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Brent Sopel

Brent Sopel  #55

Defenseman
NUMBER: 55 BIRTHDATE: January 7, 1977
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Calgary, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: VAN / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 6th   (144th overall)

2010-11: recorded his 1st point in a Thrashers uniform (assist) on Oct. 9 at TBL … Skated in his 600th career NHL game on Nov. 3 at FLA… Scored his 1st goal as a Thrasher on Nov. 13 vs. PIT… Registered his 1st multiple-point game of the season (2a) on Dec. 11 at NYI … Scored his 2nd goal of the season on Feb. 5 at CAR… Acquired from ATL on Feb. 24 (with Nigel Dawes) for Ben Maxwell and a 4th round draft pick in 2011… Played his 1st game with the Canadiens, becoming the 4th player in team history to wear #55 (John McGill, Igor Ulanov and Matthieu Descôteaux)… Returned to action on March 24 at BOS after missing 7 games due to an upper-body injury suffered on March 8 vs. BOS… Led the team in April with 10 blocked shots… Scored his 1st goal with the Canadiens on April 21 vs. BOS.

Traded to NY Islanders by Vancouver for NY Islanders' 2nd round choice (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Bryce Swan) in 2006 Entry Draft, August 3, 2005. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Islanders with Mark Parrish for Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini, March 8, 2006. Traded to Vancouver by Los Angeles for Anaheim's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Wayne Simmonds) in 2007 Entry Draft and and Vancouver's 4th round choice (later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Justin Jokinen) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, October 3, 2007. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to recurring elbow injury. Traded to Atlanta by Chicago with Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu for Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb, Jeremy Morin and New Jersey's 1st (previously acquired, Chicago selected Kevin Hayes) and 2nd (previously acquired, Chicago selected Justin Holl) round choices in 2010 Entry Draft, June 24, 2010. Traded to Montreal by Atlanta with Nigel Dawes for Ben Maxwell and Montreal's 4th round choice (later traded back to Montreal - Montreal selected Olivier Archambault) in 2011 Entry Draft, February 24, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Novokuznetsk (KHL), July 29, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Ufa (KHL), January 31, 2013.
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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp