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Bannister, Drew


Drew Bannister (born April 9, 1974 in Belleville) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and New York Rangers. He finished his playing career as player/head coach for the Braehead Clan of the British Elite Ice Hockey League and is now an assistant coach of the OHL's Owen Sound Attack.

Bannister was selected in the second round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, 26th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bannister was drafted from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League where he won a Memorial Cup in 93 and was chosen to the Memorial Cup All Star team 91-92 and 92-93 he also won a World Junior Championship with Canada in 1994; (OHL). Upon completing his junior eligibility, Bannister spent a year and a half with the Atlanta Knights of the International Hockey League, Tampa Bay's farm team.

Bannister bounced around the NHL and the minors for most of his career, seeing NHL time with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and New York Rangers. His most successful season came in 1996–97, when he played 65 games, scored a career-high 18 points, and played in 12 playoff games for the Oilers.

In 2002, Bannister made the move to Europe and has played for teams in Finland, Russia and Germany. He played in Kassel, Germany and in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons he was chosen the best defenseman in the second league. He also scored the deciding goal in the play-off finals, so Kassel returned to the DEL after two years.

In 2009, Bannister made a return to North America after seven seasons, signing a one-year deal with the Ottawa Senators. 

On June 2, 2012, Bannister was announced as an assistant coach for OHL's Owen Sound Attack which effectively ended his playing career.

Source: Wikipedia

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