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Brian McGrattan
Brian McGrattan
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Gratts, Ernie
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
235 lb (107 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Nashville Predators
NHL
Ottawa Senators
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Anaheim Ducks
AHL
Binghamton Senators
San Antonio Rampage
Providence Bruins
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 2 1981 (1981-09-02) (age 35),
Hamilton, ON, CAN[1]
NHL Draft 104th Overall, 1999
Los Angeles
Pro Career 2002 – present

Brian McGrattan (born September 2, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

McGrattan is an enforcer who built a solid reputation for himself, particularly during the American Hockey League's 2004–05 season when he established an all-time league record for penalty minutes in a single season (551).[2] Infamous minor league enforcer Brandon Sugadn, who fought McGrattan several times, referred to him as "the toughest guy in the league."

During his junior hockey career he played for six teams in the OHL between 1997 and 2002. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft but never played for the team. On June 2, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa SenatorsEdit

McGrattan played his first NHL game with the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 shootout win at Toronto on Oct. 5, 2005. He scored his first goal against all-star goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and his second versus the Atlanta Thrashers. McGrattan truly arrived as an NHL enforcer during a game with the Senators against the arch-rival Maple Leafs on October 29, 2005. In a fight, he defeated Toronto's Tie Domi, then one of the league's top fighters, and Domi was forced to leave the game with a facial injury.

He was a healthy scratch for much of the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons with Ottawa, dressing mainly to replace injured teammates or to provide a physical presence in the lineup. In 2007–08 he played in 38 of 82 regular season games, being a healthy scratch for much of the campaign and entire playoffs. He has yet to see action in an NHL playoff game.

McGrattan was involved in a much publicized fight with then teammate Ray Emery during a Senators' practice in January 2008,[3] an event which may have hastened both players' departures from Ottawa. Interestingly, both are close friends off the ice.

Phoenix CoyotesEdit

On June 25, 2008, McGrattan was traded by Ottawa to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a 5th round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The Coyotes later signed him to a one year contract.[4] Coyotes GM Don Maloney told The Canadian Press "I'm excited about it (acquiring McGrattan). I think he'll fit in well with our group."

McGrattan ultimately saw action in only 5 games with Phoenix, registering no points and collecting 22 penalty minutes. On December 13, 2008, the National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey League announced that McGrattan had voluntarily entered Stage #1 of the NHL and the NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.[5] No further details were announced.

Calgary FlamesEdit

On July 11, 2009, McGrattan signed as a free agent with the NHL's Calgary Flames. During his one season in Calgary, he played in 34 of his team's 82 regular season games, being a healthy scratch for much of the season. On October 16, 2009, against the Vancouver Canucks, McGrattan recorded his first career Gordie Howe hat trick enroute to a 5-3 Flames win.[6]

Boston, Anaheim, and NashvilleEdit

McGrattan agreed to a one-year ddddl with the Boston Bruins on October 9, 2010, the dl was finalized upon the Bruins' return from Prague, Czech Republic.[7] Assigned to Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, McGrattan was later traded by the Bruins along with Sean Zimmerman to the Anaheim Ducks for David Laliberte and Stefan Chaput on February 27, 2011.[8]

On July 7, 2011, McGrattan signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. [9] On October 11, the team placed McGrattan on waivers. He was claimed off waivers by the Nashville Predators.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Guelph Storm OHL 25 3 2 5 11
1998–99 Guelph Storm OHL 6 1 3 4 15
1998–99 Sudbury Wolves OHL 53 7 10 17 153 4 0 0 0 4
1999–2000 Sudbury Wolves OHL 25 2 8 10 79
1999–2000 Mississauga Ice Dogs OHL 42 9 13 22 166
2000–01 Mississauga Ice Dogs OHL 31 20 9 29 83
2001–02 Mississauga Ice Dogs OHL 7 2 3 5 16
2001–02 Owen Sound Attack OHL 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Oshawa Generals OHL 25 10 5 15 72
2001–02 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 26 8 7 15 71 6 2 0 2 20
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 59 9 10 19 173 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Binghamton Senators AHL 66 9 11 20 327 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Binghamton Senators AHL 71 7 1 8 551 6 0 2 2 28
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 2 3 5 141
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 44 0 2 2 100
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 38 0 3 3 46
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 5 0 0 0 22
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Calgary Flames NHL 34 1 3 4 86
2010–11 Providence Bruins AHL 39 4 1 5 97
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 20 6 4 10 56
NHL totals 182 3 11 14 395

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cole, Stephen (2006). The Canadian Hockey Atlas. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66093-8 (0-385-66093-6). 
  2. Current Senators in record books for Binghamton. ottawasenators.com (2006-08-11). Retrieved on 2009-09-19.
  3. Emery and McGrattan fight during practice. canada.com (2008-01-07). Retrieved on 2008-08-30.
  4. COYOTES SIGN BRIAN McGRATTAN TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT. phoenixcoyotes.com (2008-07-03). Retrieved on 2008-09-01.
  5. McGrattan enters rehab program. sportsnet.ca (2008-12-13). Retrieved on 2008-12-13.
  6. McGrattan Scores Gordie Howe hat-trick. calgarysun.com (2009-10-16).
  7. Flynn, Douglas Report: Bruins Sign Enforcer Brian McGrattan to One-Year Deal NESN, October 9, 2010.
  8. Ducks acquire McGrattan and Zimmerman from Boston. Anaheim Ducks (2011-02-27). Retrieved on 2011-02-27.
  9. http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Ducks+sign+enforcer+McGrattan/5066994/story.html
  10. "Predators claim tough guy McGrattan on waivers", 11 October 2011. Retrieved on 11 October 2011. 

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