Wanchulak's Career Bests
Three-time monogram winner for the Irish who brings speed and quickness to the Notre Dame lineup ... veteran leader who will look to contribute more to the Irish offense in his senior season ... played in 35 games with four assists ... has played in 103 career games with seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points ... hard working, tenacious forward who has outstanding speed ... uses his quickness to open the ice for his linemates ... has outstanding hockey sense and the ability to make things happen on the ice ... hardworking player who strives to improve his all-around game ... outstanding penalty killer who can disrupt the opposition with his checking skills ... has proven to be a solid, postseason performer with three goals and an assist in 12 career postseason games ... very involved in community service work at Notre Dame, especially with the annual "Buddy Walk" held each fall ... has worn three different numbers during his career -- 26 as a freshman, 9 as a sophomore and 15 as a junior and senior ... came to Notre Dame after an outstanding career in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) ... knows what it takes to win as he helped lead the Camrose Kodiaks to the 2002 AJHL title, where he was the league playoff most valuable player ... winning AJHL title put Camrose in Royal Bank Cup (Canadian junior hockey championship), where he scored the winning goal (versus Irish teammate Morgan Cey) in the championship game versus Flin Flon ... signed his national letter-of-intent during the early signing period (Nov. of 2000) along with Matt Amado and Derek Smith ... seventh native of Alberta to win a monogram with Notre Dame joining Larry Israelson (Didsbury, `70-'74), Roger Bourque (Calgary, `73-'77), Dick Olson (Calgary, `78-'81), Mark Benning (Edmonton, `82-'83), Terry Lorenz (Lloydminster, `93-'97) and current teammate Matt Williams-Kovacs (Calgary) ... one of three Alberta natives on the Notre Dame roster as he is joined by Williams-Kovacs and incoming freshman Brock Sheahan (Lethbridge) ... named to Dean's List for first time in spring of 2004.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 35 of Notre Dame's 39 games in 2003-04 ... recorded four assists on the year and was whistled for 10 penalties for 28 minutes ... was -1 on the season ... had 28 shots on goal ... assisted on Rob Globke's opening goal in 5-1 win over Northern Michigan on Nov. 28 ... equaled career-best two-assist game when he set up first two goals of 4-2 win over Ferris State (Feb. 14) ... final point of the season came on Feb. 28 when he set up Rob Globke's third-period goal in a 5-2 win over Michigan ... was held scoreless in five postseason games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in 30 of Notre Dame's 40 games during the 2002-03 season ... recorded two goals and two assists for four points ... had 31 shots on goal while picking up eight penalties for 16 minutes ... was -5 on the season ... went without a point until Jan. 3, when he assisted on a Rob Globke goal in 5-3 Irish win at Nebraska-Omaha ... strong forechecking set up second assist of the season in 3-3 tie versus Ohio State ... forced the Buckeyes into a turnover at center ice, with the puck going to Brett Lebda who beat Mike Betz with a shot from the left wing circle to give Irish a 3-2 lead ... played just one of team's final nine regular-season games ... sat out game one of first-round playoff series versus Miami ... returned to lineup on March 15 in game two, recording a pair of shots in 1-0 Irish win ... broke through in the goal-scoring column in game three of series, cashing in on a two-on-one with Jake Wiegand for the final goal in Notre Dame's 5-0 win that sent the Irish to the Super Six at Joe Louis Arena ... continued his strong postseason play by scoring opening goal versus Ohio State in eventual 3-2 loss ... freshman Mike Walsh beat the OSU defense to the puck in the right wing corner and tried to center the puck to Rob Globke who was going hard to the net ... Buckeyes' goaltender Mike Betz came out of the net and poked the puck away from Globke ... Wanchulak trailed the play and fired the loose puck into an open net for his second goal in as many games.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 38 games ... scored five goals with eight assists for 13 points ... had one short-handed tally among his five lamplighters ... recorded 10 penalties for 20 minutes ... fired 49 shots on goal with a .102 shooting percentage ... was -6 for the season ... had two three-point scoring streaks ... scored six (2g, 4a) of his 13 points over the final eight games ... scored first career goal in 4-4 tie at Ohio State ... picked up first assist the following night in 3-2 loss to the Buckeyes ... second goal of the season was a short-handed, game-tying goal at 16:07 of third period in 3-3 tie at Northeastern ... went six games without a point before assisting on goals in each of Notre Dame's wins at home versus Lake Superior (Dec. 1-2) ... scored an insurance goal in 6-3 Irish win at Bowling Green ... had just one assist (vs. Nebraska-Omaha) over next 15 games before closing season with a flourish ... assisted on Cory McLean's first career goal in 3-1 win at Lake Superior ... McLean returned the favor the following night as he set up Wanchulak's fourth goal of the year in 6-0 shutout of the Lakers ... assisted on key goals late in the first period by Jon Maruk and Jake Wiegand to propel the Irish to a 4-3 win over Bowling Green for first multiple-point game of career ... had a goal and an assist in four postseason games ... sent game one of the CCHA playoffs into overtime with goal at 4:52 of the third period scoring off a faceoff in the Maverick's zone ... assisted on series-winning goal in game three when he moved the puck from the left point to the right point to Evan Neilsen who scored at 18:03 of the second period.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer, Alberta ... played three seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), scoring 60 goals with 128 assists in 177 career games ... played two full seasons (`98-'00) with the Drayton Valley Thunder ... started 2000-01 with Drayton Valley but was traded to Camrose after two games ... led the Kodiaks in scoring with 31 goals and 50 assists for 81 points and was team MVP ... named first team all-league and was a first team Southern Division all-star ... was MVP of the AJHL playoffs ... scored 13 goals with 46 assists at Drayton Valley during `99-'00 ... named Thunder's "Most Dedicated Player" and south team's MVP in the AJHL Prospects Game ... in his rookie season, scored 16 goals with 28 assists and was named Drayton Valley's rookie of the year ... father Clarence played collegiate hockey at the University of Alberta ... oldest of three children with two brothers ... full name is Brad William Wanchulak ... son of Clarence and Colleen Wanchulak ... father Clarence played collegiate hockey at the University of Alberta... born June 18, 1980, in Edmonton, Alberta ... double major in management consulting and psychology.
Wanchulak's Career Statistics
Wanchulak's Career Bests
vs. Ferris State (0g-2a; 2/13/04)
vs. Bowling Green (0g-2a; 3/2/02)
vs. Ferris State (2/13/04)
vs. Bowling Green (3/2/02)
5 Shots on Goal
vs. Nebraska-Omaha (3/9/02)
3-Game Point Streak
(1g-3a); Feb. 22-March 1, 2002
(vs. Lake Superior and Bowling Green)