Brody Hoffman

Hometown:

Wilkie Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-02-18

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2009

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2007-08: Brody Hoffman played for the Battlefords Stars midget AAA team near his hometown of Wilkie in western Saskatchewan. He was 4-17 in 27 games sharing the goaltending with Coleman Young. Hoffman had a 4.28 goals against and .887 save percentage for a Stars team that finished ninth in the 12-team league. 

2008-09: Hoffman played for the Notre Dame Hounds team that captured the Telus Cup (Canada) midget AAA championship. Sharing the goaltending duties with Finland-born Christopher Gibson (Toronto),  he was 18-9 with one shutout in 27 games and had a 2.88 goals against and .889 save percentage. The Hounds swept all nine SMHL playoff games to reach the West Regional. Hoffman was 3-0 with a 2.67 goals against and .879 save percentage in three playoff games. Notre Dame avenged a loss to the Winnipeg Wild in the opening game of the West Regional, defeating the WIld, 8-2, in the final. Hoffman started two games at the Telus Cup, both blowout wins, and had a 3.00 goals against and .878 save percentage. Gibson recorded 18 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Calgary Buffaloes in the championship game. Hoffman skated for the South team in the SMHL All-Star Game in January. 

2009-10: Hoffman played for the Nipawin Hawks in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, sharing time with three-year SJHL veteran Ryan Kerpan in his first season of junior A hockey. He was 8-7-3 and had a 3.89 goals against and .889 save percentage. The Hawks finished 11th in the SJHL, missing the playoffs. 

2010-11: Hoffman returned to Nipawin for his second season, appearing in 43 games for the Hawks. He was 13-24-2 with one shutout and had a 4.01 goals against and .888 save percentage. Nipawin missed the SJHL playoffs, finishing 12th overall. 

2011-12: Hoffman played for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League as a 20-year-old. Backed up by 18-year-old Tanner Jaillet, Hoffman was 29-7-3 in 40 games with 5 shutouts and had a 1.90 goals against and .929 save percentage. Fort McMurray finished second to Spruce Grove in the North Division and reached the AJHL championship series, falling to the Brooks Bandits. Hoffman was 10-7 with 1 shutout in 18 playoff appearances and had a 2.87 goals against and .906 save percentage. Hoffman committed to playing college hockey at the University of Vermont in 2012-13 in January 2012. 

2012-13: Hoffman played in all 36 games for the University of Vermont as a freshman. He was 11-19-6 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.86 goals against and .904 save percentage.  Vermont finished seventh in Hockey East — reaching the conference tournament and losing to defending national champion Boston College in the quarterfinals.

2013-14: Hoffman combined with freshman Michael Santaguida to give the Catamounts one of the top goaltending tandems in Hockey East in his sophomore season. Slowed by an injury that kept him out of the first five games, he was 10-8-1 with a 2.11 goals against and .925 save percentage in 20 games. Vermont finished seventh in Hockey East but received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling to Massachusetts-Lowell in a three-game Hockey East quarterfinal series. Hoffman had 34 saves in the Catamounts’ 5-2 loss to eventual national champion Union in the East regional semifinals. 

2014-15: Hoffman signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild in March 2015 following his junior season at the University of Vermont — foregoing his final season of college hockey. Sharing time with sophomore Michael Santaguida, Hoffman was 13-6-2 with 1 shutout in 22 games and had a 2.06 goals against and .922 save percentage. The Catamounts finished seventh in the regular season but reached the Hockey East semifinals, falling 4-2 to Massachusetts-Lowell. Hoffman was outstanding in the quarterfinal series against Boston College. After taking over for Santaguida in Vermont’s 4-2 loss in Game 1 of the series, he stopped 39 of 40 shots in a 3-1 win in Game 2 and made 36 saves in a 1-0 shutout win in the decisive third game.

2015-16: Hoffman played for the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards in his first pro season. He was 19-17-1 in 40 regular season games and had a 2.78 goals against and .911 save percentage. The Mallards finished third in the Midwest Division and were swept by Missouri in a first-round playoff series. Hoffman started three of the four playoff games and had a 3.40 goals against and .884 save percentage. 

Talent Analysis

Hoffman is a big-bodied goaltender who fills the net; relying on positioning rather than athleticism or flashy movements. He is a sound technical goalie who progressed steadily during his college career.

Future

Hoffman skated for the ECHL's Quad City Mallards in his first season of pro hockey in 2015-16. After sharing time with former Harvard goalie Stephen Michalek with the Mallards in his first pro season he will look to crack the lineup for the AHL's Iowa Wild in 2016-17. He appears to be an organizational depth goalie in the Minnesota to this point but could move up the depth chart with a strong training camp.

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