|Born||December 23, 1976 (1976-12-23) (age 33),
Wapella, SK, CAN
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Brett Clark (born December 23, 1976, in Wapella, Saskatchewan) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Clark was drafted in the 6th round, 154th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected from the University of Maine of the Hockey East where he named to the All-Rookie Team in his freshman year. After spending the following season developing with the Canadian National Team program, Clark made his professional debut in the 1997–98 season.
After only 20 games with AHL affiliate, the Fredericton Canadiens, he made his debut with the Canadiens and remained with the team scoring a goal, on his 21st birthday, in 41 games for the season. Not used as a depth defenseman in the playoffs Brett further established himself in the 1998–99 season appearing in 61 contests for the Canadiens.
On June 25, 1999, Clark was claimed in the 1999 Expansion draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. His NHL career stalled with the Thrashers unable to find a role in his three seasons. He however found success in the Thrashers affiliate team, winning the Turner Cup in 2001 with the Orlando Solar Bears.
During the 2001–02 season on January 24, 2002, Clark was traded by the Thrashers to the Colorado Avalanche for Frederic Cassivi. Brett spent the majority of the next three seasons with the Avalanche's affiliate, the Hershey Bears of the AHL. He was twice named the Bears best defenseman of the year, and led the AHL in plus/minus (+28) in 2000–01.
After the 2004 NHL Lockout, and at age 28, Brett finally established a role as a two-way defenseman with the Avalanche in 2005–06. He appeared in 80 games and scored a respectable 36 points. In his playoff debut, he scored against the Dallas Stars in game one of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 22, and subsequently finished the playoffs tied with Rob Blake for the team scoring lead among defenseman with four points. On June 30, 2006, Clark re-signed to a two-year contract with Colorado.
In the 2006–07 season, he had a career-high year appearing in 82 games and scoring 10 goals for 39 points and leading the NHL in average shifts per game. On February 24, 2007, Clark played in his 300th career NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings.
On August 27, 2007, Brett signed a two-year contract extension with the Avalanche prior to the 2007–08 season. He again led the NHL in shifts per game before he was sidelined for the rest of the regular season and playoffs after suffering a dislocated shoulder on February 12, 2008. In 2008–09 Clark returned to set an Avalanche record of 238 hits, second in the NHL, but struggled offensively in recording 12 points in 76 games. In the 2009–10 season, on January 29, Clark appeared in his 500th career NHL game against the Dallas Stars.
After eight seasons within the Avalanche organization Clark left as a free agent to sign a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 5, 2010.
- 1995–96 HE All-Rookie Team
|1995–96||University of Maine||HE||39||7||31||38||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Orlando Solar Bears||IHL||63||9||17||26||31||6||0||1||1||0|
|2000–01||Orlando Solar Bears||IHL||43||2||9||11||32||15||1||6||7||2|