| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
202 lb (92 kg)
| NHL Team (P)|
| Montreal Canadiens|
Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Washington Capitals Colorado Avalanche
Los Angeles Kings
|Born|| March 16 1978,|
London, ON, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 146th overall, 1996|
|Pro Career||1998 – present|
Willsie grew up in the small southwestern Ontario town of Belmont, Ontario and played minor hockey for the local Belmont MHA teams and the AAA Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. In 1993–94 he played for the Chiefs Midget AAA team before signing for the 1994–95 season with the St. Thomas Stars Jr.B. club of the Western Ontario Junior B League (OHA).
Willsie began his junior career with the Guelph Storm of the OHL in the 1995–96 season. At the conclusion of the season, Brian was drafted 146th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. After starring for the Storm in the following two seasons, Brian was named to the OHL First All-Star team and represented Canada at the 1998 World Junior Championships.
Willsie made his professional debut in the 1998–99 season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, affiliate of the Avalanche. In the 1999–2000 season, Brian made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche, playing in a solitary game on January 9, 2000 against the Chicago Blackhawks. It wasn't until the 2001–02 season that Willsie played his first full season in the NHL appearing in 56 games with the Avalanche.
After spending the majority of his 5-year tenure with Colorado splitting between the AHL and the NHL, Willsie was claimed by the Washington Capitals prior to the 2003–04 season on October 3, 2003. Willsie established himself with the Capitals scoring 15 points in 49 games in a season that was shortened with a concussion
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Willsie had a brief stay with Slovenian team HDD Olimpija Ljubljana before he racked up a team-leading 24 goals along with 17 assists (41 points) in just 53 games played for Capitals affiliate, the Portland Pirates, in the AHL. The 2005–06 season was a breakout year for Willsie, as he set career highs with 19 goals, 22 assists, for a total of 41 points with the Capitals.
On July 4, 2006, Brian signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. After missing only 1 games with the Kings in the 2006–07 season, Willsie suffered a downturn in production and was often a extra forward in the following season, appearing in only 53 contests.
On July 15, 2008, Willsie signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche, marking his second stint with the team. Brian now a veteran, was re-assigned to captain affiliate the Lake Erie Monsters prior to the 2008–09 season. Only 14 games into the season, Willsie was recalled to the depleted Avalanche where he remained for the season appearing in 42 games and scoring his lone goal for the season on January 21, 2009, against former team the Kings in a 6-5 loss. Willsie re-signed a one-year deal with the Avalanche on July 6, 2009.
Willsie played in four games with the Avalanche early in the 2009–10 season but primarily remained in the AHL to continue as captain of Lake Erie. He set a franchise record and led the team with 26 goals in 75 games.
Regular Season and PlayoffsEdit
|1993–94||Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Bantam AAA||MHAO||39||29||40||69||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||St. Thomas Stars Jr.B.||WOJHL||44||18||23||41||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HDD Olimpija Ljubljana||SLV||14||7||9||16||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||81||11||10||21||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||53||4||8||12||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||12||8||6||14||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||75||26||31||57||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||7||0||2||2||4|
Awards and honoursEdit
|First All-Star Team||1998|
- ↑ No Takers for Cujo. ESPN (2003-10-03). Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Kings sign forward Brian Willsie. Los Angeles Kings (2006–07-04). Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Avalanche signs McCormick, Willsie. Colorado Avalanche (2008-07-15). Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Willsie channels disappointment into goals. NHL (2008-10-30). Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Kings 6, Avalanche 5. CBS Sports (2009-01-21). Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ Avs agree to terms with six players. Colorado Avalanche (2009-07-06). Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- ↑ 2009–10 player rewind...Brian Willsie. Lake Erie Monsters (2010-07-14). Retrieved on 2010-07-14.
- ↑ Caps Sign Willsie. Washington Post (2010-07-14). Retrieved on 2010-07-14.
- ↑ http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2011/07/hershey_bears_brian_willsie_si.html
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