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BRIAN SKRUDLAND (1985-1993)

Brian
Skrudland

1952-1963
Position C
Shoots L
Weight 195lbs
Height 6'0"
Date of birth July 31st, 1963
Place of birth Peace River, AB, CAN
Seasons - MTL 8
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 475 78 139 217 87 592
1985-1986 65 9 13 22 3 57
1986-1987 79 11 17 28 18 107
1987-1988 79 12 24 36 14 112
1988-1989 71 12 29 41 22 84
1989-1990 59 11 31 42 21 56
1990-1991 57 15 19 34 12 85
1991-1992 42 3 3 6 -4 36
1992-1993 23 5 3 8 1 55
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 101 14 37 51 29 261
1985-1986 20 2 4 6 8 76
1986-1987 14 1 5 6 2 29
1987-1988 11 1 5 6 5 24
1988-1989 21 3 7 10 3 40
1989-1990 11 3 5 8 5 30
1990-1991 13 3 10 13 7 42
1991-1992 11 1 1 2 -1 20

A DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST FOR EIGHT SEASONS IN MONTREAL, CENTER BRIAN SKRUDLAND WAS REWARDED WITH A STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE END OF HIS ROOKIE SEASON.

Undrafted coming out of junior hockey, Brian Skrudland beat the odds and wound up playing 15 seasons in the NHL. The majority of his career was spent with the Canadiens, where he etched his name into the NHL record book during his rookie campaign.

Montreal made it into the playoffs in 1986, as they did in every spring that Skrudland was on the roster. He scored nine seconds into extra time in the second game of the Finals that spring, ending what is still the shortest overtime game in NHL history. Skrudland hit a career high when he accumulated 13 points in as many games during the 1991 playoffs.

The Peace River, Alberta native spent two years in the AHL, breaking into the pro ranks with the 1983-84 Nova Scotia Voyageurs. The team relocated to Sherbrooke the next season, where Skrudland’s dogged play earned him the captaincy. He scored 22 goals, the most he would ever record in a season as a professional, leading the Baby Habs to the 1985 Calder Cup while also earning AHL playoff MVP honors.

The following year, Skrudland and a number of his Cup-winning teammates made the jump to the parent club. He would stay for the next eight full seasons, his determination and refusal to give an inch making the young pivot a valuable contributor. Playing a regular shift and killing penalties, his rookie season ended with his name engraved on the Stanley Cup as the Habs won the coveted trophy for the 23rd time.

Never one to top the scoring lists, Skrudland chipped in about a dozen goals each year. His greatest contributions, while not as spectacular as those made by some of his flashier teammates, were essential nonetheless. He ate up minutes, both at even strength and while the Habs were down a man, rarely making a mental error or being caught out of position.

Always a physical presence, Skrudland’s penalty minutes diminished significantly as he matured and learned to better use his body. He paid the price for his hardnosed play and was often injured in his final seasons with Montreal. With the Flames looking to add grit and character ahead of their playoff run, Skrudland was traded to Calgary midway through the 1992-93 campaign.

Skrudland was selected by the Florida Panthers in the expansion draft following the end of the season, where he was also named their first captain. Signing with the New York Rangers as a free agent after four seasons in Florida, Skrudland finished the 1997-98 campaign in Dallas. He won his second Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999, retired a year later and made the transition to the coaching ranks with the Calgary Flames. He remained behind the Flames’ bench as an assistant coach until the 2002-03 season.