Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Skrudland
Brian Skrudland played his junior hockey with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades for three seasons, finishing his last year with 94 points in 71 games. After that performance he was signed by the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent in 1983 and played in the AHL for the next two seasons with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs and Sherbrooke Canadiens. As the Sherbrooke captain in 1984-85, Skrudland led the team into the playoffs where they won the Calder Cup. He was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the playoff MVP for 1985. His next stop was Montreal.

The Canadiens of 1985-86 had several young players with the team, including Skrudland and a rookie netminder named Patrick Roy, as they came together to make a run for the Cup. They faced the Calgary Flames in the finals and went on to win their 22nd Stanley Cup in a five game series. Skrudland enjoyed several years in Montreal as they headed into the playoffs year after year. In the 1992-93 season, as the Canadiens were on their way to another Stanley Cup celebration, Skrudland was traded to the Flames, where he finished out the season. That summer he was claimed by the new Florida Panthers in the Expansion Draft of 1993.

Skrudland became the team's first captain for the 1993-94 season and after two seasons of being out of the playoffs helped lead them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1995-96. They were the underdog team that everyone cheered on through each round, but the cheering stopped when the Colorado Avalanche swept them in the finals. After another season in Florida, Skrudland signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent but was traded to the Dallas Stars toward the end of the year.

The Stars made it to the conference finals in 1997-98 only to fall to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. The next year saw the Stars back into the conference finals, this time coming out on top of the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. With the help of Skrudland once again, the Stars faced Dominik Hasek and the Buffalo Sabres in the finals and came out of game six's overtime with a Stanley Cup held high over their heads. Skrudland had his second championship, some thirteen years apart. He played one more season in Dallas and then called it a career.

Skrudland returned to the Flames in 2000-01 where he stepped behind the bench to become an assistant coach.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Saskatoon Contacts SMHL
1980-81 Saskatoon Blades WHL 66 15 27 42 97
1981-82 Saskatoon Blades WHL 71 27 29 56 135 5 0 1 1 2
1982-83 Saskatoon Blades WHL 71 35 59 94 42 6 1 3 4 19
1983-84 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 56 13 12 25 55 12 2 8 10 14
1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 70 22 28 50 109 17 9 8 17 23
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 9 13 22 57 +3 20 2 4 6 76
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 11 17 28 107 +18 14 1 5 6 29
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 12 24 36 112 +14 11 1 5 6 24
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 12 29 41 84 +22 21 3 7 10 40
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 11 31 42 56 +21 11 3 5 8 30
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 4 0 0 0 12
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 15 19 34 85 +12 13 3 10 13 42
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 3 3 6 36 -4 11 1 1 2 20
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 5 3 8 55 +1
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 16 2 4 6 10 +3 6 0 3 3 12
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 79 15 25 40 136 +13
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 47 5 9 14 88 0
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 79 7 20 27 129 +6 21 1 3 4 18
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 51 5 13 18 48 +4
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 59 5 6 11 39 -4
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 13 2 0 2 10 -2 17 0 1 1 16
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 40 4 1 5 33 +2 19 0 2 2 16
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 22 1 2 3 22 0
NHL Totals 881 124 219 343 1107 164 15 46 61 323


Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL - Playoff MVP) (1985) Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 13, 1983. Traded to Calgary by Montreal for Gary Leeman, January 28, 1993. Claimed by Florida from Calgary in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 21, 1997. Traded to Dallas by NY Rangers with Mike Keane and NY Rangers' 6th round pick (Pavel Patera) in 1998 NHL Draft for Todd Harvey, Bob Errey and Dallas' 4th round pick (Boyd Kane) in 1998 NHL Draft, March 24, 1998.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to rib injury vs. Anaheim, October 8, 1999.
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