Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brett Harkins
Left-winger Brett Harkins entered the 2001-02 season hoping to return to the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets. A few years earlier he toiled briefly with the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers before being relegated to the minors.

Born in North Ridgeville, Ohio Harkins attended St. Andrews High School north of Toronto before joining the Junior C Brockville Braves. After registering 69 points in 38 games for Detroit Compuware of the NAJHL in 1988-89, the young forward was claimed 133rd overall by the New York Islanders at the Entry Draft. He then spent four years at Bowling Green University before playing the 1993-94 season with Adirondack of the AHL.

Unable to gain an opportunity on Long Island, Harkins signed with the Boston Bruins prior to the Lockout-shortened 1994-95 season. While competing for the Providence Bruins, he led the AHL with 69 assists in 80 games and was recalled to Boston for one game. After coming to terms with the Florida Panthers, Harkins played eight NHL games in 1995-96. He also led the AHL in assists for the second straight year but was not able to stick with the Panthers.

Harkins returned to Boston and played 44 games in 1996-97 before he was returned to the minors. During the next four years he was a top playmaker in the IHL. After topping the "I" with 64 assists as a member of the Houston Aeros, the hard working winger signed with the upstart Blue Jackets as they prepared for their sophomore NHL campaign.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 St. Andrew's College High-ON 30 47 60 107
1987-88 Brockville Braves ON-Jr.A 55 21 55 76 36
1988-89 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 38 23 46 69 94
1989-90 Bowling Green University CCHA 41 11 43 54 45
1990-91 Bowling Green University CCHA 40 22 38 60 30
1991-92 Bowling Green University CCHA 34 8 39 47 32
1992-93 Bowling Green University CCHA 35 19 28 47 28
1993-94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 80 22 47 69 23 10 1 5 6 4
1994-95 Providence Bruins AHL 80 23 69 92 32 13 8 14 22 4
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 1 1 0 0
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 8 0 3 3 6 -2
1995-96 Carolina Panthers AHL 55 23 71 94 44
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 44 4 14 18 8 -3
1996-97 Providence Bruins AHL 28 9 31 40 32 10 2 10 12 0
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 80 32 62 94 82 -7 10 4 13 17 14
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 74 20 67 87 84 -22
1999-00 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 76 20 50 70 79 +7 9 2 8 10 6
2000-01 Houston Aeros IHL 81 16 64 80 51 -2 7 0 3 3 8
2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 25 2 12 14 8 -5
2001-02 Syracuse Crunch AHL 22 4 20 24 13 0
2002-03 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden-2 19 10 13 23 10
2003-04 HIFK Helsinki Finland 52 10 49 59 65 13 4 9 13 12
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 52 4 30 34 83 5 0 0 0 4
2005-06 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 10 1 2 3 2
2006-07 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden 32 1 13 14 18
NHL Totals 78 6 30 36 22


Brother of Todd Signed as a free agent by Adirondack (AHL), September, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 24, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Boston, September 4, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, May 29, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Skelleftea (Sweden-2), July 4, 2002.