T. J. Brodie

Thomas James Brodie (born June 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a fourth round selection of the Flames, 114th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Brodie played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) prior to turning professional in 2010. Internationally, he has represented Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

T. J. Brodie
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Brodie with the Flames in 2016
Born (1990-06-07) June 7, 1990 (age 30)
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Calgary Flames
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 114th overall, 2008
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2010–present

PersonalEdit

Brodie grew up in Ontario on the family farm located between Dresden and Chatham. His cousin, Ian Badder, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child and underwent a life-saving double-lung transplant in 2011. In support, Brodie wore some stylish suits at the Catwalk for a Cure fashion show in July 2014 that raised more than $15,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. He is also selling footwear with T. J. Brodie: Skate in Strides for Cystic Fibrosis. The Calgary Flames are helping him sell skate guards to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.[1]

Brodie is married to Amber DeBakker, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October 2015 [2]

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Brodie attended elementary school and high school in Chatham,[3] but played his minor hockey in the Dresden Minor Hockey Association.[4]

Brodie was selected by the Saginaw Spirit in the third round of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) priority selection in 2006, but opted out of the Cyclones program and spent the majority of the 2006–07 season with the Junior B Leamington Flyers, where he was voted the defensive rookie of the year and named to the rookie and first all-star teams in the Western Ontario Hockey League.[5] He also appeared in 20 games with the Spirit before moving up to the OHL full-time in the 2007–08 season. He appeared in all 68 games for the Spirit that year, scoring 30 points as a 17-year-old. Seeking an offensive defenceman, the Calgary Flames selected Brodie in the fourth round, 114th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[6]

Brodie improved to 50 points in 2008–09 and was praised by his coaches as being one of the best all-around defencemen in the OHL.[7] His season earned the attention of Hockey Canada, which invited him to their summer evaluation camp for the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[8] Brodie began the 2009–10 season in Saginaw but was traded to the Barrie Colts after 19 games as part of a four-player deal.[9] The Colts finished the year as the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), but were defeated by the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL championship series.[10]

ProfessionalEdit

 
Brodie as a member of the Abbotsford Heat

Entering his 20-year-old season, the Flames expected Brodie was ready to turn professional in 2010–11. The team praised the improvements he made to his game, and anticipated that he would join their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat.[6] A strong showing at the team's rookie camp,[11] and performances in the main camp that impressed both his coaches and teammates,[12] resulted in Brodie earning a spot with the Flames to begin the season.[13] He appeared in three games, recording two penalty minutes, before being assigned to Abbotsford.[14] TJ Brodie and New York Islanders player Josh Ho-Sang both have chosen to wear sweater #66, after Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux, in a regular season game.[15]

Brodie established himself as one of the Heat's top scorers and is considered one of the team's top prospects. While he did not challenge those complaints, Brodie's play was such that he was named the team's lone representative at the 2011 AHL All-Star Game.[16] He finished the year as Abbotsford's leading scorer amongst defencemen, and tied for second on the team overall, with 34 points. He led the Heat in assists with 29.[17]

Brodie began the 2011–12 season in Abbotsford, but an injury to Anton Babchuk led to his recall by the Flames on November 11, 2011.[18] He scored his first NHL point by assisting on a goal by Lee Stempniak against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 18.[19] Brodie's first NHL goal nine days later against goaltender Niklas Bäckström of the Minnesota Wild when an attempted pass to Tim Jackman was deflected into the goal.[20] Brodie played 54 games in his first NHL season, scoring 14 points.[21]

Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Brodie began the 2012–13 season in Abbotsford. He scored 20 points in 35 games with the Heat before NHL play resumed. Finishing the season with the Flames, he scored 2 goals and 14 points in 47 games.[22] He emerged as one of the Flames' top defencemen, averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per game and earning an invitation to join Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.[23] Brodie appeared in seven games and recorded one assist for Canada, who were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the tournament.[24]

A restricted free agent following the season, Brodie signed a two-year, $4.25 million contract extension with the Flames.[25] He began the 2013–14 season alongside Mark Giordano as the Flames' top defensive pairing.[26]

On October 20, 2014, the Flames signed Brodie to a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension worth $4.65 million annually.[27]

Before the 2015–16 season opener, Brodie broke his right hand and was sidelined for five weeks.[28] He returned for an away game against the Ottawa Senators, which the Flames lost 5–4 in a shootout. In the game, Brodie logged 25:10 of ice time, the third-highest total on the team. [29]

On February 3, 2017 Brodie achieved his first four-point game, coming against the New Jersey Devils in a 4–3 overtime win.[30]

