Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Engblom
Brian Engblom played two years of hockey at the University of Wisconsin from 1973 to 1975. During that time, he was named an all-star collegiate player, took a number of general-interest courses, and discovered that deep down inside, he really wanted to pursue a career in professional hockey.

His course was solidified when the Montreal Canadiens selected him in the 1975 Entry Draft. Without any clear direction in school, an opportunity to join the Habs, with money to boot, was all Engblom needed to bolt to the pros. He put in the usual apprenticeship in the AHL, with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs, and then joined the Canadiens in 1977-78. But joining the club and getting plenty of ice time were not necessarily synonymous, especially with a defensive corps stocked with Robinson, Lapointe, and Savard.

As a result, Engblom's initiation into the big leagues was marked by the usual bench-warming stints and rookie jitters. On his second shift of his first exhibition game, he was flattened behind his own net by Andre Savard of the Sabres. The puck was then deftly centred to Don Luce who popped it in for a goal. A young, red-faced Engblom shook at the bench for the rest of the game.

He did, however, recover from his gaffe to make it as a regular on the Habs' blueline. After healing from a broken jaw early in his tenure, he gradually established himself as a good, rushing-type defenseman. He was never a prolific scorer, but he managed to play a well-balanced game with effective coverage in his own zone.

During his five-plus seasons in Montreal, he got in on three Stanley Cup victories before his career swerved headlong into the trade winds. Over his five remaining years in the NHL, he played for four different teams. He joined the Washington Capitals in 1982 and then moved on for stints with the L.A. Kings, the Buffalo Sabres and finally, the Calgary Flames where he was forced to retire in 1987. A serious neck injury involving bone spurs required career-ending surgery to repair.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 48 17 46 63
1973-74 University of Wisconsin WCHA 36 10 21 31 54
1974-75 University of Wisconsin WCHA 38 13 23 36 58
1975-76 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 73 4 34 38 79 9 1 7 8 26
1976-77 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 80 8 42 50 89 11 3 10 13 10
1976-77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1977-78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 1 2 3 23 +9 5 0 0 0 2
1977-78 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 7 1 5 6 4
1978-79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 3 11 14 60 +21 16 0 1 1 11
1979-80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 3 20 23 43 +22 10 2 4 6 6
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 3 25 28 96 +63 3 1 0 1 4
1981-82 Canada Can-Cup 5 1 0 1 4
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 4 29 33 76 +78 5 0 2 2 14
1982-83 Washington Capitals NHL 73 5 22 27 59 -4 4 0 2 2 2
1982-83 Canada WEC-A 10 1 2 3 0
1983-84 Washington Capitals NHL 6 0 1 1 8 -4
1983-84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 2 27 29 59 -9
1984-85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 4 19 23 70 -2 3 0 0 0 2
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 3 13 16 61 -13
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 30 1 4 5 16 +3
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 32 0 4 4 28 -7
NHL Totals 659 29 177 206 599 48 3 9 12 43


WCHA First All-Star Team (1975)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1975)
AHL First All-Star Team (1977)
Eddie Shore Award (AHL - Outstanding Defenseman) (1977)
NHL Plus/Minus Leader (1981)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1982)
Traded to Washington by Montreal with Rod Langway, Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin for Ryan Walter and Rick Green, September 9, 1982. Traded to Los Angeles by Washington with Ken Houston for Larry Murphy, October 18, 1983. Traded to Buffalo by Los Angeles with Doug Smith for Larry Playfair, Sean McKenna and Ken Baumgartner, January 30, 1986. Traded to Calgary by Buffalo for Jim Korn, October 3, 1986.
Suffered eventual career-ending neck injury in game vs. Quebec, December 12, 1986.