Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Hayward
Brian Hayward chose to balance his personal development and his hockey career by attending Cornell University for four years. During his final year of college, in 1981-82, he was selected to the ECAC First All-Star Team and the NCAA All-American squad. He graduated from Cornell with a degree in business management in 1982.

Because he was overlooked in the NHL's Entry Draft, Hayward signed as a free agent with the Winnipeg Jets. After two season of bouncing between the AHL and the NHL, he settled in as an NHL regular. In 1984-85, he posted a career-best 33 victories?a club record he still shares with Bob Essensa.

In 1986-87, Hayward was traded to the Montreal Canadiens where he formed an effective partnership with Patrick Roy. For three years running, they shared the William M. Jennings Trophy, which is awarded to the team that allows the fewest goals during the regular season.

In 1990, Hayward was traded to the Minnesota North Stars where he logged one season before being acquired by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 Dispersal Draft. He picked up the Sharks first-ever victory before being sidelined with a serious back injury. During his convalescence, he worked as a colour analyst for Sharks TV and radio broadcasts. He loved the experience and upon his retirement from hockey in 1993, entered the broadcasting business.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1976-77 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 26 0 4.11
1977-78 Guelph Platers ON-Jr.A
1977-78 Guelph Platers Cen-Cup
1978-79 Cornell Big Red ECAC 25 18 6 0 0 3.88 3 2 1 0 0 4.66
1979-80 Cornell Big Red ECAC 12 2 7 0 0 6.02
1980-81 Cornell Big Red ECAC 19 11 4 1 1 3.54 4 2 1 0 0 4.50
1981-82 Cornell Big Red ECAC 22 11 10 1 0 3.17
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 24 10 12 2 1 3.71 3 0 3 0 5.25
1982-83 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 22 6 11 3 1 4.42
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 28 7 18 2 0 4.86
1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 15 4 8 0 0 5.30
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 61 33 17 7 0 3.84 6 2 4 0 4.47
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 52 13 28 5 0 4.79 2 0 1 0 5.29
1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 3 2 0 1 0 1.62
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 37 19 13 4 1 2.81 13 6 5 0 2.71
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 22 10 4 2 2.86 4 2 2 0 2.35
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 20 13 3 1 2.90 2 1 1 0 3.39
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 29 10 12 6 1 3.37 1 0 0 0 3.64
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 2 1 1 0 0 1.87
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 26 6 15 3 2 3.14 6 0 2 0 3.86
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 2 0 0 0 2.50
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 7 1 4 0 0 4.92
1991-92 Kansas City Blades IHL 2 1 1 0 1 1.51
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 18 2 14 1 0 5.55
NHL Totals 357 143 156 37 8 3.72 37 11 18 0 3.46


Centennial Cup All-Star Team (1978)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1982)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1982)
William M. Jennings Trophy (1987, 1988, 1989) (shared with Patrick Roy)
Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, May 5, 1982. Traded to Montreal by Winnipeg for Steve Penney and the rights to Jan Ingman, August 19, 1986. Traded to Minnesota by Montreal for Jayson More, November 7, 1990. Claimed by San Jose from Minnesota in Dispersal Draft, May 30, 1991.
Missed majority of 1991-92 due to back injury vs. Buffalo, October 19, 1991.
Suffered eventual career-ending back injury in game vs. Detroit, January 15, 1993.