IHL Player Profile – Brendan Yarema

By Andrew Bourgeois


Brendan Yarema
Birthdate: July 16, 1976
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Height: 6'0
Weight: 195 lbs
Shoots: Left

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM

1993-94 Newmarket Royals OHL 55 11 4 15 69
1994-95 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 24 25 49 103
1995-96 Sarnia Sting OHL 48 36 32 68 93
1996-97 South-Carolina Stingrays ECHL 12 3 6 9 28
1996-97 St.-John's Maple Leafs AHL 9 1 4 5 8
1997-98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 64 8 14 22 172
1998-99 Kansas-City Blades IHL 69 11 21 32 163
1999-00 Kansas-City Blades IHL 61 13 19 32 139

Just 23 years old, Yarema finished his third year as a pro when the Blades
finished the 1999-2000. He established career-highs with Kansas City in
1998-99 and in 1999-2000 totaling 32 points in both seasons. He finished
second to Dody Wood in penalty minutes with 163 in 98-99.

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Yarema spent the 1997-98 season with
the American League’s Kentucky Thoroughblades where he registered 22 points
(8 goals, 14 assists) to go with 172 penalty minutes in 64 games. The year
before that, the six-foot, 195-pound center/left wing assisted in the South
Carolina Stingrays run to the East Coast League’s Kelly Cup title.

Hard working forward who can play all three of the forward positions. Sees a
lot of ice time, especially on the penalty kill, and delivers when needed.
Great skater who skates well and is hard to knock off the puck. A leader who
leads with his hard work and strong play.


The IHL was created to provide opportunities for Detroit-Windsor hockey
players returning home from World War II. Four teams were formed to absorb
these fledging athletes: Detroit Auto Club and Detroit Bright’s Goodyear
would play at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, while the Windsor Spitfires and
the Windsor Gotfredsons would play their home games in the Windsor Arena.


The Kansas City Blades posted the largest single-season turnaround in IHL
history in 1991-92, posting 116 regular season points, a 62-point
improvement over the previous season.


June 18, 1992 the Ottawa Senators select goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz first
over-all in the NHL expansion draft.


Randy Pierce of the Colorado Rockies is the only player in NHL history to be
assessed a penalty for kissing a puck. Pierce was so thrilled with an
insurance goal scored at 19:27 of the third period in a 7-4 win over the New
York Islanders in Denver on November 28, 1979, that he kissed the puck and
tossed it in the stands. Pierce was given a 2 minutes delay of game penalty
for delay of game. It was also the first time the Rockies defeated the


None to report.