Brian Propp, April, 2010
February 15, 1959 |
Lanigan, SK, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota North Stars
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 1979
Brian Phillip Propp (born February 15, 1959) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played 15 seasons in the NHL from 1979 until 1994. He also worked as a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Flyers for nine seasons, finishing in 2008. Propp was born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Jansen, Saskatchewan.
Propp started his notable career with the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and shattered the scoring record with 75 goals and 92 assists for 168 points in 57 games playing on a line with Kelly Dean and Dwayne Tuberfield. He then moved on to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, at the same time when the team was one of the most dominating clubs in all of Canadian Major Junior Hockey. When Propp was with the team it produced future NHLer's such as Brad McCrimmon, Bill Derlago, Laurie Boschman, Dave Semenko, Glen Hanlon, Ray Allison and Walt Poddubny. Propp himself won two league scoring titles, and put up spectacular numbers in all three of his seasons in Junior. At the end of his third season, he was drafted 14th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, a draft that many hockey experts say was the most productive ever.
Propp made the Flyers the next season, and proved his mettle in the NHL right away. He managed to score the game-winning goal in his first career game. He played on a line with legends Reggie Leach and Bobby Clarke in his rookie season, and that contributed to his quick success. It would not be the last time Propp played with two elite players, as he played with Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux for most of the 1987 Canada Cup Canadian team that won the tournament.
In Game 1 of the 1989 Stanley Cup playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, which his Flyers lost in six games, Propp sustained a concussion from a hard, but unpenalized hit by Montreal defenseman Chris Chelios, where it appeared Chelios may have hit him with his elbow. Propp fell to the ice hard, hitting his head against the ice. Though Propp missed only one game, his teammates maintained their anger at Chelios. Finally, with 1:37 left in regulation in Game 6, Flyer goaltender Ron Hextall took matters into his own hands, slamming Chelios into the boards and pummeling him with blows, apparently in retaliation for the hit on Propp. The hit, however, would mark the beginning of the end of Propp's career.
It took him until his 11th season to fail to score at least 65 points in a season, and that was the year when he was traded away by the Flyers. However, in his 10-plus seasons with the club, he was more or less the catalyst of the team, performing in all situations and wherever the team needed him.
The 1990–91 season was Propp's last hurrah when he was a member of the Minnesota North Stars. Propp scored 73 points and helped the team the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Propp only played 68 games the next two seasons, and even took a sabbatical to play in Switzerland in 1993. During his time in Switzerland, he played for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup and helped them to win the tournament.
Propp played for the Hartford Whalers during the 1993–94 NHL season. Although Propp only scored 29 points, it was a productive season for him as he played both his 1000th NHL game and scored his 1000th NHL point in his last NHL season.
Propp holds a very dubious achievement in that he went to the Stanley Cup Finals five times, with Philadelphia in 1980, 1985, and 1987, with the Boston Bruins in 1990 and with Minnesota in 1991, without ever winning a Stanley Cup. He also played in the NHL All-Star game five times.
During the NHL labour stoppage in 1994, Propp played as a player-coach for HC Anglet in France. After the lockout, however, Propp did not return as a player to the NHL.
Propp finished with 1,004 points over 1,016 NHL games over 15 NHL seasons, and ranks second in Flyers history in goals (369, behind Bill Barber), second in assists (480, a distant second behind Bobby Clarke), and third overall in games played in a Flyers uniform (behind Barber and Clarke).
Propp was known for his unique goal celebration dubbed "The Guffaw". After scoring a goal, Propp would skate towards center ice, place his right glove under his left arm and raise his right arm in a waving fashion. While making the gesture, Propp would say, "Guffaw!". Propp credits the celebration to comedian Howie Mandel. During an Atlantic City show Mandell suggested it would be great if, instead of cheering and clapping, everyone just waved their arms and said, "Guffaw!" Propp adopted "The Guffaw" and it became his signature move first appearing the 1986-87 season. To this day, Propp still signs autographs with the "Guffaw" slogan.
In 1999, Brian Propp was named to the MasterCard Canadian Junior All-Time team, which also included Mario Lemieux, Guy Lafleur, Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, and Bernie Parent. The team was selected based on play in the Canadian Hockey League. Also in 1999, Propp was inducted into the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame. Propp was inducted into the Saskatchewan Rural Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002 and in 2003 he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Provincial Hall of Fame.
A resident of Cinnaminson Township, New Jersey, Propp unsuccessfully ran as a Republican in 2007 for a seat in New Jersey General Assembly in the 7th Legislative District in Burlington County. He is currently VP of Strategic Accounts for The Judge Group in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Propp has two children with his wife, Kris. He has a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Paige. He grew up as the son of a Lutheran minister, Ron and Margaret who currently reside in Saskatoon. He has 4 siblings.
- Named to the SJHL All-Star Team (1976)
- Named as SJHL Rookie of the Year (1976)
- Named as SJHL Most Valuable Player (1976)
- Named to the WCHL All-Star Team (1977)
- Named to the WCHL All-Star Team (1978)
- Named to the WHL All-Star Team (1979)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990)
- Most goals by a left wing in the WHL, single season (94 in 1978–79)
- Most assists by a left wing in the WHL, single season (112 in 1977–78)
- Most points by a left wing in the WHL, single season (194 in 1978–79)
- Most game-winning goals in WHL, single season (16 in 1978–79)
- Philadelphia Flyers team record for most shorthanded goals (7) and game-winning goals (55)
- Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars team record for most power-play goals in a playoff year (8 in 1991)
- Most points by a left wing in the NHL playoffs (64 goals, 84 assists for 148 points)
Regular season and playoffs
|1976–77||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCHL||72||55||80||135||47||16||14||12||26||5|
|1977–78||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCHL||70||70||112||182||200||8||7||6||13||12|
|1978–79||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||71||94||100||194||127||22||15||23||38||40|
|1990–91||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||79||26||47||73||58||23||8||15||23||28|
|1991–92||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||51||12||23||35||49||1||0||0||0||0|
|1992–93||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||17||3||3||6||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|Senior int'l totals||32||12||8||20||14|
- Burton, Cynthia. "Ex-Flyer tosses puck into ring All-star left winger Brian Propp has a new goal: A seat in the state Assembly.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 6, 2007. Accessed June 18, 2012. "Brian Propp, a longtime Flyer and five-time NHL all-star, is entering a new arena: state politics.... Both assembly seats in this district, which includes Propp's home of Cinnaminson, Edgewater Park and Mount Holly, have been held by since the late 1990s."
- "Oil Kings’ Wruck on record-setting pace". Edmonton Journal. 2011-02-08.
- Brian Propp's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brian Propp at Hockey-Reference.com
- Brian Propp's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Brian Propp's player profile at NHL.com
- Meltzer, Bill Great Moments: Brian Propp at Philadelphiaflyers.com
- Total Hockey (Second Edition), Editor - Dan Diamond, ISBN 1-892129-85-X
|Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick