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Brian Engblom (born January 27, 1955) is an ice hockey broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Lightning and NBC and retired Canadian professional hockey defenseman.

Brian Engblom
Born January 27, 1955 (age 61)

Winnipeg, MB, CAN

Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens

Washington Capitals
Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames

National team Canada
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1975

Montreal Canadiens

WHA Draft 22nd overall, 1974

Winnipeg Jets

Playing career 1975–1987

Biography Edit

Engblom was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and played for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was drafted 22nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first two professional seasons with Montreal's AHL affiliate Nova Scotia Voyageurs before playing in his first NHL game in the 1977 Stanley Cup playoffs with Montreal. He won three Stanley Cups, in 1977, 1978, and 1979 with Canadiens. Engblom's name was left off the Cup in 1977, because he played no regular season games. He played in two playoff games, and did not play in the finals.

In 1982, while Engblom was establishing himself as a top NHL defenseman, he was involved in a blockbuster trade that saw him, Doug Jarvis, Rod Langway, and Craig Laughlin dealt to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Rick Green and Ryan Walter. A season later, he was dealt with Ken Houston to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future Hall Of Famer Larry Murphy. He finished his career with stints for the Buffalo Sabres, and Calgary Flames. Engblom's final NHL season of 1986–87 ended prematurely due to bone spurs in his spinal column that required major surgery to repair. In 11 seasons, Engblom scored 29 goals and 177 assists.

Broadcasting career Edit

Engblom was an NHL studio analyst and color commentator for ESPN2 from 1993–94-2003–04 ABC 1999-2004 and Versus alongside Dave Strader. During the 2005-06 season, he was color analyst for Columbus Blue Jackets games aired on Fox Sports Ohio. Currently, he works as a color analyst for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sun Sports, and NHL telecasts for NBCSN. He also provides post-game analysis for the Colorado Avalanche on Altitude Sports and Entertainment, rotating with Mark Rycroft.

Engblom joins the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2015-2016 season as color analyst alongside Rick Peckham. Engblom replaces "The Chief" Bobby Taylor, who moves to studio host.

Awards and honours Edit

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1974–75 [3]
AHCA West All-American 1974–75 [4]
  • MJHL Most Valuable Player (1973)
  • AHL First All-Star Team (1977)
  • Eddie Shore Award (AHL Most Outstanding Defenseman) (1977)
  • Stanley Cup championships (1977, 1978, and 1979)
  • NHL plus-minus leader (+63) (1981)
  • NHL Second Team All-Star (1982)
  • “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame

Career statistics Edit

      Regular season    Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 48 17 46 63
1973–74 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 36 10 21 31 54
1974–75 Wisconsin Badgers 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 5 0 0 0 2
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 3 11 14 60 16 0 1 1 11
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 3 20 23 43 10 2 4 6 6
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 3 25 28 96 3 1 0 1 4
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 4 29 33 76 5 0 2 2 14
1982–83 Washington Capitals NHL 73 5 22 27 59 4 0 2 2 2
1983–84 Washington Capitals NHL 6 0 1 1 8
1983–84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 2 27 29 59
1984–85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 4 19 23 70 3 0 0 0 2
1985–86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 3 13 16 61
1985–86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 30 1 4 5 16
1986–87 Calgary Flames NHL 32 0 4 4 28
NHL totals 659 29 177 206 599 48 3 9 12 43

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