Shane O'Brien

Shane O'Brien

Infobox Ice Hockey Player


image_size=200px
team= Vancouver Canucks
former_teams = Tampa Bay Lightning
Anaheim Ducks
league = NHL
position = Defence
shoots = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 3
weight_lb = 224
nickname = OBIE
nationality = CAN
birth_date = Birth date and age|1983|8|9|mf=y
birth_place = Port Hope, ON
draft = 8th round, 250th overall
draft_year = 2003
draft_team = Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
career_start = 2003

Shane O'Brien (born August 9, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. He has previously played for the Anaheim Ducks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playing career

Playing major junior in the Ontario Hockey League, O'Brien was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 8th round, 250th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Before earning a full-time roster spot with Anaheim, he played with their minor league affiliates, the Portland Pirates Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League.

O'Brien made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on October 6, 2006, and scored his first NHL goal later that month against Dominik Hasek in a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on October 18. He completed the night with a Gordie Howe hat trick by getting an assist and a fight against Brad Norton. [citeweb|title=Ducks 4, Red Wings 1|url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/scores106/106291/NHL705358.htm|accessdate=2008-10-06|publisher=USA Today] On November 8, he scored a goal and two assists against the Vancouver Canucks for a three-point night. [citeweb|title=Ducks remain unbeaten in regulation|url=http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=147198|accessdate=2008-10-06|date=2006-11-09|publisher=Sporting News]

On February 24, 2007, at the trade deadline, O'Brien was dealt with a 3rd round draft pick in 2007 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Gerald Coleman and a 1st round draft pick in 2007. [citeweb|title=Blues trade Tkachuk to Thrashers|url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/blues/2007-02-25-tkachuk-traded_x.htm?POE=SPOISVA|accessdate=2008-10-06|date=2007-02-25|publisher=USA Today] He made his playoff debut with the Lightning on April 12, meeting the New Jersey Devils in the first round. After finishing his rookie season with a combined total of 2 goals and 16 points with Anaheim and Tampa Bay, he was re-signed by the Lightning in the off-season to a two-year contract. [citeweb|title=Lightning re-sign defenceman O'Brien|url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2007/06/21/lightning-obrien.html|accessdate=2008-10-06|date=2007-06-21|publisher=CBC] He improved in his second NHL season to 4 goals and 21 points.

On October 6, 2008, O'Brien was traded with forward Michel Ouellet to the Vancouver Canucks for defenceman Lukas Krajicek and prospect Juraj Simek.cite web|url=http://canucks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=385125|title=Canucks acquire Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet |publisher=Vancouver Canucks|author=Vancouver Canucks|accessdate=2008-10-06]

Career statistics

"Stats as of May 6, 2008."

References

External links

*hockeydb|55180


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