Brian Skrudland

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Brian Skrudland
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Born (1963-07-31) July 31, 1963 (age 50)
Peace River, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens (1985–1993)
Calgary Flames (1993)
Florida Panthers (1993–1997)
New York Rangers (1997–1998)
Dallas Stars (1998–2000)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1985–2000

Brian Norman Skrudland (born July 31, 1963) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and Dallas Stars. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Panthers since November 8, 2013.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Junior and minor pro[edit]

Skrudland played for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League from 1980–1983. His #10 jersey has been retired by the Blades.

Brian won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the 1985 AHL Playoffs. Skrudland scored 17 points in 17 games leading the Sherbrooke Canadiens to a Calder Cup championship. Sherbrooke defeated the Baltimore Skipjacks 4 games to 2 in the final.

NHL[edit]

Skrudland made his NHL debut in 1985 for the Montreal Canadiens. He played 7.5 seasons with the Habs, winning the Stanley Cup in 1986. In game two of that series, Skrudland put his name in the NHL record books, when he scored the fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup finals history at nine seconds. He was selected to go to the 1991 NHL All-Star Game, but could not attend due to injury. Skrudland was traded to the Calgary Flames during the 1992–1993 season. He moved to the expansion Florida Panthers for the 1993–1994 season and was the first captain in franchise history, a title he held for four seasons. Skrudland was with the team until 1997, including Florida's run to the 1996 Stanley Cup finals, where they lost 4–0 to the Colorado Avalanche. He signed with the New York Rangers in the summer of 1997 and played one season with them until he was dealt along with Mike Keane to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Todd Harvey and Bob Errey. Skrudland was instrumental in helping the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999. Skrudland retired after the 2000 Stanley Cup finals (which Dallas lost to the New Jersey Devils), at 36 years old.

Skrudland was one of the final cuts for Team Canada during the 1991 Canada Cup tournament.

Was finalist for the Selke Trophy in 1994. Frank J Selke Trophy is awarded annually to the best defensive minded forward in the NHL.

Skrudland holds the NHL record for fastest goal in a playoff overtime when he scored the winning goal at 0:09 seconds into overtime in Game 2 in the 1986 finals.

Current Life[edit]

He now lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife and children and attends the World Pond Hockey Championships in Plaster Rock on a yearly basis. On July 6, 2010, he was named Director of Player Development for the Florida Panthers. Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, he currently serves as Assistant Coach for the Florida Panthers.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Saskatoon Blades WHL 66 15 27 42 97
1981–82 Saskatoon Blades WHL 71 27 29 56 135 5 0 1 1 2
1982–83 Saskatoon Blades WHL 71 35 59 94 42 6 1 3 4 19
1983–84 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 56 13 12 25 55 12 2 8 10 14
1984–85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 70 22 28 50 109 17 9 8 17 23
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 9 13 22 57 20 2 4 6 76
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 11 17 28 107 14 1 5 6 29
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 12 24 36 112 11 1 5 6 24
1988–89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 12 29 41 84 21 3 7 10 40
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 11 31 42 56 11 3 5 8 30
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 15 19 34 85 13 3 10 13 42
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 3 3 6 36 11 1 1 2 20
1992–93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 5 3 8 55
1992–93 Calgary Flames NHL 16 2 4 6 10 6 0 3 3 12
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 79 15 25 40 136
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 47 5 9 14 88
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 79 7 20 27 129 21 1 3 4 18
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 51 5 13 18 48
1997–98 New York Rangers NHL 59 5 6 11 39
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 13 2 0 2 10 17 0 1 1 16
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 40 4 1 5 33 19 0 2 2 16
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 22 1 2 3 22
NHL totals 881 124 219 343 1107 164 15 46 61 323

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Preceded by
Position created
Florida Panthers captain
199397
Succeeded by
Scott Mellanby