Legendary NHL Enforcer Donald Brashear Returns to Professional Hockey at 51 with Marquis de Jonquière in LNAH

Published September 20, 2023 at 8:13 PM

The NHL, known as one of the most prestigious leagues in the sports world, demands immense dedication and hard work from its players. Recently, a notable NHL veteran, Donald Brashear, with a 16-year career under his belt, has made a surprising return to professional hockey after an extended absence.

Donald Brashear: A 16-Year NHL Veteran Returns

Donald Brashear, a 51-year-old former NHL enforcer, is stepping back into the world of professional hockey. Brashear is set to join the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH), a Quebec-based league, by signing a one-year contract with the Marquis de Jonquière.

51-year-old Donald Brashear has signed with the Marquis de Jonquière (LNAH)

In his own words, Brashear expressed his enthusiasm:

"I'm very happy to be part of the Jonquière Marquis. It's going to be a pleasure for me to help out the team, and hopefully win a cup," said Brashear in a news release from the team.

This isn't Brashear's first stint in the LNAH; he previously played during the 2015-16 season, where he contributed 2 points and accumulated 10 penalty minutes in just 7 games.

A Warm Welcome for Brashear

Reports suggest that several LNAH teams were eager to have Brashear on their roster, resulting in a spirited bidding war for his services. Ultimately, the Marquis de Jonquière secured his talents. Team owner Bob Desjardins couldn't be more thrilled about the acquisition.

"For me, it's like wow! I managed to convince Donald to join us. From the start of our conversations, I sensed that Brash wasn't closed to the idea. I have enormous respect for the man. Guys who have played over 1,000 NHL games, that's an incredible feat.

Yes, he's 51, but it's incredible that he's still in such great shape. I'm 56 and it's hard for me to put my socks on in the morning." - Bob Desjardins

Brashear's return to the ice is expected to draw fans to the arena, thanks to his storied NHL career. It remains to be seen if he can maintain a level of play comparable to his younger counterparts in the LNAH, given his age of 51. Nevertheless, his comeback is a testament to his enduring passion for the game and his determination to continue contributing to the sport he loves.

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Legendary NHL Enforcer Donald Brashear Returns to Professional Hockey at 51 with Marquis de Jonquière in LNAH

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