Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Finley
Brian Finley was born July 3, 1981 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The first choice, 6th overall selection of the Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Finley is a graduate of the OHL's Barrie Colts.

A highly touted netminder, Finley spent the better part of four seasons with the Barrie Colts before joining the Brampton Battalion for their playoff drive in 2001. In his three full seasons in Barrie, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native was a member of the 1998 OHL All-Rookie Team, an OHL First Team All-Star and OHL Goaltender of the Year in 1999, led the Barrie to the 2000 OHL Championship and second place finish at the 2000 Memorial Cup.

The international stage has also been successful for Finley, as a member of Ontario's Gold Medal team at the 1997 Under 17 International Championship, as a member of Canada's Gold Medal team at the Under 18 World Junior Championships and a member of Canada's Silver Medal team at the 1999 World Junior Championships.

Finley was supposed to make his professional debut with the Predators organization in 2001-02, however, he was hampered by groin injury which kept him out of hockey for the entire season.

In 2002-03 Finley returned to the ice and spent the majority of the year with Nashville's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee while making his NHL debut with the parent club later that season.

In 2006 during the off-season, Finlay was signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1996-97 Sault Ste. Marie Carlucci's NOHA 45 3 2.38
1997-98 Barrie Colts OHL 41 23 14 1 3 2.92 5 1 3 0 3.00
1998-99 Barrie Colts OHL 52 36 10 4 3 2.66 5 4 1 0 2.79
1999-00 Barrie Colts OHL 47 24 12 6 2 3.07 23 14 8 1 2.57
1999-00 Canada WJC-A 1 0 3.00
2000-01 Barrie Colts OHL 16 5 8 0 0 3.08
2000-01 Brampton Battalion OHL 11 7 3 1 0 2.95 9 5 4 1 3.10
2001-02
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0 3.83
2002-03 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 22 7 11 2 2 2.93
2002-03 Toledo Storm ECHL 7 4 2 0 0 2.36 1 0 1 0 4.00
2003-04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 43 23 15 4 2 2.34 1 0 1 0 2.05
2004-05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 64 36 22 4 7 2.29 7 3 4 1 2.62
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 1 0 0 7.00
2005-06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 32 18 7 2 4 2.70 8 3 2 0 2.89
2006-07 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 1 0 0 3.05
2006-07 Providence Bruins AHL 10 6 3 0 1 3.02
NHL Totals 4 0 2 0 0 4.69


NOBHL Top Goaltender (1997)
OHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
OHL First All-Star Team (1999)
OHL Playoff MVP (2000)
Traded to Brampton (OHL) by Barrie (OHL) with Mississauga's 7th round choice (Michael Root) in 2001 OHL Midget Draft and Kitchener's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Brampton selected Tyler McCormick) in 2002 OHL Priority Draft for David Chant, Tyler Hanchuk and Matt Grenier, January 10, 2001.
Missed entire 2001-02 due to groin injury in 2000-01 season and reinjured in training camp, October 3, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 17, 2006.