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Born January 7, 1972 (1972-01-07) (age 38),
Bedford, IN, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
237 lb (108 kg; 16 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
New York Rangers
Montreal Canadiens
Vancouver Canucks
Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals
Career 1992present

Donald Brashear (born January 7, 1972) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals. Born in Bedford, Indiana, he moved to Quebec in his youth.

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Professional career

Brashear's stay in Montreal ended suddenly in 1996. Shortly after a heated verbal exchange with then-Canadiens head coach Mario Tremblay during a team practice in Denver, Brashear was traded to Vancouver for Jassen Cullimore. The full incident was filmed by RDS cameraman Paul Buisson.

During the February 21, 2000 Vancouver-Boston game, when Brashear played for Vancouver, Marty McSorley struck Brashear in the side of his head with his stick. Brashear fell to the ice, his head bounced, and his unsecured helmet flew off. Brashear suffered from a grade 3 concussion and memory lapses. He returned to play after several weeks and has fully recovered. McSorley was suspended and never played another NHL game.

Brashear testified that he has no memory of the incident. McSorley was found guilty of assault with a weapon but wasn't sent to jail. He had to complete 18 months of probation, in which he could not play against Brashear. McSorley claims that he tried to hit Brashear in the shoulder to start a fight with him and didn't mean to hit his head.

Brashear returned the next season and was traded to Philadelphia on December 17, 2001 for Jan Hlaváč. In 2002–03, he was awarded the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial, an annual trophy given to the Flyers' most improved player. He played a large role in instigating a brawl in a game between the Flyers and Ottawa Senators on March 5, 2004 which was the most penalized game in NHL history, with Brashear getting the most penalty minutes of any player involved[1].

Donald Brashear (left) fights Sheldon Brookbank

Since the lockout came to an end, Brashear has had trouble adjusting to the new, more wide-open game. After a game in which he went after Darius Kasparitis who had taken a run at Peter Forsberg earlier in the game, he said he did not like the "new" NHL stating that you can't do anything anymore. Following the 2005–06 season, the Flyers indicated that they would not re-sign him as they preferred to go with younger players.[2] Brashear was signed by the Washington Capitals on July 14, 2006 to a one-year contract. The Washington Capitals signed Brashear to a one-year, $1.1 million contract extension on February 12, 2007.[3] During the 2007–08 NHL season, Brashear has served as one of the Capitals' alternate captains. On January 24, 2008, the Capitals once again re-signed Brashear to a one-year, $1.2 million extension.[4]

During the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, in the April 26, 2009 game against the New York Rangers, Brashear was given a 6-game suspension for both a pre-game altercation with Rangers forward Colton Orr and what Colin Campbell ruled to be a late hit on Rangers center Blair Betts (Betts suffered an orbital eye socket fracture as a result of the hit.) [5]

Brashear agreed to a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers on July 1, 2009 to fill their need of an enforcer after Colton Orr signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brashear was booed by Rangers fans at a session with season-ticket holders in September 2009.[6] After the altercation with the Rangers in the previous post season, Glen Sather was asked why he chose to sign Brashear. He said, "Donald is a great player and we need a guy to fill the tough role. He is a tough guy and the man we need. He certainly will be the man his teammates can go to and I have no doubts in my mind his new teammates will accept him."[7]

A month after Brashear agreed to a free-agent contract with the Rangers, where he was not wanted by the fans. Donald has struggled in New York, scoring only 1 point in 33 games.

Personal

Brashear is the youngest of three children born to an American father and Québécois mother. His father was an alcoholic who abused his family. After his mother left the family, he continued to live with his father for several years until he was almost six. At that point he moved in with his mother and her new husband in Lorretteville, Quebec. However, his mother finally decided to give him up to foster care, apparently because of his "mental problems" from the abuse he had suffered, and because he did not accept her as his mother.[8] He is now estranged from his birth family, except his brother, having had no contact since he was 18. He has two children. He was separated from their mother, his common-law wife, in 2007.

Brashear's great-uncle Carl Brashear, the first African-American to be certified as a Master Diver in the U.S. Navy, was the inspiration for the movie Men of Honor, in which he was portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Awards

Transactions

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 10 1 2 3 10
1989–90 Longueuil Collège Français QMJHL 64 12 14 26 169 7 0 0 0 11
1990–91 Longueuil Collège Français QMJHL 68 12 26 38 195 8 0 3 3 33
1991–92 Verdun Collège Français QMJHL 65 18 24 42 283
1992–93 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 76 11 3 14 261 5 0 0 0 8
1993–94 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 62 38 28 66 250
1993–94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 2 2 4 34 2 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 29 10 9 19 182 17 7 5 12 77
1994–95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 1 1 2 63
1995–96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 0 4 4 223 6 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 0 0 0 38
1996–97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 8 5 13 207
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 9 9 18 372
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 8 10 18 209
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 11 2 13 136
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 9 19 28 145 4 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 31 5 8 13 90
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 50 4 15 19 109 5 0 0 0 19
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 8 17 25 161 13 1 2 3 21
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 64 6 7 13 212 18 1 3 4 61
2004–05 Quebec Radio X LNAH 47 18 32 50 260
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 4 5 9 166 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 77 4 9 13 156
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 80 5 3 8 119 7 1 1 2 0
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 63 1 3 4 121
NHL totals 989 85 119 204 2,561 53 3 6 9 103
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International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 United States WC 8 2 3 5 8
1998 United States WC 6 0 0 0 10
Totals 14 2 3 5 18

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