Brandon Kozun
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Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
165 lb (75 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
Los Angeles Kings
Manchester Monarchs (AHL)
Born (1990-03-08)March 8, 1990,
Los Angeles, CA, US
NHL Draft 179th overall, 2009
Los Angeles Kings
Pro Career 2009 – present


Brandon Kozun (born March 8, 1990) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL). He is a draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), selected in the sixth round, 179th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey for the Calgary Hitmen, and won both the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Canadian Hockey League (CHL) scoring titles in 2009–10 as the Hitmen won the WHL championship. Although he was born in the United States, Kozun represents Canada internationally, and was a member of the Canadian junior team that won a silver medal at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Personal[edit | edit source]

Kozun was born March 8, 1990 in Los Angeles, California. His father, Michael, is American, while his mother, Donna, was born in Canada. He has two elder brothers, Johnathan and Christopher.[1] Following the lead of his brothers, Kozun began playing hockey in 1993 at the age of three;[2] the same time the Los Angeles Kings reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time, leading to an increase in popularity in the sport. His first coach was Mike Barnett, the agent of Kings' star Wayne Gretzky.[1] His family moved to Calgary, Alberta when he was around ten years old.[3] He continued playing, first with the Blackfoot then Midnapore minor hockey associations in Calgary before attending Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota in 2005–06.[2]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

Kozun began his junior career with the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in 2006–07. He also appeared in 11 games with the Calgary Hitmen, scoring one goal. Kozun moved up to the Western Hockey League (WHL) full time in 2007–08 as he recorded 19 goals and 53 points in 67 games for the Hitmen. He improved to 108 points in 2008–09, second in the league behind Casey Pierro-Zabotel's 115,[4] and was named a First-Team All-Star by the WHL. His season also earned the attention of scouts.

The diminutive forward relies on his speed and skating ability and was praised by Hitmen coach Mike Williamson for his competitive nature and willing to play any role the team asks of him.[5] Williamson added that his sense of anticipation allows Kozun to see plays on the ice develop before they happen, stating it to be a trait found in elite athletes.[1] His small size, standing 5"9', initially led WHL teams to overlook him,[1] as well as NHL scouts who argued he was too small for the NHL.[6] He was left unranked by NHL Central Scouting in his first year of draft eligibility in 2008,[7] and went undrafted that year. Following his 108 point season with the Hitmen, the Los Angeles Kings selected Kozun with their 6th round pick, 179th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[5] Kozun led the league in scoring in 2009–10, scoring 13 points in his final five games to finish with 107 points to win the Bob Clarke Trophy.[8]

Professional[edit | edit source]

The Kings assigned Kozun to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, to begin the 2010–11 season.[9]

In his home debut for the Manchester Monarchs, Kozun scored two goals, the first of which was a penalty shot goal at 19:26 of the first period against the Providence Bruins on October 16, 2010. The goal was the first of two penalty shot attempts by the Monarchs, a franchise record for penalty shots awarded in a game.

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Silver 2010 Canada Ice hockey

He earned the attention of both the Canadian and American national junior teams as he led the WHL in scoring early in the 2009–10 season.[10] Kozun was reportedly guaranteed a spot on the American team at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships,[3] but declined as he wanted to show loyalty to the nation that developed him as a hockey player.[11] Kozun earned a spot on the Canadian team, his first time representing Canada internationally.[5] During round robin play, he scored the shootout winner to cap a dramatic 5–4 come from behind victory over the Americans, leading Canada to first place in their pool, and a bye into the semi-final round of the tournament. Canada lost a rematch against the Americans in the gold medal game, also in overtime, to settle for the silver medal.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Calgary Royals AJHL 39 20 22 42 38
2006–07 Calgary Hitmen WHL 11 1 1 2 4
2007–08 Calgary Hitmen WHL 69 19 34 53 46 16 4 14 18 6
2008–09 Calgary Hitmen WHL 72 40 68 108 58 18 7 12 19 8
2009–10 Calgary Hitmen WHL 65 32 75 107 50 23 8 22 30 12
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 73 23 25 48 48 7 1 3 4 2
WHL totals 217 92 178 270 158 57 19 48 67 26

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM Team result
2010 Canada WJC 6 3 4 7 0 Silver medal
International totals 6 3 4 7 0

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year
Junior
WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team 2008–09
2009–10
Bob Clarke Trophy 2009–10 [8]
CHL Top Scorer Award 2009–10 [12]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wolfe, Cory (2009-12-31). Kozun was born for Canada–U.S. hockey clash. National Post. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Heinen, Laurence (2008-09-30). Homegrown Calgary kids lead Hitmen. Alberta Hockey Now. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dual-citizen Kozun going for Canada. Canwest News Service (2009-12-06). Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  4. 2008–09 WHL top scorers. Western Hockey League. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mingo, Rita. "U.S.-born Kozun prefers Maple Leaf", Calgary Herald, 2009-12-24, p. F3. 
  6. Down, John (2008-02-24). Diminutive Kozun has big NHL dreams. Calgary Herald. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  7. Cruickshank, Scott (2008-06-17). Unknown doesn't rock this Stone. Calgary Herald. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fisher, Scott (2010-03-15). All four won scoring title. Calgary Sun. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  9. Odland, Kristen (2010-09-25). Nostalgic night for Kozun and the Hitmen. Calgary Herald. Retrieved on 2010-09-26.
  10. Fisher, Scott (2009-11-12). Kozun all-world to start season. Calgary Sun. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  11. Vickers, Aaron. "Dual Citizen goes; Kozun opts to wear Maple Leaf", Future Considerations Hockey 2010 World Junior Championship Guide, p. 9. 
  12. Myers, Sean (2010-05-21). Top gun Kozun's return from injury boosts Hitmen. Calgary Herald. Retrieved on 2010-05-21.

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