Brandon is single and spends his summers in Sylvan Lake, Alberta… He was the ninth member of his family drafted into the NHL, joining his father Brent (1980, 17th overall, NY Islanders), uncles Brian (1976, 20th overall, St. Louis), Darryl (1979, 179th overall, Chicago), Duane (1979, 17th overall, NY Islanders), Rich (1982, 10th overall, Pittsburgh) and Ron (1982, 4th overall, Philadelphia) and cousins Shaun (1998, 102nd overall, Calgary) and Brett (2005, 179th overall, Calgary)… The Hurricanes acquired Brandon’s cousin Brett in a trade with Calgary in November 2010, and selected another cousin, Brody, in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft… His father, Brent, was his head coach in junior hockey with Red Deer (WHL) and is now the head coach of the Calgary Flames… Brandon participates in the Sutter Fund Charity Golf Classic in Red Deer each summer, benefiting minor hockey and other children’s causes in Alberta… Brandon started playing hockey at age 5, and his first team was the Huskies in Downers Grove, IL… His favorite player growing up was Jarome Iginla and his father was the biggest influence on his career… His favorite TV show is The Office, favorite movie is Wedding Crashers and favorite video game is Call of Duty… His favorite website is YouTube.com… His first job was working on the family farm… His favorite foods are Alberta steak and perogies… He enjoys playing golf and watching football… The most-played artist on his iPod is Eric Church… His favorite places in the Triangle are Nina’s and North Hills… The person he would most like to meet is Will Ferrell… His most memorable hockey moment was winning the 2008 World Junior Championship… His favorite former teammates are Ray Whitney and Luke Egener… His most-common game-day habit is taking a nap… He got the number 16 because it was assigned to him… His favorite road city is Montreal and favorite road arena is Bell Centre.
Completed his third NHL season with the Hurricanes… Established career highs in games played (82), penalty minutes (25) and plus/minus (+13)… Was first among Hurricanes forwards and tied for seventh among NHL forwards in blocked shots (73)… Ranked first among Hurricanes in plus/minus (+13)… The Hurricanes were 11-0-1 when he scored a goal… Scored his 14th goal of the season at ATL (4/8)… Skated in his 200th career NHL game at NYI (4/2)… Sparred with Eric Brewer and won 12 of 20 face-offs (60%) vs. TB (3/26)… Netted the game’s only goal with a backhanded shot past Ryan Miller at BUF (3/15)… Scored his 12th goal of the season, won 18 of 25 face-offs (72%) and was (+2) vs. ATL (2/5)… Had his second multi-goal game of the season and was (+3) in 15:58 of ice time vs. TOR (1/24)… Netted his eighth goal of the season and was (+1) in 18:03 of ice time vs. NYR (1/20)… Assisted on Jokinen’s first goal and was (+2) in 17:16 of ice time vs. CGY (1/11)… Assisted on Corvo’s goal, registered three hits and was (+1) in 19:22 of ice time vs. ANA (12/18)… Scored his seventh goal of the season and was (+1) at ATL (12/16)… Scored his sixth goal of the season and was (+1) at STL (12/11)… Netted the game-winning goal in overtime vs. COL (12/3)… Scored his fourth goal of the season and was (+4) at PIT (11/19)… Had his first multi-assist game of the season with a pair of helpers vs. EDM (11/9)… Netted his third goal of the season and was (+2) vs. NYI (11/3)… Earned his first career multi-goal game and was named first star against MIN (10/7) in the first game of the 2010 NHL Premiere in Helsinki… Longest goal streak: 2 games (1/24-1/26: 3g, 0a)… Longest assist streak: 3 games (2/22-2/26: 0g, 3a)… Longest point streak: 3 games (11/1-11/5: 1g, 2a; 2/22-2/26: 0g, 3a)… Multi-goal games: 2 (last: 1/24 vs. TOR: 2g, 0a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (11/9 vs. EDM: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 3 (last: 1/24 vs. TOR: 2g, 0a).
