Brandon Reid

Brandon Reid (born March 9, 1981) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward, who spent parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks. Until December 12, 2019, Reid served as the head coach of the Krefeld Pinguine in Germany.

Brandon Reid
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Born (1981-03-09) March 9, 1981 (age 40)
Kirkland, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Hamburg Freezers
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
DEG Metro Stars
CSKA Moscow
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 208th overall, 2000
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2001–2014

Playing, coaching careerEdit

As a youth, Reid played in the 1995 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Lac-Saint-Louis Ouest near Montreal.[1]

JuniorEdit

Reid was a junior star for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, but was passed over in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft on account of his size, and was not signed by the New York Rangers after being invited to their training camp that fall.[citation needed] However, he established himself as a legitimate NHL prospect after a superb performance at the 2000 World Junior Championships, where he dazzled with his speed and skill, scoring 9 points in 7 games in helping Canada to a bronze medal.[citation needed] He finished the 1999–2000 season with 124 points in 62 games for Halifax, and helped them reach the Memorial Cup where he was named the tournament's most sportsmanlike player. Following the season, he was selected 208th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.[citation needed]

For the 2000–01 season, he was dealt to the Val-d'Or Foreurs, where he continued to dominate the QMJHL and formed a deadly partnership with linemate Simon Gamache. He finished the season with 126 points in 57 games, and added 42 more in 21 playoff games to help Val d'Or reach the Memorial Cup, where he was named Most Sportsmanlike Player for the second consecutive year. He also helped Canada to another bronze medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships.[citation needed]

ProfessionalEdit

Reid signed with the Canucks for the 2001–02 season, and had a decent year with the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver's AHL affiliate, with 37 points in 60 games. He upped his game considerably in 2002–03, leading the Moose with 36 assists and 54 points, impressively adding 5 points in 7 games when called up to Vancouver, including a two-goal effort against the Nashville Predators. He also played regularly for the Canucks in the playoffs, replacing Trevor Letowski on the team's checking line and impressing with his speed and energy.[citation needed]

Following his strong showing in the 2003 playoffs, Reid was expected to stick with the Canucks as a regular for the 2003–04 season; however, he was again sent back down to Manitoba. After a slow start, he finished well to again lead the Moose in assists and points. His relationship with the Canucks organization deteriorated however, as he felt he was not being given a fair shake and that less deserving players were being called up ahead of him. He appeared in only 3 NHL games in 2003–04, recording one assist.[citation needed]

Following that season, Reid became a restricted free agent and due to the NHL lockout, signed with the Hamburg Freezers of the DEL. Quickly establishing himself as an impact player in Europe, Reid led Hamburg in assists and points. After a successful season in Germany, Reid then signed with Rapperswil-Jona of the Swiss Nationalliga A.[citation needed]

After a solid season in Switzerland, Reid and the Canucks patched up their differences and agreed to a new one-year contract for the 2006–07 season. Reid would once again, however, find himself in Manitoba, where he struggled with just 32 points in 53 games, spending much of his time in the press box due to the AHL's veteran rule. Reid was held pointless in a three-game callup to Vancouver though when called up for the team's final playoff game, he contributed a key assist on a goal by Alex Burrows.[citation needed]

At the conclusion of the 2006–07 season, Reid became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the DEG Metro Stars of the DEL in Germany. Reid led his team in scoring for the 08/09 season and was named MVP of the 08/09 playoffs. Reid played for the DEG Metro Stars for three seasons becoming a fan favourite. He then returned to the Swiss club Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, signing in April 2010 and remaining until the end of the 2012 season.[citation needed]

With great fanfare, Reid then returned to Germany for the 2012–13 season signing for a second stint with the Hamburg Freezers of the DEL.[citation needed]

In June 2013, Reid was invited to tryout for the Kontinental Hockey League's CSKA Moscow organization by general manager Sergey Fedorov. After impressing with his speed, face-off and scoring abilities, Reid was signed to a one-year contract. On August 17, 2014, Reid announced that he would be retiring due to injuries.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Shortly after announcing his retirement, Reid was signed on by the Vojens ice hockey club in Denmark, as head coach and director of player development for the Division 1 "talent team" of the SønderjyskE club of the premier Metal Ligaen, and under 20 team. As a first year coach,[3] Reid had a successful season bringing both teams to highest rankings in team history, including a first bronze medal for the U20 team.[citation needed]

