NHL Hockey: Brandon Yip
Brandon Yip #18 – RW/LW
POB: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195lbs
NHL Seasons: 2
Drafted by Colorado in 2004 (8/239)
Brandon Yip was born on April 25, 1985 in Vancouver BC so conventional wisdom says that he was destined to be a hockey player. And that is just what he became.
After growing up playing in the Vancouver Minor Hockey system, his skills were refined enough to allow him a tryout with the BCHL Coquitlam Express where he would hone his craft and get noticed by the Big Universities in the Unites States.
While with Coquitlam, Yip averaged just over 1.5 points per game – solid numbers that would allow him to further his career.
In 2005-2006, Yip would move on to play collegiate hockey for Boston University where he made a somewhat surprising but immediate impact. The 2005-2006 season saw Yip tally 31 points in 39 games on his way to becoming the Hockey East (his division in collegiate hockey) Rookie of the Year.
The next season was plagued with off-ice issues – Yip recorded only 23 points in 37 games. 2008-2009 would be the culmination of Yip’s collegiate career – his team won the NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship – the Frozen Four and Yip graduated with honors from Boston University with a B.S. in criminal science.
Off to the pros he goes! Yip was signed by the Colorado Avalanche on July 22, 2009 but he would not make his debut with the club until much later in the season.
He would start the season late because of a broken hand, play six games with Colorado’s minor-league team the Lake Erie Monsters and eventually make his way to the Big Club on December 19, 2009.
Yip’s first NHL goal came against Jonas Hiller in his second NHL game. He would go on to score 11 goals in 22 games before missing time with a separated shoulder. Yip returned for the playoffs and had a decent run – finishing second on the team in scoring during a playoff year that saw his Avalanche eventually lose in the quarterfinals to the San Jose Sharks.
Yip’s persistence and hard work resulted in a contact extension that was officially signed on July 7, 2010 – a contact that would keep him with the Colorado Avalanche for two more seasons.
Yip was claimed off waivers by the Nashville Predators on January 19th, 2012 and quickly made an impression, scoring in only his second game with his new team.
Here is a rundown of Yip’s Career Stats: