Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the signing of defenceman Brendan Bell to a one-year, two-way contract.
Bell, an Ottawa native and graduate of Brian Kilrea’s Ottawa 67’s, played last season with both the Phoenix Coyotes and their American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. In 69 games with the Rampage, he scored seven goals and added 24 assists for 31 points while recording 80 penalty minutes. He recorded no points in two games with the Coyotes.
The 25-year-old was the Toronto Maple Leafs’ third-round choice (65th overall) in the 2001 National Hockey League entry draft. He made his NHL debut in 2005-06 with Toronto, playing in one game with the Maple Leafs. In 48 career NHL games with Toronto and Phoenix, Bell has scored one goal and added six assists while recording 27 penalty minutes.
The defenceman has represented Canada internationally on two occasions, winning a gold medal at the 2003-04 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, and winning a silver medal at the 2002 world junior championships in Halifax.
Bell enjoyed a decorated junior hockey career with the Ottawa 67’s, scoring 171 points (32-139) in 238 games over four seasons. In his final year with the 67’s in 2002-03, he was named to the Canadian Hockey League’s first all-star team and won the CHL defenceman-of-the-year award. Brendan Bell
, Defence - Shoots left - 6'1”, 205 lbs. Born:
March 31, 1983 (Ottawa) Drafted:
2001 – Toronto’s third-round pick (65th overall) Transactions:
Traded to Phoenix by Toronto with a second-round draft choice in the 2008 NHL entry draft for Yannick Perreault and a fifth-round draft choice in the 2008 NHL entry draft on Feb. 27, 2007