Bryan McCabe

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Bryan McCabe
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Born (1975-06-08) June 8, 1975 (age 43)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
HV71
Florida Panthers
New York Rangers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 40th overall, 1993
New York Islanders
Playing career 1995–2011

Bryan McCabe (born June 8, 1975) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) playing for the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers.

McCabe moved to Calgary, Alberta, at a young age and spent the majority of his minor hockey career playing in the Calgary area. Drafted out of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 40th overall by the New York Islanders in 1993, McCabe competed in the 1995 Memorial Cup and was named to back-to-back WHL First All-Star Teams during his major junior career. He began his NHL career with the Islanders before stints with the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks. In 2000–01, McCabe began a seven-season tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played the majority of his career.

Internationally, McCabe competed for Canada, winning gold medals at the 1997 World Championships, 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championships and the 1992 Pacific Cup. He is also a one-time Olympian, having represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Playing career[edit]

McCabe began playing junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 1991–92. After one and a half seasons in Medicine Hat, he was traded to the Spokane Chiefs. He completed the 1992–93 season with 60 points in 60 games split between the Tigers and Chiefs. That summer, he was drafted 40th overall by the New York Islanders in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Once drafted, he returned to the Chiefs in 1993–94 and put up a junior career-high 84 points in 64 games. In his fourth and final year of junior, he was traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings for the remaining 20 games of the 1994–95 season, and he put up a total of 69 points in 62 games and was chosen as a First-Team WHL All-Star.

In 1995–96, McCabe began his NHL career with the Islanders. He recorded 23 points in his rookie season before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks midway through his third year (along with Todd Bertuzzi and a third-round draft pick in 1998, used to select Jarkko Ruutu) in exchange for Trevor Linden. He played one-and-a-half seasons with the Canucks before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on the day of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft in a bid by Canucks general manager Brian Burke to draft Daniel and Henrik Sedin second and third overall, respectively. McCabe was packaged with Vancouver's first-round draft pick in 2000 in exchange for Chicago's first-round pick in 1999.

On October 2, 2000, after a 6-goal, 25-point campaign with the Blackhawks in 1999–2000, McCabe was traded once again to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Alexander Karpovtsev and a fourth-round pick (Vladimir Gusev) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. McCabe found his stride in Toronto and built on a 17-goal, 43-point breakout season in 2001–02 with 53 points two seasons later, culminating in a fourth-place finish in James Norris Memorial Trophy voting Second Team All-Star honours.

As NHL play was suspended due to the 2004–05 lockout, McCabe signed with HV71 of the Swedish Elitserien. He struggled with HV71 and exercised an escape clause in his contract before a game against Södertälje SK, where he was scheduled to be a healthy scratch.[1] He had one goal, no assists, 30 penalty minutes and a –12 rating over ten games.

When NHL play resumed the following season, McCabe emerged with a career-high 19 goals, 49 assists and 68 points in 73 games with the Maple Leafs. He finished the season third overall in points among NHL defencemen, behind Nicklas Lidström and Sergei Zubov. Near the beginning of the season, McCabe was recognized as the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for November 13–19, 2005, and was later named as a reserve on Team Canada's 2006 Winter Olympic team in Turin.

Following McCabe's career year, on June 28, 2006, he signed a five-year, $28.75 million contract extension with Toronto that included a no-movement clause.[2] He scored 57 points in 82 games the following season.

In the dying seconds of overtime against the Buffalo Sabres on October 15, 2007, McCabe scored in his own net; the goal was credited to Paul Gaustad.[3] McCabe was the focus of numerous trade rumours during the 2007–08 season, and on September 2, 2008, he was ultimately traded to the Florida Panthers (along with a fourth-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for defenceman Mike Van Ryn.[4]

McCabe was named team captain of the Florida Panthers on September 23, 2009, and on November 6, 2009, he played in his 1,000th game in the NHL.

