Bryan Erickson was a star forward with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1979 to 1983. Although he was strong in all four seasons, his best year from a statistical point of view came in his sophomore year when he had 39 goals and 47 assists for 86 points in only 44 games.
By the time he finished his senior year, Erickson was almost 23, and so he was never drafted by an NHL team. After starting the 1983-84 season with Hershey in the AHL, the Washington Capitals called him up to the big league, where he played in 45 games, scoring 12 goals and 29 points. He followed that up with a 57-game performance and 15 goals and 28 points.
The two best NHL seasons for Erickson came while playing for the L.A. Kings, where he had back-to-back 20-goal seasons in 1986 and 1987.
After a brief eleven-game stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1988, he played parts of four seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, where he retired after the 1993-94 season.