Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brad May
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Brad May played Junior B with the Markham Selects before joining the OHL's Niagara Falls Thunder in 1988-89. May was one of the most imposing forwards in the league and was claimed 14th overall by the Buffalo Sabres at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. A member of Canada's 1991 Gold Medal World Junior Team, May showed plenty of spunk as a rookie with the Sabres in 1991-92 with eleven goals and 309 penalty minutes. In 1992-93, May's defensive work improved and he scored the overtime winner in the first round playoff match up that eliminated the Boston Bruins.

The Sabres felt their young winger was on the way to becoming a more dominant figure after he scored 18 goals and reduced his time in the penalty box during the 1993-94 season. Injuries marred his year in 1994-95, but he rebounded with 44 points the next season and was a member of Canada's World Championship Team.

After parts of seven seasons in Buffalo, May was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in February 1998 and was a steady hard nosed player for them over the next two and a half seasons. In June 2000, he was acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes to add grit to their fast skating team. However, May's stay in Phoenix was short lived, after only two and a half seasons in Phoenix, the Vancouver Canucks re-acquired the feisty winger in hopes adding some grit to their roster.

May went on to play one full season with the Canucks before having his rights acquired by the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2005. As a member of the Avalanche, May would only suit up for 10 games before being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2007 NHL trading deadline for Michael Wall. The trade proved to be a blessing in disguise for Brad May. With him in the line-up, the Ducks went 7-2-4 and his physical presence led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Markham Islanders Minor-ON 31 22 37 59 58
1987-88 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.B 6 1 1 2 21
1988-89 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 65 8 14 22 304 17 0 1 1 55
1989-90 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 61 32 58 90 223 16 9 13 22 64
1990-91 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 34 37 32 69 93 14 11 14 25 53
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 7 1 0 1 2
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 11 6 17 309 -12 7 1 4 5 2
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 13 13 26 242 +3 8 1 1 2 14
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 84 18 27 45 171 -6 7 0 2 2 9
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 33 3 3 6 87 +5 4 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 15 29 44 295 +6
1995-96 Canada WC-A 8 0 0 0 6
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 42 3 4 7 106 -8 10 1 1 2 32
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36 4 7 11 113 +2
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 9 3 12 41 0
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 6 11 17 102 -14
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 9 7 16 90 -2
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 62 11 14 25 107 +10
2001-02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 10 12 22 95 +11 5 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 20 3 4 7 32 +3
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 0 0 10 +1 14 0 0 0 15
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 5 6 11 137 -2 6 1 0 1 6
2004-05
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 54 3 3 6 82 -14 3 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 10 0 3 3 8 0
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 14 0 1 1 13 -1 18 0 1 1 28
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 61 3 1 4 53 +2 6 0 0 0 4
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 20 0 5 5 28 +5
2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 1 1 2 61 -5
2009-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 40 0 1 1 66 -5
2009-10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 17 5 5 10 40 -1
NHL Totals 1041 127 161 288 2248 88 4 9 13 112


OHL Second All-Star Team (1990, 1991) Missed majority of 1990-91 due to knee injury in Team Canada Juniors evaluation camp, August 21, 1990. Traded to Vancouver by Buffalo with Buffalo's 3rd round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Jimmie Olvestad) in 1999 Entry Draft for Geoff Sanderson, February 4, 1998. Traded to Phoenix by Vancouver for future considerations, June 24, 2000. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to shoulder injury in pre-season vs. Detroit, October 6, 2002. Traded to Vancouver by Phoenix for Phoenix's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Phoenix selected Dimitri Pestunov) in 2003 Entry Draft, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 5, 2005. Traded to Anaheim by Colorado for Michael Wall, February 27, 2007. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to shoulder injury in pre-season vs. Detroit, September 25, 2006. Traded to Toronto by Anaheim for future considerations, January 7, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 8, 2009. Officially announced his retirement, September 21, 2010.