Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Donald Brashear
Born in Bedford, Indiana, Donald Brashear moved to Quebec in his youth where he first made a name for himself in the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League with the Ste-Foy Gouverneurs. He then played three years in the QMJHL with Longueuil and Verdun before signing as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 1992. The burly winger spent time with the Habs and the AHL's Fredericton Canadiens before earning a full time spot in 1995-96.

Brashear helped the Canadiens recover from a poor start and make the playoffs but friction was developing between him and coach Mario Tremblay. In the aftermath of a well-publicized argument at practice, the rugged winger was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in November 1996.

The West Coast suited Brashear as he developed into a more well-rounded player with his new club. He began scoring a few goals each season while solidifying his position as one of the NHL's toughest customers. The only downside in Vancouver came late in the 1999-2000 season when he suffered a severe concussion after being hit in the head by a stick swung by Boston's Marty McSorley. Brashear returned in 2000-01 to score a personal best 28 points and help the Canucks reach the playoffs.

Brashear went on to play a half season with the Canucks in 2001-02 before being dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers midway through the season. Following two years with the Flyers, the left winger was signed as a free agent by the Washington Captials on July 14, 2006.

After three seasons in Washington, Brashear found himself again an unrestricted free agent. The tough guy would be on the move again, this time signing with the New York Rangers.

After just one season in the Rangers organization the tough guy was dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Todd White.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 10 1 2 3 10
1989-90 Longueuil College Francais QMJHL 64 12 14 26 169 7 0 0 0 11
1990-91 Longueuil College Francais QMJHL 68 12 26 38 195 8 0 3 3 33
1991-92 Verdun College Francais QMJHL 65 18 24 42 288 18 4 2 6 98
1991-92 Verdun College-Francais M-Cup 3 0 0 0 15
1992-93 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 76 11 3 14 261 -1 5 0 0 0 8
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 2 2 4 34 0 2 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 62 38 28 66 250 +6
1994-95 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 29 10 9 19 182 +1 17 7 5 12 77
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 1 1 2 63 -5
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 0 4 4 223 -10 6 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 0 0 0 38 -2
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 8 5 13 207 -6
1996-97 United States WC-A 8 2 3 5 8
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 9 9 18 372 -9
1997-98 United States WC-A 6 0 0 0 10
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 8 10 18 209 -25
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 11 2 13 136 -9
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 9 19 28 145 0 4 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 31 5 8 13 90 -8
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 50 4 15 19 109 0 5 0 0 0 19
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 8 17 25 161 +5 13 1 2 3 21
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 64 6 7 13 212 -1 18 1 3 4 61
2004-05 Quebec RadioX QNAHL 47 18 32 50 260 8 4 6 10 42
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 4 5 9 166 -2 1 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 77 4 9 13 156 +1
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 80 5 3 8 119 -7 7 1 1 2 0
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 63 1 3 4 121 -6 4 0 0 0 18
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 36 0 1 1 73 -9
2009-10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 27 2 4 6 25 -3
2010-11 Riviere-du-Loup 3L QNAHL 28 17 14 31 66
NHL Totals 1025 85 120 205 2634 60 3 6 9 121


Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 28, 1992. Traded to Vancouver by Montreal for Jassen Cullimore, November 13, 1996. Traded to Philadelphia by Vancouver with Vancouver's 6th round choice (later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Jaroslav Balastik) in 2002 Entry Draft for Jan Hlavac and Tampa Bay's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Brett Skinner) in 2002 Entry Draft, December 17, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Quebec (QNAHL), September 21, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 14, 2006. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2009. Traded to Atlanta by NY Rangers with Patrick Rissmiller for Todd White, August 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent with Riviere-du-loop (QNAHL),, November 16, 2010.