Eric Brewer is a Canadian former NHL defenceman who played for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, and Toronto Maple Leafs over a 16 year career. Born in Vernon, British Columbia, Brewer was raised in Ashcroft and began playing hockey for the Ashcroft Minor Hockey program. At fourteen, his family moved to Kamloops where he excelled with the Kamloops Bantam AAA Jardine Blazers, resulting in him being drafted by the Prince George Cougars in the sixth round of the 1994 WHL Bantam Draft. During his time with the Cougars, Brewer was named to play for Team Orr in the 1997 CHL Top Prospects game, represented Canada at the 1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship and was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team. Brewer was the highest ranked defenceman at sixth overall among North American skaters heading into the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and was drafted fifth overall by the New York Islanders in June 1997.
One year later, he made his NHL debut on October 10, 1998 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and spent the next three season playing with the Islanders and their AHL affiliate, the Lowell Lock Monsters. At the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the Islanders traded Brewer to the Edmonton Oilers. Over the course of the next three seasons with Edmonton, Brewer showed the poise and the leadership of a seasoned veteran, bettering his offensive totals each season. In 2003-04, Brewer had his fourth consecutive 20 plus point season with the Oilers before he was dealt to the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 2005 as part of the Chris Pronger trade.
In St. Louis, Brewer provided the Blues with solid, if unspectacular play from the back end. His steady play and calm demeanor made him a natural leader for the young Blues team and on February 8, 2008 he was named the nineteenth captain in franchise history.
On February 18, 2011, Brewer's time with the Blues would come to an end. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning and would spend three seasons with the Lightning, helping the club to their first playoff appearance in four years in 2011. On November 28, 2014, Brewer was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a third round draft pick. After appearing in just nine games for the Ducks, Brewer was on the move again, this time traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs were he would suit up in 18 games and retire at season's end.
Aside from his World Junior experience in 1998, Brewer captured gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and three times at the World Championships. Brewer is also involved in numerous charitable organizations. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Brewer participated in several charity hockey games, playing in the four-game Ryan Smyth and Friends All-Star Charity Tour, the three-game Brad May and Friends Hockey Challenge, as well as the Our Game to Give charity hockey game held at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. During off-seasons, Brewer has participated in numerous charity golf tournaments, including the Burn Fund Golf Tournament in Prince George and the Recchi-Doan Charity Classic in Kamloops.