Brian Engblom

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Brian Engblom
Born (1955-01-27) January 27, 1955 (age 60)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitals
Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1975
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 22nd overall, 1974
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1975–1987

Brian Paul Engblom (born January 27, 1955 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is an ice hockey broadcaster and retired Canadian professional hockey defenseman.


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.[1] In 11 seasons, Engblom scored 29 goals and 177 assists.

Broadcasting career[edit]

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[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1974–75
AHCA West All-American 1974–75


  1. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (1987-01-16). "Engblom hits fork in road". Calgary Herald. p. D1. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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