Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Brydges
Paul Brydges grew up playing in the Guelph minor hockey system and had the good fortune to be able to play his major junior hockey right in front of his friends and family as a member of the Guelph Platers of the OHL. Brydges joined the Platers as a 17-year-old in the fall of 1982. During his rookie campaign he played in 56 games, scoring 13 goals and 26 points. He followed that up with a full 68-games season, where he had 27 goals and 50 points. In 1984-85, the Platers were becoming on of the OHL's stronger teams, having gone through a couple of years of growing pains, waiting for their younger stars to blossom. However, no team was going to stop Wayne Groulx and the high-flying Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, who went on to win the Ontario Hockey League championship.

Brydges, like most who followed the OHL, was certain the Platers were on the cusp of greatness. Because he was not drafted by any NHL club, the team convinced him he should return to captain the Platers as an overage player. Brydges agreed and it was likely the best decision of his hockey career. The Platers had a strong regular season and stormed through the playoffs to take the OHL title. The brilliant season was capped with a Memorial Cup championship in Portland, Oregon, where the Platers beat the Quebec champion Hull Olympiques 6-2 in the title match. Other notables on that winning team were; Gary Roberts, Kerry Huffman and the late Steve Chiasson.

Following the tremendous victory in Guelph, Brydges turned pro, signing a minor-league contract with the Buffalo Sabres. He played in 54 games with the Sabres' AHL farm team, the Rochester Americans where he scored 13 goals and 30 points. His strong two-way play and injuries on the Sabres' starting roster, allowed Brydges to play in 15 games in Buffalo. He scored two goals and four points, which were also his final NHL totals.

Brydges played two more years in Rochester and then played a year in New Haven with the Nighthawks, before retiring from pro hockey after the 1989-90 season at the age of 25. In 1994-95, Brydges served as an assistant coach to Craig Hartsburgh with the OHL's Guelph Storm. He continues to live in Guelph and is now a member of the city's Fire Department.

Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Guelph Midget Platers Minor-ON 45 16 15 31 30
1982-83 Guelph Platers OHL 56 13 13 26 27
1983-84 Guelph Platers OHL 68 27 23 50 37
1984-85 Guelph Platers OHL 57 22 24 46 39
1985-86 Guelph Platers OHL 62 17 40 57 88 19 10 15 25 22
1985-86 Guelph Platers M-Cup 4 0 2 2 8
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 2 2 4 6 +4
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 54 13 17 30 54 1 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Rochester Americans AHL 69 15 16 31 86 7 1 1 2 4
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 51 8 3 11 36
1989-90 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 37 6 7 13 38
NHL Totals 15 2 2 4 6

Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, June 11, 1986.
Surname(s) beginning with