|Born|| January 15 1982,|
Buffalo Grove, IL, USA
| 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
| AHL team|
| Springfield Falcons|
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
</div></div> Brett Steven Lebda (born January 15, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has played in the National Hockey League with the Toronto Maple Leafs and won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings.
Playing career Edit
Lebda attended Buffalo Grove High School in Buffalo Grove, Illinois for two years. In addition to hockey, he also played golf and volleyball. He then relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was a participant on the USA National Under-18 Team. Lebda graduated from Pioneer High School.
Lebda played college hockey at the University of Notre Dame. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Red Wings in 2004, and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Wings' minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League. Lebda was unable to suit up for a NHL game until the 2005–06 NHL season due to the NHL lockout. He became the first Red Wing since Greg Johnson in 1993 to score his first NHL goal on opening night. He played in 46 games that regular season and all of Detroit's six opening round playoff games.
He played in 76 games during the 2006–07 NHL season to go with 12 games that playoff year. He set a career high in points with 18, and participated in the only fight of his career when he squared off against Mikael Holmqvist.
Due to sub-par play to start the 2008–09 NHL season, Lebda found himself a healthy scratch for three straight games before returning to the lineup.
During his career with the Red Wings, Lebda was often paired with Chris Chelios, a fellow Chicago suburban native who is 20 years his elder. While growing up in suburban Chicago, Lebda considered Chelios an idol, and modeled his game after his.
On July 7, 2010, Lebda signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lebda resides in a suburb of Chicago during the off-season.
Career statistics Edit
|2000–01||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||39||7||19||26||109||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||34||6||8||14||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||40||7||14||21||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||39||6||18||24||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||6||0||1||1||0||4||0||0||0||2|
|2004–05||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||80||2||10||12||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||25||4||14||18||42||11||1||4||5||8|
|2005–06||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||46||3||9||12||20||6||0||0||0||4|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||74||5||13||18||61||12||0||2||2||8|
|2007–08||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||3||11||14||48||19||0||2||2||6|
|2008–09||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||65||6||10||16||48||23||0||6||6||22|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||1||7||8||24||2||0||0||0||0|
|2010–11||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||41||1||3||4||14||—||—||—||—||—|
- ↑ Leafs acquire Lombardi and Franson in swap. NHL.com. Retrieved on 3 July 2011.
- ↑ Springfield Falcons - Falcons Sign Lebda To PTO Contract
- Brett Lebda's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Brett Lebda's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brett Lebda at TSN.ca
- Brett Lebda Notre Dame player bio at CSTV.com
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