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Irish Preview: Stanley Cup Playoffs

Following a record-setting year for former Notre Dame players in the NHL, the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on Wednesday night


Stanley Cup Champions: Post-Game Interviews with Rust and Cole

Cole and Rust became the fifth and sixth former Notre Dame players to raise the Stanley Cup.


Cole and Rust Achieve Stanley Cup Glory

Members of the 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Penguins, Cole and Rust become the fifth and sixth former Notre Dame players to raise the Stanley Cup.


Russo Signs with the Detroit Red Wings

The former Irish captain signed a two-year contract.

  • Lebda's Career Statistics
  • Lebda's Career Bests

    Offensive-minded defenseman who has won three monograms during his Notre Dame career ... will be counted on to be one of the Irish team leaders on the blue line ... explosive skater who can beat you with his speed, his shot or his outstanding passing skills ... has 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points in 113 career games at Notre Dame ... gifted playmaker who finds the open man anywhere on the ice ... plays in all situations ... strong, accurate shot from the point leads to many Irish scoring chances ... quarterbacks the Notre Dame power play ... tough, hard-nosed defender who doesn't shy away from physical contact ... recognized as a dynamic player and strong team leader who kick starts the Irish offense ... one of 13 Notre Dame players who have played for the USA Hockey Developmental Program ... one of eight current players on the current Irish roster to play for the Under-18 team ... played on the same USA Under-18 team as current Irish teammates Rob Globke and Neil Komadoski ... was selected to the 2001 USA Junior National team that finished fifth at the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic ... scored two goals (including game-tying goal) in 4-4 tie with Slovakia during the seven-game tournament ... selected to the CCHA all-rookie team during his freshman year ... a lifelong native of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and one of several players from that state who are testament to the strong youth hockey programs in Illinois ... one of three Illinois natives on Irish roster ... list includes junior Joe Zurenko (Arlington Heights) and freshman Michael Bartlett (Morton Grove)... one of 16 letterwinners from state of Illinois.

    AS A JUNIOR: Played all 40 games during the 2002-03 season ... was second among Irish defensemen in scoring with seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points ... goals included three power-play markers, a short-handed goal and a game winner ... led the Irish with 139 shots on goal (also led team as a sophomore with 150 shots on goal) ... also led the Irish with 24 penalties for 48 minutes ... was -1 on the season ... had four multiple-point games during the season giving him 11 for his three-year career ... started the season with a season-best four-game scoring streak (Oct. 11-Oct. 19) recording one assist in each of Notre Dame's first four games (3-0-1 start) ... scored first goal of season on Nov. 22 beating Michigan's Al Montoya with a slapshot in 4-2 loss to Wolverines ... scored game winner (ppg) and added an assist in 6-3 win versus Bowling Green ... scored Notre Dame's first goal of the game on the power play and assisted on third goal in 6-3 loss to Dartmouth in the first game of the Ledyard National Bank Tournament ... set up Cory McLean's first-period goal in 3-3 tie with Vermont in tournament's third-place game ... went eight games with just two assists (at Ferris State and versus Yale) before getting a goal and an assist in 3-3 home tie with Ohio State ... goal was short-handed and came at 18:54 of second period giving Irish a 3-2 lead ... scored goals in back-to-back wins with Lake Superior ... gave Irish a 1-0 first-period lead in 3-2 win versus the Lakers on Feb. 21 ... followed with a goal and assist in 6-3 win in second game ... set up late second period power-play goal by Connor Dunlop that snapped a 3-3 tie ... added his own power-play tally early in third for key insurance goal in win ... made big play in second playoff game at Miami leading to lone Irish goal in 1-0 shutout win ... kept bouncing puck in at blue line and fired a slapshot at Miami's David Burleigh ... puck was stopped but rebound came to Tim Wallace who rammed it home for eventual game-winning goal ... scored goal that broke Miami's back in game three ... with Irish leading 1-0 late in second period, picked up puck behind Irish net ... he raced up the right boards through center ice ... when he got to the Miami blue line, he cut to his left with the two defensemen backing in ... between the circles, Lebda ripped a shot that beat Burleigh through his pads to give the Irish the two-goal cushion with just 32 seconds left in the period to give Notre Dame the 2-0 lead in a 5-0 shutout.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 34 of 38 games for the Irish missing four games while playing at the World Junior Championships in late December and early January ... finished third among Notre Dame defensemen with six goals and eight assists for 14 points ... six goals was second to Evan Nielsen's seven ... led the Irish with 151 shots on goal ... whistled for 23 penalties totaling 54 minutes ... was -1 for the season in the plus-minus ratings ... had one multiple-point game (also only multiple-goal game of the year) ... had a four-game point streak (3g, 1a) which included a three-game goal streak and back-to-back game-winning goals ... opened the season with assists in each of the first two games versus Union College ... was held scoreless for four consecutive games before exploding for two goals (on a career-high 10 shots on goal) in 5-4 win at 12th-ranked Northern Michigan (Nov. 2) ... ripped a shot from the slot past Craig Kowalski for a second-period power-play goal and the first of three goals by the Irish in the second stanza ... scored on a blast from the top of the left wing circle for his second goal of the period at 18:23 to put the Irish ahead 4-3 ... third goal of the season was a brilliant "highlight reel" coast-to-coast rush in 3-3 tie at home versus Ferris State (Nov. 10) ... with the teams skating four-on-four, the Bulldogs dumped the puck behind the Irish net ... defenseman Derek Smith fired it around the left wing boards where Lebda took over ... he skated up the left side, cut across the middle at the FSU blue line, cruised down the right side and fired a wrist shot between Bulldogs' goaltender John DeCaro and the near post for his third goal of the season ... set up goals in consecutive games versus Bowling Green ... missed Princeton and Michigan series while playing for U.S. team in the World Junior Championships ... picked up three assists in nine games between Jan. 11 and Feb. 8 before going on late-season goal-scoring spree ... capped a two-on-one with Rob Globke to drill a wrist shot between Ryan Miller's pads for game-winning goal at 1:43 of second period in 3-2 upset win over third-ranked Michigan State ... scored his second game-winning goal in as many games with a second-period power-play goal in 3-1 win at Lake Superior ... scored for third consecutive game the following night in 6-0 shutout versus the Lakers ... wrapped up four-game point streak with an assist in 4-3 win over Bowling Green ... was held scoreless in four postseason games.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Selected to the CCHA's all-rookie team ... led all CCHA freshmen defensemen in scoring and was fifth among league blueliners ... one of five Irish players to play in all 39 games on the year ... tied for third on the team with 26 points (along with fellow freshmen Aaron Gill and Rob Globke) on seven goals ( 2 ppg, 2 shg and one game winner) and 19 assists ... ranked third on the team with 112 shots on goal ... set the Notre Dame single season record with 109 penalty minutes (37 penalties) ... had a -5 plus-minus for the year ... had four goals and 15 assists in 28 CCHA games ... turned in six multiple-point games on the season ... scored in his first collegiate game (an unassisted third-period goal) versus Minnesota at the Hall of Fame Classic ... assisted on lone Irish goal in 4-1 loss to Boston College in opening game of the Maverick Classic for his first career point- scoring streak ... had one goal and six assists in first 18 games before exploding for five points (one goal, four assists) in 7-3 win versus Nebraska-Omaha ... started a career-best five-game point streak (3g, 7a) ... turned in a three-point weekend versus Ferris State (1g, 2a) ... helped Irish to an important 4-3 road win at Yale (1g, 1a) ...played a key role in Irish late season playoff drive with seven points (2g, 5a) over last five games including two-point games at Michigan (1g, 1a) and two at Alaska Fairbanks (0g, 2a) and (1g, 1a) ... was named CCHA rookie of the week for his four-point weekend (1g, 3a) versus Nanooks.

