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Bryan Little
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Born November 12, 1987 (1987-11-12) (age 31)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Winnipeg Jets
Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2006
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 2007–present

Bryan Little (born Bryan Matthew Little on November 12, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1st round (12th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Bryan played much of his minor hockey for the Cambridge Hawks of the Alliance Pavilion League until 2001-02 season.

He then played for the Cambridge Winter Hawks Jr.B hockey team when he was 14 years old while attending Southwood Secondary School until he was 15 years old when he moved on to the OHL Barrie Colts.

Bryan was selected in the 3rd round (50th overall) in the 2003 OHL Draft after a standout season with the Winter Hawks.

Bryan was selected first round (12th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Bryan played Junior B for the Cambridge Winter Hawks. After four seasons playing for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in which he played in 2006 CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game, he joined the Thrashers' farm team, the Chicago Wolves for two games in the 2007 playoffs, recording no points or penalties.

According to one local columnist, "He didn’t play much, and he was playing out of position, but the biggest thing was that he fit right in ... he played like he'd been there all season."

Bryan signed a three-year NHL entry level contract with the Atlanta Thrashers and was committed to them up to the end of the 2009–10 NHL season. He made the Thrashers out of training camp in 2007 and joined the team full-time.

Bryan made his NHL debut on October 5, 2007, scoring in his first game, the first Thrasher ever to do so.

Midway through the season, Bryan was demoted to the Wolves where he would go on to win the 2008 Calder Cup Championship. He would spend the entire 2008–09 NHL season with the Thrashers, scoring 31 goals.

He re-signed with the Atlanta Thrashers as a restricted free agent in August 2010. He signed a three-year contract worth $7.15 million.

Due to team relocation, Bryan now plays for the Winnipeg Jets. When the team relocated to Winnipeg, he changed his uniform number from #10 to #18 out of respect for Dale Hawerchuk who played for the original Winnipeg Jets.

Prior to going to arbitration, Bryan and the Winnipeg Jets agreed to a 5-year, $23.5 million contract on July 22, 2013. In the first year of his new contract in the 2013–14 season, he had a career year offensively, putting up 64 points, playing in all 82 games.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Cambridge Winterhawks MWJBHL 40 20 15 35 14
2003–04 Barrie Colts OHL 64 34 24 58 18 12 5 5 10 7
2004–05 Barrie Colts OHL 62 36 32 68 34 4 5 1 6 2
2005–06 Barrie Colts OHL 64 42 67 109 99 14 8 15 23 19
2006–07 Barrie Colts OHL 57 41 66 107 77 8 4 5 9 8
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 48 6 10 16 18
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 34 9 16 25 10 24 8 4 12 10
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 31 20 51 24
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 13 21 34 20
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 18 30 48 33
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 24 22 46 26
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 48 7 25 32 4
2013–14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 23 41 64 58
2014–15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 70 24 28 52 24 4 2 1 3 0
NHL totals 556 146 197 343 207 4 2 1 3 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada Ontario U17 Template:Goca 6 4 4 8 4
2005 Canada IH18 Template:Goca 5 4 2 6 0
2007 Canada WJC Template:Goca 6 1 1 2 14
Junior totals 17 9 7 16 18

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Ih18
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2005 Piešťany
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold 2007 Sweden

Bryan was first selected in an international tournament for the Team Ontario in 2003–04 in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Newfoundland, winning a gold medal.

He was then included with Canadian National Under-18 Summer Team at the 2004 World Junior Cup in Břeclav, Czech Republic and Invited to the December 2005 Canadian World Junior hockey team selection camp.

He was a member of the gold-medal winning 2007 Canadian World Junior hockey team.

AccoladesEdit

  • 2003–04: OHL Rookie of the Year
  • 2004–05: Eastern Conference OHL All-Star.
  • 2005–06: Barrie Colts team Captain.
  • 2006–07: Set the Barrie Colts current club record for most goals scored with the team.
  • 2006–07: Set the Barrie Colts current club record for most points earned with the team.
  • 2010–11: Dan Snyder Memorial Award
  • 2013-14: Dan Snyder Memorial Award

Personal LifeEdit

Bryan and his wife Brittany, currently reside in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada when he is not living in Winnipeg during the hockey season. He is known to like to keep his personal life to himself and does not interact at all on social media.