January 27, 1955 |
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||22nd overall, 1975
|WHA Draft||22nd overall, 1974
Engblom played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was drafted 22nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first two professional seasons with Montreal's AHL affiliate Nova Scotia Voyageurs before playing in his first NHL game in the 1977 Stanley Cup playoffs with Montreal. He won three Stanley Cups, in 1977, 1978, and 1979 with the Canadiens. Engblom's name was left off the Cup in 1977, because he played no regular season games. He played in two playoff games, and did not play in the finals.
In 1982, while Engblom was establishing himself as a top NHL defenseman, he was involved in a blockbuster trade that saw him, Doug Jarvis, Rod Langway and Craig Laughlin dealt to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Rick Green and Ryan Walter. A season later, he was dealt with Ken Houston to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future Hall Of Famer Larry Murphy. He finished his career with stints for the Buffalo Sabres, and Calgary Flames. Engblom's final NHL season of 1986–87 ended prematurely due to bone spurs in his spinal column that required major surgery to repair. In 11 seasons, Engblom scored 29 goals and 177 assists.
Engblom was an NHL studio analyst and color commentator for ESPN from 1992–93 through 2003–04 and on Versus. During the 2005-06 season, he was color analyst for Columbus Blue Jackets games aired on Fox Sports Ohio. Currently, he works as a color analyst for the Winnipeg Jets on TSN-Jets, and NHL telecasts for the NBC Sports Network. He also provides post-game analysis for the Colorado Avalanche on Altitude Sports and Entertainment, rotating with Mark Rycroft.
Awards and honours
|All-WCHA First Team||1974–75|
|AHCA West All-American||1974–75|
- MJHL Most Valuable Player (1973)
- AHL First All-Star Team (1977)
- Eddie Shore Award (AHL Most Outstanding Defenseman) (1977)
- Stanley Cup championships (1977, 1978, and 1979)
- NHL plus-minus leader (+63) (1981)
- NHL Second Team All-Star (1982)
- “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Duhatschek, Eric (1987-01-16). "Engblom hits fork in road". Calgary Herald. p. D1. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- Brian Engblom's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brian Engblom's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Brian Engblom's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame