Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brett Lebda
Brett Lebda was born January 15, 1982 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. A free-agent signing of the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2004, Lebda is a graduate of Notre Dame University

In his four years at Notre Dame, Lebda registered 85 points (26-59-85) before making his professional debut with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins in the latter stages of the 2003-04 season. After one more season in Grand Rapids, Lebda went on to make his NHL debut with Detroit in the fall of 2005 while seeing limited action in the AHL. Lebda signed a contract extension with the Wings in the summer of 2006 and became a regular in the club's line-up in 2006-07. After appearing in a career-high 78 games of the 2007-08 season, he saw action in 18 games of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs in which his club captured the Stanley Cup.

In Detroit, Lebda was often paired with Chris Chelios, his childhood idol. Growing up in suburban Illinois, Lebda looked up to Chelios, then a member of the Blackhawks and even modeled his style of play after the NHL elder statesman.

On July 7, 2010, Lebda signed a two year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The following summer Lebda was on the move again. He was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1998-99 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-17 11 1 7 8 4
1998-99 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 3 0 0 0 0
1998-99 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program NAHL 52 11 17 28 56
1999-00 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-18 4 0 0 0 6
1999-00 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 22 6 7 13 28
2000-01 University of Notre Dame CCHA 39 7 19 26 109
2001-02 University of Notre Dame CCHA 34 6 8 14 54
2001-02 United States WJC-A 7 2 0 2 6 +1
2002-03 University of Notre Dame CCHA 40 7 14 21 48
2003-04 University of Notre Dame CCHA 39 6 18 24 42
2003-04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 6 0 1 1 0 -1 4 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 80 2 10 12 34 -1
2005-06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 3 9 12 20 +9 6 0 0 0 4
2005-06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 4 14 18 42 +13 11 1 4 5 8
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 5 13 18 61 +16 12 0 2 2 8
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 3 11 14 48 -1 19 0 2 2 6
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 6 10 16 48 +9 23 0 6 6 22
2009-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 1 7 8 24 -2 2 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 1 3 4 14 -14
2011-12 Springfield Falcons AHL 26 1 9 10 18 0
2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 30 1 3 4 14 -1
2012-13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 27 0 11 11 18 -12
2012-13 Binghamton Senators AHL 32 3 15 18 23 +3 3 0 0 0 12
NHL Totals 397 20 56 76 229 62 0 10 10 40


CCHA All-Rookie Team (2001) CCHA Second All-Star Team (2004) Signed as a free agent by Detroit, April 3, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 7, 2010. Traded to Nashville by Toronto with Robert Slaney and Toronto's 4th round pick (later traded to St. Louis - St. Louis selected Zachary Pochiro) in 2013 NHL Draft for Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson, July 3, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Springfield (AHL), November 7, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, January 19, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Rockford (AHL), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Binghamton (AHL), February 5, 2013.
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