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Brent Sopel
Brent Sopel
Defenseman
(SOH-puhl)
Number: 5
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Right
Born: Jan 7, 1977
Birthplace: Calgary, AB, Canada
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent 9/28/07
Drafted: VAN / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (144th overall)
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.