Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Ford
Goaltender Brian Ford played a few games for the Quebec Nordiques and the Pittsburgh Penguins in mid-1980s. The majority of his nine pro seasons were spent in the AHL and IHL where he enjoyed much success.

The native of Edmonton, Alberta saw plenty of rubber playing two seasons with the WHL's Billings Bighorns. Prior to the 1982-83 season, the Quebec Nordiques signed him as a free agent. He played only three NHL games for Quebec but was a top performer in the AHL with the Fredericton Express. In 1983 he shared the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award with teammate Clint Malarchuk after the duo allowed the fewest goals in the league. The next year he led the AHL with a 2.96 goals against average, won the Holmes Award on his own, was the recipient of the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the league's top goaltender, and was voted on to the AHL first all-star team.

In December 1984, Ford was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenceman Tom Thornbury. He played eight games for the Pens in 1984-85 but was relegated to the IHL's Muskegon Mohawks and the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL. He continued to toil in the minors and played briefly with the Fredericton Capitals and Saint John Vitos of the New Brunswick senior league before retiring in 1991.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1977-78 Edmonton Little Brickmen AAHA
1977-78 St. Albert Saints AJHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1978-79 St. Albert Saints AJHL 30 19 8 1 0 3.80 9 0 3.59
1979-80 St. Albert Saints AJHL 39 22 15 2 0 3.88 6 4 1 1 0 2.33
1979-80 Red Deer Rustlers Cen-Cup
1980-81 Billings Bighorns WHL 44 14 26 0 0 5.03 3 0 4.66
1981-82 Billings Bighorns WHL 53 19 26 1 0 5.50 5 1 4 0 0 6.90
1982-83 Fredericton Express AHL 27 14 7 2 0 3.49 1 0 0 0 0 5.56
1982-83 Carolina Thunderbirds ACHL 4 0 2.07
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 3 1 1 0 0 6.34
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 36 17 17 1 2 2.96 4 1 3 0 0 4.84
1984-85 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 22 17 5 0 1 2.68
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 2 6 0 0 6.30
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 6 3 3 0 0 3.47
1985-86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 39 12 20 4 1 3.66
1985-86 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 9 4 4 0 0 3.06 13 12 1 0 0 3.10
1986-87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 32 10 11 0 0 3.85
1987-88 Springfield Indians AHL 35 12 15 4 0 3.73
1988-89 Fredericton Capitals NBSHL 30 0 4.35
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 19 12 4 1 2 3.35
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 19 7 6 4 0 3.85
1990-91 Saint John Vitos NBSHL 22 1 4.59
1990-91 Moncton Hawks AHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00 1 0 0 0 0 60.00
NHL Totals 11 3 7 0 0 6.31


Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1983) (shared with Clint Malarchuk)
AHL First All-Star Team (1984)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1984)
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (Outstanding Goaltender - AHL) (1984)
Signed as a free agent by Quebec, August 1, 1982. Traded to Pittsburgh by Quebec for Tom Thornbury, December 6, 1984.