2024 Ring of Honor Inductee Brad Wingfield
DANBURY — The Danbury Hat Tricks are proud to announce the fourth and final member of this year’s Ring of Honor class, 2004-05 and 2005-06 Danbury Trasher, Brad Wingfield.
Along with three other members, Wingfield will be inducted into the Danbury Ring of Honor on Alumni Night (March 9) when the Hat Tricks take on the Binghamton Black Bears at the Danbury Ice Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. with all honorees and alumni introduced on the ice after the first period.
Wingfield, who will be in attendance on induction night, enters the Danbury Ring of Honor as one of the most popular players in Danbury professional hockey history. 20 years later, memories of Winger's on-ice performance still resonate with the fans.
“Brad Wingfield is the complete embodiment of what being a Danbury Trasher was all about," Trashers General Manager AJ Galante added. "Aside from being on the team, he was like a big brother to me in a way, and it always stuck with me that he never got the proper send-off he deserved. Being that 2024 is our 20-year anniversary, I can't thank the Danbury Hat Tricks organization enough for putting Winger in the Ring of Honor on Alumni Night. It will certainly be a night to remember and one you will not want to miss.”
Wingfield began his professional career in the 1996-97 season in the Western Professional Hockey League with the Central Texas Stampede. From there, he had multiple stops in the American Hockey League with storied franchises such as Syracuse and Hershey. It was in the United Hockey League that Winger compiled off the charts numbers including his 2002-03 season in Elmira where he posted 29 goals and a league record 572 penalty minutes in 63 games.
Over his two years in Danbury, Winger’s numbers totaled 56 games, 10 goals, 10 assists, and a club record 496 PIM. Unfortunately, Winger’s 2004-05 season in Danbury was cut short due to a leg injury.
“I’ve played all over and there is no place like Danbury," Wingfield said. "It was the best experience in my professional career. I look back at those seasons with the Trashers and with Jimmy and AJ, words can’t capture what it meant to me and my family.”
Winger’s message to the Danbury faithful: “Danbury fans are the best in the world. I know that since my time in Danbury it has only grown and gotten better. I’m looking forward to seeing them. My son, Jacob (currently playing Junior Hockey for the Kerry Park Islanders) was born in Danbury in 2006 and when I look at him and think of my life in the city it’s beyond memorable to me.”
“My thoughts on Brad are courage, respect, and the ultimate Danbury Trasher player," Danbury Trashers Owner and Founder Jimmy Galante said.
Since his playing days, Wingfield has continued his involvement in the game and was recently named the Head Coach and General Manager of the newest franchise in the Pacific Junior Hockey League out of Gibsons, British Columbia, where he is from.
"Jimmy and AJ gave me so much in Danbury and I am beyond grateful to them and the hospitality they gave and shared with me," Wingfield said. "It was an incredible time to be part of their organization and how they built it. I am forever grateful and appreciative of all they did for me and my family.”
On Alumni Night, the Danbury Hat Tricks will induct four members into the Danbury Hockey Ring of Honor. A banner featuring the names of the honorees will hang alongside the team banners, the previous Ring of Honor members, and Corey Fulton’s (Whalers) retired number 15.
The previous honorees include, Jim Galante (Trashers), AJ Galante (Trashers), Corey Fulton (Whalers), Dave MacIssac (Trashers, Mad Hatters, & Hat Tricks), Nick Niedert (Whalers, Titans, & Hat Tricks), Matt Caranci (Whalers & Titans), Ed Campbell (Trashers & Whalers), Steve Brown (Whalers, Titans & Hat Tricks), and Alan Friedman (Whalers).
As part of the weekend, all Danbury hockey alumni will be invited to participate in an afternoon Alumni Game prior to the Hat Tricks game against Binghamton. There will be a pre-game reception in the Axe Tricks Lounge and all alumni will be honored at the first intermission of the game. All alumni (players, management, staff, ownership, etc.) of the Danbury hockey family are invited to RSVP.
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