Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Louie DeBrusk
Louie DeBrusk was originally drafted 49th overall in 1989 by the New York Rangers. Two years later, having never played a game on Broadway, he was traded on October 4 with Bernie Nicholls and Steven Rice to the Edmonton Oilers for Mark Messier and future considerations. That 1991-92 season, DeBrusk made his NHL debut on October 8 against the Kings and scored his first goal on October 27 against the Canucks.

DeBrusk played Junior C hockey with the Port Elgin Bears and Junior B hockey with the Stratford Cullitons. In 1988-89, he joined the OHL's London Knights and scored 22 points as a major junior rookie. In 1989-90, he scored 40 points in 61 games. In 1990-91, his stats improved to 64 points while leading the league with 223 penalty minutes.

At the end of the 1990-91 season, DeBrusk turned pro with the AHL's Binghampton Rangers. In 1991-92, he played 28 AHL games with the Cape Breton Oilers. In 1993-94, he played five AHL games and scored four points.

In 25 games with the Oilers in 1991-92 he scored just two goals and one assist but managed to collect 124 minutes in the penalty box. It was clear that his role on the team was to serve as policeman. That was confirmed by his 205 penalty minutes the following season, many of those coming by way of five-minute fighting majors.

After six years with the Oilers, DeBrusk moved on to play with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he was benched on several occasions for refusing to play the role of enforcer. But, with just one goal and two assists in 54 games, it was clear that DeBrusk needed to battle with his fists in order to stay with the club. Tampa dealt him to Phoenix in the 1998 Entry Draft along with a fifth-round pick for the rights to center Craig Janney.

In 1999-2000, DeBrusk played 61 games for Phoenix and scored seven points. Showing that he can do more than just fight, he won the hardest shot competition at the Coyotes' SuperSkills event with a 94.9 mile-per-hour effort.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Port Elgin Huskies OHA-C 10 2 1 3 4
1987-88 Stratford Cullitons ON-Jr.B 45 13 14 27 205
1988-89 London Knights OHL 59 11 11 22 149 19 1 1 2 43
1989-90 London Knights OHL 61 21 19 40 198 6 2 2 4 24
1990-91 London Knights OHL 61 31 33 64 223 7 2 2 4 14
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers AHL 2 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 9
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 25 2 1 3 124 +4
1991-92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 28 2 2 4 73
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 51 8 2 10 205 -16
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 4 6 10 185 -9
1993-94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 5 3 1 4 58
1994-95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 34 2 0 2 93 -4
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 38 1 3 4 96 -7
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 32 2 0 2 94 -6 6 0 0 0 4
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 54 1 2 3 166 -2
1997-98 San Antonio Dragons IHL 17 7 4 11 130 +11
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 15 0 0 0 34 -2 6 2 0 2 6
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 26 3 6 9 160 -13
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 3 1 0 1 0 0
1998-99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 24 5 5 10 134 +1
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 61 4 3 7 78 +1 3 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 39 0 0 0 79 -5
2001-02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 9 0 0 0 44 -3
2001-02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 20 3 5 8 42 +7 13 1 0 1 30
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 4 0 0 0 7 0
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 20 1 0 1 10 -6
2003-04 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 12 0 0 0 12 -1
NHL Totals 401 24 17 41 1161 15 2 0 2 10


Traded to Edmonton by NY Rangers with Bernie Nicholls and Steven Rice for Mark Messier and future considerations (Jeff Beukeboom for David Shaw, November 12, 1991), October 4, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, September 23, 1997. Traded to Phoenix by Tampa Bay with Tampa Bay's 5th round pick (Jay Leach) in 1998 NHL Draft for Craig Janney, June 11, 1998. Signed to 25-game tryout contract by Quebec (AHL), November 25, 2001. Released by Quebec (AHL) and signed as a free agent by Hamilton (AHL), December 21, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 30, 2002. Spent majority of 2002-03 season with Norfolk (AHL) as a healthy reserve. Officially announced retirement, April 27, 2003. Signed to a tryout (PTO) contract by Hartford (AHL), December 26, 2003.
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