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Born August 9, 1983 (1983-08-09) (age 26),
Port Hope, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Vancouver Canucks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 250th overall, 2003
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Career 2003 – present

Shane O'Brien (born August 9, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Anaheim Ducks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Playing career

Playing major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), O'Brien was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 8th round, 250th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Before earning a full-time roster spot with Anaheim, he played with their minor league affiliates, the Portland Pirates and Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL).

O'Brien made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on October 6, 2006, and scored his first NHL goal later that month against Dominik Hašek in a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on October 18. He completed the night with a Gordie Howe hat trick by getting an assist and a fight against Brad Norton.[1] On November 8, he scored a goal and two assists against the Vancouver Canucks for a three-point night.[2]

On February 24, 2007, at the trade deadline, O'Brien was dealt with a third round draft pick in 2007 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Gerald Coleman and a first round draft pick in 2007.[3] He made his playoff debut with the Lightning on April 12, meeting the New Jersey Devils in the first round. After finishing his rookie season with a combined total of 2 goals and 16 points with Anaheim and Tampa Bay, he was re-signed by the Lightning in the off-season to a two-year contract.[4] He improved in his second NHL season to 4 goals and 21 points.

On October 6, 2008, O'Brien was traded with forward Michel Ouellet to the Vancouver Canucks for defenceman Lukáš Krajíček and prospect Juraj Šimek.[5] During his first year in Vancouver, O'Brien received a minor fine of $2,500 on January 29, 2009, after taking part in a post-game altercation with Ryan Clowe and Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks nine days earlier on January 20. Pavelski allegedly speared Canucks forward Daniel Sedin at the end of the game, a 2–1 overtime loss, leading O'Brien and teammate Willie Mitchell to intervene.[6]

Soon thereafter, O'Brien garnered significant media attention when, after being unexpectedly made a healthy scratch, he claimed that general manager Mike Gillis implied in a one-on-one meeting that he is only interested in him fighting. O'Brien went on to speculate to the media whether Vancouver was the right fit for him.[7] After another meeting with Gillis the next day, O'Brien apologized through the media for what he described as "selfish" comments borne of frustration, and that he misunderstood Gillis in their initial meeting.[8]

In the subsequent 2009 playoffs, O'Brien scored his first goal as a Canuck against the Chicago Blackhawks in game six of the second round. The goal tied the score at 3–3 in the second period, although Chicago went on to eliminate the Canucks 7–5.[9]

Becoming a restricted free agent in the off-season, O'Brien re-signed with the Canucks to a one-year, $1.6 million contract after turning down the arbitration process.[10] Following an altercation with the New York Rangers on November 3, 2009, O'Brien was suspended for one game by the NHL for poking Rangers forward Sean Avery from across the two team's benches with his stick.[11]

On December 20, 2009, O'Brien scored a goal in a game against the St. Louis Blues. It was his first goal in his last 165 NHL games, dating back to November 8, 2007,and ended the second-longest active streak without a goal. [12]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Port Hope Buzzards OPJHL 47 6 27 33 110
2000–01 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 61 2 12 14 89 4 0 1 1 6
2001–02 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 67 10 23 33 132 1 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 28 8 15 23 90
2002–03 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 34 8 11 19 108 19 4 10 14 79
2003–04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 60 2 8 10 163 9 0 2 2 30
2004–05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 77 5 20 25 319 12 1 3 4 57
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 77 8 33 41 287 19 6 16 22 81
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 62 2 12 14 140
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 0 2 2 36 6 0 0 0 12
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 77 4 17 21 154
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 0 10 10 196 10 1 1 2 24
NHL totals 234 6 41 47 526 16 1 1 2 36

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References

  1. ^ "Ducks 4, Red Wings 1". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/scores106/106291/NHL705358.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-06.  
  2. ^ "Ducks remain unbeaten in regulation". Sporting News. 2006-11-09. http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=147198. Retrieved 2008-10-06.  
  3. ^ "Blues trade Tkachuk to Thrashers". USA Today. 2007-02-25. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/blues/2007-02-25-tkachuk-traded_x.htm?POE=SPOISVA. Retrieved 2008-10-06.  
  4. ^ "Lightning re-sign defenceman O'Brien". CBC. 2007-06-21. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2007/06/21/lightning-obrien.html. Retrieved 2008-10-06.  
  5. ^ Vancouver Canucks. "Canucks acquire Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet". Vancouver Canucks. http://canucks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=385125. Retrieved 2008-10-06.  
  6. ^ "O'Brien fined for riding to the rescue but vows he'd do it again". The Province. 2009-01-29. http://www2.canada.com/theprovince/news/sports/story.html?id=66c6b0bc-08ab-40c1-9353-da73bf2e281e. Retrieved 2009-02-05.  
  7. ^ "O'Brien not happy with Canucks brass". The Province. 2009-02-03. http://www.canada.com/Brien+happy+with+Canucks+brass/1247717/story.html. Retrieved 2009-02-05.  
  8. ^ "Feisty O'Brien backtracks and apologizes to teammates". Faceoff.com. 2009-02-04. http://www.faceoff.com/hockey/teams/vancouver-canucks/story.html?id=1251226&add_feed_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.faceoff.com%2Fscripts%2FSP6Atom.aspx%3Fid%3D830270. Retrieved 2009-02-05.  
  9. ^ "Kane's hat trick powers Blackhawks to first conference finals since '95". ESPN. 2009-07-08. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=290511004. Retrieved 2009-07-08.  
  10. ^ "Canucks sign O'Brien and Raycroft". Canwest News Services. 2009-07-07. http://www.canada.com/Canucks+sign+Brien+Raycroft/1766260/story.html. Retrieved 2009-07-08.  
  11. ^ "O'Brien and Byers handed one-game suspensions". The Sports Network. 2009-11-04. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=297186. Retrieved 2009-11-04.  
  12. ^ http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20092010/GS020530.HTM

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