On February 26, 2011, McCabe was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Tim Kennedy and a third-round draft pick.[5]

McCabe announced his retirement from the NHL on February 15, 2012.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Finland
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Canada
Gold medal – first place 1994 Czech Republic
Pacific Cup
Gold medal – first place 1992 Japan

While in junior, McCabe was a member of three gold medal-winning Canadian teams, the first of which was at the 1992 Pacific Cup in Japan. The under-18 tournament was in just its second year of what is now known as the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. at the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championships. In 1995, he was named to the tournament All-Star Team and was honoured as Best Defenceman after posting 12 points in 7 games.[6]

After joining the NHL, McCabe appeared in three consecutive World Championships, in 1997, 1998, and 1999, capturing gold in 1997.

On December 21, 2005, McCabe was named as a reserve for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. On February 2, 2006, he was moved from the reserves to the official roster to replace an injured Ed Jovanovski.[7] Canada would fail to defend its 2002 Olympic gold medal and was eliminated by Russia in the quarter-finals.

Off the ice[edit]

McCabe has a wife named Roberta, a native of Long Island whom he met during his stint with the New York Islanders, and together they have two daughters and one son.[8] They live in Delray Beach, Florida, and the family also has a home on Long Island, New York.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Calgary AAHA 33 14 34 48 55
1991–92 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 68 6 24 30 157 4 0 0 0 6
1992–93 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 14 0 13 13 83
1992–93 Spokane Chiefs WHL 46 3 44 47 134 6 1 5 6 28
1993–94 Spokane Chiefs WHL 64 22 62 84 218 3 0 4 4 4
1994–95 Spokane Chiefs WHL 42 14 39 53 115
1994–95 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 20 6 10 16 38 18 4 13 17 59
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 82 7 16 23 156
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 82 8 20 28 165
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL 56 3 9 12 145
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 1 11 12 64
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 7 14 21 120
1999–00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 6 19 25 139
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 5 24 29 123 11 2 3 5 16
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 17 26 43 129 20 5 5 10 30
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 6 18 24 135 7 0 3 3 10
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 16 37 53 86 13 3 5 8 14
2004–05 HV71 SEL 10 1 0 1 30
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 19 49 68 116
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 15 42 57 115
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 5 18 23 81
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 69 15 24 39 41
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 82 8 35 43 83
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 48 5 17 22 28
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 19 2 4 6 6 5 0 2 2 14
NHL totals 1135 149 383 528 1732 56 10 18 28 84

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Canada U18 1st, gold medalist(s) 3 1 1 2 4
1994 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 0 0 6
1995 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 3 9 12 4
1997 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 11 0 2 2 10
1998 Canada WC 6th 6 1 2 3 4
1999 Canada WC 4th 10 1 3 4 10
2006 Canada OG 7th 6 0 0 0 18
Junior totals 17 4 10 14 14
Senior totals 33 2 7 9 42

Awards and achievements[edit]

WHL

International

NHL

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leafs' McCabe leaves Swedish team". CBC. 2004-12-12. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  2. ^ "Leafs, McCabe Glad Deal is Done". Canadian Press. Toronto Maple Leafs. 2006-06-29. Retrieved 2008-09-05.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Toronto falls on own goal". Globe Sports. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  4. ^ "Leafs Trade McCabe to Florida for Van Ryn". Leafs News. 2008-09-02. Archived from the original on 2008-09-06.
  5. ^ "Panthers trade McCabe to Rangers for Kennedy, third-rounder". The Sports Network. 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  6. ^ "McCabe's career Junior World International stats". Hockey Canada. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-05.
  7. ^ "Canada unsure on taxi-squad sub". CBC Sports. Archived from the original on March 7, 2007. Retrieved October 5, 2006.
  8. ^ Mike Zeisberger. "Tearful revelation — McCabe explains signing delay". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2007-02-16.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrick Flatley
New York Islanders captain
1997–98
Succeeded by
Trevor Linden
Preceded by
Olli Jokinen
Florida Panthers captain
200911
Succeeded by
Ed Jovanovski