Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | January 4, 2012

Man of the Day 1/3: Troy Brouwer

Troy Brouwer

Born August 17, 1985 (age 26) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Left winger for the Washington Capitals

Yep, this guy’s also in my Blackhawks calendar (my guess is that it was printed before the draft), so let’s look at him. This guy began playing with a midget team called the Pacific Vipers, and his teammates were future Cupmates Colin Fraser, Brent Seabrook and Andrew Ladd (ew). From there he joined the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL, where he spent five years. He played his last two years there after being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004, and in his very last year he was named the Warriors’ captain and won the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s top scorer.

Why does this remind me of one of those car chases in California?

From there he went to the Hawks’ old AHL team in Norfolk, and he was named to their All-Rookie and All-Star teams while also making his NHL debut with the Hawks. The next season he was moved to their new AHL team in Rockford, where he racked up 25 power play goals for a franchise record. He also played two games in Chicago, and he got his first point with an assist in March 2008 against St. Louis Blues. He scored 4 goals and 4 assists in that wonderful Cup run in 2010, and last year he had 17 goals and 19 assists before he was traded to the Washington Capitals for their first-round pick in the 2011 draft. With 11 goals and 8 assists so far this season, I think he’s fitting in well in the nation’s capital.

I miss this goofball. Be good to him, Caps Nation.

– Krista

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