Brett Leason is an American Ice-Hockey player who plays for the Washington Capitals. He represented Canada national team in the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship and is regarded as one of the rising stars in the game. He won the WHL championship with Prince Albert Raiders in 2019.
|Full Name||Brett Leason|
|Date Of Birth||April 30 1999|
|Birth Place||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 5 inches (195 cm)|
|Weight||225 lbs (102 kg)|
Brett Leason was born on April 30, 1999, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His junior career started with Crowfoot MHA in his hometown Calgary. At age 13, he started playing for the Calgary Flames U15 team, where he scored 9 and assisted 12 in 30 appearances. He was promoted to the U18 team in 2015, but he then moved to Tri-City Americans after only one appearance. He is only 22 years of age and has already shown some promise in the American hockey scene.
After signing for Tri-City Americans, Brett Leason made 68 appearances for the team, in which he accumulated 18 points. He then played for Prince Albert Raiders back in Canada, where he showed promise. In his 55 appearances, Leason scored 89 points (36 goals and 53 assists). This earned him a spot in the Canadian U20 national team, and he represented his country in the World Hockey Junior Championship, securing 5 points in 5 games. For the 2019 season, Brett Leason was signed by Hershey Bears, who are in turn affiliated with the Washington Capitals in the NHL. After spending two years with the Hershey Bears, Capitals recalled Leason, offering him a three-year entry-level contract to play for the senior team.
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Brett Leason made 190 career appearances between Prince Albert and the Tri-City Americans and has recorded 140 points (60g, 80a). In 2014 he won the Alberta Cup with his team Calgary Flames and went on to be awarded the Most Valuable Player the next season. In the 2018/19 season, he won the Western Hockey League with Prince Albert Raiders. This was their first championship win since 1985.
He was awarded the 2019 E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence, presented annually by the NHL to a prospect who best exemplifies commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness, and athleticism in the game.
Leason’s senior career is only getting started, as recently, in 2019, his parent team Washington Capitals, signed him for the first-team roster, launching him on the big NHL stage. He has been given a 3-year contract during which he is sure to improve his game, and it will be exciting to watch what he has to offer. Brett Leason, aged 20, was ranked fifth among right wings and 21st overall among North American forwards by NHL Central Scouting. It will be interesting to see how Leason fairs out in the senior stage, but expectations are high that he will deliver what every one has seen so far from his career that is only getting started.
Style of Play
Leason is a big-bodied power forward with slick hands in front of the net and can also beat goalies from long distances. He is regarded to be ‘Savvy’ with and without the puck, and his hockey IQ is considered to be the backbone of his game. His coaches have stated that Leason has a wrist shot that is NHL caliber. He positions himself very well on the puck and releases his shots quickly. His hand-eye coordination and presence of mind in games are some of his core strengths.
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Washington Capitals are set to pay Brett Leason an annual salary of $750,000 along with a $92,500 signing bonus each year (yielding an average annual value of $842,500). So far in his growing career, he is estimated to have earned almost $2,527,500 from salary and match fees.