Brad May


Brad May

Infobox Ice Hockey Player
team=Anaheim Ducks
former_teams = Buffalo Sabres
Vancouver Canucks
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
league = NHL
position = Left Wing


image_size = 150px
shoots = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 1
weight_lb = 220
nickname = May Day, Mayzie
nationality = Canada
birth_date = birth date and age|1971|11|29
birth_place = Toronto, Ontario, Canada
draft = 14th overall
draft_year = 1990
draft_team = Buffalo Sabres
career_start = 1991

Brad May (born November 29, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario), is an ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. He grew up in Stouffville, but played his rep minor hockey in Markham, Ontario.

May is known more for his enforcing skills, rather than his scoring touch. May is also noted as being a "solid leader in the dressing room." [ [http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=89&hubname=nhl-ducks TSN : NHL-DUCKS - Canada's Sports Leader ] ]

Career

Brad May was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 14th overall in the first round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. May is famous for scoring a series clinching goal in the 1993 Adams Division semifinals against the Boston Bruins in game four, which is when broadcaster Rick Jeanneret made the famous "May Day!" call.

May was subsequently traded by the Sabres to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Geoff Sanderson on February 4, 1998. [http://www.sabresfans.com/history/Playerbio.asp?pid=434 SabreSFans.com - Sabres' History - Player Bio ] ]

On August 20th, 2005, May signed with the Colorado Avalanche as an unrestricted free agent for two years. He was later traded on February 27th, 2007 to the Anaheim Ducks for goaltender Michael Wall. The Ducks went on to win the Stanley Cup that year, and May would have his name engraved on the Cup for the first time in his career.

It was also with the Ducks that May would play his 900th career NHL game. During that game, he scored his 125th career goal, as the Ducks beat the Kings that night. [http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app?gameNumber=270&gameType=2&page=Recap&season=20072008&service=page]

May was selected to ride on Anaheim city's float at the 2008 Rose Bowl Parade to accompany the Cup. (As the regulations state that the outside of the float must exclusively use organic material, ABC commentators speculated that the city got an exception to display the Cup.) [http://www.ocregister.com/news/float-ccix-character-1950338-anaheim-cup]

Controversies

2000 incident

As a member of the Phoenix Coyotes in November 2000, May was suspended for 20 games for slashing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Steve Heinze in the nose with his stick. Heinze would need nine stitches, but returned to ice quickly. After the game, May apologized to Heinze, who accepted the apology. [ [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/11/15/sports/main249765.shtml Coyotes' May Suspended 20 Games, Brad May Suspended By NHL For 20 Games - CBS News ] ] At the time, the 20 game suspension was the fourth longest in NHL history.

teve Moore

May was also noted for allegedly putting the bounty on the head of Colorado's Steve Moore that ultimately resulted in the Todd Bertuzzi incident that essentially ended Moore's career. May was named in a lawsuit filed by Moore, but charges were later dropped. [ [http://www.startribune.com/1330/story/1127688.html Questionable punch has team fighting mad ] ] [ [http://jezz.ca/archives/2006/02/16/steve-moore-needs-money/ Steve Moore Needs Money at JezzJournal ] ]

Kim Johnsson

May was suspended for three games in the 2006–2007 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs for punching Minnesota Wild defenceman Kim Johnsson in the face during the final minutes of game four between the Ducks and Wild. Both teams were involved in a large scrum of fighting, pushing, and shoving. May turned around and without warning, punched Johnsson, who was knocked unconscious for a short amount of time. While Johnsson was unconscious Brad May picked Johnsson up off of the ice and slammed him back down in a effort to further injure him. Johnsson was not seriously injured, but was hospitalized, and missed game five of the series. The Ducks would win that game and eliminate the Wild from the Playoffs. In an interview, May said that he intended to contact Johnsson to apologize and explain what happened. [ [http://nc.startribune.com/blogs/wildblog/?p=164 Russo’s rants » Blog Archive » Pictures of May/Johnsson incident, White doubtful, Brad May transcript ] ]

Career statistics

ee also

*List of OHL seasons
*List of NHL seasons
*List of NHL players

References

External links

*hockeydb|3480
* [http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/615 Yahoo Sports ]


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