10/10/2013 7:17 AM
Throwback Thursday presented by The Student Prince and Fort Restaurant: Danny Briere.
Danny Briere – a first-round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996 – began his professional career in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons. In his first season with the Falcons, Briere notched 92 points (36 goals, 56 assists) in 68 games, earning him the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award for the league’s most outstanding rookie and leading the team to its second division championship. The Gatineau, Quebec native played a total of 169 games over four different seasons for Springfield and ranks third in franchise history in points (217), second in goals (88), fourth in assists (129), first in game-winning goals (14) and tied for first in power-play goals (29).
Listed at just 5-foot-10 and 181 pounds, Briere holds the Falcons’ franchise record for most goals in a single game (4). He is one of only four players who has done it (one of only three to do it in the regular season), along with Grant Potulny, Chad Wiseman and Alex Aleardi.
Briere advanced to the NHL to have a very successful career for the Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and now the Montreal Canadiens. The 5-foot-10, 179-pound forward has totaled 659 points (286 goals, 373 assists) and 696 penalty minutes in 847 NHL games prior the 2013-14 season.
In 2012-13, Briere began the season with the Berlin Polar Bears of the Deutsche Eishockey League in Germany while the NHL lockout persisted. When NHL play resumed, he rejoined the Flyers and finished seventh on the team in scoring despite only playing in 34 of the 48 regular-season games.
Briere’s best statistical season came in 2006-07 with the Buffalo Sabres when he posted 95 points (32 goals, 63 assists) and a +17 rating in 81 games. The veteran forward led the Sabres in scoring (10th in the NHL) and helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals.