Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Cullen
Brian Cullen was the oldest of three brothers who played hockey in the NHL, and likely was the most well known. He began as a junior scoring star with the St. Catharines Teepees of the OHA in the early 1950s. In 1951-52, Cullen scored 30 goals and 61 points in 54 games for St. Catharines. The following year he was off playing professional hockey, first with the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. Despite playing just three games, he averaged two points per game on a goal and five assists.

In 1954-55, Cullen began the year in the AHL with the Pittsburgh Hornets, starting 36 games and producing 36 points. The point-per-game production drew notice from the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, who called him up for 27 games, scoring three goals and eight points.

By far Cullen's most productive offensive season came in 1957-58 at the age of 25, when he scored 20 goals and 43 points. From a team standpoint, the closest Cullen and Leafs came to winning a Stanley Cup was the following year, when they advanced to the finals, but the Montreal Canadiens beat them four games to one.

Brian Cullen and his younger brother, Barry, played together with the Maple Leafs for four years between 1955 and 1959 before Brian moved on to New York to play with the Rangers and Barry headed west to suit up for the Detroit Red Wings. Younger brother Ray did not begin playing in the NHL until 1965. Brian Cullen's last year in the NHL was in 1960-61 as a member of the Rangers. He continued to play pro hockey for another two years with the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL before retiring at the age of 29 to spend more time with his ailing wife.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 54 30 31 61 25 14 7 6 13 4
1951-52 Buffalo Bisons AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1952-53 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 56 41 28 69 29 3 4 0 4 2
1952-53 Buffalo Bisons AHL 3 1 5 6 0
1953-54 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 59 68 93 161 40 15 12 17 29 18
1953-54 St. Catharines Teepees M-Cup 11 10 14 24 18
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 3 5 8 6 4 1 0 1 0
1954-55 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 36 11 25 36 20
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 2 6 8 8 5 1 0 1 2
1955-56 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 50 16 35 51 10
1956-57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 8 12 20 27
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 9 2 10 12 2
1957-58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 20 23 43 29
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 4 14 18 10 10 1 0 1 0
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 64 8 21 29 6
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 42 11 19 30 6
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 15 6 6 12 9 4 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 67 22 59 81 18 11 5 3 8 11
1962-63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 31 5 17 22 23 5 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 326 56 100 156 92 19 3 0 3 2


Brother of Barry and Ray
OHA-Jr. MVP (1954)
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1954)
Traded to Toronto by Chicago (Buffalo-AHL) for Dusty Blair, Frank Sullivan and Jackie Leclair, May 4, 1954. Claimed by NY Rangers from Toronto in Intra-League Draft, June 10, 1959.