Brendan Witt

 

 

Seattle Thunderbirds 1990-94
Defenseman - 6'1" - 205 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • WHL Top Defenseman (Bill Hunter Trophy):  1994
  • WHL First Team All-Star:  1993, 1994

Championships

  • None

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990-91 Seattle Thunderbirds 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Seattle Thunderbirds 67 3 9 12 212 15 1 1 2 84
1992-93 Seattle Thunderbirds 70 2 26 28 239 5 1 2 3 30
1993-94 Seattle Thunderbirds 56 8 31 39 235 9 3 8 11 23
Seattle Totals 193 13 66 79 686 30 5 11 16 137
NHL Totals 568 19 53 72 894 31 4 0 4 26

Brendan Witt was one of the most physical defenseman ever to play in Seattle, averaging almost 229 PIM per season.  He was one of the best open-ice checkers in the league and was devastating to forwards trying to take a position in front of the Seattle goal.

If his checks were big, his fights were often bigger and Witt quickly established himself as one of the most dangerous players in the league.  He was often partnered with defenseman Brett Duncan, and the pair combined for an amazing 582 PIM in 1992-93 and 518 more PIM in 1993-94.  Witt was recognized as the WHL's top defenseman and awarded the Bill Hunter Trophy in 1994.  He was also selected a Western Division first team all-star in both 1993 and again in 1994.

Selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, Witt failed to come to terms with the team and refused to report back to Seattle for what would have been his final WHL season in 1994-95.  It was a risky strategy for a 20-year-old player to sit out of organized hockey voluntarily for an entire season, but it paid off and he eventually signed with Washington where he has remained ever since.