Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rich Brennan
After his Senior year of High School with Tabor Academy defenseman Rich Brennan was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques but elected to pursue an education and collegiate hockey before embarking on his professional career. Brennan went to play at Boston University and was njamed to the Hockey East First All-Star Team and the NCAA East Second All-American Team for his efforts in 1994.

In 1995 he began a pro career that would be spent as a journeyman depth defenseman. Though most of his hockey would be played in the American Hockey League, Brennan also earned several short stints in the NHL as well. He split his first season between the Colonial League's Branford Smoke and the AHL's Cornwall Aces. In 1996-97 he spent the bulk of his season in the minors with the Hershey Bears but he was called up to the NHL for a two game audition.

The Nordiques and moved to Colorado and become the Avalanche by this point and they suited the 6'2 blue liner up for two games in which he was held scoreless. At season's end Brennan became a free agent and inked a deal with the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks gave Brennan a longer look in the big leagues by inserting him in their line up for 11 games and he responded with a goal and two assists. After also playing 42 games for their farm club, Brennan was traded by the Sharks to the New York Rangers in exchange for goaltender Jason Muzzatti and finished his year with their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

With the Rangers in 1998, Brennan enjoyed his longest stint in the NHL by playing 24 games on Broadway and scoring a goal and three assists.

Just prior to the 1999-00 campaign, Brennan was claimed by the Los Angeles Kings and spent all but two games over the next two seasons toiling for their minor league club. In the summer of 2001 Brennan signed a deal that would bring him to his fifth NHL club, the Nashville Predators.

Brennan got into four games with the Predators, but spent the rest of his time back in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals before a December 18 trade sent him back to the Los Angeles Kings.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Albany Academy Cadets High-NY 25 17 30 47 57
1989-90 Tabor Academy Seawolves High-MA 33 12 14 26 68
1990-91 Tabor Academy Seawolves High-MA 34 13 37 50 91
1991-92 Boston University Terriers H-East 30 4 13 17 50
1991-92 United States WJC-A 7 0 2 2 4
1992-93 Boston University Terriers H-East 40 9 11 20 68
1993-94 Boston University Terriers H-East 41 8 27 35 82
1994-95 Boston University Terriers H-East 31 5 22 27 56
1995-96 Brantford Smoke ColHL 5 1 2 3 2
1995-96 Cornwall Aces AHL 36 4 8 12 61 7 0 0 0 6
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Hershey Bears AHL 74 11 45 56 88 23 2 16 18 22
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 11 1 2 3 2 -4
1997-98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 42 11 17 28 71 +5
1997-98 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 9 2 4 6 12 0 15 4 5 9 14
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 24 1 3 4 23 -4
1998-99 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 47 4 24 28 42 +13
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 67 15 30 45 110 -3 7 1 5 6 0
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -3
2000-01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 69 10 31 41 146 +10
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 4 0 0 0 2 0
2001-02 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 23 4 8 12 27 -7
2001-02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 16 2 5 7 6 -3 5 1 1 2 16
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 1 1 6 +3
2002-03 Providence Bruins AHL 41 3 29 32 51 +1
2003-04 Providence Bruins AHL 56 12 15 27 47 -1 2 0 1 1 2
2004-05 SC Bern Swiss 23 5 5 10 24
2004-05 SC Langenthal Swiss-2 1 0 2 2 0
2004-05 Augsburger Panther Germany 16 4 5 9 22 5 0 1 1 16
NHL Totals 50 2 6 8 33


Hockey East First All-Star Team (1994)
NCAA East Second All-American Team (1994)
Rights transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 9, 1997. Traded to NY Rangers by San Jose for Jason Muzzatti, March 24, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, September 23, 1999. Claimed by Los Angeles from Nashville in Waiver Draft, September 27, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, August 8, 2001. Traded to Los Angeles by Nashville for Brett Hauer, December 19, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 18, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Bern (Swiss), June 30, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Augsburg (Germany), January 13, 2005.