008–09 Boston University HE 38 2 5 7 67
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 78 2 12 14 73 4 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 75 2 8 10 49 12 1 3 4 10
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 41 4 12 16 26 2 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 26 0 0 0 34
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 19 0 4 4 10 6 1 0 1 12
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 47 3 6 9 14
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 52 2 5 7 32 7 0 0 0 4
2015–16 New York Islanders NHL 52 1 5 6 31
2016–17 Manitoba Moose AHL 58 2 12 14 36
2016–17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 5 0 2 2 0
NHL totals 187 6 23 29 91 16 1 0 1 16
Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Ängelholm

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 0 0 0 4
2008 United States WJC 4th 6 0 0 0 6
Junior totals 12 0 0 0 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Player Bio: Brian Strait". Boston University. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pot of gold: Waltham's Strait helps lead BU to 29th title". The Daily News Tribune. February 10, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "BU captain Brian Strait exits, signs with Pittsburgh Penguins". Boston Herald. June 17, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Penguins Sign Defenseman Brian Strait". Pittsburgh Penguins. July 1, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Shelly (July 23, 2009). "Penguins' Strait ready for next level". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Islanders claim Strait off waivers". New York Islanders. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Islanders, Strait agree on three-year deal". The Sports Network. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Jets agree to terms with Brian Strait". Winnipeg Jets. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 

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