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Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Sopes
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born January 7 1977 (1977-01-07) (age 33),
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 144th overall, 1995
Vancouver Canucks
Pro Career 1997present

Brent Sopel (born January 7, 1977 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

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Vancouver Canucks

On April 3, 1996, just under a year after being drafted, Sopel signed his first professional contract with his draft team, the Vancouver Canucks. Sopel scored his first NHL goal on April 10, 1999 against the Edmonton Oilers' Tommy Salo.

Sopel was traded back to the Canucks during their 2006–07 season, on February 1, 2007, the NHL trade deadline. He missed the first game of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Dallas Stars after he injured his back picking a cracker up off the floor. The Canucks beat the Stars in quadruple overtime, in the sixth longest game in NHL history.

New York Islanders

On August 3, 2005, the Canucks traded Sopel to the New York Islanders for a conditional draft pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. On August 16, just under a week after being traded, Sopel signed a two-year, $4.8-million with the Islanders.

Chicago Blackhawks

Heading into the 2007–08 season with no contract, Sopel was invited to the Detroit Red Wings' training camp. However, on September 28, 2007, Sopel left Red Wings camp, signing a one-year, $1.5-million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks after the Red Wings had only offered a one-year, $500,000 contract. On January 10, 2008, Sopel signed a 3-year, $7-million contract extension with the Blackhawks, keeping him in Chicago through to the 2010-11 NHL season.

Awards

  • 2002NHL Player of the Week (January 21 – 27)

Transactions

External links

  • Brent Sopel's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database

This article uses material from the "Brent Sopel" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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