Is in his fourth NHL season with the Hurricanes… Was named an alternate captain for the Hurricanes on 9/30/10… Signed a three-year contract with the Hurricanes on 7/12/11… Was born in Huntington, NY, but his hometown is Red Deer, Alb… Has competed in a number of international competitions… Was a member of Team Pacific that won a silver medal at the 2006 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge… Was one of three underage players on the gold medal-winning Team Canada at the 2006 Junior World Cup… Had one goal and one assist in seven games for Canada at the 2007 Under-18 World Junior Championship in Finland… Also represented Team Canada in the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series, as the two nations’ top junior-aged players came together for a special international competition, and won a gold medal with Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
2004-05: Saw his first major junior hockey action, skating in seven games for Red Deer of the Western Hockey League (WHL)… Had two assists and eight penalty minutes in seven regular-season games, and notched five points (1g, 4a) during Red Deer’s seven-game series with Medicine Hat.
2005-06: Led all WHL 16-year-olds with 22 goals during his first full season of major junior hockey… Also led Red Deer in goals (22) and ranked third on the team in points (46) in 68 games played… Nominated for WHL Rookie of the Year… 2006-07: Was tied for third among Red Deer skaters in points with 57 in 71 games played for the Rebels… Selected to play in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game in January 2007.
2007-08: Served as an alternate captain for Red Deer for the second consecutive season… Led the Rebels in goals (26) and points (49), despite playing in just 59 of the Rebels’ 72 regular-season games… Played for Team WHL in the CHL Canada/Russia Challenge… Completed his junior career with 154 career points (68g, 86a) in 205 games with Red Deer… Signed with the Hurricanes at the conclusion of his junior season on 3/26 and was assigned to Albany… Had one goal and one assist in seven regular-season games with the River Rats… Made his professional debut with Albany at Portland (3/30)… Earned his first point with an assist at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/2)… Netted his first pro goal with a power-play game-winner at Norfolk (4/4)… Earned two assists while playing in all seven of Albany’s Calder Cup Playoff games against Philadelphia.
2008-09: Completed his first full professional season and his first NHL season with Carolina… Skated in 50 NHL games, totaling one goal and five assists (6 points) with 16 penalty minutes… Finished the season in Albany, notching four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 22 AHL games… Skated against a team coached by his father, Brent, for the first time when Carolina defeated NJ (1/6)… Had his first NHL fight when he sparred with Noah Welch vs. FLA (12/18)… Registered his first NHL penalty minutes (delay of game) at ATL (11/14)… Earned the primary assist on LaRose’s game-winning goal before leaving the game after suffering a concussion from a collision with Doug Weight at NYI (10/25)… Scored his first NHL goal, beating Marc-Andre Fleury at 13:07 of the first period at PIT (10/23)… Made his NHL debut on Opening Night and earned his first NHL/Hurricanes point with an assist on the game-winner vs. FLA (10/10)… Missed eight games due to a concussion.
2009-10: Established career highs in goals (21), assists (19) and points (40)… Was the first NHL player to record 20-or-more goals and just two penalty minutes since Toronto’s Sergei Berezin in 1999-00… Was tied for third on the team with a career-high 21 goals… Was third on the team in shots (168) and tied for fourth in power-play goals (5)… Had 15 points in his final 22 games… Took just one penalty all season, a hooking minor at FLA (12/18)… Reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career with a score at MTL (3/31)… Netted Carolina’s first goal and assisted on Jokinen’s game-winner at ATL (3/29)… Scored his 17th goal of the season at ATL (3/7) to extend his point streak to a career-high six games… Had his first career three-point game with a goal and two assists vs. BUF (2/11)… Played in his 100th career NHL game vs. FLA (2/9)… Netted the first game-winning goal of his NHL career with his 10th goal of the season at WSH (12/28)… Earned his first career NHL multi-point game with a pair of assists and was (+2) vs. NYI (11/13)… Netted his first goal of the season and was (+1) at PHI (10/31)… Was recalled from Albany 10/24… Had four points (1g, 3a) in seven games for the River Rats prior to his recall.