Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brad McCrimmon
Brad McCrimmon was selected 15th overall in what could now be considered the great draft: 1979. Selected in the same set as McCrimmon were names like Gartner, Bourque, Messier, Goulet, Hunter, Broten, and Lowe. And although McCrimmon wasn't as flashy as some of the above mentioned names, he proved to be a bluechip blueliner whose specialty was keeping his crease clear of traffic.

McCrimmon jumped straight from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WCJHL into the Boston Bruins line-up in 1979. He lasted three seasons, until the Bruins netminder, Rogie Vachon, retired. McCrimmon was the necessary collateral used to secure Pete Peeters from the Philadelphia Flyers.

In Philly, McCrimmon continued his solid play, ending each season on the upside of the plus/minus scale. He remained in orange and black until the heavens brought a gift, spiriting him back to Western Canada to play for the Calgary Flames. McCrimmon figures that half the people in Alberta are from his home province of Saskatchewan, so the Flames were the equivalent of a homecoming.

In 1988, McCrimmon came in as the league's plus/minus leader with a +48 reading. He was also chosen as a second-team All-Star. The following season, 1989, brought the summit of his career as the Flames beat the Canadiens, in the Montreal Forum, to take the Stanley Cup.

After the glory of Calgary, McCrimmon continued to perform like a rock for the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers and finally, the Phoenix Coyotes where he retired from on-ice duty in 1996-97.

McCrimmon has since moved behind the bench as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders before heading back home to coach the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 38 4 22 26
1975-76 Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 46 19 39 58 126
1976-77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 72 18 66 84 96 15 3 10 13 16
1977-78 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 65 19 78 97 245 8 2 11 13 20
1977-78 Canada WJC-A 6 0 2 2 4
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 66 24 74 98 139 22 9 19 28 34
1978-79 Canada WJC-A 5 1 2 3 2
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 5 0 5 5 10
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 72 5 11 16 94 -3 10 1 1 2 28
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 78 11 18 29 148 +27 3 0 1 1 2
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 78 1 8 9 83 +4 2 0 0 0 2
1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 4 21 25 61 +24 3 0 0 0 4
1983-84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 0 24 24 76 +19 1 0 0 0 4
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 8 35 43 81 +52 11 2 1 3 15
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 13 43 56 85 +83 5 2 0 2 2
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 10 29 39 52 +45 26 3 5 8 30
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 80 7 35 42 98 +48 9 2 3 5 22
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 72 5 17 22 96 +43 22 0 3 3 30
1989-90 Calgary Flames Fr-Tour 4 0 1 1 2
1989-90 Calgary Flames NHL 79 4 15 19 78 +18 6 0 2 2 8
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 0 13 13 81 +7 7 1 1 2 21
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 7 22 29 118 +39 11 0 1 1 8
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 1 14 15 71 +21
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 65 1 5 6 72 -7
1994-95 Hartford Whalers NHL 33 0 1 1 42 +7
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 58 3 6 9 62 +15
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 37 1 5 6 18 +2
NHL Totals 1222 81 322 403 1416 116 11 18 29 176


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1978)
WHL First All-Star Team (1979)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1979)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1988)
NHL Plus/Minus Leader (1988) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1988)
Traded to Philadelphia by Boston for Pete Peeters, June 9, 1982. Traded to Calgary by Philadelphia for Calgary's 3rd round choice (Dominic Roussel) in 1988 Entry Draft and 1st round choice (later traded to Toronto - Toronto selected Steve Bancroft) in 1989 Entry Draft, August 26, 1987. Traded to Detroit by Calgary for Detroit's 2nd round choice (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected David Harlock) in 1990 Entry Draft, June 15, 1990. Traded to Hartford by Detroit for Detroit's 6th round choice (previously acquired, Detroit selected Tim Spitzig) in 1993 Entry Draft, June 1, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 16, 1996.