At the start of the 2015/2016 season, Reid was invited [4] to be assistant coach at the Canadian National Sledge Hockey development camp. After impressing staff and building great rapport with players, Reid was invited back to assist at the team's selection camp,.[5] Reid stayed on as assistant coach for the remainder of the 15/16 season, helping lead the team to one gold and two silver medals at various international tournaments.[citation needed]

On May 31, 2016, he was appointed as head coach of the Aalborg Pirates of the Metal Ligaen, Denmark's top league.[6] After quickly leading the team to first place, winning the first eight regular season games in a row, Reid was re-signed by the Pirates for an additional two seasons. Reid and the Pirates impressively held onto first place throughout that entire season. Reid then continued his success with the Aalborg Pirates in 2017-2018, leading the team to their first trophy in club history, winning the in-season Final Four Pokal tournament, and qualifying the Pirates for the Continental Cup in 2018-2019. Under Reid's guidance, Aalborg went on to win its first Danish national championship since 1981[7] and the national cup competition in the 2017-18 season. He was also named Coach of the Year in Denmark that season.[8]

On May 1, 2018, he was named head coach of German DEL side Krefeld Pinguine.[9] Following a 7-19 start into the 2019-20 season, he was sacked by the Krefeld team on December 12, 2019.[10]

PersonalEdit

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Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 67 13 21 34 6 5 1 0 1 15
1998–99 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 70 32 25 57 33 5 2 2 4 0
1999–00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 62 44 80 124 10 10 7 11 18 4
2000–01 Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 57 45 81 126 18 21 13 29 42 14
2001–02 Manitoba Moose AHL 60 18 19 37 6 7 0 3 3 0
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 73 18 36 54 18 1 1 1 2 0
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 2 3 5 0 9 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 73 19 39 58 20
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Hamburg Freezers DEL 45 18 29 47 41 6 0 3 3 4
2005–06 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 44 16 18 34 16 12 4 7 11 14
2006–07 Manitoba Moose AHL 53 15 17 32 10 10 3 2 5 4
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
2007–08 DEG Metro Stars DEL 56 12 28 40 8 13 7 4 11 4
2008–09 DEG Metro Stars DEL 52 24 25 49 14 16 5 21 26 4
2009–10 DEG Metro Stars DEL 56 22 26 48 18 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 44 8 18 26 8
2011–12 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 39 6 10 16 8
2012–13 Hamburg Freezers DEL 48 10 12 22 12 6 3 2 5 2
2013–14 CSKA Moscow KHL 26 3 6 9 6
NHL totals 13 2 4 6 0 10 0 2 2 0

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • Named to QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1999–2000)
  • Named Memorial Cup Most Sportsmanlike Player (2000, 2001)
  • Named to QMJHL First All-Star Team (2000–01)
  • Named CHL Most Sportsmanlike Player (2000–01)
  • Named to CHL Second All-Star Team (2000–01)
  • Won QMJHL Championship (2001)
  • Won Bronze Medal at World Junior Championships (2000, 2001)
  • Led Manitoba Moose (AHL) in scoring (2002–03, 2003–04)
  • Ranked 7th for all-time franchise scoring leaders for the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
  • Led Hamburg Freezers (DEL) in scoring (2004–05)
  • Led DEG Metro Stars (DEL) in scoring (2008–09)
  • Named Playoff MVP (DEL) (2008–09)
  • Won Metal Ligaen Pokal Cup (Head coach, Aalborg Pirates) (2017-2018)
  • 2017-2018 Metal Ligaen Coach of the Year

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  2. ^ "A look back: Ex-Mooseheads Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Brandon Reid retire from pro hockey". The Chronicle Herald. August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2015-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Back where it began".
  5. ^ "Canada's National Sledge Team roster named for 2015-16 season".
  6. ^ "Aalborg Pirates henter canadisk cheftræner » TV3 SPORT". www.tv3sport.dk. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  7. ^ "Danske mestre henter tidligere NHL-spiller som træner". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  8. ^ "Brandon Reid: Trainer des Jahres in Dänemark". Krefeld-Pinguine (in German). 2018-06-03. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  9. ^ "Brandon Reid und Pierre Bealieu bilden das neue Trainerteam der Krefeld Pinguine". www.eishockeynews.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  10. ^ "Krefeld Pinguine trennen sich von Brandon Reid". kicker (in German). Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  11. ^ "Reid recalls cup run, pines for Halifax". 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  12. ^ "Jessica Scott-Reid: Ansichten einer Spielerfrau". 22 November 2012.

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