Brett Connolly to Stay in Tampa Bay

Doug Love

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that, shortly after the NHL Trade Deadline passed, he was notified by Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman that the Lightning opted to keep 19-year-old forward Brett Connolly and would not be sending him back to the Western Hockey League.

This season, the Campbell River, B.C.-native has currently played in 48 games for the Lightning, totaling 4 goals, 9 points and 20 penalty minutes.  Before making the jump to the NHL, Connolly had compiled 86 goals and 152 points in 144 WHL games as a member of the Cougars.  Last season, Connolly recorded 46 goals and 73 points while serving as the Cougars’ team captain.  As a 16-year-old rookie, Connolly also picked up 2008-09 CHL and WHL Rookie of the Year honors after posting an impressive 30-goal, 60-point season.  He was originally the Cougars’ 1st round (10th overall) selection in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

Connolly, the 6’2 205-pound right winger, was a first-round (6th overall) selection by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2010 NHL Draft and is currently playing with the National Hockey League club.  Connolly also served as an alternate captain with Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship, picking up 5 goals and 6 points in Canada’s Bronze-medal run.

Tri-City acquired the rights to Connolly from the Prince George Cougars at the 2012 WHL Trade Deadline in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft.

“Although we are disappointed that Brett is not joining our team, we completely understand the rationale behind Tampa’s decision,” explained Tory.  “Steve had to make a decision that was best for his hockey club and Brett’s development.”

“Dealing with (Yzerman) on this since the WHL Trade Deadline was both professional and ongoing,” Tory continued.  “Steve promptly, and regularly, kept us updated on Brett’s progress and situation.  I’d like to sincerely thank Steve and the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the time spent with us on this situation and the respect that they showed to our hockey club.”

Comments
Bill
TC did most certainly NOT need BC.

Feb 27, 2012 - 08:16 PM
erik
not really that the american's need him, it's bad that we gave up alot for a chance to have him and it fell thru. yzerman says his best interest but what can be better that guarenteed playoffs in juiniors rather than a few more games in nhl. if tampa had a playoff spot then it is completly understandable. yzerman was NOT looking for the best interest of the player
Feb 27, 2012 - 03:13 PM

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Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
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Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
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Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
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Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
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Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
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Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68