Colorado Avalanche
Brian Willsie
BrianWillsie
POSITION: Right Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 202
BIRTHDATE: 03/16/1978
BIRTHPLACE: Belmont, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: COL: 1996-146 overall
2008-09 SEASON
- Opened the year with Lake Erie (AHL) but ended up spending the final five months of the season with the Avalanche.
- Recorded four points (1g/3a) in 42 games for the Avs.
- Skated in 35 of Colorado's last 44 contests.
- Was recalled from Lake Erie on Nov. 22.
- Was leading the Monsters in scoring at the time of his recall with 14 points (8g/6a) in 12 games.
- Missed 13 games after suffering a knee injury in the first period on Dec. 4 at Nashville.
- Placed on IR, Dec. 8 (retro to Dec. 4) and activated on Jan. 4.
- Potted his only goal of the season on Jan. 21 vs. Los Angeles.
2008-09 SEASON
Opened the year with Lake Erie (AHL) but ended up spending the ?nal ?ve months of the season with the Avalanche…Recorded four points (1g/3a) in 42 games for the Avs…Skated in 35 of Colorado’s last 44 contests…Was leading the Monsters with 14 points (8g/6a) in 12 games at the time of his recall on Nov. 22…Missed 13 games after suffering a knee injury in the ?rst period on Dec. 4 at Nashville…Placed on IR, Dec. 8 (retro to Dec. 4) and activated on Jan. 4…Potted his only goal of the season on Jan. 21 vs. Los Angeles.

CAREER
2007-08:
Recorded 12 points (4g/8a) in 53 games with the Los Angeles Kings. 2006-07: Played in 81 of 82 games with the Kings and tallied 21 points (11g/10a). 2005-06: Set career highs in goals (19), assists (22) and points (41) while appearing in all 82 games with the Washington Capitals…Was the only Capital to appear in every regular season game…Ranked fourth on the club in assists and points while ?nishing ?fth in goals…His185 shots ranked second on the team…Skated in his 200th NHL game on April 18 at Tampa Bay. 2004-05: Split the season between Europe and the American Hockey League…Began the year with Olimpija Hertz Ljubljana in Slovenia…Posted three assists in two games in the Slovenian League and 13 points (7g/6a) in 12 contests against international competition…Signed with Portland (AHL) on Dec. 15 and skated in 53 regular season games for the Pirates…Led Portland in goals (23) and ?nished second in points (40) despite missing 27 games. 2003-04: Appeared in 49 games during his ?rst season with the Washington Capitals, notching 15 points (10g/5a)…Missed 21 games from Dec. 27 to Feb. 12 with a concussion…Notched his ?rst career short- handed goal on March 12 vs. Chicago. 2002-03: Recorded one assist in 12 games with the Colorado Avalanche…Appeared in 59 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL), tallying 57 points (29g/28a)…Led the Bears in goals and ranked second in points…Was recalled by Colorado on four occasions: Nov. 22, Jan. 11, Jan. 22 and March 12. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in six postseason games with Colorado…Notched the game-winning goal in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarter?nals vs. Minnesota on April 12. 2001-02: Tallied 14 points (7g/7a) in 56 games with Colorado during his rookie season…Scored his ?rst NHL goal, the game-winner, on Oct. 23 vs. Carolina (also ?rst career point)…Recorded a pair of two-goal efforts, Nov. 2 and Dec. 23, both against Minnesota. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in four postseason games with Colorado, notching one assist. 2000-01: Spent the entire season with Hershey, accumulating 41 points (18g/23a) in 48 games…Missed the ?rst 30 games of the season due to a back injury suffered during training camp…Played in 12 postseason contests with the Bears and led the team with seven goals. 1999-00: Played in one regular season game with Colorado and 78 contests with Hershey…Made his NHL debut on Jan. 9 at Chicago…Recorded 59 points (20g/39a) with Hershey, tying for ?fth on the team in scoring…Notched two goals and six assists in 12 postseason games with the Bears. 1998-99: Saw action in 72 games with Hershey during his ?rst professional season, tallying 19 goals and 29 points…His goal total was the highest for any Hershey rookie since 1990-91…Added one goal in three playoff games.

OTHER
Spent three seasons (1995-98) with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League…Named an OHL First Team All-Star in 1997-98 after tallying 76 points (45g/31a) in 57 games…Made Memorial Cup tournament appearances in both 1996 and 1998…Played for Team Canada at the 1998 IIHF World Junior Championship.

PERSONAL
Brian and his wife, Kelly, have three sons, Owen (5), Braden (2) and Nash (born 4/2/09)…Spends his summers in Guelph, Ontario…Nickname is ‘Wils’…Supports Garth Brooks’ “Teammates for Kids” Foundation…Is a member of Athletes Against Autism, an organization founded by a group of athletes to raise awareness and funds for autism research, treatment and education programs…Favorite sport besides hockey is golf.