Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Fred Brathwaite
After starring in junior and toiling mostly in the minors for several years, netminder Fred Braithwaite emerged as solid first stringer with the Calgary Flames in 1999-2000. He entered the 2001-02 season as a key factor along with Brent Johnson in the Stanley Cup hopes of the St. Louis Blues.

Brathwaite excelled in the COJHL with the Smiths Falls Bears and in Junior B with the Orillia Terriers. In 1989-90, he won eleven games as an OHL rookie with the Oshawa Generals. That spring, he took over from the injured Kevin Butt to lead the team to a stunning overtime win over the Kitchener Rangers in the Memorial Cup final. Brathwaite also played with the London Knights and Detroit Junior Wings before signing as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers in October 1993. A few months earlier, he made news by scoring a goal while playing for Detroit.

The talented netminder was a solid back up in Edmonton for three years before being relegated to the minors. During the 1998-99 season, Brathwaite resurrected his NHL hopes by leading Canada to the Spengler Cup title in Switzerland. Shortly after returning to Canada he was signed by the Calgary Flames. Brathwaite sparkled during the last 28 games of the season. In 1999-2000 he registered five shutouts and 25 wins as the Flames' season-long battle to make the playoffs fell short. Brathwaite was excellent again in 2000-01 with a sparkling 2.32 goals against average before the off-season trade to St. Louis.

Brathwaite went on to play almost two full seasons with the Blues before he was subsequently released from the team after St. Louis traded for Chris Osgood at the trading deadline in 2003. Upon his release from the Blues, Brathwaite signed as a free-agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

As a member of the Blue Jackets, Brathwaite would struggle in his 21 games with the club and as a result would not be re-signed by the club. Brathwaite would spend the next two seasons with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Super League.

In the summer of 2006, the Atlanta Thrashers signed the free agent goaltender.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1988-89 Smiths Falls Bears ON-Jr.A 38 16 18 1 0 5.27
1989-90 Orillia Terriers ON-Jr.B 15 0 3.61
1989-90 Oshawa Generals OHL 20 11 2 1 1 2.91 10 4 2 0 0 2.93
1989-90 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 1 1 0 0 0 1.15
1990-91 Oshawa Generals OHL 39 25 6 3 1 3.38 13 9 2 0 0 3.81
1991-92 Oshawa Generals OHL 24 12 7 2 0 3.89
1991-92 London Knights OHL 23 15 6 2 4 2.76 10 5 5 0 0 3.51
1992-93 Detroit Jr. Red Wings OHL 37 23 10 4 0 3.67 15 9 6 0 1 3.36
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 3 10 3 0 3.54
1993-94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 2 1 1 0 0 3.04
1994-95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 2 5 1 0 3.99
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 2 0 0 2.46
1995-96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 31 12 16 0 1 3.88
1996-97 Manitoba Moose IHL 58 22 22 5 1 3.40
1997-98 Manitoba Moose IHL 51 23 18 4 1 3.03 2 0 1 0 0 3.30
1998-99 Canada Nat-Tm 24 6 8 3 2 2.85
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 28 11 9 7 1 2.45
1998-99 Canada WC-A
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 61 25 25 7 5 2.75
1999-00 Saint John Flames AHL 2 2 0 0 0 2.00
1999-00 Canada WC-A 1 0 1 0 0 4.07
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 49 15 17 10 5 2.32
2000-01 Canada WC-A 6 1 2.33
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 9 11 4 2 2.24 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 12 9 4 2 2.75
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 21 4 11 1 0 3.37
2003-04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 0 2 1 1 2.23
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 34 9 1.87 2 1 0.94
2005-06 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 32 6 2.12 11 1 1.54
2006-07 Chicago Wolves AHL 40 22 13 5 2 2.74 5 1 3 0 1 1.62
2007-08 Chicago Wolves AHL 13 10 2 0 0 2.50
2007-08 Avangard Omsk Russia 18 1 2.66 4 0 2.81
2008-09 Adler Mannheim Germany 49 27 22 0 6 2.37 9 5 4 0 1 2.67
2009-10 Adler Mannheim Germany 47 21 25 0 4 2.90 2 0 2 0 0 3.54
2010-11 Adler Mannheim Germany 49 25 24 3 2.50 6 3 3 0 2.52
NHL Totals 254 81 99 37 15 2.72 1 0 0 0 0 0.00


Scored a goal while with Detroit (OHL), April 20, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 6, 1993.
Scored a goal while with Manitoba (IHL), November 9, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, January 6, 1999. Traded to St. Louis by Calgary with Daniel Tkaczuk, Sergei Varlamov and Calgary's 9th round choice (Grant Jacobsen) in 2001 Entry Draft for Roman Turek and St. Louis' 4th round choice (Yegor Shastin) in 2001 Entry Draft, June 23, 2001.
Played 6 seconds of playoff game at Detroit, May 4, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, June 2, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), June 19, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 4, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (Russia), January 13, 2008