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Brian McGrattan (born September 2, 1981 in Hamilton, Ontariomarker) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey player with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

McGrattan is an enforcer who built a solid reputation for himself, particularly during the American Hockey League's 2004–05 season when he established an all-time league record for penalty minutes in a single season (551). Infamous minor league enforcer Brandon Sugden, who fought McGrattan several times, referred to him as "the toughest guy in the league." He played his first NHL game with the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 shootout win at Toronto on Oct. 5, 2005. He scored his first goal against all-star goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and his second versus the Atlanta Thrashers.

During his junior hockey career he played for six teams in the OHL between 1997 and 2002. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft but never played for the team. On June 2, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the Senators.

McGrattan truly arrived as an NHL enforcer during a game against the arch-rival Maple Leafs on October 29, 2005. He defeated Toronto's Tie Domi, then one of the league's most popular fighters, and Domi was forced to leave the game with a facial injury. With this fight, McGrattan quickly established himself as one of the premier fighters in the NHL.

He was a healthy scratch for much of the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons with Ottawa, dressing mainly to replace injured teammates or to provide a physical presence in the lineup. In 2007–08 he played in 38 of 82 regular season games, being a healthy scratch for much of the campaign and entire playoffs. He has yet to see action in an NHL playoff game.

McGrattan was involved in a much publicized fight with then teammate Ray Emery during a Senators' practice in January 2008, an event which may have hastened both players' departures from Ottawa. Interestingly, both are close friends off the ice.

On June 25th, 2008, McGrattan was traded by Ottawa to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a 5th round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.The Coyotes later signed him to a one year contract. Coyotes GM Don Maloney told The Canadian Press "I'm excited about it (acquiring McGrattan). I think he'll fit in well with our group."

McGrattan ultimately saw action in only 5 games with Phoenix, registering no points and collecting 22 penalty minutes. On December 13, 2008, the National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey League announced that McGrattan had voluntarily entered Stage #1 of the NHL and the NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program. No further details were announced.

On July 11, 2009, McGrattan signed as a free agent with the NHL's Calgary Flames. On October 16th, against the Vancouver Canucks, Mcgrattan recorded his first career Gordie Howe hat trick enroute to a 5-3 Flames win.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Guelph Storm OHL 25 3 2 5 11
1998–99 Guelph Storm OHL 6 1 3 4 15
1998–99 Sudbury Wolves OHL 53 7 10 17 153 4 0 0 0 4
1999–00 Sudbury Wolves OHL 25 2 8 10 79
1999–00 Mississauga Ice Dogs OHL 42 9 13 22 166
2000–01 Mississauga Ice Dogs OHL 31 20 9 29 83
2001–02 Mississauga Ice Dogs OHL 7 2 3 5 16
2001–02 Owen Sound Attack OHL 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Oshawa Generals OHL 25 10 5 15 72
2001–02 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 26 8 7 15 71 6 2 0 2 20
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 59 9 10 19 173 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Binghamton Senators AHL 66 9 11 20 327 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Binghamton Senators AHL 71 7 1 8 551 6 0 2 2 28
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 2 3 5 141
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 44 0 2 2 100
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 38 0 3 3 46
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 5 0 0 0 22
AHL totals 196 25 22 47 1051 7 0 2 2 28
NHL totals 148 2 8 10 309
OHL totals 242 62 60 122 666 10 2 0 2 28


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