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Brendan Witt
Brendan Witt - Nashville Predators
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
219 lb (100 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Free Agent
Washington Capitals
Nashville Predators
New York Islanders
Born February 20 1975 (1975-02-20) (age 41),
Humboldt, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1993
Washington Capitals
Pro Career 1995 – present

Brendan Witt (born February 20, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He most recently played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

Witt's NHL career began with the Washington Capitals, the team that drafted him in the 1993 Entry Draft. In the 2000–01 NHL season, he led the league with 322 hits. Witt served as co-captain of the Washington Capitals during the 2001–02 NHL season, along with Steve Konowalchuk. Witt lost his share of the captaincy, when in a player vote (before the 2002–03 NHL season), the Capitals chose Konowalchuk as sole captain. After Konowalchuk's trade to the Avalanche (October 2003), the captaincy remained vacant (until Jeff Halpern was appointed in September 2005).

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Witt signed for the English, BNL side, Bracknell Bees. He only played three games for Bracknell before returning home due to a fire at his house. During his three games he scored one goal and got four assists for a total of five points.

In August, 2005, Witt requested a trade to the Capitals management to a team with a better chance of winning Stanley Cup. Re-signed by the Capitals despite his trade desire he remained on the Capitals defense to start the 2005–06 season.[1] His request for a trade was finally granted by the Capitals on March 9, 2006, when he was shipped to the Nashville Predators for former Capital Kris Beech and a first-round draft pick.

On July 3, 2006, Witt signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the New York Islanders and was named an alternate captain.[2] On July 8, 2008, with a year of his original Islander contract still remaining, Witt signed a 2 year, $6 million extension to remain with the New York Islanders.[3] During the 2008–09 season, on February 27, 2009, the NHL suspended Witt 5 games for an elbow to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman resulting in a concussion.[4]

In January 2010, Brendan was sent to Islanders affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers.[5] Completing the season with 2 goals in 27 games for Bridgeport, Witt was then bought-out from the remaining year of his contract with the Islanders on August 1, 2010.[6]


Witt and his wife, Salima have two daughters, Aliana and Safiya. On January 30, 2007, Witt was the subject of a Sports Illustrated article in which he showed off his tattoos.[7]

On December 8, 2009, while in Philadelphia for a game later that day against the Flyers, Witt was hit by a truck while crossing Arch Street in Center City Philadelphia. A truck made an illegal turn and hit Witt who tried to jump on the hood of the vehicle before being thrown to the ground as he was hit. Witt picked himself up off the road, cursed, and assured the stunned onlookers that he was ok. Witt chose not to call police or get medical care, and was at the Islanders' morning skate just a few hours later.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL10000
1991–92Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL6739122121511284
1992–93Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL7022628239512330
1993–94Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL56831392359381123
1995–96Washington CapitalsNHL4823585
1996–97Portland PiratesAHL3024656510130
1996–97Washington CapitalsNHL4432588
1997–98Washington CapitalsNHL641781121610114
1998–99Washington CapitalsNHL5425787
1999–00Washington CapitalsNHL7717811430000
2000–01Washington CapitalsNHL72336101620212
2001–02Washington CapitalsNHL68371078
2002–03Washington CapitalsNHL69291110661010
2003–04Washington CapitalsNHL7221012123
2004–05Bracknell BeesBNL31450
2005–06Washington CapitalsNHL5811011141
2005–06Nashville PredatorsNHL1703368500012
2006–07New York IslandersNHL811131413150116
2007–08New York IslandersNHL5925751
2008–09New York IslandersNHL6509994
2009–10New York IslandersNHL4223545
2009–10Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL2724649
NHL totals 890 25 96 121 1424 41 4 1 5 44


  1. Ten Capitals agree to qualifying offers. Washington Times (2005-08-16). Retrieved on 2010-07-17.
  2. Islanders, Witt agree to terms on three-year contract. ESPN (2006-07-03). Retrieved on 2010-07-17.
  3. Islanders ink defenceman Witt to extension. (2008-07-08). Retrieved on 2010-07-17.
  4. Witt suspended 5 games by NHL. ESPN (2009-02-28). Retrieved on 2010-07-17.
  5. Islanders drop Brendan Witt on waiver after no trade takers. Yahoo! Sports (2010-02-03). Retrieved on 2010-07-17.
  6. Islanders buy out defenseman Brendan Witt. NHL (2010-08-01). Retrieved on 2010-08-01.
  7. Tale of My Tattoos: Inking Man's Game. Sports Illustrated (2007-01-30). Retrieved on 2008-10-30.
  8. Matt Burt. "Isles' Witt hit by car this morning; will still play tonight", 2009-12-08. Retrieved on 2009-12-08. 

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Preceded by
Sergei Gonchar
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jason Allison
Preceded by
Adam Oates
Washington Capitals captains
Succeeded by
Steve Konowalchuk
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