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==Playing Career==
 
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Brent was drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the [[1995 NHL Entry Draft]].
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On April 3, 1996 (just under a year after being drafted), he signed his first professional contract with Vancouver.
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On April 10, 1999, he scored his first NHL goal against [[Tommy Salo]] of the Edmonton Oilers.
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On February 1, 2007 (during the 2006-07 season), Brent was traded back to the Canucks after playing for the Los Angeles Kings.
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He missed the first game of the [[2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs]] against the Dallas Stars after he injured his back while picking up a cracker that was dropped by former teammate Andrew Greven.
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The Canucks beat the Stars in quadruple overtime (which was the sixth longest game in NHL history).
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===New York Islanders===
 
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===Chicago Blackhawks===
 
===Chicago Blackhawks===

Revision as of 21:39, 11 February 2014

Brent Sopel
Born January 7, 1977 (1977-01-07) (age 45)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Vancouver Canucks
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
Chicago Blackhawks
Atlanta Thrashers
Montreal Canadiens
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
NHL Draft 144th overall, 1995
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1997–present

Brent Sopel (born Brent Bernard Sopel on January 7, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks (whom he won the Stanley Cup with in 2010), Atlanta Thrashers and the Montreal Canadiens.

Playing Career

Vancouver Canucks

Brent was drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

On April 3, 1996 (just under a year after being drafted), he signed his first professional contract with Vancouver.

On April 10, 1999, he scored his first NHL goal against Tommy Salo of the Edmonton Oilers.

On February 1, 2007 (during the 2006-07 season), Brent was traded back to the Canucks after playing for the Los Angeles Kings.

He missed the first game of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Dallas Stars after he injured his back while picking up a cracker that was dropped by former teammate Andrew Greven.

The Canucks beat the Stars in quadruple overtime (which was the sixth longest game in NHL history).

New York Islanders

Chicago Blackhawks

Atlanta Thrashers

Montreal Canadiens

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)

Awards & Achievements

  • 2002: NHL Player of the Week (January 21st–27th)
  • 2010: Stanley Cup Champion (with Chicago Blackhawks)

Personal Life

Brent grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the city's Silverwood Heights neighborhood where he attended Sister O'Brien School and Marion M. Graham Collegiate. He has dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Brent and his ex-wife Kelly have four children: sons Paul & Jake and daughters Lyla & Jayla.

Lyla has dyslexia and dysgraphia like her father. Paul was adopted in 2007 when he was 17 years old after his parents (who were the Sopels' family friends) passed away in a short period of time.

His ex-wife & children live in Hinsdale.