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Position Centre
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
179 lb (81 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Phoenix Coyotes
Buffalo Sabres
Nationality CAN
Born October 6 1977 (1977-10-06) (age 32),
Gatineau, PQ, CAN
NHL Draft 24th overall, 1996
Phoenix Coyotes
Pro Career 1998 – present

Daniel Brière (born October 6, 1977 in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player. He plays for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Brière's number 14 was retired by his hockey team in Gatineau. In his 3 seasons with Drummondville in the QMJHL he recorded 170 goals and 246 assists.

Brière was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft in the first round, twenty-fourth overall.

In 1998, Brière won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie of the American Hockey League while playing for the Springfield Falcons.

Brière's training regimen became newsworthy in 2001 when it became known that, in order to overcome his diminutive size, he had begun off-season strength training with Canadian World's Strongest Man competitor Hugo Girard, who shares Gatineau as a hometown[1].

Brière finished his 2005-06 season with 58 points in 48 games, fourth on the team. Brière missed 32 games of the 2005-06 season due to recovery from an abdominal injury; he was also suspended for two games. In the playoffs, he finished first on his team and tied for fourth in the entire NHL in playoff scoring with 19 points.

Brière was chosen as the first player of a set of nearly 69 players who collectively filed for salary arbitration. His hearing was on July 21, 2006, and he was given a one-year, $5 million contract. On August 5, the Sabres accepted this arbitration award.

Brière scored his first hat trick on December 5th, 2006, against the Tampa Bay Lightning's goaltender Marc Denis. His second hat trick came shortly after, on January 30th, 2007, in front of his home crowd at HSBC Arena.

Brière was selected to his first all-star game, and started in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas, Texas, where he was awarded the game's Most Valuable Player Award after recording a game-high five points (one goal, four assists). Along with winning the MVP trophy Daniel also received a Dodge Nitro that he ended up giving to his sister.[1]

On July 1, 2007, the Philadelphia Flyers signed Briere to an eight-year contract worth $52 million with a no-movement clause. The deal will pay Briere $10 million for the 07-08 season, making him the highest paid player in the league along with Scott Gomez and former Sabres teammate Thomas Vanek.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994-95 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 72 51 72 123 54 4 2 3 5 2
1995-96 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 67 67 96 163 84 6 6 12 18 8
1996-97 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 59 52 78 130 86 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Springfield Falcons AHL 68 36 56 92 42 4 1 2 3 4
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 5 1 0 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 8 14 22 30 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 13 2 6 8 20 3 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 1 1 1 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Springfield Falcons AHL 58 29 42 71 56 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 13 1 1 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Springfield Falcons AHL 30 21 25 46 30 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 30 11 4 15 12 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 32 28 60 52 5 2 1 3 2
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 68 17 29 46 50 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 7 5 12 12 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 28 37 65 70 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 SC Bern Swiss-A 36 17 29 46 26 11 1 6 7 2
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 25 33 58 48 18 8 11 19 12
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 32 63 95 89 11 2 9 11 16
NHL totals 483 162 214 376 365 35 12 21 33 30

International play

At the World Championships, Daniel won gold medals with Canada in 2003 and 2004. He also won a gold medal at the 1997 World Junior Championships.

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Canada WJC 7 2 4 6 2
2003 Canada WC 9 4 5 9 6
2004 Canada WC 9 2 6 8 6
Int'l Totals 25 8 15 23 16

Personal life

Brière went to Collège Saint-Alexandre, a private high school in Gatineau.

Brière and his wife Sylvie have three young sons: Caelan, Carson, and Cameron.

References

  1. "Briere shines but West wins All-Star Game", tsn.ca, 2007-01-25. Retrieved on 2007-01-25. 

See also

External links

  • Daniel Brière's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database


Buffalo Sabres captains
Smith | Meehan | Schoenfeld | Gare | Perreault | Ruff | Foligno | Ramsey | LaFontaine | Mogilny | Peca | Audette | Barnes | Šatan | Drury | Patrick | Dumont | Brière | Drury | Tallinder | Hecht | Lydman | Pominville
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes first-round draft picks
Jets: MannBabychHawerchukKyteMcBainDollasStewartElynuikMarchmentSelänneBarnesTkachukWardBautinLindgrenDoan
Coyotes: FochtBriereDesRochersKelmanSafronovKolanosSjöströmKoreisEagerWheelerHanzalMuellerSummersTurrisRoss
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