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Shane O'Brien
Shane O'Brien 2009 training camp.jpg
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
223 lb (101 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Colorado Avalanche
Anaheim Ducks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vancouver Canucks
Nashville Predators
Born (1983-08-09)August 9, 1983,
Port Hope, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 250th overall, 2003
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Pro Career 2003 – present

Shane O'Brien (born August 9, 1983) is an Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche. He has previously played for the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playing career

Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning

Playing major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), O'Brien was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 8th round, 250th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Before earning a full-time roster spot with Anaheim, he played with their minor league affiliates, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL). O'Brien led all AHL defenceman in scoring during the 2006 Calder Cup playoffs with six goals and 22 points in 19 post-season games.[1] The Pirates had made it to the semi-finals where they were defeated in seven games by the Hershey Bears. In the off-season, he was re-signed by the Ducks to a one-year contract on August 3, 2006.[1]

O'Brien warming up while a member of the Anaheim Ducks during the 2006-07 NHL season

O'Brien made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on October 6, 2006. He scored his first NHL goal later that month against Dominik Hašek in a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on October 18.[2] He completed the night with a Gordie Howe hat trick by getting an assist and a fight against Brad Norton.[2] On November 8, he scored a goal and two assists against the Vancouver Canucks for a three-point night.[3]

At the trade deadline on February 24, 2007, O'Brien was dealt with a third round draft pick in 2007 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Gerald Coleman and a first round draft pick in 2007.[4] He had established himself as a fighter during his rookie season. At the time of his trade, he was ranked fifth in the league in fights with 12. Making the transition to Tampa Bay, however, his role as an enforcer was diminished as the club was less prone to fight as the Ducks had been. He made his NHL playoff debut with the Lightning on April 12, meeting the New Jersey Devils in the first round.

After finishing his rookie season with a combined total of two goals and 16 points in the regular season between Anaheim and Tampa Bay, he was re-signed by the Lightning in the off-season.[5] At $2 million over two years, the contract saw O'Brien make $875,000 the first year and $1.125 million in 2008–09 – a raise from his $495,000 salary of the previous season.[6] He went on improving to four goals and 21 points in the subsequent season.

Vancouver Canucks

On October 6, 2008, O'Brien was traded with forward Michel Ouellet to the Vancouver Canucks for defenceman Lukáš Krajíček and prospect Juraj Šimek.[7] During his first year in Vancouver, O'Brien received a minor fine of $2,500 on January 29, 2009, after taking part in a post-game altercation with Ryan Clowe and Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks nine days earlier on January 20. Pavelski allegedly speared Canucks forward Daniel Sedin at the end of the game, a 2–1 overtime loss, leading O'Brien and teammate Willie Mitchell to intervene.[8]

O'Brien fighting Kyle Chipchura of the Anaheim Ducks in December 2009.

Soon thereafter, O'Brien garnered significant media attention when, after being unexpectedly made a healthy scratch, he claimed that general manager Mike Gillis implied in a one-on-one meeting that he is only interested in him fighting. O'Brien went on to speculate to the media whether Vancouver was the right fit for him.[9] After another meeting with Gillis the next day, O'Brien apologized through the media for what he described as "selfish" comments borne of frustration, and that he misunderstood Gillis in their initial meeting.[10]

In the subsequent 2009 playoffs, O'Brien scored his first goal as a Canuck against the Chicago Blackhawks in game six of the second round. The goal tied the score at 3–3 in the second period, although Chicago went on to eliminate the Canucks 7–5.[11]

Becoming a restricted free agent in the off-season, O'Brien re-signed with the Canucks to a one-year, $1.6 million contract after turning down the arbitration process.[12] Following an altercation with the New York Rangers on November 3, 2009, O'Brien was suspended for one game by the NHL for poking Rangers forward Sean Avery from across the two team's benches with his stick.[13] On December 20, 2009, O'Brien scored his first goal in 102 regular season games in a 3–1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.[14]

