Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
Brett Bellemore
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 06/25/1988
AGE: 26
DRAFTED: CAR: 2007-162 overall
2012-13 SEASON
Appeared in his first NHL season with the Hurricanes, registering two assists and seven penalty minutes in eight games played… Played 68 AHL games for Charlotte, setting AHL career highs in assists (11), points (13), penalty minutes (87) and plus/minus (+11)… Ranked tied for third on the team and tied for first among team defensemen in plus/minus… Was second among Checkers in penalty minutes… Earned his first NHL recall on 3/20… Made his NHL debut vs. NJ (3/21), skating 12:25 of ice time… Sparred with Patrice Cormier in his first NHL fight vs. WPG (3/26)… Earned his first NHL point with an assist on Jordan Staal’s first-period goal at MTL (4/1)… Reassigned to Charlotte on 4/3, but recalled again on 4/5 without appearing in a game for the Checkers… Earned an assist and skated a career high 18:02 of ice time at BOS (4/8)… Reassigned to Charlotte on 4/9 for the balance of the season… Earned one assist in five Calder Cup playoff games for Charlotte.

Is in his second NHL season with Carolina… Selected by the Hurricanes in the sixth round (162nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft… Signed a one-year contract extension with Carolina on 6/23/13… Has totaled six goals, 34 assists (40 points) and 312 penalty minutes in 300 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Albany and Charlotte entering 2013-14, and was Charlotte’s all-time leader in games played by a defenseman (215)… Completed his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career with 48 points (8g, 40a) and 175 penalty minutes in 181 career games with Plymouth.

2005-06: Made his OHL debut in 2005 in Plymouth’s season opener at Saginaw (9/21) and appeared in 46 games during his rookie OHL season… Skated in 10 OHL playoff games as Plymouth beat Windsor in seven games before falling to Guelph in the second round.

2006-07: Ranked first among all Canadian Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League skaters with a (+48) plus/minus rating… Was named Plymouth’s Most Improved Player… Had six assists in 25 playoff and Memorial Cup games for the Whalers as Plymouth captured the 2007 OHL Championship before falling to Vancouver in the Memorial Cup final.

2007-08: Established OHL career highs in goals (6), assists (18), points (24) and penalty minutes (70), appearing in 56 games for Plymouth… Missed the first 12 games of the season due to offseason shoulder surgery… Earned two assists in four playoff games as Plymouth was swept by Kitchener in the opening round… Joined Albany at the conclusion of his junior season and made his professional debut with the River Rats at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3/31/08).

2008-09: Began the season with Albany, playing in six games before being reassigned to Plymouth (OHL) on 1/5… Had missed most of the AHL season with a back injury… Skated in 29 regular-season OHL games after joining Plymouth, totaling 12 points (2g, 10a)… Was named the OHL Western Conference’s Best Defensive Defenseman in a coaches’ poll… Earned first star honors with a goal and an assist at Ottawa (1/11)… Scored his first career shorthanded goal, the game-winner, vs. Windsor (4/2)… Totaled three points (1g, 2a) and 16 penalty minutes in 11 OHL playoff games as Plymouth beat Sarnia before falling to Windsor in the second round.

2009-10: Completed his first full professional season, totaling seven points (1g, 6a) and 81 penalty minutes in 75 games… Scored his first point of the season with an assist vs. Adirondack (10/17)… Scored his first career professional goal, an empty-net tally from behind his own goal line, for the eventual game winner at Rochester (1/29)… Missed two games due to injury… Made his 2010 playoff debut in Game 1 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/14)… Played in all eight of Albany’s Calder Cup playoff Games, recording one assist and two penalty minutes.

2010-11: Earned then-AHL career highs in goals (2), assists (8) and points (10), skating in 71 games for Charlotte… Had his only multi-point game of the season vs. Manchester (1/14)… Scored the game-winning goal vs. Albany (2/13)… Missed nine games due to injury… Played all 16 of Charlotte’s playoff games, earning two points (1g, 1a), as the Checkers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final before falling to Binghamton.

2011-12: Totaled 10 points (1g, 9a) and was one of two Checkers players to play all 76 games… Scored his only goal of the season vs. Oklahoma City (12/18)… Recorded a career-best two assists at Chicago (12/31), marking his second career multi-point game.