Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen or heard the name Brendan Brisson tossed around by people talking about the Henderson Silver Knights or the VGK, but just who is he?  Let’s dive in and find out!

Brendan was born October 22, 2001, in Manhattan Beach, CA, to Kim and Pat Brisson.  His father, Pat, is a well-known sports agent, repping clients like Sidney Crosby, and Jack and Quinn Hughes. He even grew up with Sid as a babysitter and played around with Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni ‘Geno’ Malkin in the pool, earning him the nickname ‘The Shark’ from young Brendan.

Brendan (lower left), with his parents Kim and Pat, and younger brother Jordan and Lord Stanley’s Cup
(Photo courtesy The Brisson Family)


A young Brendan Brisson and his ‘babysitter’, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby
(Photo courtesy br_openice on Instagram)

Brendan played youth hockey for the Los Angeles Junior Kings (boooo) and Prep hockey for Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Fairbault, Minnesota, where he led the team in points (101 in 55 games) and goals scored during his senior year. After that, he played for the Green Bay Gamblers and Chicago Steel, both of the USHL, before beginning his collegiate career at the University of Michigan, where he would play just 2 seasons before signing an amateur tryout contract with the Henderson Silver Knights. He performed quite well, scoring 3 goals and 5 assists in just 6 games with the HSK.  This led to a 3-year, entry-level contract with our beloved VGK.  For those of you keeping track at home, that contract is worth $832,500 this year.

Brendan wears #19, formerly worn by VGK legend Reilly Smith.


Brendan made his NHL debut with the VGK wearing #19 on January 15, 2024, against the Nashville Predators, and scored his first NHL goal last night, January 20, 2024, against his old buddies Sid and Geno. You might be asking “Wait, isn’t Reilly Smith wearing #19?”  Yes, Reilly wore #19 and Brendan got the blessing of the remaining Misfits and Reilly himself before switching from #24 to #19, which is the number he wore in high school, junior hockey, college and the 2022 Winter Olympics, with Smith saying “Just make sure you take care of her.”  I don’t think you have anything to worry about there, Reilly.  With Reilly in the Fortress last night to see that memorable first goal, I don’t think there’s any question about it: #19 is in great hands.

Brendan in his 2022 Winter Olympics gear by Ralph Lauren. (Photo courtesy Brendan Brisson’s Instagram)

Welcome to the big show, Brendan!