Later in the season, on March 30, 2010, head coach Alain Vigneault announced that O'Brien would sit out the next three games for disciplinary reasons. According to the Team 1040, a local sports radio station, O'Brien showed up late for the previous Monday's practice. Besides the incident, however, Vigneault added there was more to the situation than O'Brien being late. O'Brien was not permitted to skate with the team until April 4.[15] He finished his second season in Vancouver with two goals and eight points over 65 games. In the 2010 playoffs, he added a goal and two assists in 12 games as the Canucks were eliminated by the Blackhawks in the second round. Following the Canucks' playoff elimination, he discussed his upcoming restricted free agency and commented on a desire to have more leeway with the coaches.[16] On October 2nd, 2010 the Vancouver Canucks placed O'Brien on waivers.[17]

Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche

Three days after being placed on waivers, O'Brien was traded to the Nashville Predators, along with Dan Gendur for Ryan Parent and Jonas Andersson.[18] While in Nashville he tied a career high in games played (80) adding two goals and seven assists. He played in the all of the Predators 12 playoff games but went unsigned by Nashville following the playoffs and became a free agent.

On July 13th, 2011, he signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[19]

Personal life

O'Brien was born in Port Hope, Ontario, and comes from a lineage of hockey players. His father, Pat O'Brien, played junior in Canada, while his uncle, Dennis O'Brien, had a 10-year career in the NHL, mostly with the Minnesota North Stars.[20]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Port Hope Buzzards OPJHL 47 6 27 33 110
2000–01 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 61 2 12 14 89 4 0 1 1 6
2001–02 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 67 10 23 33 132 1 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 28 8 15 23 90
2002–03 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 34 8 11 19 108 19 4 10 14 79
2003–04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 60 2 8 10 163 9 0 2 2 30
2004–05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 77 5 20 25 319 12 1 3 4 57
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 77 8 33 41 287 19 6 16 22 81
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 62 2 12 14 140
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 0 2 2 36 6 0 0 0 12
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 77 4 17 21 154
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 0 10 10 196 10 1 1 2 24
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 65 2 6 8 79 12 1 2 3 25
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 80 2 7 9 83 12 0 0 0 18
NHL totals 299 8 47 55 605 40 2 3 5 79



  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press. "O'Brien re-signs with Ducks", Globe and Mail, 2006-08-03. Retrieved on 2010-05-12. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ducks 4, Red Wings 1", USA Today, 2006-04-18. Retrieved on 2008-10-06. 
  3. "Ducks remain unbeaten in regulation". Sporting News (2006-11-09). Retrieved on 2008-10-06.
  4. Allen, Kevin. "Blues trade Tkachuk to Thrashers", USA Today, 2007-02-25. Retrieved on 2008-10-06. 
  5. "Lightning re-sign defenceman O'Brien". Canadian Broadcasting Company (2007-06-21). Retrieved on 2008-10-06.
  6. Damian Cristodero. "Lightning, O'Brien agree to deal", St. Petersburg Times, 2007-07-22. Retrieved on 2010-05-12. 
  7. Vancouver Canucks. Canucks acquire Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet. Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved on 2008-10-06.
  8. "O'Brien fined for riding to the rescue but vows he'd do it again". The Province (2009-01-29). Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  9. "O'Brien not happy with Canucks brass". The Province (2009-02-03). Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  10. "Feisty O'Brien backtracks and apologizes to teammates". (2009-02-04). Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  11. "Kane's hat trick powers Blackhawks to first conference finals since '95". ESPN (2009-07-08). Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  12. "Canucks sign O'Brien and Raycroft". Canwest News Services (2009-07-07). Retrieved on 2009-07-08.
  13. "O'Brien and Byers handed one-game suspensions". The Sports Network (2009-11-04). Retrieved on 2009-11-04.
  14. "Canucks denied by inspired Blues". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2009-12-21). Retrieved on 2010-01-30.
  15. "Canucks' O'Brien to miss games, practice after being late", The Sports Network, 2010-03-30. Retrieved on 2010-03-31. 
  16. Elliott Papp. "O'Brien wants a contract, more leeway next season", Vancouver Sun, 2010-05-14. Retrieved on 2010-05-22. 
  18. "Canucks acquire Ryan Parent and Jonas Andersson", Vancouver Canucks, 2010-10-05. Retrieved on 2010-10-05. 
  19. "Avalanche Signs O'Brien", Colorado Avalanche, 2011-13-07. Retrieved on 2011-13-07. 
  20. Damian Cristodero. "New defenceman says he'll protect his family", St. Petersburg Times, 2007-02-27. Retrieved on 2010-05-12. 

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