Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brett Clark
Defenseman Brett Clark was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan on December 23rd, 1976. After a year with the University of Maine the Montreal Canadiens drafted the blueliner and he spent the following year apprenticing with the Canadian National Team.

Clark turned pro in 1997-98 with the Fredericton Canadiens of the American Hockey League, but he would play just 20 games on the farm. Clark ended up playing 41 games with the Montreal Canadiens scoring one goal in his time with the big club. The Canadiens acquired veteran defensemen Igor Ulanov and Zarley Zalapski toward the end of the season which kept the rookie Clark out of the Canadiens playoff roster, but he did take a step forward the next season playing 61 games for the Canadiens.

Now established as a young NHL defenseman Clark was an attractive pick for the expansion Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 1999. Despite the great opportunity with a first year franchise, Clark's career took a step backward and he spent most of his time toiling in the minors instead of with Atlanta.

With just 42 games with the Thrashers under his belt through his first two years in the organization, his biggest success came in the minors where he won the Turner Cup title with the Orlando Solar Bears when they became the International Hockey League's champions.

Clark failed to make the Thrashers again out of training camp in 2001, but was soon called up for a brief stay before again being assigned to the minors. After parts of three seasons with the Thrasher organization, Clark was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche shortly before the 2002 NHL All-Star Game. Upon his arrival with the Avalanche, the club optioned the blueliner to their AHL affiliate in Hershey, where over the course of the next two seasons he would see most of his action.

In Colorado, Clark began to establish himself as a solid two-way defenseman. In 2005-06 he appeared in 80 games for the Avs, putting up 36 points and making the playoffs for the first time in his career.

The following year Clark would appear in all 82 games for Colorado and was among the league leaders in shifts per game and time on ice.

In 2008-09 Clark set an Avalanche record with 238 hits, though his point total dipped to just 12 points.

After eight seasons within the Avalanche organization Clark signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 5, 2010.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Melville Millionaires SJHL 62 19 32 51 77
1995-96 University of Maine H-East 39 7 31 38 22
1996-97 Canada Nat-Tm 57 6 21 27 52
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 1 0 1 20 -3
1997-98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 20 0 6 6 6 +1 4 0 1 1 17
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 2 2 4 16 -3
1998-99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 3 1 0 1 0 +2
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 14 0 1 1 4 -12
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 63 9 17 26 31 +20 6 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 28 1 2 3 14 -12
2000-01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 43 2 9 11 32 +3 15 1 6 7 2
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -3
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 42 3 17 20 18 +15
2001-02 Hershey Bears AHL 32 7 9 16 12 +13 8 0 2 2 6
2002-03 Hershey Bears AHL 80 8 27 35 26 -1 5 0 4 4 4
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 1 1 2 6 +3
2003-04 Hershey Bears AHL 64 11 21 32 37 -7
2004-05 Hershey Bears AHL 67 7 37 44 54 +1
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 9 27 36 56 +3 9 2 2 4 2
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 10 29 39 50 +5
2007-08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 57 5 16 21 33 +5
2008-09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 76 2 10 12 32 -16
2009-10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 64 3 17 20 28 +6 1 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 9 22 31 14 +2 18 1 2 3 8
2011-12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 2 13 15 20 -26
2012-13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 18 1 16 17 10 +7
2012-13 Minnesota Wild NHL 8 0 1 1 0 -9
2013-14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 53 6 8 14 24 +3
NHL Totals 689 45 141 186 293 28 3 4 7 10


Claimed by Atlanta from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Traded to Colorado by Atlanta for Frederic Cassivi, January 24, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Oklahoma City (AHL), January 21, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, March 13, 2013. Missed majority of 2012-13 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Lake Erie (AHL), December 6, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, September 16, 2014.
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