February 20, 1975 |
Humboldt, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)|
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||11th overall, 1993
Brendan Witt (born February 20, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Witt's NHL career began with the Washington Capitals, the team that drafted him in the 1993 Entry Draft. In the 2000–01 NHL season, he led the league with 322 hits. Witt served as co-captain of the Washington Capitals during the 2001–02 NHL season, along with Steve Konowalchuk. Witt lost his share of the captaincy, when in a player vote (before the 2002–03 NHL season), the Capitals chose Konowalchuk as sole captain. After Konowalchuk's trade to the Avalanche (October 2003), the captaincy remained vacant (until Jeff Halpern was appointed in September 2005).
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Witt signed for the English, BNL side, Bracknell Bees. He only played three games for Bracknell before returning home due to a fire at his house. During his three games he scored one goal and got four assists for a total of five points.
In August, 2005, Witt requested a trade to the Capitals management to a team with a better chance of winning Stanley Cup. Re-signed by the Capitals despite his trade desire he remained on the Capitals defense to start the 2005–06 season.1 His request for a trade was finally granted by the Capitals on March 9, 2006, when he was shipped to the Nashville Predators for former Capital Kris Beech and a first-round draft pick.
On July 3, 2006, Witt signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the New York Islanders and was named an alternate captain.2 On July 8, 2008, with a year of his original Islander contract still remaining, Witt signed a 2 year, $6 million extension to remain with the New York Islanders.3 During the 2008–09 season, on February 27, 2009, the NHL suspended Witt 5 games for an elbow to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman resulting in a concussion.4
In January 2010, Brendan was sent to Islanders affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers.5 Completing the season with 2 goals in 27 games for Bridgeport, Witt was then bought-out from the remaining year of his contract with the Islanders on August 1, 2010.6
On December 8, 2009, while in Philadelphia for a game later that day against the Flyers, Witt was hit by a truck while crossing Arch Street in Center City Philadelphia. A truck made an illegal turn and hit Witt who tried to jump on the hood of the vehicle before being thrown to the ground as he was hit. Witt picked himself up off the road, cursed, and assured the stunned onlookers that he was ok. Witt chose not to call police or get medical care, and was at the Islanders' morning skate just a few hours later.8
|2006–07||New York Islanders||NHL||81||1||13||14||131||5||0||1||1||6|
|2007–08||New York Islanders||NHL||59||2||5||7||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New York Islanders||NHL||65||0||9||9||94||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Islanders||NHL||42||2||3||5||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||27||2||4||6||49||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Ten Capitals agree to qualifying offers". Washington Times. 2005-08-16. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- "Islanders, Witt agree to terms on three-year contract". ESPN. 2006-07-03. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- "Islanders ink defenceman Witt to extension". CBC.ca. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- "Witt suspended 5 games by NHL". ESPN. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- "Islanders drop Brendan Witt on waiver after no trade takers". Yahoo! Sports. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- "Islanders buy out defenseman Brendan Witt". NHL. 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- "Tale of My Tattoos: Inking Man's Game". Sports Illustrated. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2008-10-30.
- Matt Burt (2009-12-08). "Isles' Witt hit by car this morning; will still play tonight". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
|Washington Capitals first round draft pick
|Washington Capitals captain
with Steve Konowalchuk