Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Brule
Right-winger Steve Brule played his Junior hockey with St-Jean of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and in his three years with them he quickly established himself as a skilled, high-scoring forward. In 1994 he began his professional career, just days after finishing his Junior run, when he joined the Albany River Rats, the top minor league affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, the club that drafted him in 1993.

With the Rats, Brule picked up where he left off in Junior with a smooth transition to the American Hockey League. In his first full season with Albany Brule fired home 30-goals and 51 points. The next year he notched 28 goals and 76 points. He then strung together three consecutive 30-plus goal campaigns while his point total never dipped below 76. Brule was now firmly established as consistent, skilled forward at the AHL level, but he was never given a look at the NHL level partly due to the very strong and deep New Jersey roster.

When the Devils began their pursuit of the Stanley Cup in the spring of 2000 Brule was among a handful of players that made up their taxi squad and he spent the spring working out with the Devils and waiting in the wings in case he was needed due to injury or slump. When the Devils squared off against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and rookie Scott Gomez seemed snake-bitten Brule's name began to surface as a possible replacement. Eventually, he got his chance.

Brule joined the Devils for a single game and was held off the scoresheet. However, when the Devils advanced to the Finals and defeated the defending champion Dallas Stars, Brule, with zero regular season games in his career, got his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Brule left New Jersey shortly after the Cup victory and signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. Despite a solid training camp with the Red Wings, he couldn't crack their star-laden lineup and spent his year with the Manitoba Moose of the International League instead. The following year the Wings moved him to the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks where he was an instant hit. Brule led the team in scoring with 21-goals and 63 points and was named the Ducks Player of the Year for his efforts.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Montreal L'est Cantonniers QAHA 32 25 30 55 20
1991-92 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 40 33 37 70 46 9 9 7 16 10
1992-93 St-Jean Lynx QMJHL 70 33 47 80 46 4 0 0 0 6
1993-94 St-Jean Lynx QMJHL 66 41 64 105 46 5 3 1 4 0
1994-95 St-Jean Lynx QMJHL 69 44 64 108 42 7 3 4 7 8
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 3 1 4 5 0 14 9 5 14 4
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 80 30 21 51 37 4 0 0 0 17
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 79 28 48 76 27 16 7 7 14 12
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 80 34 43 77 34 +14 13 8 3 11 4
1998-99 Albany River Rats AHL 78 32 52 84 35 +17 5 3 1 4 4
1999-00 Albany River Rats AHL 75 30 46 76 18 +12 5 1 2 3 0
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Manitoba Moose IHL 78 21 48 69 22 -2 13 3 10 13 12
2001-02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 77 21 42 63 50 -9 3 0 1 1 0
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Hershey Bears AHL 49 18 19 37 30 +7 5 4 0 4 8
2003-04 Hershey Bears AHL 79 29 29 58 82 -8
2004-05 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 51 18 29 47 51
2005-06 Fuchse Duisburg Germany 31 8 15 23 36
2005-06 Kassel Huskies Germany 18 2 4 6 22 5 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1993)
QMJHL - Offensive Rookie of the Year (1993)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1995)
Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 20, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 22, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Krefeld (Germany), July 22, 2004.
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