Brandon Prust has been playing hockey since childhood. His love for the game began as an impressionable four year old. As he grew into the sport he began modeling his game after Canadian hockey idol, Wendel Clark.
At just 18 years of age the London, ON native caught the eye of the OHL after being invited to try out at the London Knights Hockey Camp. Prust went on to play three seasons with his hometown team, helping them win the Memorial Cup in the 2004/2005 season.
With his varied skill set and strong physical presence on the ice, it wasn’t long before he made his NHL debut. Prust was drafted in the 3rd round, 70th overall, to the NHL by the Calgary Flames at age 20. He spent 5 years with the Calgary Flames before being traded to the New York Rangers in 2009. In 2010 Prust was re-signed to a two year, 1.6 million dollar contract with the Rangers.
It was during the 2010/2011 season with the Rangers that Prust started developing a reputation as being more than an enforcer on the ice, showcasing leadership abilities with his proven penalty killing skills and strategic moves on the ice.
While with the Rangers he played in the Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers which was featured in the HBO special “24/7 Road To The Winter Classic.” The show provided fans with an inside glimpse of what it’s like being an NHLer both on and off the ice leading up to the game. The Rangers won that game 3-2, with Prust contributing 2 assists.
In the summer of 2012 Brandon became a free agent and received multiple offers. He accepted a four year, 10 million dollar deal as a forward for the Montreal Canadiens. At the end of his first season with the Canadiens, Prust was awarded the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy in recognition for his performance and contributions to the team.
The road to success has been paved with his natural talent for the game and the wisdom of his mentors. “I have been blessed with the ability to work with great coaches like Dale Hunter and John Tortorella, who helped me learn and grow as a player,” says Prust.
He may be known as a scrapper on the ice but this hockey thug is a gentle giant. Prust is humbled by his fans and always takes the time to stop for photos and sign autographs. He frequently visits sick kids at the London Health Sciences Centre and in 2012 he campaigned for the inaugural Prusty4Kids Charity Golf Tournament to help raise funds for LHSC`s Kids Kicking Cancer program, which teaches sick children martial arts techniques to help them overcome their pain.
Watch out for Prust in the 2013/2014 season with the Montreal Canadiens.Brandon Prust www.canadiens.nhl.com