    WITH USA HOCKEY: Played two seasons for the USA Hockey Developmental Program ... his two-year totals as one of the USA's top-scoring defensemen included 16 goals, 23 assists and 62 penalty minutes in 72 games (his second season was cut short due to ankle injury) ... led the USA Under-17 defensemen in '98-'99 with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists), plus 34 penalty minutes, three power-play goals and one shorthanded goal while earning a spot in the North American Hockey League all-star game ... played just 22 games in 1999-2000 with the Under-18 team, as his season was ended due to an ankle injury ... was leading the USA defensemen in scoring at the time of his injury, totaling six goals, seven assists, 28 penalty minutes, two power-play goals and two game-winning goals in his 22 games played ... one of 10 NTDP products to play for the Irish in the last five seasons ... one of 49 players invited to USA Hockey's 2001 Junior Evaluation Camp along with Globke and Komadoski ... advanced to play in USA Hockey's Summer Hockey Challenge in Lake Placid, N.Y. for four-game series versus Finland's Under 20 team ... sparked USA to opening game win versus Finns with a goal and two assists in series opener ... along with Rob Globke was a member of the 2002 US Junior National team that finished fifth at the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, after attending two years at Buffalo Grove (where he participated in golf and volleyball) ... began playing hockey as a two-year old and spent his first five seasons as a member of the Chamburg Kings, followed by two seasons with the Glenview Stars ... played six seasons of AAA hockey with the Chicago Young Americans and one with Team Illinois before accepting an invitation to join the USA Hockey NTDP as a 16-year old ... played against fellow Irish blueliner Evan Nielsen during their youth hockey days ... son of Steve and Nanci Lebda ... full name is Brett Steven Lebda ... born Jan. 15, 1982, in Buffalo Grove, Ill. ... a management major in the Mendoza College of Business.

    Lebda's Career Statistics

    YearGPGAPtsShotsSh Pct.P/MinPPGSHGGWG+/-
    Totals 113204161402.05084/211734-7

    Lebda's Career Bests

    5 Points

  • vs. Nebraska-Omaha (1g-4a, 12/20/00)

    2 Goals

  • vs. Northern Michigan (11/2/01)

    4 Assists

  • vs. Nebraska-Omaha (12/20/00)

    10 Shots on Goal

  • vs. Michigan State (1/24/03)
  • vs. Northern Michigan (11/2/01)

    3-Game Goal Streak

  • (3g-0a); Feb. 9-Feb. 23, 2002 (vs.Michigan State and Lake Superior)

    5-Game Point Streak

  • (3g-7a); Dec. 20, 2000-Jan. 6, 2001 (vs. Nebraska-Omaha, St. Lawrence, RPI and Ferris State)

    Brett Lebda
    Brett  Lebda


    Buffalo Grove, IL

    High School:
    Pioneer High School

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 194



    Last Team:
    USA Under-18 National Team

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