Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Bellows
Brian Bellows scored his 1,000th career point, against Toronto, on January 2, 1999, thus becoming the 54th player in the NHL to reach this career milestone. He scored a goal in the second period of that game to reach 999 and then assisted on a goal by Jeff Toms for the 1,000th point. Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Bellows played junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers and led them to a Memorial Cup championship. Leadership was a big component of his junior career and attracted the attention of a number of NHL teams. In 1982 Bellows entered the NHL after being drafted second overall by the Minnesota North Stars.

Bellows had a tough rookie year. Many fans compared him to Wayne Gretzky, but critics wondered what all the fuss was about a player who was just coming out of the junior ranks. Then, halfway through his first season, Bellows began to improve.

In his second year, Bellows was named the North Stars' captain, becoming one of the youngest players in league history to assume leadership duties. After the 1987-88 season, after conferring with team owners George and Gordon Gund, Bellows signed a multi-year deal with Minnesota, even though the team had finished last in the Norris Division that year.

Bellows was well known and admired in Minnesota for his charitable involvement in many causes, ranging from Special Olympics and drug prevention to fundraising for multiple sclerosis, Easter Seals, the March of Dimes and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). He was especially recognized for placing special emphasis on drug education.

Bellows joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1992. He had scored 342 goals in 10 seasons with Minnesota before he was traded to Montreal for Russ Courtnall. His career high was 55 goals in one season, but he had other seasons of 40 goals or more.

When he joined the Canadiens, Bellows remarked, "I hope to score more than last year. I want to come in and prove I can still play to the levels expected. I was shocked [about the trade] but I'm excited about the new change. My idol was Ken Dryden. It's every kid's dream to play for the Canadiens." That dream lasted three years and included his first Stanley Cup in 1993. After his tenure in Montreal, Bellows was traded to Tampa Bay and then Anaheim. His final two years in the NHL saw him suit up with for the Washington Capitals and part of the 1997-98 season in Berlin.

Bellows played over 1,000 games and finished with over 1,000 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 St. Catharines Falcons ON-Jr.B 44 50 80 130 26
1980-81 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 66 49 67 116 23 16 14 13 27 13
1980-81 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 6 0 6 4
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL 47 45 52 97 23 15 16 13 29 11
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 6 6 12 4
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 35 30 65 27 -12 9 5 4 9 18
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 41 42 83 66 -2 16 2 12 14 6
1984-85 Canada Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 0
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 26 36 62 72 -18 9 2 4 6 9
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 31 48 79 46 +16 5 5 0 5 16
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 65 26 27 53 34 -13
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 10 1 3 4 8
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 40 41 81 81 -8
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 60 23 27 50 55 -14 5 2 3 5 8
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 10 8 6 14 2
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 55 44 99 72 -3 7 4 3 7 10
1989-90 Canada WEC-A 8 3 6 9 8
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 4 1 2 3 22
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 35 40 75 43 -13 23 10 19 29 30
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 30 45 75 41 -20 7 4 4 8 14
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 40 48 88 44 +4 18 6 9 15 18
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 33 38 71 36 +9 6 1 2 3 2
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 8 8 16 8 -7
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 23 26 49 39 -14 6 2 0 2 4
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 7 1 2 3 0 -4
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 62 15 13 28 22 -11 11 2 4 6 2
1997-98 Berlin Capitals Germany 31 15 17 32 18
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 11 6 3 9 6 -3 21 6 7 13 6
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 76 17 19 36 26 -12
NHL Totals 1188 485 537 1022 718 143 51 71 122 143


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1981)
OHL First All-Star Team (1982)
George Parsons Trophy (Memorial Cup - Most Sportsmanlike Player) (1982)
WEC-A - Best Forward (1989)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1990) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984, 1988, 1992)
Traded to Montreal by Minnesota for Russ Courtnall, August 31, 1992. Traded to Tampa Bay by Montreal for Marc Bureau, June 30, 1995. Traded to Anaheim by Tampa Bay for Anaheim's 6th round choice (Andrei Skopintsev) in 1997 Entry Draft, November 19, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Washington, March 21, 1998.