Each year in the Central Hockey League, players, coaches and broadcasters fill out a ballot for the league’s best of the best awards. Kingston Frontenacs grad, Brett Clouthier, was the best this past season at something few OHL fans will find surprising. Brett was voted the best fighter in the heavyweight category as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.
Clouthier played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-99 to 2000-01, all with the Kingston Frontenacs. In those three seasons, Brett sat out 658 minutes in the penalty box. Interestingly, playing that style of hockey, Clouthier only missed eight regular season games over the three seasons. In his final season with the Frontenacs, Brett played all of the team’s 68 games and added some offence with 28 goals and 57 points.
Brett was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1999 NHL draft, 50th overall. He played in the American Hockey League for five seasons after his OHL career was over, four seasons with the Albany River Rats and one season with the Binghamton Senators. Short stints in the ECHL and UHL were sprinkled amongst those five years.
From 2006-07 to 2008-09, Clouthier skipped over the pond and played for the Manchester Phoenix in Great Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL), a league that truly appreciates toughness and fighting skills. He was also known for his reporting skills as he wrote a column for the Manchester Evening News. Click here for an example.
Brett returned to North America this season and after playing eight games for the AHL’s Providence Bruins, ended up with the Killer Bees. Over his professional career to date, Clouthier has piled up 1625 penalty minutes over 541 games. He sat out 143 in just 46 games with the Killer Bees this season.
It’s not sure where Brett will play for the 2010-11 season, but at 6’5″ and 230, he will not go unnoticed wherever he ends up.