Brendan Leipsic (born May 19, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Leipsic was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round (89th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Leipsic with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018
May 19, 1994|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vegas Golden Knights
Los Angeles Kings
89th overall, 2012|
After stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings, he was signed by the Washington Capitals to a one-year, $700,000 contract on July 1, 2019. During the indefinite suspension of league play due to the coronavirus pandemic, Leipsic was the subject of controversy after a conversation on Leipsic's private Instagram account was leaked to the public. In response to his conduct, on May 8, 2020, the Capitals placed Leipsic on unconditional waivers for purposes of terminating his contract. Leipsic cleared waivers the following day and his contract was terminated.
Leipsic was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is Jewish. His mother Kathleen was a gymnast who represented Canada at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and his father Greg was an all star high school running back. He has a brother (Jeremy) who played for the University of Manitoba Bisons hockey team, as well as a sister (Emma) who was an international gymnast.
Leipsic was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third-round (89th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. On May 23, 2013, the Predators signed Leipsic to a three-year entry-level contract.
On February 15, 2015, the Predators traded Leipsic along with Olli Jokinen and Nashville's 2015 first round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a package deal for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli. Leipsic played an important role down the stretch in helping the Toronto Marlies (a team that struggled to score early in the year) reach the post-season.
Leipsic began the 2015–16 season with the Marlies, and would play there for most of the year. However, in February 2016, the Maple Leafs lineup was depleted due to injuries. Wanting to allow younger players to remain in the AHL and develop, Toronto initially called up older veterans.
When injury struck again however, Leipsic was called up on February 13, 2016, in reward for his strong play, along with Jeremy Morin, both on an emergency basis. Leipsic made his debut the same night, in a road game against the Vancouver Canucks, and scored his first NHL goal midway through the second period, batting a flying puck out of mid-air and past goaltender Ryan Miller. The reaction of Leipsic's parents, who were in attendance and flew last minute to the game, garnered much media attention. Leipsic became the first Maple Leafs' player to score a goal in his NHL debut since Nikolay Kulemin in 2008. Leipsic was sent back to the Marlies shortly after his debut.
On June 21, 2017, Leipsic was left exposed at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. He signed a two-year $1.3 million contract in July 2017.
In the 2018–19 season, on December 3, 2018, Leipsic was placed on waivers by the Canucks and claimed by the Los Angeles Kings.  Added to inject some spark to the cellar dwelling Kings, Leipsic displayed hustle and an ability to pick pucks off the end boards, totalling five goals, 18 points in 45 games for the Kings.
With the Kings looking to turn over the roster and as an impending restricted free agent, Leipsic was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Kings and was released as a free agent on June 25, 2019. He was signed by the Washington Capitals to a one-year, $700,000 contract on July 1, 2019. In the 2019–20 season, Leipsic remained on the Capitals roster for opening night. In a depth forward role, Leipsic registered 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points in 61 games, before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After his contract termination from the Capitals, Leipsic as a free agent opted to resume his career abroad by agreeing to a one-year contract with contending Russian club, HC CSKA Moscow of the KHL, on August 4, 2020.
Social media controversyEdit
Leipsic, along with fellow player Jack Rodewald, were the subject of controversy after a conversation on Leipsic's Instagram account was leaked to the public. Leipsic and Rodewald were caught making misogynistic and derogatory remarks about the girlfriend of Connor McDavid, the wife of Tanner Pearson and several other women. Leipsic also took shots at former teammate Jake Virtanen and his then-current Capitals teammates Garnet Hathaway and Nic Dowd. On May 6, 2020, Leipsic apologized for his conduct and deleted his Instagram account. On May 8, 2020, the Capitals placed Leipsic on unconditional waivers for purposes of terminating his contract. Leipsic cleared waivers the following day and his contract was terminated.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2015–16||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||6||1||2||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Vegas Golden Knights||NHL||44||2||11||13||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||45||5||13||18||22||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Top Scorer Award||2012–13|||
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- "Maple Leafs lose Leipsic in Vegas expansion draft". Toronto Sun. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- "Vegas Signs Forward Brendan Leipsic and Defenseman Griffin Reinhart". NHL.com. Vegas: Vegas Golden Knights. July 15, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- "Canucks acquire Leipsic from Golden Knights". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
- "Kings claim former Leafs Leipsic". The Sports Network. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
- "Kings don't qualify Leipsic". lakingsinsider.com. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
- "Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic joins CSKA" (in Russian). HC CSKA Moscow. August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
- Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic apologizes after 'inappropriate and offensive' comments go public
- [https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29144194/nhl-condemns-brendan-leipsic-jack-rodewald-social-media-comments NHL condemns Brendan Leipsic, Jack Rodewald for social media comments. On May 7, 2020, his younger brother Jeremy, who was also involved in the Instagram messages, was kicked off the University of Manitoba Bisons hockey team.
- Teague, Matt. "Jeremy Leipsic released from University of Manitoba hockey team". theScore.com.
- "2012–13 Award Winners". Canadian Hockey League. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.