MONTREAL – Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Friday the signing of free agent defenseman Patrice Brisebois to a one-year contract for the 2007-08 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Patrice is a seasoned veteran who brings a vast experience at the NHL level. His presence adds depth to our group of defensemen,” said Bob Gainey.
At age 36, Patrice Brisebois returns to Montreal where he spent the first 14 seasons of his career. As a member of the Canadiens from 1990 to 2004 he took part in 791 regular season games recording 79 goals and 263 assists for a total of 342 points, and 491 penalty minutes. Brisebois is 4th on the Canadiens all-time list for goals by a defenseman. The 6’2” and 203 lbs defenseman also ranks 6th among defensemen for points and 7th for the number of games played.
A member of the Stanley Cup champions Canadiens back in 1993, the Montreal native played 78 playoff games with the Canadiens.
Over the past two seasons, Brisebois played 113 games with the Colorado Avalanche recording 49 points (11 goals, 38 assists).
Brisebois was selected in the second round by the Canadiens (30th overall) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.