Brent Sopel
Brent Sopel
Defenseman
NUMBER: 5
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
WEIGHT: 205
SHOOTS: Right
BIRTHDATE: 01/07/1977
BIRTHPLACE: Calgary, AB, CAN
DRAFTED: VAN: 1995-144 overall
Regular Season: Appeared in 23 games, notching two points (G, A) and eight penalty minutes ... Netted his only goal of the season on Oct. 31 against Dallas, which held up to be the game-winner ... Dished out an assist on Oct. 25 against Detroit ... Notched 45 blocked shots in his 23 matchups .. Missed 51 games due to injury, which includes two from Nov. 9 to 12 and 49 from Dec. 30 to April 12.

Stanley Cup Playoff Experience: This marks his sixth career postseason appearance with his second different club ... Notched 11 points (2G, 9A) in 42 career playoff tilts, all with the Vancouver Canucks ... Helped the Canucks come within one win of reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2003, netting postseason career highs in goals (2), assists (6) and points (8) in 14 matchups .... Held scoreless in 11 contests with Vancouver in 2007, helping the club reach the second round ... Made his postseason debut in four outings with the Canucks in 2001.
CAREER:

2008-09: Appeared in 23 regular-season games, notching two points (G, A) and eight penalty minutes … Netted his only goal of the season on Oct. 31 against Dallas, which held up to be the game-winner … Dished out an assist on Oct. 25 against Detroit … Notched 45 blocked shots in his 23 matchups .. Missed 51 games due to injury, which includes two from Nov. 9 to 12 and 49 from Dec. 30 to April 12.

2007-08: Shared third among Blackhawks defensemen with 19 assists and ranked fourth with 20 points and a +9 plus/minus rating in 58 games … Missed seven games due to a broken finger (Dec. 30 to Jan. 9), notching his only goal of the season in his return to the lineup Jan. 11 against Minnesota … Matched a season-high two assists four times, all of which took place on the road … Posted a +3 plus/minus rating three times.

2006-07: Split the season between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks collecting 23 assists, 28 points and 24 penalty minutes in 64 regular-season contests … Traded to the Canucks by the Kings for a second round draft pick in 2007 or 2008 and a fourth round draft pick in 2008 … Recorded five points (one goal and four assists) in 20 regular-season outings with the Canucks before notching two penalty minutes in 11 postseason outings.

2005-06:
Split the season between the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings, racking up 26 assists, 28 points and a career-most 70 penalty minutes in 68 regular-season contests … Notched one assist in 11 regular-season matchups with the Kings after being traded to the organization along with Mark Parrish for Denis Grebeshkov, Jeff Tambellini and a third round selection in 2006.

2004-05:
Did Not Play.

2003-04:
Registered career highs in goals (10), assists (32) and points (42) in 80 regular-season games with Vancouver … Led Canucks blueliners in assists and points … Notched one assist in seven playoff games.

2002-03:
Appeared in a career-high 81 contests with Vancouver collecting 37 points (seven goals, 30 assists) and 23 penalty minutes … Posted Stanley Cup Playoff career highs in games (14), goals (2), assists (6), points (8) and penalty minutes (4).

2001-02:
Skated in his first full NHL campaign, racking up 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) and 44 penalty minutes in 66 contests with the Canucks … Tallied two assists in six postseason contests.

2000-01:
Recorded 10 assists and 14 points in 52 regular-season games with Vancouver before posting two penalty minutes in four contests during his Stanley Cup Playoff debut … Dished out one assist in four contests with the IHL’s Kansas City Blades.

1999-2000:
Collected six points (two goals, four assists) and 12 penalty minutes in 18 tilts with Vancouver … Recorded 25 assists, 31 points and 67 penalty minutes in 50 matchups with the Syracuse Crunch.

1998-99:
Made his NHL debut, potting one goal in five games with the Canucks … Recorded 10 goals, 21 assists, 31 points and 59 penalty minutes in 53 games with Syracuse.

1997-98: Notched professional career highs with 33 assists and 43 points in 76 regular-season contests with the Crunch before adding seven assists in five playoff outings.

1996-97:
Wrapped up his junior career, accruing 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists) and 109 penalty minutes in 62 regular-season games for the Swift Current Broncos (WHL) … Skated in two regular-season contests and three playoff matchups with the Crunch.  Junior Career:  Appeared in 207 career WHL games with the Saskatoon Blades (1993-95) and Swift Current  (1994-97) registering 35 goals, 120 assists, 155 points and 279 penalty minutes.