|After 12 years of professional hockey, forward Tim Brent is calling it a career. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News.|
The 32-year-old Ontario native has decided to retire from pro hockey and has relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina to start a new chapter in his life.
Brent's 12-year pro career saw him travel the world to play the sport he loved. He amassed 207 NHL games, 354 AHL games and 93 games in the KHL where he won a championship with Magnitogorsk Metallurg in 2013-14.
After a productive four-year junior hockey career in the OHL with the now defunct Toronto St. Michaels Majors, Brent was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks organization and made his pro debut in the American Hockey League (AHL) in the fall of 2004 with the Ducks then-affiliate Cincinnati.
He then spent his next two years of pro hockey with the Portland Pirates, who were affiliated with the Ducks when Brent played there from 2005-2007 before making his NHL debut with Anaheim in the 2006-07 season.
From there, Brent signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and played with their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2007-08, appearing in just one NHL game that year with Pittsburgh despite setting a career-high 61 points (18 goals, 43 assists) in 74 games.
Another one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks organization in 2008-09 didn't see Brent get much NHL action, but his big break into the NHL came with his hometown team - the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While with Toronto, Brent played a full-season with the Maple Leafs in 2010-11 tallying 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists). He continued his NHL tenure with the Carolina Hurricanes for one and a half seasons before continuing his hockey career in the KHL.
It was after switching teams in the KHL and ending up with Magnitogorsk Metallurg that Brent was a member of the Gagarin Cup winning team in 2013-14. Brent talked about the travel situations in that KHL playoff run earlier this season while he was a member of the AHL's Phantoms.
After a second year with Magnitogorsk and a playoff run that ended 10 games in, Brent came back to North America and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
With the Phantoms this past season, Brent tallied 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 52 games, missing 19 games after having surgery on his hand. After trying to play through the upper body ailment for five weeks, Brent opted for a second look and ultimately decided surgery was the best pursuit of action back in late January.
More on Brent, including his thoughts and the decision to retire, tomorrow and in The Home News next week.