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Brett Connolly
Brett Connolly 2010-11-13
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
181 lb (82 kg)
Born May 2 1992 (1992-05-02) (age 24),
Prince George, BC, CAN
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2010
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pro Career TBA – present
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2011 USA

Brett Connolly (born May 2, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey player for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was named the WHL and CHL Rookie of the Year in 2008–09 after becoming the first 16-year-old to score 30 goals in the WHL in 13 years. He was selected sixth overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Internationally, Connolly has represented Canada at the 2009 U18 World Championships and the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Playing careerEdit

Born in Campbell River, British Columbia, Connolly was selected by his hometown Prince George Cougars as their first selection, 10th overall, in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.[1] As a 15-year-old, he played major midget for the Caribou Cougars in Prince George,[2] and appeared in four WHL games.[3] He joined the WHL Cougars full time in 2008–09, scoring 30 goals and 30 assists in 65 games.[3] In doing so, Connolly became the first 16-year-old to score 30 goals in the WHL since Patrick Marleau in 1995–96.[4] He was named the winner of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as WHL rookie of the year in recognition of his season, also capturing the Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year.

Connolly won a silver medal with Team Pacific at the 2009 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.[5][6] He then joined the Canadian U18 team for the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships as an under aged player and scored six points in six games for the fourth place team.[7] Connolly also played in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August 2009 where he suffered a hip injury.[4] The injury has bothered him into the 2009–10 WHL season, as he missed some early-season games due to it,[8] and while named to play in the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game, he was forced out of the game due to the injury.[9]

Connolly was highly ranked for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was listed as the sixth best player amongst North American skaters for the draft by International Scouting services.[10] NHL Central Scouting ranked him fourth overall amongst North American skaters in the midterm rankings despite the injury that has limited him to playing only 12 of the Cougar's first 46 games. In the final rankings, Central Scouting ranked Connolly third among North American skaters. Scouts have described Connolly as a natural leader with good on-ice awareness.[8]

Connolly made Team Canada's roster for the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Prince George Cougars WHL 4 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Prince George Cougars WHL 65 30 30 60 38 4 0 2 2 6
2009–10 Prince George Cougars WHL 16 10 9 19 8
2010–11 Prince George Cougars WHL 59 46 27 73 26 1 0 0 0 0
WHL totals 144 86 66 152 72 5 0 2 2 6


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM Team result
2009 Canada WJC-U18 6 3 3 6 4 Fourth place
2011 Canada WJC 7 0 3 3 0 2nd
International totals 13 3 6 9 4

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy 2008–09
CHL Rookie of the Year 2008–09
  • Invited to take part in Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp [11]
  • Won silver medal at the 2011 iihf world junior championships


  1. in Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie: 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 99. 
  2. Swanson, Jim (2007-06-15). Cougars sign top draft pick. Prince George Citizen. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brett Connolly player profile. Western Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Swanson, Jim (Winter 2009–10). "Draft Derby": WHL3–WHL7. Canadian Hockey League. 
  5. Team Pacific roster set for U-17 event. Harbour City Star (2008-12-23). Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  6. Ontario wins second consecutive U17 gold medal. Hockey Canada (2009-01-04). Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  7. Player statistics by team – Canada (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kimelman, Adam (2009-10-10). Connolly stands out among WHL's draft prospects. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  9. Kimelman, Adam (2010-01-12). Connolly, Kabanov out of Top Prospects Game. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  10. International Scouting Services: Hall remains top draft pick. The Sports Network (2010-01-18). Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  11. Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brayden Schenn
Winner of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Preceded by
Taylor Hall
Winner of the CHL Rookie of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Matt Puempel
Preceded by
Carter Ashton
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Vladislav Namestnikov
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