Gilbert Brule quitting hockey to become a firefighter

Jan 1, 8:24 AM

After being suspended by the Phoenix Coyotes for failing to report to AHL Portland earlier this week, Gilbert Brule's hockey career appears to be coming to a close.

According to Coyotes' general manager Don Maloney, the 27-year old forward has decided to quit professional hockey in order to pursue a different career path.

"It's pretty simple. He decided that he didn't want to live out of a suitcase anymore, was sick of living at hotels, and told me he was going to quit hockey - maybe become a firefighter," Maloney said, via azcentral.com. "So what we do procedurally is we suspended him and unless he has a change of heart very, very quickly, we'll go through the procedure of terminating his contract."

Drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, Brule signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes in November. He failed to register a point in three games with the team, and didn't appear willing to face the rigours of minor-league hockey in order to make it back with the big club.

"I think it is surprising," Maloney said. "He's still a relatively young player, but hey listen, even though he's young, he's been playing pro hockey for a long time. I think he's just tired of doing what he's doing, obviously. Good luck, God speed and move on."

In 299 career NHL games, Brule scored 43 goals and added 52 assists.

Jan 7, 5:29 PM

Gilbert Brule clears waivers, contract with Coyotes to be terminated

Jan 7, 5:29 PM

Gilbert Brule has cleared waivers and his contract with the Phoenix Coyotes will now be terminated, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

The 27-year old is believed to be interested in pursuing a career in firefighting.

Jan 4, 1:41 PM

Gilbert Brule will be released by Coyotes to pursue firefighting

Jan 4, 1:41 PM

Phoenix Coyotes forward Gilbert Brule has been placed on waivers Saturday so he can pursue his undying desire to become a firefighter. The forward refused to report to the AHL last week and was suspended by the team.

In translation: Gilbert Brule has been placed on waivers with the purpose of releasing

Dec 10, 11:52 AM

Coyotes F Gilbert Brule recalled from Portland (AHL)

Dec 10, 11:52 AM

The Phoenix Coyotes announced a roster move on Tuesday.

Brule has appeared in 11 games for the AHL's Portland Pirates this season, scoring seven goals and adding five assists.

The sixth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft scored five goals and nine assists in 33 games for the Coyotes back in 2011-12.

Nov 30, 11:56 AM

Coyotes sign F Gilbert Brule to one-year, two-way contract

Nov 30, 11:56 AM

After an unsuccessful pro tryout with the team back in training camp, Gilbert Brule appears to have done enough in the AHL to impress the Phoenix Coyotes. 

The club announced Saturday they have signed the 26-year old forward to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Appearing in eight games for the AHL's Portland Pirates this season - the Coyotes' farm team -  Brule scored six goals and added two assists.

Sept 5, 5:31 PM

Gilbert Brule also getting tryout with Coyotes

Sept 5, 5:31 PM

One day after a report indicated that the Phoenix Coyotes would be giving Guillaume Latendresse a tryout, TSN confirmed the report and also reported that Gilbert Brule will be receiving a tryout, too.

Brule spent the 2012-13 season with Zurich of the Swiss-A league but appeared in just 14 games. He last played in the NHL with Phoenix in 2011-12, tallying 14 points in 33 games.

The 26-year-old has appeared in 296 career games, scoring 43 goals and 95 points. He's largely considered a bust after being the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft and his career has been slowed as he's battled off-ice problems.

Sept 3, 4:44 PM

Report: Guillaume Latendress to tryout with Coyotes

Sept 3, 4:44 PM

Guillaume Latendresse will get a shot at cracking an NHL lineup this season, according to Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports.

The 26-year-old forward scored six goals and four assists in 27 games for the Ottawa Senators in 2013. 

Drafted in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Latendresse has scored 87 goals and 60 assists in 341 career games. 

In eight NHL seasons, Latendresse has appeared in more than 60 games only twice.