Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Brewer
Eric Brewer played his junior hockey in British Columbia and by the time he was in midget hockey in Kamloops, realized he may be on his way to fulfilling his dream of playing in the NHL one day. In 1995-96, he joined the WHL's Prince George Cougars and scored 14 points as a major junior rookie defenseman. The following season, he improved to 29 points and played in the mid-season CHL Top Prospects Game. In 1997-98, Brewer was a WHL West Second Team All-Star despite playing just 34 WHL games, recording 33 points. He was selected to play in the mid-season WHL All-Star Game but missed the contest with an injury. He was also an assistant captain for Canada's silver medal World Junior team in 1998.

Brewer was drafted fifth overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. One year later, he made his NHL debut on October 10, 1998 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On November 5, he scored his first goal against the Carolina Hurricanes' Trevor Kidd. Brewer played 63 games that rookie season. In 99-2000, Brewer played 26 games at the NHL level before he was traded with Josh Green and a second-round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Roman Hamrlík. In his first season, he co-led the Oilers with a +15 plus/minus rating and had 21 points.

Over the course of the next three seasons with Edmonton, Brewer showed the poise and the leadership of a seasoned veteran, bettering his offensive totals each season. In 2003-04, Brewer had his fourth consecutive 20 plus point season with the Oilers before he was dealt to the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 2005 as part of the Chris Pronger trade.

In St. Louis, Brewer provided the Blues with solid, if unspectacular play from the back end. His steady play and calm demeanor made him a natural leader for the young Blues team and on February 8, 2008 he was named the nineteenth captain in franchise history.

On February 18, 2011, Brewer's time with the Blues would come to an end. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a third round draft pick and prospect Brock Beukeboom.

Aside from his World Junior experience in 1998, Brewer captured gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics and represented his country numerous times at the World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Kamloops Bantam Chiefs Minor-BC 40 19 19 38 62
1995-96 Prince George Cougars WHL 63 4 10 14 25
1996-97 Prince George Cougars WHL 71 5 24 29 81 -23 15 2 4 6 16
1997-98 Prince George Cougars WHL 34 5 28 33 45 +11 11 4 2 6 19
1997-98 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 8
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 63 5 6 11 32 -14
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 26 0 2 2 20 -11
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 25 2 2 4 26 -6 7 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 7 14 21 53 +15 6 1 5 6 2
2000-01 Canada WC-A 7 0 2 2 6 +1
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 7 18 25 45 -5
2001-02 Canada Olympics 6 2 0 2 0 0
2001-02 Canada WC-A 7 2 3 5 4 +2
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 8 21 29 45 -11 6 1 3 4 6
2002-03 Canada WC-A 9 1 2 3 8 +5
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 7 18 25 67 -6
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 1 1 2 6 +4
2004-05 Canada W-Cup 6 1 3 4 4 +6
2004-05
2005-06 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 6 3 9 45 -17
2006-07 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 6 23 29 69 -10
2006-07 Canada WC-A 9 1 3 4 6 +4
2007-08 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 1 21 22 91 -18
2008-09 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 1 5 6 24 -14
2009-10 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 8 7 15 46 -17
2010-11 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 8 6 14 57 +1
2010-11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 1 1 2 24 +5 18 1 6 7 14
2011-12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 1 20 21 49 -5
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 48 4 8 12 30 +3
NHL Totals 888 70 173 243 697 30 3 14 17 22


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1998) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003) Traded to Edmonton by NY Islanders with Josh Green and NY Islanders' 2nd round choice (Brad Winchester) in 2000 Entry Draft for Roman Hamrlik, June 24, 2000. Traded to St. Louis by Edmonton with Doug Lynch and Jeff Woywitka for Chris Pronger, August 2, 2005. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to shoulder injuries at Columbus (November 16, 2005) and Atlanta (January 13, 2006). Missed majority of 2008-09 due to back injury at Los Angeles, December 11, 2008. Traded to Tampa Bay by St. Louis for Brock Beukeboom and Tampa Bay's 3rd round choice (Jordan Binnington) in 2011 Entry Draft, February 18, 2011.