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Pirates Player Profile: Brandon Yip

01/15/2014 1:56 PM -

Brandon Yip was originally drafted in the 8th round of the 2004 NHL Draft (#239 overall) by the Colorado Avalanche. The 6’0 Yip caught Colorado’s attention after tallying a total of 108 points in four seasons at Boston University. Yip’s senior season stood out above the rest. That year he played in all 45 games for the Terriers, and set career highs in goals (20) and points (43). Yip credits his progression throughout college to the Boston University coaching staff, and in particular, legendary head coach Jack Parker.

“It was awesome. At that time of my life, college was the best, as I learned a lot about myself as a person as well as saw myself grow as a hockey player. They did a great job of developing young players like myself, and it was a great experience.”

Yip’s senior year wasn’t just special because of his career high goal and point totals, but because of the way the year ended for the squad. On April 11, 2009, BU pulled off an improbable comeback in the final minute, on their way to an overtime victory over Miami to win the National Championship.

Here is the box score from that game:

Box Score BU Miami.PNG

Courtesy: USCHO

One of the top scorers on that Miami team? Andy Miele.

“I give it to Miele pretty good about that game, and now I’ve got [Corey] Trivino on my team also, so we’ve got a good 2 on 1. He’s definitely a good sport about it, but you can tell it still stings.”

After being drafted by the Avalanche, Yip has played for three different NHL organizations including Colorado, spending time both at the NHL level and AHL level. Yip admits that while this factor in his career has been tough, he is very happy where he is at right now.

“It’s tough, as I have played in a few different places now, and the challenge really is adapting to different systems. They do a great job here in Portland, and things are similar in Phoenix. They try to keep things simple, and make sure you stick to the ins and outs of their system, that way you catch on quickly.”

The Vancouver native has played in his share of different arenas throughout his time in the Hockey East, the AHL, and the NHL. He says there have been a couple rinks that stand out to him.

“I’ve played in a lot of great arenas. I think first for the NHL, it’s always fun to play in Chicago, because they have a great crowd and the national anthem always gets you going there. For the AHL, it was pretty cool to play in St. John’s this past week. They also have a great crowd, and sellout every night, which is always fun.”

In 25 games so far this season, Yip has tallied two goals along with seven assists, for a total of nine points.

Get to know #32 Brandon Yip:

Full Name - Brandon Yip
Birthdate - April 25, 1985
Twitter - @Byipper18
Favorite Hockey Moment - Winning NCAA Title in 2009
Favorite NHL Player (Past or Present) - Cliff Rominy, Vancouver Canucks
Favorite Hockey Team Growing Up - Vancouver Canucks
Favorite Non-Hockey Sport to Play - Golf
Favorite Food - Spaghetti and Meatballs

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