Tuesday, May 31, 2011

IceHogs Year in Review: Brian Connelly

                   Position: Defenseman          Shoots: Left
                   Height: 5'10"                      Birthday: June 10, 1986
                   Weight: 185                       Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota

2010-11 Stats
GP   G   A   PTS   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   SOG   S%
80   11  41   52     +3     39       3       0      176     6.3

Brian Connelly had a very solid season on the blue line for the IceHogs this year. In his second full season pro, he was Rockford's lone All Star representative in Hershey for the AHL's All Star Game, he finished second in team scoring [11G-41A-52PTS], and was the only Hog to play in all 80 regular season games.
Like Shawn Lalonde, Connelly was also used as one of their power play quarterbacks; he was normally on the top power play unit. He was effective in that spot, considering his puck moving abilities.

One of Connelly's biggest goals of the season came on March 26th at home against the Milwaukee Admirals. He scored the game winning goal in overtime with a bullet of a shot from just inside the blue line.
Connelly was also called up on April 14th to be a part of the Blackhawks' Black Aces for the playoffs.

The former Colorado College Tiger's contract is up this summer. The Hawks could offer him another two way contract, but he's like Duncan Keith, Brian Campbell, Nick Leddy, and Chris Campoli in the way he plays. He's a puck moving defenseman and the Hawks have a lot of those already. Chances are that, if he re-signs, he'll be in Rockford for the whole year again, barring any injuries up with the big club. There's no doubt that Rockford would like to have him back on their blue line though.

Connelly during warmups on November 24th.

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