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Wade Brookbank
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Born September 29, 1977 (1977-09-29) (age 39)
Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defence/wing
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Rockford IceHogs
Nashville Predators
Vancouver Canucks
Boston Bruins
Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–present

Wade Brookbank (born on September 29, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who plays both defence and wing who is currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Despite limited NHL regular season play, Wade is well known for his role as an enforcer and consummate team player.

Playing CareerEdit

Undrafted, Wade has previously played for the Anchorage Aces of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL), the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League (CHL), the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League (IHL)

In the American Hockey League (AHL), Wade has played for the Grand Rapids Griffins, Providence Bruins, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Binghamton Senators, Milwaukee Admirals, Norfolk Admirals and Manitoba Moose.

In the NHL, Wade has played for the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL.

The 2000–01 season saw Wade win 2 professional hockey championships. He played the first half of the season with the Oklahoma City Blazers(CHL) before being called up to the Orlando Solar Bears(IHL) where he won the last Turner Cup before the IHL amalgamated with the American Hockey League.

He then went back to the Blazers where he helped them capture the Ray Miron President's Cup CHL championship.

Wade's unofficial role is that of an enforcer, evident from his 43 career NHL fights including 17 in his rookie season.

On January 31, 2004, Wade scored his first career NHL goal with the Canucks against Olaf Kolzig and the Washington Capitals in a 6-1 victory.

On February 7, 2009, Wade was traded by the Hurricanes (along with Josef Melichar and a fourth round draft pick) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Jussi Jokinen. He was then assigned to AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals to finish the 2008–09 season.

A free agent during the following off-season, Wade signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 31, 2009.

On July 21, 2010, Wade signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Melville Millionaires SJHL 60 1 10 11 412
1997–98 Melville Millionaires SJHL 58 8 21 29 330
1997–98 Anchorage Aces WCHL 7 0 0 0 46 4 0 0 0 20
1998–99 Anchorage Aces WCHL 56 0 4 4 337 5 0 0 0 7
1999–00 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 68 3 9 12 354 7 1 1 2 29
2000–01 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 46 1 13 14 267 5 0 0 0 24
2000–01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 29 0 1 1 122 4 0 0 0 6
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 73 1 6 7 337 3 0 1 1 14
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 8 0 0 0 28
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 9 0 0 0 38
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 6 0 0 0 6
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 2 0 2 95
2003–04 Binghamton Senators AHL 4 0 0 0 31
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 4 0 0 0 12
2004–05 Manitoba Moose AHL 68 0 10 10 285 9 0 0 0 10
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 32 1 2 3 81
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 7 1 0 1 15
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 4 0 0 0 15
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 39 1 0 1 116 5 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 25 0 2 2 28
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 32 1 1 2 76
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 27 0 1 1 40
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 24 0 1 1 46
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 3 4 7 168 4 0 0 0 6
2010–11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 56 2 0 2 143
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 17 1 4 5 44
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 28 0 1 1 100
NHL totals 127 6 3 9 345

Career TransactionsEdit

  • September 1, 2000: Signed as a free agent by Orlando Solar Bears IHL.
  • July 27, 2001: Signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators.
  • October 3, 2003: Claimed by the Nashville Predators from the Ottawa Senators in the NHL Waiver Draft.
  • December 17, 2003: Nashville Predators traded Wade Brookbank to the Vancouver Canucks for future considerations.
  • December 19, 2003: Claimed by the Ottawa Senators off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.
  • December 29, 2003: Ottawa Senators traded Wade to the Florida Panthers for future considerations.
  • January 3, 2004: Claimed by the Vancouver Canucks off waivers from the Florida Panthers.
  • July 21, 2006: Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins.
  • December 19, 2006: Boston Bruins traded Wade to the Pittsburgh Penguins for future considerations.
  • July 3, 2007: Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • February 7, 2009: Carolina Hurricanes traded Wade along with Josef Melichar and a fourth round draft pick in the 2004 draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Jussi Jokinen.
  • July 31, 2009: Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • July 21, 2010: Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Rockford IceHogs.

Personal LifeEdit

Wade's younger brother Sheldon Brookbank is also a professional hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. He also has an older brother named Leigh.

All three Brookbank brothers are Junior "A" alumni of the SJHL: Leigh played for the Yorkton Terriers, Wade played for the Melville Millionaires and Sheldon played for the Humboldt Broncos.

Wade's father Murray is an assistant coach with the Humboldt Broncos and his cousin Geoff Sanderson is a former NHL player.

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