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Brian Connelly
Brian Connelly Hogs.jpg
Born June 10, 1986 (1986-06-10) (age 31)
Bloomington, Minnesota
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Minnesota Wild
Houston Aeros (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present

Brian Connelly (born on June 10, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League whilst under contract to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Brian played collegiate hockey with Colorado College of the WCHA as a puck-moving offensive defenceman. Undrafted due to his diminutive size, he signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.

In his first seasons with the Blackhawks affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, Brian quickly developed as the main scoring presence on the Icehogs defense. In the 2010–11 season, he was selected and played in the 2011 AHL All-Star Game.

In the following 2011–12 season, in the midst of his third full season within the Blackhawks system and following his second consecutive AHL All-Star Game appearance, Brian was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for veteran Brendan Morrison on February 27, 2012.

Brian was then immediately assigned to the Flames' AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. In helping the Heat to the second round of the playoffs, he finished with a combined 52 points, placing second in the AHL amongst defenseman to earn a position in the AHL Second All-Star Team.

On July 6, 2012, Brian signed as a free agent to a two-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Tri-City Storm USHL 20 0 3 3 12 9 0 1 1 2
2005–06 Tri-City Storm USHL 54 3 9 12 16 5 1 0 1 0
2006–07 Colorado College Tigers WCHA 35 2 15 17 22
2007–08 Colorado College Tigers WCHA 41 3 16 19 32
2008–09 Colorado College Tigers WCHA 38 3 24 27 46
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 9 1 2 3 6 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 78 4 31 35 28 4 0 3 3 2
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 80 11 41 52 39
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 44 5 31 36 16
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 28 1 15 16 10 8 0 2 2 8
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 54 5 34 39 14 5 1 3 4 4
AHL totals 293 27 154 181 113 20 1 8 9 16

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