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Brendan Leipsic (born May 19, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Leipsic was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round (89th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Brendan Leipsic
Brendan Leipsic 2018-02-06 1.jpg
Leipsic with the Golden Knights in 2018
Born (1994-05-19) May 19, 1994 (age 25)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vegas Golden Knights
Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 89th overall, 2012
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2014–present

PersonalEdit

Leipsic was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.[2][3] 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.[4] He has a brother (Jeremey) who plays for the University of Manitoba Bisons hockey team, as well as a sister (Emma) who was an international gymnast.[5]

Playing careerEdit

Leipsic played in the WHL from the 2010–11 season. He was a member of Canada's National Junior Team for the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge.[6]

In the 2012–13 season with the Portland Winterhawks, Leipsic scored 120 points in 68 games to win the CHL Top Scorer Award as the highest-scoring player in the Canadian Hockey League.[7]

 
Leipsic at the 2015 AHL All-Star Game

Leipsic was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third-round (89th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[1] On May 23, 2013, the Predators signed Leipsic to a three-year entry-level contract.[8]

Leipsic was assigned to the Predators AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals to begin his first professional season in 2014–15. He led the Admirals in rookie scoring with 36 points in 47 games.

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] The reaction of Leipsic's parents, who were in attendance and flew last minute to the game, garnered much media attention.[11] 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.[12] He signed a two-year $1.3 million contract in July 2017.[13]

On February 26, 2018, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Philip Holm.[14]

In the 2018–19 season, on December 3, 2018, Leipsic was placed on waivers by the Canucks and claimed by the Los Angeles Kings. [15] 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.[16] He was signed by the Washington Capitals to a one-year, $700,000 contract on July 1, 2019.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Portland Winterhawks WHL 68 16 17 33 50 21 3 4 7 14
2011–12 Portland Winterhawks WHL 65 28 30 58 82 20 7 8 15 28
2012–13 Portland Winterhawks WHL 68 49 71 120 103 21 10 14 24 41
2013–14 Portland Winterhawks WHL 60 39 52 91 111 20 14 19 33 49
2014–15 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 47 7 29 36 16
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 27 7 12 19 6 5 1 2 3 14
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 65 20 34 54 55 13 2 2 4 12
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 1 2 3 2
2016–17 Toronto Marlies AHL 49 18 33 51 30 11 4 1 5 21
2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 44 2 11 13 4
2017–18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 14 3 6 9 10
2018–19 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 2 3 5 2
2018–19 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 5 13 18 22
NHL totals 126 13 35 48 40

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Western WHC17 6th 5 3 2 5 6
Junior totals 5 3 2 5 6

Awards and honorsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Two Jewish players chosen at NHL entry draft". cjnews.com. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "Brendan Leipsic named Jewish athlete of the year". thehockeywriters.com. March 4, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "Welcome to the show Brendan Leipsic". njjewishnews.com. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Minor Leaguers play as NHL lockout lingers". cjnews.com. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Team Canada summer camp media guide" (PDF). cdn.agilitycms.com. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "2013 NT Summer Camp media guide" (PDF). Hockey Canada. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Preds prospect Brendan Leipsic finishes as leading scorer in all of major junior… | Section 303
  8. ^ "Predators sign Leipsic". Nashville Predators. May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  9. ^ "Leafs trade Santorelli, Franson to Predators". MapleLeafsHotStove.com. February 15, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Leafs recall Leipsic, Morin on emergency basis". TSN. February 13, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Brendan Leipsic scores winner in NHL debut as Maple Leafs beat Canucks". CBC Sports. February 13, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "Maple Leafs lose Leipsic in Vegas expansion draft". Toronto Sun. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Vegas Signs Forward Brendan Leipsic and Defenseman Griffin Reinhart". NHL.com. Vegas: Vegas Golden Knights. July 15, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Canucks acquire Leipsic from Golden Knights". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Kings claim former Leafs Leipsic". The Sports Network. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Kings don't qualify Leipsic". lakingsinsider.com. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  17. ^ "Capitals sign Brendan Leipsic". Washington Capitals. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  18. ^ "2012–13 Award Winners". Canadian Hockey League. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.

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