Former Canadiens Rearguard Brett Clark Retires

Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

Former Canadiens blue liner Brett Clark has retired from the game at the age of 37. The Canadiens drafted the¬†Wapella, Saskatchewan native in the 6th round, 154th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, held in St. Louis. Other notables in that round include Andreas Dackell at 136th by the Ottawa Senators and Brian Willsie at 146th by the Colorado Avalanche. Dackell played for the Canadiens over the course of three seasons from 2001-2004 while Willsie wore the ‘A’ for the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2011-12 campaign.

After 20 games in the AHL in the 1997-98 season with the Fredericton Canadiens, Clark was called up to make his debut with Montreal. He would remain there, scoring his first NHL goal over the course of 41 games – his only point that year. He did however participate in four playoff games for Fredericton when Montreal’s season ended. The following season, Clark appeared in 61 games with the Canadiens, posting two goals and two assists while having a -3 rating and 16 penalty minutes. The defenseman suited up for an additional three games for Fredericton as well.

June 25th, 1999 would mark the end of Brett Clark as a Hab officially. He was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers in the expansion draft. However, he was unable to truly carve out a spot for himself within the team.

Clark then made NHL stops in Colorado, where he had most of his success, Tampa Bay and Minnesota. The defenseman played his final hockey season in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters in 2013-14, tallying 14 points over 53 games.

With his retirement, Brett Clark has joined the Colorado Avalanche as a player development consultant.

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