5 Brett Clark
2006-2007 Eleventh Season
Reebok (CCM) Airknit. Neck tagging 56.
NHL-MGG No. D08877
This jersey shows light to moderate wear. Both shoulders show some light burns and borad transfers. The right sleeve has a light black mark through the digit. The rear number has a large dark mark on it that has been photo matched to several photos. The Meigray tag is sewn in the rear hem, and the jersey is accompanied by the NHL-MGG LOA. This season's serial numbers begin with an "D" to designate Meigray's fourth year as the marketing agency for Colorado's game jerseys.
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Defenseman Brett Clark was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan on December 23rd, 1976. After a year with the University of Maine the Montreal Canadiens drafted the blueliner and he spent the following year apprenticing with the Canadian National Team.
Clark turned pro in 1997-98 with the Fredericton Canadiens of the American Hockey League, but he would play just 20 games on the farm. Clark ended up playing 41 games with the Montreal Canadiens scoring one goal in his time with the big club. The Canadiens acquired veteran defensemen Igor Ulanov and Zarley Zalapski toward the end of the season which kept the rookie Clark out of the Canadiens playoff roster, but he did take a step forward the next season playing 61 games for the Canadiens.
Now established as a young NHL defenseman Clark was an attractive pick for the expansion Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 1999. Despite the great opportunity with a first year franchise, Clark's career took a step backward and he spent most of his time toiling in the minors instead of with Atlanta.
With just 42 games with the Thrashers under his belt through his first two years in the organization, his biggest success came in the minors where he won the Turner Cup title with the Orlando Solar Bears when they became the International Hockey League's champions.
Clark failed to make the Thrashers again out of training camp in 2001, but was soon called up for a brief stay before again being assigned to the minors. After parts of three seasons with the Thrasher organization, Clark was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche shortly before the 2002 NHL All-Star Game. Upon his arrival with the Avalanche, the club optioned the blueliner to their AHL affiliate in Hershey, where over the course of the next two seasons he would see most of his action.
In Colorado, Clark began to establish himself as a solid two-way defenseman. In 2005-06 he appeared in 80 games for the Avs, putting up 36 points and making the playoffs for the first time in his career.
The following year Clark would appear in all 82 games for Colorado and was among the league leaders in shifts per game and time on ice.
In 2008-09 Clark set an Avalanche record with 238 hits, though his point total dipped to just 12 points.
After eight seasons within the Avalanche organization Clark signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 5, 2010.
Born Dec 23 1976 – Wapella, SASK
Height 6.00, 185 lbs. Shoots left
Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 6 #154 overall 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Claimed by Atlanta from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Traded to Colorado by Atlanta for Frederic Cassivi, January 24, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2010.