Brad Tapper

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Brad Tapper
Coach Tapper.jpg
Coach Brad Tapper surveys the crowd at the Florida Everblades Kelly Cup celebration
Born (1978-04-28) April 28, 1978 (age 38)
Scarborough, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Binghamton Senators (AHL)
Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)
Orlando Solar Bears (IHL)
Nurnberg Ice Tigers (DEL)
Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Iserlohn Roosters (DEL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2000–2009

Brad Tapper (born April 28, 1978) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Atlanta Thrashers over parts of three seasons. After retiring from playing, he remained active in hockey as a coach. He is currently the assistant coach of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). Prior to that, Tapper spent 2 years as the assistant coach of the Chicago Wolves from 2014 thru 2015. He was also the assistant coach with both the Orlando Solar Bears and Florida Everblades of the ECHL. In 2012, Tapper had success with the Florida Everblades coaching them to the Kelly Cup championship.

Playing career[edit]

Tapper started his career by playing for the RPI Engineers of the ECAC. Through his three years on the team, he managed to work his way up from third on the team in scoring in the 1997–98 season to eventually led the team in points, goals, power-play goals (10), and game-winning goals (7) during the 1999–2000 season. He also shared the team lead with three short-handed goals and ranked third in assists. He also finished that season ranked 15th in NCAA Division I in scoring, and fourth in goals. He also led the nation with seven game-winning goals, and shared 11th with 10 power-play goals.

Following that season, he was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent on April 11, 2000. He split his first season between the Thrashers, and their IHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears. He played in two games during Orlando's final run for the Turner Cup. Following the collapse of the IHL, he continued to split his seasons between the Thrashers and their new AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, helping the Wolves to their first Calder Cup victory in 2001 while setting professional career highs with the Thrashers in the 2002–03 season.

However, on January 6, 2004, the Atlanta Thrashers recalled and traded Tapper to the Ottawa Senators for Daniel Corso. The Senators sent him to their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, and at the end of the season decided not to re-sign him. On July 22, 2004, Tapper signed with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga and played one season for them and also one season for the Hannover Scorpions.

He was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers on June 26, 2006 to a one-year contract. After playing five game for their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, Tapper returned to Germany to play another season for Hannover. After playing the next two seasons with the Iserlohn Roosters, he announced his retirement as a player on June 25, 2009.

After his playing career was over, Tapper remained active in hockey as a coach. For the 2009-10 season, he was the head coach of the North York Rangers in the Central Canadian Hockey League, taking them to the postseason, where they lost in the first round to the Burlington Cougars. In the 2010-11 season, Tapper found himself in Estero, Florida, as the assistant coach of the ECHL's Florida Everblades, working under Greg Poss. Again, the first round of the playoffs was the end of the year for his team, as the eventual semifinalists, the Kalamazoo Wings defeated his Everblades 3-1. Tapper remained in Florida for the next year, and saw his team through 4 rounds of the playoffs, culminating in a Kelly Cup championship over the Las Vegas Wranglers.

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1999–00
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1999–00

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 RPI Engineers ECAC 34 14 11 25 62
1998–99 RPI Engineers ECAC 35 20 20 40 60
1999–00 RPI Engineers ECAC 37 31 20 51 81
2000–01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 45 7 9 16 39 2 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 16 2 3 5 6
2001–02 Chicago Wolves AHL 50 14 12 26 62 19 3 4 7 42
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 20 2 4 6 43
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 28 9 14 23 42 9 1 3 4 10
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 35 10 4 14 23
2003–04 Chicago Wolves AHL 20 1 8 9 26
2003–04 Binghamton Senators AHL 29 9 12 21 26
2004–05 Nurnberg Ice Tigers DEL 50 26 23 49 101 6 0 2 2 18
2005–06 Hannover Scorpions DEL 46 9 21 30 165 8 2 4 6 64
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 5 3 1 4 4
2006–07 Hannover Scorpions DEL 25 6 17 23 38 6 2 2 4 18
2007–08 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 49 18 30 48 167 7 1 5 6 26
2008–09 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 17 6 9 15 45
NHL Totals 71 14 11 25 72
AHL Totals 127 33 46 79 156 28 4 7 11 52
DEL Totals 187 65 100 165 516 27 5 13 18 126
ECAC Totals 106 65 51 116 203

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