| Date of Birth:
June 8, 1975
Place of Birth: St. Catherines, ON
Years on National Team:
Weight: 220 lbs.
A hard-nosed defender, the New York Islanders selected Bryan McCabe as the 40th overall pick in the second round of the 1993 draft. Not quite ready for prime time at that stage in his career, he was returned to Spokane of the WHL, where he was later selected to the WHL West First All Star Team in 1993-94.
The following year, McCabe joined a tough Brandon Wheat Kings squad that would eventually make it to the finals of the Memorial Cup. Although they did not win, McCabe played exceptionally and was named to the Tournament's All Star Team -- in addition to being nominated to the WHL East First All-Star Team for the year. It was at this time that a young McCabe first started gaining some valuable international experience. He represented Canada in back-to-back World Junior Championships in 1994 and 1995, winning gold on both occasions.
The young rearguard began the 1995-96 campaign on a rebuilding Islanders team. He played all 82 games as a rookie, scoring seven goals and adding 16 assists. However, he was also minus-24, indicating a difficult transition from junior star to NHL rookie. The following season, he once again played all 82 games, improving his points total to 28 (8-20-28) and reducing his plus/minus to a reasonable minus-2.
Prior to his third NHL campaign, the Islanders surprisingly named the 22-year-old the sixth captain in team history. It was a position he wouldn't hold for very long, however. In February of 1998, McCabe, Todd Bertuzzi and a third round pick in the 1998 draft (Jarkko Ruutu) were dealt to a veteran Vancouver Canucks team for Trevor Linden.
McCabe's time in Vancouver would be short-lived as well, as he was flipped to the Chicago Blackhawks one year later as part of a deal that saw the two clubs exchange first round draft picks. He was traded one last time, to Toronto in 2000, where he has enjoyed most of his NHL success.
Over his five-year stint with the Maple Leafs, McCabe has blossomed into the team's No. 1 defenseman. In 2003-04, he finished fourth in the Norris Trophy voting and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. In 2005-06, he has picked up where he left off before the lockout and has been at or near the top of the points-list for NHL defensemen throughout the season.
February 14: McCabe more than ready to do his part
February 12: McCabe will have better backup on Team Canada
February 2: McCabe going to Turin
February 1: McCabe family ecstatic
January 24: McCabe skates
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