Brandon Dubinsky
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Position Left wing
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
NHL Team Columbus Blue Jackets
Born (1986-04-29)April 29, 1986,
Anchorage, AK, USA
NHL Draft 60th overall, 2004
New York Rangers
Pro Career 2004 – present

Brandon Dubinsky (born April 29, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Dubinsky began playing youth hockey in Anchorage, and graduated from Service High School in 2004. He played his junior career with Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for four years, and was a two time Western Conference second team All-Star before being drafted in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.

New York Rangers[edit | edit source]

Dubinsky played for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) for most of the 2006-2007 season. He first played for the New York Rangers on March 8, 2007 against the New York Islanders.

Dubinsky scored his first NHL goal against Marc-André Fleury on November 8, 2007 in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dubinsky was the 3rd star of the game. Much of the season was spent centering the Rangers' first forward line with Jaromír Jágr and Sean Avery.[1] He was one of sixteen rookies selected to participate in the 2008 YoungStars competition at the 56th NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta. He scored two goals and one assist and was named YoungStars Most Valuable Player.[2] Dubinsky scored his first career playoff goal in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils on April 13, 2008.

His successful rookie season was marked on April 4, 2008 when Dubinsky was awarded the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for the 2007-08 season[3] and "Rookie of the Year" for the Rangers as voted by his teammates.

On May 12, 2008, Dubinsky scored a hat trick in his first World Championships, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, against Norway.[4] Team USA went on to win the game 9-1.

On November 24, 2008, Dubinsky scored a Gordie Howe hat trick against the Phoenix Coyotes. He squared off against the Coyotes' tough guy Daniel Carcillo protecting the Rangers' netminder Henrik Lundqvist at 2:58 into the first, taking a 5 minute major for fighting. He then scored a wraparound goal 1 minute 15 seconds into the second period (which ended up being the game winner). Dubinsky then finished the 'Gordie' with an assist to Dan Girardi, who scored a power play goal from the blue line at 7:37 into the third period. The Rangers won the game 4-1 and Dubinsky along with Lundqvist and Zherdev were named the three stars. Ranger coach Tom Renney called the feat a "Gordie Orr hat trick" claiming that Dubinsky "didn't do that well in the fight".[5]

Dubinsky finished his second full season with one point more than his previous season. Despite a strong start with a game winning goal in the Rangers' first game [6] and a streak of 11 points in his first 11 games in 2008-09, he also suffered a 20-game goal-scoring drought.[7] On April 15, 2009, Dubinsky scored the game winning goal with 8:17 remaining in the third period of the Rangers' first game of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals.

After holding out at the beginning of the 2009–10 season and missing over a week of training camp, Dubinsky signed a two-year contract worth $3.7 million as a restricted free agent.[8] Dubinsky tallied 3 goals and 10 points on the season before suffering a broken hand in a game against the Calgary Flames on November 7, 2009, which relegated him to Injured Reserve for more than a month.

Dubinsky returned to the Rangers' lineup on December 14 against the Atlanta Thrashers. He scored his first goal in over two months four games later against the Carolina Hurricanes, the game winner in a 3-1 Rangers victory.

Despite missing over a month due to injury, Dubinsky finished the season with career highs in goals and points.

After the 2010-11 season, Dubinsky avoided arbitration with the Rangers and signed a four-year contract worth $16.8 million.[9] In 2012, Dubinsky, along with Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Rick Nash.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 44 8 18 26 35 7 2 2 4 10
2003–04 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 71 30 48 78 137 5 0 2 2 6
2004–05 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 68 23 36 59 160 7 4 5 9 8
2005–06 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 51 21 46 67 98 12 5 10 15 24
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 11 5 5 10 14
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 71 21 22 43 115 7 1 3 4 12
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 82 14 26 40 79 10 4 4 8 12
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 82 13 28 41 112 7 1 3 4 18
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 69 20 24 44 54
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 77 24 30 54 100 5 2 1 3 2
WHL totals 234 82 148 230 430 31 11 19 30 48
AHL totals 71 21 22 43 115 18 6 8 14 26
NHL totals 316 71 108 179 347 22 7 8 15 32

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Dubinsky was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He has a father, Bill, and mother Heidi, two brothers, Bobby and Bryant, who reside in Anchorage, Alaska.

Dubinsky recently became engaged to girlfriend Brenna Mcguire, a model and former basketball player for the University of Virginia Cavaliers while on vacation in Mexico during the NHL All-Star Game.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dellapina, John. "Rookie Brandon Dubinsky ready to rumble on Jaromir Jagr's line", NY Daily News, 2008-02-19. Retrieved on 2008-06-29. 
  2. "Rangers Show Off Their Skills; Dubinsky YoungStars MVP",, 2008-01-26. Retrieved on 2008-02-16. 
  3. "Dubinsky wins Extra Effort Award",, 2008-04-04. Retrieved on 2008-06-29. 
  4. "Dubinsky Rocks the Worlds with a Hat Trick",, 2008-05-12. Retrieved on 2008-06-29. 
  5. Botte, Peter. "Scott Gomez returns as Rangers beat Coyotes, break losing skid",, 2008-11-24. Retrieved on 2008-11-24. 
  6. "New York Rangers/Tampa Bay Lightning Box Score", Yahoo, 2008-10-04. Retrieved on 2009-07-19. 
  7. Brooks, Larry. "Dubinsky rediscovers scoring touch", New York Post, 2009-01-18. Retrieved on 2009-01-18. 
  8. Zipay, Steve. "Rangers' Dubinsky ends holdout, signs 2-year deal", Newsday, 2009-09-19. Retrieved on 2009-09-19. 
  9. "Brandon Dubinsky avoids arbitration with four-year deal", USA Today, 2011-07-21. 

External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Jed Ortmeyer
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award winner
Succeeded by
Ryan Callahan

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