Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Daniel Briere
In 1992-93, Daniel Briere's name first came to prominence while playing midget hockey with the Abitibi-Temiscamingue Forestiers of the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League where he led his team in scoring at the age of 15. The following season, he joined his hometown Gatineau Intrepide and led the league with 56 goals and 103 points. In 1994-95, Briere joined the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs and once again had his name at the top of the scoring chart, leading his team with 123 points (51-72-123) as a rookie.

In 1995-96, Briere not only led his team in scoring but the QMJHL in scoring with 163 points 67-96-163) while playing in the mid-season CHL Top Prospects Game. Coming off a strong season in 1995-96, Briere was selected 24th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. In his final junior season in 1996-97, Briere led his team for the third consecutive year in points with 130 (52-78-130) and ended his junior career with 416 points (170-246-416).

After spending the majority of the 1997-98 season with the Coyotes AHL affiliate in Springfield, Briere made his NHL debut on March 19, 1998 against the Colorado Avalanche and scored his first goal two nights later against the Los Angeles Kings. Despite a mere five games with the Coyotes in 1997-98, Briere was the recipient of the Dudley Garrett Memorial Award in 1997-98 as the AHL's Top Rookie. Following a 92 point-year in 1997-98, Briere was a mainstay with the Coyotes in 1998-99, playing in 64 NHL games and scoring 22 points. Briere went on to split the next two seasons between Phoenix and Springfield before returning to the NHL on a regular basis in 2001-02 and breaking out offensively, scoring 32 goals and adding 28 assists for 60 points.

When the 2002-03 season came around, Briere and the Coyotes were looking to improve on their previous totals and with the signing of free agent Tony Amonte things were looking up. However, with the Coyotes out of the playoff picture and the team looking to cut salary, both Briere and Amonte became available and subsequently Amonte was dealt to Philadelphia and Briere dealt to Buffalo. Upon his arrival with the Sabres, Briere has continued his offensive ways, leading his team in scoring in 2003-04 with 65 points (28-37-65).

In 2006-07, Briere was selected to his first all-star game, and started in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas, Texas with Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. He was awarded the game's Most Valuable Player Award after recording a game-high five points. That season Briere Co-Captained the Buffalo Sabres to their first Presidents Trophy in franchise history. In addition, he set a career high in points with 95. However in the playoffs the Sabres would fall short of their ultimate goal, losing out to the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals.

In the summer of 2007, Briere's tenure with the Sabres would come to an end as the speedy forward was signed eight-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

On the international stage, Briere has helped Canada capture gold at the 1997 World Junior Championships and both the 2003 and 2004 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Abitibi Regents QAAA 42 24 30 54 28 3 0 3 3 8
1993-94 Gatineau Intrepide QAAA 44 56 47 103 56 12 13 19 32 8
1993-94 Canada U-18 5 2 3 5 4
1994-95 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 72 51 72 123 54 -11 4 2 3 5 2
1995-96 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 67 67 96 163 84 +1 6 6 12 18 8
1996-97 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 59 52 78 130 86 +23 8 7 7 14 14
1996-97 Canada WJC-A 7 2 4 6 4
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 5 1 0 1 2 +1
1997-98 Springfield Falcons AHL 68 36 56 92 42 +23 4 1 2 3 4
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 8 14 22 30 -3
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 1 1 1 2 0 +2
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 13 2 6 8 20 -2 3 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 13 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Springfield Falcons AHL 58 29 42 71 56 +14
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 30 11 4 15 12 -2
2000-01 Springfield Falcons AHL 30 21 25 46 30 0
2001-02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 32 28 60 52 +6 5 2 1 3 2
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 17 29 46 50 -21
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 7 5 12 12 +1
2002-03 Canada WC-A 9 4 5 9 6 +8
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 28 37 65 70 -7
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 2 6 8 6 +2
2004-05 SC Bern Swiss 36 16 29 45 26 11 1 6 7 2
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 25 33 58 48 +3 18 8 11 19 12
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 32 63 95 89 +17 16 3 12 15 16
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 31 41 72 68 -22 17 9 7 16 20
2008-09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 29 11 14 25 26 -1 6 1 3 4 8
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 26 27 53 71 -2 23 12 18 30 18
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 34 34 68 87 +20 11 7 2 9 14
2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 16 33 49 69 +5 11 8 5 13 4
2012-13 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 21 10 24 34 24 +9
2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 34 6 10 16 10 -13
2013-14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 13 12 25 30 +1 16 3 4 7 4
NHL Totals 916 299 385 684 726 124 53 63 116 98


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1995)
QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1995)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1996, 1997) AHL All-Rookie Team (1998) AHL First All-Star Team (1998)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL) - Rookie of the Year) (1998) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007, 2011)
Traded to Buffalo by Phoenix with Phoenix's 3rd round choice (Andrej Sekera) in 2004 Entry Draft for Chris Gratton and Buffalo's 4th round choice (later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Liam Reddox) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 10, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Bern (Swiss), September 28, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 1, 2007. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to abdominal surgery (October 25, 2008) and groin surgery (January 22, 2009). Signed as a free agent by Berlin (Germany), October 4, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 4, 2013. Traded to Colorado by Montreal for Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and a 5th round choice in 2015 Entry Draft, June 30, 2014.