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Brian Willsie | Winger

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (40) / 3/16/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 202
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 6 (146) / Col

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Brian Willsie has decided to hang up his skates and instead work for the Avalanche's player development department.
Willsie had 52 goals and 109 points in 381 career NHL games. He hadn't played in the NHL since the 2010-11 campaign, but he continued his career in Europe, most recently playing for Sweden's Orebro HK. Mon, Jul 20, 2015 08:06:00 PM

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Brian Willsie has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

He generated 30 goals and 68 points in 76 games with Washington's minor-league affiliate in Hershey last season, which placed him 11th in league scoring. Willsie appeared in one game at the NHL level in 2010-11 on Jan. 11 against Florida and he picked up an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss.
Thu, Jul 7, 2011 01:34:00 PM

Brian Willsie was returned to the minors on Wednesday.

The Capitals had to free up on a roster spot to get Boyd Gordon back in their lineup for Wednesday night's clash with the Lightning. Willsie had one assist in 6:15 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 11:25:00 AM

Brian Willsie has been brought up from the minors by Washington.

He has recorded 12 goals, 21 assists and a plus-17 rating in 36 games this season with Hershey in the AHL. Willsie spent the majority of last year with Colorado's farm club in Lake Erie, but he did appear in four games at the NHL level.
Mon, Jan 10, 2011 04:26:00 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed Brian Willsie to a one-year contract.

Willsie spent last season in the Colorado chain, playing four games with the Avs and the remainder of the season with the Lake Erie Monsters. He led the Monsters with 26 goals last season. Willsie had the best season of his NHL career with the Capitals in the 2003-04 season with 19 goals and 22 assists. The only way he approaches those numbers next season will be with Hershey of the AHL.
Wed, Jul 14, 2010 09:08:00 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have sent Brian Willsie back to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL.

The Avs did not use Willsie as he was called up on Tuesday and was a healthy scratch on Wednesday. He has no fantasy value.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Dec 4, 2009 06:47:00 AM

The Avalanche recalled Brian Willsie from the minors Saturday.

Willsie was brought up to fill in for the injured Cody McLeod. Willsie had six points through nine games in the AHL this season, but doesn't have much fantasy value in the bigs.
Sat, Oct 24, 2009 01:47:00 PM

Brian Willsie was among 10 players assigned to the minors by the Avalanche on Saturday.

Willsie skated in 42 games with Colorado last season, while collecting a mere four points. Other players on their way to Lake Erie, of the AHL, are forwards Philippe Dupuis, Justin Mercier and Marty Sertich, Darren Haydar, and Brandon Yip; as well as defensemen Brian Fahey, Kevin Montgomery, Wes O'Neill and Brent Skinner.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Sep 20, 2009 07:17:00 AM

Brian Willsie will return to the Colorado lineup for the first time in a month.

Willsie has been on the sidelines with a knee injury. He will line up on the fourth line with Ian Laperriere and Cody McLeod. He has no fantasy value.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Jan 4, 2009 08:23:00 AM

Brian Willsie is out indefinitely with an injured left knee.

He sustained the injury in Thursday's game and did not return. Chris Stewart was recalled from the minors to take his place on the roster.
Sun, Dec 7, 2008 07:15:00 AM

Brian Willsie suffered a first period knee injury on Thursday and did not return.

Willsie was hit by the Predators Jordin Tootoo. "(Tootoo) was going straight at him," coach Tony Granato said. "I couldn't see or tell if he stuck his knee out, but I know (Willsie) tried to cut one way. It happened quick, and there was no penalty called on it. Any time you go knee on knee, it's going to be a dangerous hit, and he took the worst of it." Willsie will miss at least Friday's game against Dallas. Consider him day-to-day for now. He has little fantasy value when healthy.
Fri, Dec 5, 2008 07:10:00 AM

Brian Willsie was recalled from the minors.

He played over 13 minutes of action against the Kings on Saturday night in place of the injured Ben Guite, who was out with a rib injury.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Nov 23, 2008 09:22:00 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have sent Brian Willsie to the minors.

Just an FYI. Willsie is a depth player with no fantasy value.
Wed, Oct 8, 2008 06:58:00 AM

Brian Willsie is doing everything he can to impress the Colorado brass this pre-season.

The veteran of seven NHL seasons signed a one-year deal with the Avalanche this summer after spending the previous two campaigns in Los Angeles. He has netted two goals in exhibition games thus far, while trying to earn a spot on the team's opening day roster. "He's solid in all areas of the game, and we're real lucky to have him in our organization," coach Tony Granato said. "He's in that group of guys competing for spots and roles. He's a reliable veteran player and tremendous human being. Anybody who's been around him, either playing with him or coaching him, knows what kind of character guy he is."
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Sep 28, 2008 07:28:00 AM

The Avalanche have signed winger Brian Willsie to a one-year deal.

Financial terms of the deal were not released. Willsie collected four goals and 12 points in 53 games with the Kings last year. The winger did collect 19 goals and 41 points with the Caps three seasons ago and could return to those levels if he plays on the right line in Colorado. Realistically, he will notch 10-12 goals and 30 points if he plays a full season.
Tue, Jul 15, 2008 07:25:00 PM

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