Brendan Mikkelson

Brendan Mikkelson (born June 22, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). He was a second round selection of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 31st overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was a member of the 2007 Memorial Cup-winning Vancouver Giants team, and was named a tournament all-star on defence.

Brendan Mikkelson
Brendan Mikkelson Lightning 2012-02-12.JPG
Mikkelson with the Lightning in 2012.
Born (1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 32)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
EC Red Bull Salzburg
Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Tampa Bay Lightning
Luleå HF
Adler Mannheim
NHL Draft 31st overall, 2005
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 2007–present

Playing careerEdit

Mikkelson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in St. Albert, Alberta, where he played Bantam hockey for the St. Albert Raiders of the Alberta Bantam Hockey League in 2001–02. He was a sixth-round pick in the 2002 WHL Bantam Draft. Mikkelson played his first two seasons in the WHL with the Portland Winter Hawks. Midway through his third season with the club (the 2005–06 season), he was traded to the Vancouver Giants. Mikkelson contributed 29 points in 69 games in the 2006–07 season, a season in which the Giants hosted and won the 2007 Memorial Cup.

 
Mikkelson with the Flames in 2010.

Mikkelson was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the second round, 31st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On November 30, 2006, he was signed to a three-year, entry level contract with the Ducks.[1] On October 19, 2010, Mikkelson was claimed by the Calgary Flames on waivers.[2] On July 14, 2011, he signed a one-year contract extension with the Flames.[3] The Flames traded Mikkelson to the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 6, 2012, in exchange for forward Blair Jones.[4] He scored his first NHL goal on March 17, 2012, against Jaroslav Halák of the St. Louis Blues in a 3–1 Lightning defeat.[5]

On July 19, 2013, Mikkelson left the Lightning organization as a free agent and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[6] He was assigned to Pittsburgh's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, for the duration of the 2013–14 season and registered a professional best 30 assists and 38 points in 73 games.

On September 28, 2014, the AHL's Toronto Marlies announced they had signed Mikkelson to a one-year contract.

On May 8, 2015, Luleå HF of the Swedish Hockey League announced they had Mikkelson to a two-year contract.[7] After three seasons with Luleå HF, Mikkelson left as a free agent to continue his European career in Germany, having agreed to a one-year contract for the 2018–19 season with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) on July 2, 2018.[8]

After a successful lone season in the DEL helping Adler claim the Championship, Mikkelson signed a one-year contract in the neighbouring EBEL with EC Red Bull Salzburg on June 18, 2019.[9]

PersonalEdit

Mikkelson's father Bill played in the NHL for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals in the 1970s, while his sister, Meaghan, plays on the Canadian national women's team and won a gold medal at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.[10] His brother-in-law, Scott Reid, is a career minor league goaltender. His great uncle, Jim McFadden, won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1948 and the Stanley Cup in 1950.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 65 3 12 15 43 5 1 0 1 0
2004–05 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 70 5 10 15 60 7 1 2 3 0
2005–06 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 3 1 1 2 4
2005–06 Vancouver Giants WHL 19 1 8 9 37
2006–07 Vancouver Giants WHL 69 6 23 29 60 21 3 7 10 10
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 66 6 10 16 50 14 2 6 8 2
2008–09 Iowa Chops AHL 31 2 8 10 18
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 34 0 2 2 17
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 49 7 15 22 43
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 28 0 2 2 14
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 5 0 1 1 7
2010–11 Calgary Flames NHL 19 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 4 0 1 1 4
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 33 3 12 15 29
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 41 1 2 3 13
2012–13 VIK Västerås HK Allsv 17 3 4 7 20
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 0 1 1 6
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 13 0 2 2 6 13 2 0 2 2
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 73 8 30 38 62 17 1 5 6 22
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 60 9 14 23 54 5 2 0 2 0
2015–16 Luleå HF SHL 51 6 8 14 22 11 2 1 3 12
2016–17 Luleå HF SHL 42 5 8 13 10
2017–18 Luleå HF SHL 50 0 12 12 24 3 0 1 1 0
2018–19 Adler Mannheim DEL 47 6 8 14 16 14 0 3 3 14
NHL totals 131 1 9 10 59
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Canada Pacific
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
  2004 St. John's

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada Pacific U17   6 1 1 2 4
2005 Canada WJC18   6 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 12 1 3 4 4

Awards and honorsEdit

Awards Year
CHL
Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2007
Memorial Cup (Vancouver Giants) 2007
DEL
Champion (Adler Mannheim) 2019 [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ducks sign Mikkelson to entry level contract". Anaheim Ducks. 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  2. ^ "Flames claim D Mikkelson off waivers". National Hockey League. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  3. ^ "Flames re-sign Mikkelson; sign Reinhart". Fox News. 2011-07-14.
  4. ^ "Bolts add Mikkelson from Flames for 'D' depth". National Hockey League. 2012-01-06.
  5. ^ "Blues, Lightning boxscore". National Hockey League. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  6. ^ "Penguins sign defenceman Mikkelson". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
  7. ^ Halford, Mike (May 8, 2015). "Leafs' Mikkelson signs in Swedish League". Pro Hockey Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mikkelson completes the defense" (in German). Adler Mannheim. 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  9. ^ "Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson comes to Salzburg" (in German). EC Red Bull Salzburg. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "Flames claim Mikkelson". ESPN. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  11. ^ Sports Illustrated, Cover date: July 9–16, 2012, "Hockey's Minus Man", by Michael Farber, p. 112
  12. ^ "Adler Mannheim wins DEL". IIHF. 2019-04-27. Retrieved 2019-04-27.

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