2006-07: Brett Sonne was one of the key role players on the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. He provided checking and physicality, while also managing to bag 21 goals. He was willing to drop the gloves from time to time, and could often be seen battling for loose pucks and digging in the corners. Sonne was strong in the WHL playoffs as well, netting five goals as his team advanced to the league semi-final.
2007-08: Serving as assistant captain of the Hitmen, he was on a pace to have a career-high season, but missed a lot of games due to a severe ankle injury. In 29 games, he managed to net eight goals and 12 assists. He was back in time for the playoffs, where he recorded three goals and an assist in 16 games.
2008-09: To say Sonne had a good regular season is a mild understatement. The center forward had exactly 100 points (48 goal and 52 assists) in 62 games for the Hitmen, who finished at the top of the WHL with an incredible 59-9-3-1 record. To complement his scoring, Sonne finished the season with a +35 plus/minus rating and a team-high 16 power-play goals. He also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa and picked up three points (a goal and two assists) in the tournament. In 2007-08, Sonne was listed at 5’11 and 200 pounds but he has slimmed down to 184 pounds and grown an extra inch. The 16-pound weight difference has definitely pushed Sonne to a whole new level.
2009-10: Sonne skated in 77 games with the AHL's Peoria Rivermen in his rookie pro season, scoring 11 goals, 13 assists for 24 points. He finished the year with a minus-15 rating which was among the worst on the team.
2010-11: Sonne's offensive game took a step back as he was placed in a checking line role in his second AHL season with Peoria. In 62 games with the Rivermen he scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was -9 with 45 PMs. Sonne skated in all four playoff games in Peoria's first-round series with Houston and was -1 with no points and 2 PMs.
2011-12: Sonne proved to be a sound two-way forward for AHL Peoria in his third pro season and was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Blues in July 2012. While his offensive numbers weren't close to those from his overage season in the WHL, he chipped in 8 goals with 9 assists in 70 games and was minus-nine with 40 penalty minutes. Peoria missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.
Sonne has a decent scoring touch around the net, often generating offense due to aggressive work on the forecheck. His tenacious nature and hitting ability makes things difficult for opponents.
Sonne will play his fourth season at the AHL level in Peoria but could see time in the ECHL if he struggles offensively to start the year. The NHL lockout will add more quality players to the Rivermen and he needs to compete hard every game to stay in the line-up this season.