Ottawa 67 Grad, Brendan Bell, Signs On In Russia

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Bell as a Syracuse Crunch

Former Ottawa 67’s standout defenseman, Brendan Bell, has has enough ofavangard omsk russia khl hockey logo North American hockey and has signed on with Avangard Omsk of Russia’s KHL for the 2010-11 season.

Brendan played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1999-00 to 2002-03, all with his hometown Ottawa 67’s. Twice, he was part of 67’s teams that went to the Robertson Cup final. In 2000-01, the 67’s won the Robertson by beating out the Plymouth Whalers and went on to an unsuccessful Memorial Cup Tournament in Regina. In 2002-03, Ottawa lost out to the Kitchener Rangers in the final.

In his final season in the OHL, Brendan was honoured with the Max Kaminsky Trophy for the league’s top defenseman.

Brendan was picked 65th overall in the 2001 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bell played a total of 32 games over two seasons, 2005-06 and 2006-07, with the Leafs. He also put in 16 games with the Phoenix Coyotes over two seasons, 2006-07 and 2007-08. In 2008-09, he had his most successful, and last, NHL season, playing 53 games on the blueline with the Ottawa Senators.

This past season, 2009-10, Brendan played the entire season in the AHL with the Peoria Rivermen and the Syracuse Crunch. His combined points total between the two teams made him the top point-getter on the Crunch.

The move puts him on an Avangard Omsk team that finished 11th overall in the 24 team KHL despite a team centred around the great Jamomir Jagr. The story can be found on the team’s official website. The site is in Russian. The translation is roughly:

HC Avangard – News May 20, 2010 “Vanguard” is in talks with Brendan Bell

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Omsk Avangard in talks with a Canadian defender attacker plan
Brendan Bell from the system “Ottawa. In 2001, Bell in the NHL Entry Draft was selected
in round 3 under the 65 rooms of the club “Toronto Maple Leafs.”
The past season of 27-year-old defender clearance (height 188 cm, weight 96 kg) held in
AHL club: Peoria Rivermen “and” Syracuse Crunch “, recorded in its assets in the 71-th
Game 52 (14 +38) points. In the National Hockey League played 101 games in which
scored 28 (7 +21) points. During his career overseas, speaking in different
leagues, Bell scored 85 washers and made 312 broadcasts.

Brendan Bell’s profile page on the Syracuse Crunch official website can be found here.

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