Brendan Witt
Brendan Witt - Nashville Predators
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
219 lb (100 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
New York Islanders
Washington Capitals
Nashville Predators
Bracknell Bees
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born February 20 1975 (1975-02-20) (age 45),
Humboldt, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1993
Washington Capitals
Pro Career 1995 – present

Brendan Witt (born February 20, 1975) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Witt served as co-captain of the Washington Capitals during the 2001–02 NHL season, along with Steve Konowalchuk. Witt lost his share of the captaincy, when in a player vote (before the 2002–03 NHL season), the Capitals chose Konowalchuk as sole captain. After Konowalchuk's trade to the Avalanche (October 2003), the captaincy remained vacant (until Jeff Halpern was appointed in September 2005).

In August 2005, Witt requested a trade to the Capitals management to a team with a better chance of winning Stanley Cup. But on August 15, 2005, he re-signed with Washington.

Witt is best known for his tough defensive style; in the 2000–01 NHL season, he led the league with 322 hits.

Witt's request for a trade was granted by the Capitals on March 9, 2006, when he was shipped to the Nashville Predators for former Capital Kris Beech and a first-round draft pick. Prior to the trade, he had been with the Capitals organization since being drafted in 1993.

On July 3, 2006, Witt signed a three-year contract with the New York Islanders.

Witt wears number 32 with the Islanders. In Washington, he wore number 19.

On July 8, 2008, Witt signed a 2 year, $6 million extension with the New York Islanders, paying $3 million per year.


On February 27, 2009, the NHL suspnded Witt 5 games for an elbow to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman. On the play, Witt was without a stick and teammate Blake Comeau passed the puck across the ice to him. Unable to catch up to the pass, Witt threw an elbow towards the head of Hagman as he was about to intercept the pass. Hagman suffered a concussion on the play and Witt was given a 5 minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct. The next day he was suspended.

Lockout season

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Witt signed for the English, BNL side, Bracknell Bees. He only played three games for Bracknell before returning home due to a fire at his house. During his three games he scored one goal and got four assists for a total of five points.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL10000
1991–92Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL6739122121511284
1992–93Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL7022628239512330
1993–94Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL56831392359381123
1995–96Washington CapitalsNHL4823585
1996–97Portland PiratesAHL3024656510130
1996–97Washington CapitalsNHL4432588
1997–98Washington CapitalsNHL641781121610114
1998–99Washington CapitalsNHL5425787
1999–00Washington CapitalsNHL7717811430000
2000–01Washington CapitalsNHL72336101620212
2001–02Washington CapitalsNHL68371078
2002–03Washington CapitalsNHL69291110661010
2003–04Washington CapitalsNHL7221012123
2004–05Bracknell BeesBNL31450
2005–06Washington CapitalsNHL5811011141
2005–06Nashville PredatorsNHL1703368500012
2006–07New York IslandersNHL811131413150116
2007–08New York IslandersNHL5925751
2008–09New York IslandersNHL6509994
NHL totals 848 23 93 116 1379 41 4 1 5 44


Preceded by
Adam Oates
Washington Capitals captains
2001–02, with
Steve Konowalchuk
Succeeded by
Steve Konowalchuk

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