Brian Willsie
Brian Willsie
Right Wing
(WIHL-see)
Number: 21
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 202
Shoots: Right
Born: Mar 16, 1978
Birthplace: Belmont, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 4, 2006. DRAFTED: COL - 6th round, 146th overall, 1996 NHL Entry Draft. LAST AMATEUR CLUB: Guelph, OHL…OHL First Team All-Star in 1998…Made Memorial Cup tournament appearances in both 1998 and 1996.
Drafted: COL / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (146th overall)

2006-07:  Tied for seventh on the Kings with 11 goals and finished 10th with 21 points…Ranked fifth on the club with a shorthanded time-on-ice average of 2:08 per game…Averaged 13:23 of ice time per game…Scored seven of his goals on the road…Missed one game (coach’s decision)…Had three goals in four games from March 9 - March 15, 2007…Recorded his first goal as a King at Minnesota on October 25, 2006…Recorded his first assist as a King at Anaheim on October 6, 2006.

2005-06:  The only Capital to play in all 82 regular season games…Finished fourth on the club with 41 points and fifth with 19 goals (a career high)…Also reached career highs in games played (82), assists (22), points (41) and penalty minutes (77)…His 185 shots ranked second on the team…Finished third on the team with 21 power play points (8-13=21)…Eight of his goals were scored on the power play and two served as game-winners…11 of his goals were scored on the road…Recorded 25 points (12-13=25) over his last 39 games (from January 16 – April 18, 2006)…Skated in his 200th career NHL game at Tampa Bay on April 18, 2006…Averaged 16:39 of ice time per game. 

2004-05:  Split the season between Europe and the AHL...began the year with Olimpija Hertz Ljubljana in Slovenia…Posted three assists in two games in the Slovenian League and 13 points (7-6=13) in 12 games against international competition…Signed with Portland of the AHL on December 15, 2004, and skated 53 regular season games…Led the Pirates in goals (23) and finished second in points (40) despite missing 27 games…Scored seven power play goals, which tied for second on the team…Led the club with 194 shots…Recorded a hat trick at Providence on February 26, 2005.

2003-04:  Appeared in 49 regular season games in his first season with the Capitals, recording 10 goals and five assists, career highs at that point in his career…Acquired in the NHL Waiver Draft from Colorado on October 3, 2003…Made his Capitals debut vs. the New York Islanders tying a career high with two assists on October 9, 2003…Missed 21 games from December 27, 2003 – February 12, 2004 with a concussion…Recorded his first career shorthanded goal vs. Chicago on March 12, 2004.

2002-03:  Appeared in 12 regular season games with Colorado, recording an assist, and 59 regular season games with Hershey (AHL), tallying 57 points (29-28=57)…Led Hershey in goals and ranked second in points…Started the season with Hershey and was recalled by Colorado on November 22, 2002…Appeared in three games before being assigned back to Hershey…Was recalled by Colorado for a second time on January 11, 2003, and appeared in one game before being assigned back to the AHL…Was recalled by Colorado for the third time on January 22, 2003…At the time of his final recall by Colorado on March 12, 2003, he led Hershey in goals, points, shots (228), power play goals (11), shorthanded goals (4) and game-winning goals (8)…Appeared in six postseason games with Colorado…scored the game-winning goal, his first career postseason goal, in Game 2 of Colorado’s Western Conference Quarterfinal series vs. Minnesota on April 12, 2003. 

2001-02:  Appeared in 56 regular season games with Colorado, recording seven goals and seven assists during his rookie season…Tallied his first career NHL goal, the game-winner, vs. Carolina and goalie Arturs Irbe on October 23, 2001…Set a career high with two goals, including his first-career power play goal, at Minnesota on November 2, 2001…Scored two goals vs. Minnesota on December 23, 2001, his second multiple-goal effort of the season and against the Wild…Collected his first NHL assist at Nashville on January 1, 2002…Earned two assists, marking his first career multiple-assist game, vs. Chicago on January 9, 2002…Made his NHL playoff debut, appearing in four postseason games with Colorado…Notched his first career postseason point, an assist, in Game 5 of Colorado’s  Western Conference Final series at Detroit on May 27, 2002.

2000-01:  Spent the entire season with Hershey, playing in 48 regular season games and recording 41 points (18-23=41)…Missed the first 30 games of the season due to a back injury suffered during training camp…Tied for third on the team in goals and finished fifth in points…Played in all 12 postseason games with Hershey, scoring seven goals and nine points…Led the team in playoff scoring.

1999-00:  Played in one regular season game with Colorado and 78 regular season games with Hershey recording 59 points (20-39=59)…Made his NHL debut with Colorado at Chicago on January 9, 2000…Led Hershey in games played and tied for fifth in points…Tied for sixth on the team in goals…Recorded two goals and eight points in 12 postseason games with Hershey.

1998-99:  His first professional season, scored 19 goals in 72 regular season games with Hershey…His goal total was the highest for any Hershey rookie since the 1990-91 season…Made his professional playoff debut with Hershey, scoring one goal in three postseason games.

LAST AMATEUR CLUB:  Guelph, OHL…OHL First Team All-Star in 1998…Made Memorial Cup tournament appearances in both 1998 and 1996. 

TRANSACTIONS:  Selected by Colorado in the sixth-round (146th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft…Acquired by Washington from Colorado in the 2003 NHL Waiver Draft on October 3, 2003. 

INTERNATIONAL PLAY:  Represented his native Canada at the 1998 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 0-2=2). 

PERSONAL:  Lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Kelly and sons Owen and Braden, during the summer…has two dogs, Nya and Ruby…nickname is Wils…favorite movie is Best in Show…favorite actress is Kate Beckinsale…favorite actor is Vince Vaughn…favorite recording artist is Garth Brooks…favorite NHL city other than LA is Toronto…favorite book is Band of Brothers…favorite sport to play other than hockey is golf…favorite sport to watch other than hockey is football…favorite hockey moment is his first NHL playoff game…favorite professional athlete is John Daly…favorite road arena is the Bell Centre in Montreal…favorite vacation spot is Turkey Point, Ontario…favorite TV show is Entourage…favorite restaurant is Maestro’s…favorite food is steak…favorite type of car is a Lexus…favorite holiday is Christmas…favorite magazine is Maxim…childhood idol was Wayne Gretzky…typical pre-game meal is chicken and rice…favorite cereal is Mini-wheats…drinks coffee before every game…biggest pet peeves are hard butter and people who complain all the time…first job was framing houses with his dad…supports Teammates for Kids Foundations….wants to be a stay at home dad when his playing career is over.