On October 7, 2017, Brodie scored his second multi-point game. It was also the second time in his career he's had a four-point game, though the first time they were all assists.[31]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Leamington Flyers WOHL 43 8 38 46 104
2006–07 Saginaw Spirit OHL 20 0 4 4 23 3 0 1 1 2
2007–08 Saginaw Spirit OHL 68 4 26 30 73 4 0 3 3 2
2008–09 Saginaw Spirit OHL 63 12 38 50 67 8 3 6 9 8
2009–10 Saginaw Spirit OHL 19 4 19 23 20
2009–10 Barrie Colts OHL 46 3 30 33 38 17 1 14 15 14
2010–11 Calgary Flames NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 68 5 29 34 32
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 12 1 2 3 10
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 54 2 12 14 16
2012–13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 35 1 19 20 22
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 47 2 12 14 8
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 81 4 27 31 20
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 81 11 30 41 30 11 1 4 5 0
2015–16 Calgary Flames NHL 70 6 39 45 18
2016–17 Calgary Flames NHL 82 6 30 36 24 4 0 4 4 2
2017–18 Calgary Flames NHL 73 4 28 32 18
2018–19 Calgary Flames NHL 79 9 25 34 24 5 2 0 2 6
2019–20 Calgary Flames NHL 64 4 15 19 36
NHL totals 634 48 218 266 194 20 3 8 11 8

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada WC 5th 7 0 1 1 0
Senior totals 7 0 1 1 0

ReferencesEdit

  • Career statistics: "TJ Brodie player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  1. ^ "Brodie on guard against CF". Chathamdailynews.ca. September 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Calgary Flames defenceman T.J. Brodie's fiancée is putting MS on ice". Global News. October 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Malone, Mark (May 28, 2012). "Brodie wore Maple Leaf with pride at world championship". Chatham Daily News. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Malone, Mark (August 27, 2013). "Brodie grateful for support in Dresden". Chatham Daily News. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Brodie claims top honors with Leamington". Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club (via oursportscentral.com). February 23, 2007. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Brodie's climb could land him in Calgary". National Hockey League. September 14, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  7. ^ Austin, Kyle (October 2, 2009). "Saginaw Spirit defenseman T.J. Brodie has offensive mindset". Michigan Live. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  8. ^ Sportak, Randy (July 23, 2009). "All work, no play for T.J." Calgary Sun. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  9. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (November 9, 2009). "Saginaw Spirit trade T.J. Brodie and Nick Crawford to Barrie Colts". Michigan Live. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  10. ^ Shantz, Ian (May 5, 2010). "Spitfires broom top-ranked Colts". London Free Press. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "Brodie turns heads at Flames camp". Windsor Star. September 21, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  12. ^ Cruickshank, Scott (September 28, 2010). "Brodie continues to earn kudos at Flames camp". Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  13. ^ MacFarlane, Steve (October 6, 2010). "Brodie beating the odds to play in major league". Chatham Daily News. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  14. ^ Sportak, Randy (October 20, 2010). "AHL good for Brodie long-term". Calgary Sun. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  15. ^ "Joshua Ho-Sang says wearing No. 66 'ultimate respect'". NHL.com. March 7, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  16. ^ Kinvig, Dan (January 11, 2011). "Brodie picked for AHL all-star game". Abbotsford News. Retrieved February 3, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ 2011–12 Calgary Flames Official Yearbook. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. 2011. p. 42.
  18. ^ "Flames recall T.J. Brodie from Abbotsford". Calgary Flames Hockey Club. November 9, 2011. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  19. ^ "Flames score season-high 5 goals, snap Blackhawks' streak". ESPN. November 18, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  20. ^ MacFarlane, Steve (November 29, 2011). "Brodie on board". Calgary Herald. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  21. ^ "TJ Brodie player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  22. ^ "Flames sign T.J. Brodie to 2-year deal". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  23. ^ Hall, Vicki (April 29, 2013). "TJ Brodie to play for Canada at 2013 IIHF". Calgary Herald. p. D4.
  24. ^ "TJ Brodie returns home from World Championships". Chatham-Kent Daily Post. May 29, 2013. Archived from the original on August 31, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  25. ^ Odland, Kristen (August 1, 2013). "Flames want Brodie to prove himself". Calgary Herald. p. F3.
  26. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (October 3, 2013). "Brodie skates into spotlight". Calgary Sun. p. S3.
  27. ^ https://www.nhl.com/flames/news/flames-sign-tj-brodie-to-multi-year-contract/c-735366
  28. ^ "Flames' T.J. Brodie to miss 3-6 weeks with broken bone in hand". CBC Sports. September 23, 2015.
  29. ^ "Flames' Brodie returns from hand injury". Chathamdailynews.ca. October 29, 2015.
  30. ^ "Brodie's 4 assists lead Flames' OT comeback over Devils". CBS Sports. February 3, 2017.
  31. ^ "BRODIE 'UNBELIEVABLE'". NHL.com. October 8, 2017.

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