Born January 16, 1979 (age 32) in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, Canada
Left winger and captain of the Dallas Stars
Based on Sunday’s game against Carolina, we’re going to give you a double dose from the Big D. He played bantam hockey in his hometown of Carlyle but wasn’t picked up in the WHL Bantam Draft, so he became a walk-on with the Portland Winter Hawks. That’s where he spent the next four years – his entire junior career – even after being drafted by the Dallas Stars in 1997, even helping the Winter Hawks win the Memorial Cup! When he finally went pro in 1999, he split his time between the Stars and the IHL’s Michigan K-Wings, and he got his first goal in November 1999 against the Colorado Avalanche.
Brendan played at least 70 games each season (except during the Year That Never Was when he played 19 games with the CHL’s Oklahoma City Blazers) until he had severed tendons in his wrist in the 2006-07 season and missed 33 games. After coming back strong the next season, the 2008-09 season saw him injured again, this time with a torn ACL in his knee (he’s been known to play through injuries, as evidenced when he broke a bone in his ankle and still played in the 2000 playoffs). He was named captain of the team shortly before the 2006-07 season, following in the giant footsteps of Mike Modano. That’s a heckuva captain to follow!
Internationally, Brenden has silver and gold in the World Juniors, World Cup and World Championships, and he won gold as part of Team Canada in the Vancouver Olympics. This past season saw him score 33 goals toward 56 points, and he already has six points in this young season. Will he have another great year in Dallas? I think he will.