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Brent Sopel has had a successful 15 year NHL career, with 659 games under his belt, including 71 playoff games. He played a key role in the Stanley Cup series with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, ultimately winning the Cup. His experience and knowledge of the game proved useful when he began mentoring young defensemen on the Blackhawks.
Brent began his career as an offensive defenseman, but quickly realized after the NHL lockout during the 2004-05 season; that the game had changed. To solidify his place in the NHL line-up, he changed his game to be a shot-blocking defenseman.
This past year, Brent played for Metallurg Novokuznetsk, in the KHL. Again, they brought him in to help mentor the young defenseman. He will be returning for the 2012-13 season.