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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)

2010-11: recorded his 1st point in a Thrashers uniform (assist) on Oct. 9 at TBL … Skated in his 600th career NHL game on Nov. 3 at FLA… Scored his 1st goal as a Thrasher on Nov. 13 vs. PIT… Registered his 1st multiple-point game of the season (2a) on Dec. 11 at NYI … Scored his 2nd goal of the season on Feb. 5 at CAR… Acquired from ATL on Feb. 24 (with Nigel Dawes) for Ben Maxwell and a 4th round draft pick in 2011… Played his 1st game with the Canadiens, becoming the 4th player in team history to wear #55 (John McGill, Igor Ulanov and Matthieu Descôteaux)… Returned to action on March 24 at BOS after missing 7 games due to an upper-body injury suffered on March 8 vs. BOS… Led the team in April with 10 blocked shots… Scored his 1st goal with the Canadiens on April 21 vs. BOS.



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.