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Blue Jackets Sign Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Brookbank, 26, won the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League's Outstanding Defenseman and was an AHL First Team All-Star in 2006-07 as he tallied a career-high 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points with 176 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 78 games with the Milwaukee Admirals. His club's captain, he led all AHL defensemen in points and was among league leaders with six game-winning goals and 208 shots on goal this past season.

A native of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Brookbank made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators in 2006-07, notching 0-1-1 and six penalty minutes in three games. He registered his first career NHL point with an assist vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 6, 2007. The 6-2, 215-pounder has racked up 29-96-125 with 965 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +16 in 260 career AHL games with Grand Rapids, Cincinnati and Milwaukee during his six professional seasons.

 

SHELDON BROOKBANK, Defense

Hgt.: 6-2, Wgt.: 215, Shoots: Right, Born: Oct. 3, 1980 (Lanigan, Saskatchewan)

CAREER STATISTICS             REGULAR SEASON                       PLAYOFFS

Year        Team            League GP TOI     G A PTS  +/- PIM         GP G A PTS PIM

2000-01 Humboldt     SJHL     59 n/a     14 35 49   n/a 281         … … … … …

2001-02 Mississippi  ECHL     62 n/a     8 21 29   n/a 137          10  1 4   5   27

                Grand Rapids AHL     6 n/a        0  1  1    -3 24               … … … … …

2002-03 Grand Rapids AHL     69 n/a     2 11 13  11 136           15  1  3  4   28

2003-04 Cincinnati        AHL    74 n/a     2 9 11   -4 216                9  0  2  2   20

2004-05 Cincinnati       AHL     60 n/a     1 11 12  4 181              11  0  0  0   40

2005-06 Milwaukee      AHL     73 n/a       9 26 35  4 232              21  1  8  9   49

2006-07 Milwaukee      AHL     78 n/a     15 38 53  4 176                4  0  0  0    6

                Nashville         NHL     3 8:16      0  1   1    0  6                   … … … … …

               NHL Totals                  3 …          0   1   1    0  6                   … … … … …

               AHL Totals:             360 …        29 96 125 16 965         60 2 13 15 143

 

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