Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Neil Brady
Centre Neil Brady was a junior standout whose NHL career was relatively shortlived. Possessing good size and excellent playmaking talents, he spent most of his pro career in the minors where he was fairly successful.

The Montreal native excelled in midget with the Calgary Wranglers. He then enjoyed an exemplary career in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers. After scoring 81 points in 72 games and registering over 100 penalty minutes in 1985-86, Brady was chosen third overall by the New Jersey Devils at the Entry Draft. He was returned to junior then turned pro with the AHL's Utica Devils in 1988-89.

The young centre spent three years struggling with his confidence. His best season was a 96-point effort for Utica in 1990-91 but he never made a serious bid to play in the NHL. New Jersey gave up on Brady and made him available at the 1992 Expansion Draft. The Ottawa Senators took a chance on him and he scored 24 points and five power-play goals. On opening night, he scored the first goal in franchise history during a victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Brady fell out of favour in Ottawa and was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Stars. He was chiefly a farmhand for his new team and retired in 1998 after playing four years in the IHL with three different clubs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Calgary North Stars AMHL 37 25 50 75 75
1984-85 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 3 0 0 0 2
1985-86 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 21 60 81 104 21 9 11 20 23
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 57 19 64 83 126 18 1 4 5 25
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 0 1 1 23
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 61 16 35 51 110 15 0 3 3 19
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 1 1 2 6
1988-89 Utica Devils AHL 75 16 21 37 56 4 0 3 3 0
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 1 4 5 13 -1
1989-90 Utica Devils AHL 38 10 13 23 21 5 0 1 1 10
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Utica Devils AHL 77 33 63 96 91
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 1 0 1 4 +1
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 33 12 30 42 28
1992-93 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 7 17 24 57 -25
1992-93 New Haven Senators AHL 8 6 3 9 2
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 5 0 1 1 21 -1
1993-94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 43 10 16 26 188 5 1 1 2 10
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 70 13 45 58 140 15 5 14 19 22
1995-96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 61 14 20 34 127 10 1 4 5 8
1996-97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 76 13 20 33 62 4 1 0 1 0
1997-98 Houston Aeros IHL 65 9 26 35 56 +12 4 2 0 2 34
1998-99 Manitoba Moose IHL 13 1 5 6 8 +4
1999-00 Utah Grizzlies IHL 82 14 36 50 129 +23 3 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 24 1 1 2 12 -9
2000-01 Utah Grizzlies IHL 26 0 4 4 34 -5
NHL Totals 89 9 22 31 95


WHL East Rookie of the Year (1986) Traded to Ottawa by New Jersey for future considerations, September 3, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, December 3, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Utah (IHL), August 18, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Chicago Wolves (IHL), August 22, 2000. Traded to Utah (IHL) by Chicago Wolves (IHL) for the loan of Eric Houde, January 8, 2001.