Remember Gilbert Brule? Well, He’s Quitting Hockey To Become A Firefighter.

Remember this former first-rounder? Well, he played like shit in the NHL and is calling it quits. 

theScore – After being suspended by the Phoenix Coyotes for failing to report to AHL Portland earlier this week, Gilbert Brule‘s hockey career appears to be coming to a close.

According to Coyotes’ general manager Don Maloney, the 27-year old forward has decided to quit professional hockey in order to pursue a different career path.

“It’s pretty simple. He decided that he didn’t want to live out of a suitcase anymore, was sick of living at hotels, and told me he was going to quit hockey – maybe become a firefighter,” Maloney said, via “So what we do procedurally is we suspended him and unless he has a change of heart very, very quickly, we’ll go through the procedure of terminating his contract.”

Drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, Brule signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes in November. He failed to register a point in three games with the team, and didn’t appear willing to face the rigours of minor-league hockey in order to make it back with the big club.

“I think it is surprising,” Maloney said. “He’s still a relatively young player, but hey listen, even though he’s young, he’s been playing pro hockey for a long time. I think he’s just tired of doing what he’s doing, obviously. Good luck, God speed and move on.”

In 299 career NHL games, Brule scored 43 goals and added 52 assists.

It’s just sad to see a guy like Brule that had everything to succeed in the NHL fail and quit. But to his credit, at least he’s going out like a man. Can’t argue with a guy that wants to be a firefighter. That takes some serious balls.


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