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Brett Clark
Brett Clark
Number: 5
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 194
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 23, 1976
Birthplace: Wapella, SK, Canada
Acquired: Acquired from Atlanta in exchange for Frederic Cassivi, Jan. 24, 2002
Drafted: MTL / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (154th overall)
2008-09 SEASON
Set an Avalanche record with 238 blocked shots, second most in the NHL (Zbynek Michalek, 271)… Finished second on the club in ice time at 22:19 per game…Appeared in each of the first 76 games prior to missing the final six contests due to a hand injury…Logged a career-high 30:30 of ice time on Nov. 22 at Los Angeles…Appeared in his 400th NHL game on Nov. 29 vs. Tampa Bay…Scored the game winner in overtime on his 32nd birthday, Dec. 23 vs. Phoenix.

Missed the final 25 games of the regular season and all 10 playoff contests due to a shoulder injury…Underwent season-ending surgery on Feb. 27…Led the Avalanche in ice time, averaging 23:09 per game…Led the entire NHL in shifts-per-game (31.3) for the second year in a row…Finished tied for second among Colorado defensemen with 21 points (5g/16a) despite playing only 57 games…Had a team-high 143 blocked shots at the time of his injury, a total that still ranked second on the club at season’s end…Collected his 100th NHL point on Jan. 5 vs. NY Islanders…Recorded his first career fighting major on Jan. 13 at Florida (Olli Jokinen)…Appeared in his 200th consecutive game on Feb. 12 vs. Anaheim but left in the third period after injuring his shoulder…Was placed on IR, Feb. 14 (retroactive to Feb. 12). 2006-07: Led the Avalanche in ice time, averaging nearly 24 minutes per game (23:40)…Led the entire NHL in shifts-per-game (35.1)… Finished second among Colorado defensemen in scoring with a career-high 39 points…Clark’s 10 goals and 29 assists were also career bests…Led the team and ranked fourth in the league with 210 blocked shots…Appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his career…Was the only Avalanche defenseman to skate in all 82 games…Finished third on the team in hits (85)…Recorded his first career 2-goal game and added an assist on Dec. 7 at San Jose…Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Feb. 24 at Los Angeles. 2005-06: Skated in 80 games for the Avalanche, recording nine goals and 27 assists…Had two assists on Oct. 27 vs. Vancouver, his first multi-point game since March 18, 2001 vs. Vancouver…Attempted a penalty shot on Nov. 18 at Anaheim (no goal)…First attempt by an Avs defenseman since Greg deVries on Oct. 27, 2001 at Phoenix…Missed one game because of the flu, Nov. 21 vs. Calgary. PLAYOFFS: Made his first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs…Tied Rob Blake for the team scoring lead among defensemen with four points (2g/2a)…Scored a goal in his first NHL playoff game, Game One of the WCQF at Dallas (April 22)…Collected points in each of his first three playoff contests (2g/1a)….Netted a game-tying short-handed goal with 2:04 left in regulation in Game Two (CQF) at Dallas on April 24. 2004-05: Served as team captain of the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate in Hershey…Led all Bears defenders in assists (37), points (44) and shots on goal (128)…Missed 13 games due to injury from Dec. 18 to Jan. 23. 2003-04: Began the season in Hershey, where prior to his first recall had played in 126 consecutive games after being acquired from Atlanta…Hershey’s winner of the 2004 American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions to the community…Would be recalled on six different occasions by the Avalanche…His first recall came on Nov. 9 and he played his first Avalanche game on Nov. 11 at San Jose…Scored his first goal with the Avs on Feb. 18 vs. Edmonton…Recalled for a sixth and final time April 3…Did not dress during the NHL playoffs. 2002-03: Named Hershey’s “Best Defenseman” for the second straight year…Only Bear to play in all 80 games. 2001-02: Appeared in two games with the Atlanta Thrashers…Split most of the season between Atlanta’s AHL club (Chicago) and Colorado’s AHL affiliate (Hershey)…Tied for the AHL plus/minus lead with a combined +28 rating…Named Hershey’s Best Defenseman. 2000-01: Helped Orlando capture the Turner Cup as IHL Champions. 1998-99: Played in 61 games for the Montreal Canadiens in his first full NHL season. 1997-98: Made his NHL debut Oct. 4, 1997 at Boston and notched his first NHL goal/ point on his 21st birthday, Dec. 23 at Ottawa.

Brett and his wife, Candace, have a son, Cail (6) and a daughter, Ava (1)…Lists Paul Coffey as his favorite player growing up…Participates in the Avalanche’s “Break The Ice” program, which teaches young kids how to skate…Brett’s first job was helping his parents on their farm in Saskatchewan.

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