Fred Brathwaite

Fredrick Brathwaite (born November 24, 1972) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former player.

Fred Brathwaite
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Born (1972-11-24) November 24, 1972 (age 48)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Calgary Flames
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
Ak Bars Kazan
Avangard Omsk
Adler Mannheim
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1993–2014

Brathwaite played as a goaltender, and spent his career with the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL before finishing his career overseas with Ak Bars Kazan, Avangard Omsk and Adler Mannheim. Brathwaite was named Deutsche Eishockey Liga MVP in 2009.

Playing careerEdit

Following junior hockey with the Orillia Travelways/Orillia Laidlaw, Brathwaite played major junior for the Oshawa Generals, London Knights and Detroit Jr. Red Wings in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Undrafted, he was signed by the Edmonton Oilers in 1993. He played in the Oilers' system for three seasons between the NHL and Edmonton's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Cape Breton Oilers.

In 1996–97, Brathwaite began a two-season stint with the Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League (IHL). In his first season with the Moose, he scored a rare goal as a goaltender November 9, 1996.[1]

Brathwaite began the 1998–99 season on the Canadian National Team before being signed by the Calgary Flames. He appeared in 28 games, recording a 2.45 goals against average and .915 save percentage in what qualified as his NHL rookie season. He remained with the Flames for two more seasons until he was traded to the St. Louis Blues by general manager Craig Button as part of a deal for goaltender Roman Turek in the 2001 off-season.[2] He played with the Blues for two seasons as a backup before being signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2003–04. In his sole season with the Blue Jackets, he backed up Marc Denis while also spending time in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.[2]

Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Brathwaite played overseas in the Russian Superleague for Ak-Bars Kazan. He remained there for two seasons until returning to North America to play in the AHL for the Chicago Wolves. After two seasons in Chicago, Brathwaite went back to Europe to join Adler Mannheim of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[3] In his first season in Germany, Brathwaite reeled off a 2.37 GAA, .925 save percentage performance to be named the German league's 2009 MVP.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

After his playing career, he worked as goaltending coach of German team Adler Mannheim[5] and served as Hockey Canada's goaltending consultant.[6]

On July 10, 2017, the New York Islanders announced that Brathwaite was hired as goaltending coach.[7] He was replaced on July 25, 2018 by Piero Greco.

On January 17, 2021, Brathwaite was hired as goaltending coach for the Henderson Silver Knights prior to their inaugural season.[8] On April 24, 2021, with starting goaltender Logan Thompson unavailable, Brathwaite dressed as backup goaltender for the Silver Knights at 48 years of age.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Brathwaite was born in Ottawa, Ontario to parents who had emigrated to Canada from Barbados in 1964. He appeared in the Jermaine Dupri rap video "Welcome to Atlanta" with the rappers the St. Lunatics. The scene was shot at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1988–89 Smiths Falls Bears CJHL 38 16 18 1 2130 187 0 5.27
1989–90 Orillia Terriers COJHL 15 782 47 0 3.61
1989–90 Oshawa Generals OHL 20 11 2 1 886 43 1 2.91 .897 10 4 2 451 22 0 2.93
1989–90 Oshawa Generals MC 1 1 0 52 1 0 1.15
1990–91 Oshawa Generals OHL 39 25 6 3 1986 112 1 3.38 .897 13 9 2 677 43 0 3.81
1991–92 Oshawa Generals OHL 24 12 7 2 1248 81 0 3.89 .885
1991–92 London Knights OHL 23 15 6 2 1325 61 4 2.76 .908 10 5 5 615 36 0 3.51
1992–93 Detroit Jr. Red Wings OHL 37 23 10 4 2192 134 0 3.67 15 9 6 858 48 1 3.36
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 3 10 3 982 58 0 3.54 .889
1993–94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 2 1 1 0 119 6 0 3.04 .880
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 2 5 1 601 40 0 4.00 .863
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 2 0 293 12 0 2.45 .914
1995–96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 31 12 16 0 1699 110 1 3.88 .872
1996–97 Manitoba Moose IHL 58 22 22 5 2945 167 1 3.40 .901
1997–98 Manitoba Moose IHL 51 23 18 4 2736 138 1 3.03 .908 2 0 1 72 4 0 3.33 .905
1998–99 Canada Intl 24 6 8 3 989 47 2.85 .915
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 28 11 9 7 1663 68 1 2.45 .918
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 61 25 25 7 3448 158 5 2.75 .905
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 2 2 0 0 120 4 0 2.00 .943
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 49 15 17 10 2742 106 5 2.32 .910
2001–02 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 9 11 4 1446 54 2 2.24 .901 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.000
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 12 9 4 1615 74 2 2.75 .883
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 21 4 11 1 1050 59 0 3.37 .897
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 0 2 1 188 7 1 2.23 .924
2004–05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 34 1958 61 9 1.87 .911 2 128 2 1 0.94 .960
2005–06 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 32 1866 66 6 2.12 .900 11 623 16 1 1.54 .923
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 40 22 13 5 2410 110 2 2.74 .902 5 1 3 260 7 1 1.62 .944
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 13 10 2 0 769 32 0 2.50 .918
2007–08 Avangard Omsk RSL 18 1015 45 1 2.66 .902 4 256 12 0 2.81 .904
2008–09 Adler Mannheim DEL 49 27 22 2880 114 6 2.37 .925 9 5 4 539 24 1 2.67 .923
2009–10 Adler Mannheim DEL 47 21 25 2756 133 4 2.90 .914 2 0 2 119 7 0 3.54 .897
2010–11 Adler Mannheim DEL 49 25 24 2974 124 3 2.50 .918 6 3 3 358 15 0 2.52 .893
2011–12 Adler Mannheim DEL 40 2.61 .924 14 1.86 .942
RSL totals 84 4839 172 16 2.13 17 1007 30 2 1.79
NHL totals 254 81 99 37 13,840 629 15 2.73 .901 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.000

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1999 Canada WC DNP
2000 Canada WC 1 0 1 0 59 4 0 4.07 .846
2001 Canada WC 6 335 13 1 2.33 .901
Senior totals 7 394 17 1 2.59 .891

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Individual Records". Manitoba Moose. Archived from the original on 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
  2. ^ a b "Fred Brathwaite player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  3. ^ "NHL dream burns bright in Brathwaite". Calgary Herald. 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  4. ^ Klein, Jeff Z. (2009-02-27). "Special Day in Germany for McLlwain and Brathwaite". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  5. ^ Douglas, William (2015-06-09). "Ready for Freddy? Fred Brathwaite works toward becoming an NHL goalie coach". TheColorOfHockey. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  6. ^ "CHL Canada Russia Series". canadarussia.chl.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  7. ^ "Islanders Name Fred Brathwaite Goaltending Coach". NHL.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Henderson Silver Knights round out coaching staff ahead of training camp". NBC News 3 Las Vegas. January 18, 2021. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  9. ^ "48-year-old Fred Brathwaite called into emergency action for AHL's Henderson Silver Knights". Yahoo News. April 24, 2021. Retrieved April 24, 2021.

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