Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brad Isbister
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Brad Isbister was a junior standout with the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. In 1995 he was drafted 67th overall by the Winnipeg Jets then went on to enjoy his finest amateur season with 45 goals. The next year he battled injuries but was on hand to lead Canada to the gold medal at the World Junior championships. Isbister finished as the team's co-leader with four tournament goals and formed an effective partnership on offense with Daniel Briere. Although he only played 24 games in 1996-97, Isbister was placed on the WHL second all-star team at season's end.

He began his NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes in 1997-98, a year after the Winnipeg Jets relocated to the Arizona desert. He played 66 games a rookie and appeared to be making progress when injuries disrupted his sophomore campaign.

His fortunes changed and his ice time increased after he was traded to the New York Islanders. During his first season on Long Island, Isbister scored 22 goals to finish second on the team and solidified his position as part of the nucleus of a squad built for the future. His totals would have been much higher if not for an ankle sprain that cost him 18 games in mid-season.

He was off to a fine start in 2000-2001 and was the Islanders' leading goal scorer when he was struck down by another injury. Isbister scored 18 goals in 51 games and went on to play one more full season on the Island before he was subsequently traded to the Edmonton Oilers at the trading deadline in 2002-03.

Following the lockout year in 2004-05, Isbister was acquired by the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2005. Although Isbister appeared in 58 games and notched his 200th career point with the Bruins, his contract was not extended. The free-agent winger was picked up by the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2006.

Isbister would not see a game with the Hurricanes and be sent to the New York Rangers early into the 2006-07 NHL season in exchange for Jakub Petruzalek and a conditional 2008 fifth-round draft pick. In New York, Isbiser would see action in 19 regular season, and 4 playoff games for the blueshirts before signing as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks in the summer.

Aside from his World Junior experience, Isbister was a member of Canada's World Championship Team (2000-2001).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Calgary Canucks Minor-AB 35 24 25 49 74
1993-94 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 64 7 10 17 45 10 0 2 2 0
1994-95 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 67 16 20 36 123
1995-96 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 71 45 44 89 184 7 2 4 6 20
1996-97 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 24 15 18 33 45 6 2 1 3 16
1996-97 Canada WJC-A 7 4 3 7 8
1996-97 Springfield Falcons AHL 7 3 1 4 14 9 1 2 3 10
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 66 9 8 17 102 +4 5 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Springfield Falcons AHL 9 8 2 10 36 +8
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 32 4 4 8 46 +1
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 4 1 1 2 12 +1
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 2 0 0 0 9 +1
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 64 22 20 42 100 -18
1999-00 Canada WC-A 9 4 3 7 18 +1
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 51 18 14 32 59 -19
2000-01 Canada WC-A 7 5 0 5 16 +5
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 79 17 21 38 113 +1 3 1 1 2 17
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 53 10 13 23 34 -9
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 3 2 5 9 0 6 0 1 1 12
2003-04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 51 10 8 18 54 -2
2004-05 HC TWK Innsbruck Austria 11 7 4 11 41 5 3 1 4 6
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 58 6 17 23 46 -2
2006-07 Albany River Rats AHL 9 3 5 8 54 +1
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 19 1 4 5 14 +5 4 0 0 0 2
2006-07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 34 12 8 20 22 +8
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 55 6 5 11 38 -4
2008-09 EV Zug Swiss 24 9 7 16 55 3 1 1 2 12
NHL Totals 541 106 116 222 615 18 1 2 3 33


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1997) Rights transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Traded to NY Islanders by Phoenix with Phoenix's 3rd round pick (Brian Collins) in 1999 NHL Draft for Robert Reichel, NY Islanders' 3rd round pick (Jason Jaspers) in 1999 NHL Draft and Ottawa's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Phoenix selected Preston Mizzi) in 1999 NHL Draft, March 20, 1999. Traded to Edmonton by NY Islanders with Raffi Torres for Janne Niinimaa and Washington's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, NY Islanders selected Evgeni Tunik) in 2003 NHL Draft , March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Innsbruck (Austria), February 12, 2005. Traded to Boston by Edmonton for Boston's 4th round pick (later traded back to Boston - later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected James Delory) in 2006 NHL Draft, August 1, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, August 30, 2006. Traded to NY Rangers by Carolina for Jakub Petruzalek and future considerations, November 21, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 3, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, September 4, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Zug (Swiss), October 13, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, September 26, 2009.
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