TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Brett Connolly has been returned from Team Canada after participating in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Connolly helped Canada to the Bronze Medal in what was his second and final appearance at the tournament.
Connolly, 19, skated in all six games for the Canadians, recording five goals and six points along with a plus-4 rating. He was tied for second on the team for goals and tied for fifth among all tournament goal-scorers. Connolly tallied in each of Canada’s games throughout the tournament with the exception of the Bronze Medal Game, despite having three shots on goal in the contest. He was one of Canada’s top three players as selected in the post-tournament coaches’ poll, along with Phoenix first-round pick D Brandon Gormley and Ottawa sixth-round selection RW Mark Stone.
A native of Campbell River, British Columbia, Connolly played in 28 games with the Lightning before joining Team Canada. He has registered four goals and eight points during that time with two game-winning goals, good for third on the club.
Connolly was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.