Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brent Sopel
A native of Calgary, Alberta Brent Sopel was taken 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft after a solid year with the Saskatoon Blades and Swift Current Broncos of the WHL. He returned to junior and registered 61 points in 71 games. After one more year in junior and a solid pro debut with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, Sopel played five games for Vancouver in 1998-99.

Sopel made it into 18 NHL games in 1999-00 then suffered a slow start the next year due to injuries. After regaining his health he notched 14 points and spent some time with the IHL's Kansas City Blades before joining the Canucks on a full time basis in 2001-02.

An offensively gifted defenceman, Sopel established a career high 37 points in 2002-03 before bettering those totals the following year. Following a lock out NHL season in 2004-05, Sopel was acquired by the New York Islanders in the summer of 2005 and spent the majority of the season on Long Island before having his rights acquired by the Los Angeles Kings just prior to the NHL trading deadline.

Sopel would appear in 44 games as a member of the Los Angeles Kings before he was dealt back to Vancouver Canucks one day prior to the NHL trading deadline.

Sopel signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks on October 3, 2007, filling hole on the Blackhawks blueline.

The 2009-10 season would end triumphantly for Sopel and the Blackhawks when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961.

With the cup celebration seemingly still in full-swing, the Blackhawks began to shed salary and Sopel would be one of the casualties. On June 23, 2010 he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers as part of a multi-player deal.

Sopel's stint in Atlanta would be a short one. In the days leading up to the 2011 NHL traded deadline he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens along with Nigel Dawes in exchange for Ben Maxwell.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Saskatoon Legionnaires SMHL 36 7 17 24 95
1993-94 Saskatoon Blazers SMHL 34 9 30 39 180
1993-94 Saskatoon Blades WHL 11 2 2 4 2
1994-95 Saskatoon Blades WHL 22 1 10 11 31
1994-95 Swift Current Broncos WHL 41 4 19 23 50 3 0 3 3 0
1995-96 Swift Current Broncos WHL 71 13 48 61 87 +39 6 1 2 3 4
1995-96 Syracuse Crunch AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Swift Current Broncos WHL 62 15 41 56 109 10 5 11 16 32
1996-97 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Syracuse Crunch AHL 76 10 33 43 70 -4 5 0 7 7 12
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5 1 0 1 4 -1
1998-99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 53 10 21 31 59 -33
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 18 2 4 6 12 +9
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 50 6 25 31 67 +11 4 0 2 2 8
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 4 10 14 10 +4 4 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Kansas City Blades IHL 4 0 1 1 0 0
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 8 17 25 44 +21 6 0 2 2 2
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 7 30 37 23 -15 14 2 6 8 4
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 10 32 42 36 +11 7 0 1 1 0
2004-05
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 57 2 25 27 64 -9
2005-06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 0 1 1 6 -4
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 44 4 19 23 14 +2
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 1 4 5 10 0 11 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 58 1 19 20 28 +9
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 1 1 2 8 -4
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 1 7 8 34 +3 22 1 5 6 8
2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 59 2 5 7 16 +7
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 0 0 0 -1 7 1 0 1 2
2011-12 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 47 2 6 8 33
2012-13 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 47 4 6 10 12
2012-13 Salavat Yulayev Ufa KHL 4 0 2 2 0 14 4 1 5 6
2013-14 Salavat Yulayev Ufa KHL 38 1 9 10 14 18 0 1 1 19
2014-15 Chicago Wolves AHL 29 1 7 8 46 -3
NHL Totals 659 44 174 218 309 71 4 14 18 20


Traded to NY Islanders by Vancouver for NY Islanders' 2nd round pick (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Bryce Swan) in 2006 NHL Draft, August 3, 2005. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Islanders with Mark Parrish for Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini, March 8, 2006. Traded to Vancouver by Los Angeles for Anaheim's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Wayne Simmonds) in 2007 NHL Draft and and Vancouver's 4th round pick (later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Justin Jokinen) in 2008 NHL Draft, February 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, October 3, 2007. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to recurring elbow injury. Traded to Atlanta by Chicago with Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu for Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb, Jeremy Morin and New Jersey's 1st (previously acquired, Chicago selected Kevin Hayes) and 2nd (previously acquired, Chicago selected Justin Holl) round picks in 2010 NHL Draft, June 24, 2010. Traded to Montreal by Atlanta with Nigel Dawes for Ben Maxwell and Montreal's 4th round pick (later traded back to Montreal - Montreal selected Olivier Archambault) in 2011 NHL Draft, February 24, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Novokuznetsk (KHL), July 29, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Ufa (KHL), January 31, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Chicago (AHL), October 10, 2014. Officially announced his retirement, February 27, 2015.
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