January 22, 2018

Unknown Canadians: Gilbert Brule

One of the better known members of the Canadian Olympic team is Gilbert Brule.

Brule was a WHL junior superstar and Memorial Cup champion out of Vancouver. He was seen as a can't-miss prospect when he was drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL draft.

Though he played in 299 regular season NHL games with Columbus, Edmonton and Phoenix, he did miss. He scored 43 goals and 52 assists in that time but never really found his way in the NHL.

In fact, his NHL time was probably best remembered for giving a hitchhiker a lift in a Vancouver rain storm. That hitchhiker was none other than U2's lead singer Bono.

Since 2014 Brule has found a home playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, suiting up for five different teams in the European-Asian league, known as the second best in the world behind the NHL. This season he is the leading scorer for Beijing-based Kunlun Red Star with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 40 games.

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