Where Are They Now? – Patrice Brisebois

With the 30th overall pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Montreal Canadiens selected Patrice Brisebois from the Laval Titan (QMJHL). Brisebois’ 371 points is good enough to place him 6th-all time among Habs defencemen in points, and his 896 games in the bleu, blanc et rouge places him 3rd-all time among Habs defencemen in games played only behind Larry Robinson (1,202) and Serge Savard (917). The season following his draft year he did play 10 games with the club but spend the majority of the year in the QMJHL with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. In 1991-92, he would split time between the Habs and the then-American Hockey League affiliate Fredericton Canadiens. But by the 1992-93 season, he would earn a full-time roster spot on NHL rosters until his retirement in 2009. The only exception being during the 2004-05 lockout when he went overseas to play in Switzerland.


Photo: NHL.com

Patrice Brisebois
Position: Defenceman
Birthplace: Montreal, QC, Canada
30th Overall (2nd Round) / 1989 – Montreal

It was from the start that it became evident that Brisebois may have been a second round steal. After being drafted, Brisebois earned the Canadian Hockey League’s best defenceman of the year award, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League best defenceman of the year, and was also named to the QMJHL first all-star team. In 1993, Brisebois won his first and last Stanley Cup of his career, tallying 31 points in the regular season and adding four assists during the play-off run which would see the Habs hoist their 24th Stanley Cup.

From 1993 until 1999, the defender was recording anywhere from 12 to 37 points and as a result, was awarded with a large contract in 1999 where he would earn $12 million over the next three seasons. As usually seen in Montreal more than anywhere else, a large contract comes with large expectations. Whether or not he was overpaid was a hot topic of discussion for such a risky style of play was debated for the duration of that contract. His contract was extended until his departure in 2005.

During the offseason in 2005, Brisebois would part ways with the team he was drafted by 16 years before and signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche for a total of $4.5 million. It was in his first season in Colorado that Brisebois recorded a career high 38 points, and followed that up with 11 points in 33 games in the final year of his contract.

In 2007, Brisebois returned to where his professional career began for him in Montreal to finish off his career. Over the final two seasons of his career, Brisebois finished with 8 goals and 21 assists in 105 games played. In 2009, Brisebois officially announced his retirement from professional hockey.

Where is Patrice Brisebois Now?

Directly after his professional hockey career, Brisebois took up a short-lived career in NASCAR. After purchasing a car for NASCAR Canada, he participated in two races.

On June 13th, 2012, Marc Bergevin named Patrice Brisebois as the Player Development Coach, along with Martin Lapointe as the Director of Player Development. In July of 2014, it was reported that Brisebois would be stepping down from his position in the front office with the Montreal Canadiens for family reasons.

For sure, it was a big decision (to leave) and I’m fine with it, very comfortable with it. I think I made the right choice. It was a family decision” – Patrice Brisebois (from Rotoworld via Montreal Gazette)

On May 31st, 2015, Patrice Brisebois made an appearance at the annual Hockey de rue tournament with current Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban. The 2015 edition of the charity event raised approximately $250,000 for the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and the YM-YWHA (Dave Stubbs, Montreal Gazette).

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