Height: 5' 11", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 8.9.61 Melrose, Massachusetts
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Penguins, 7.8.86
How he left: Claimed by the Boston Bruins in the waiver draft, 10.3.88
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Brickley's NHL debut was huge news in that he was the second last picked player (Gerry Meehan was the first, I found
out.) in any NHL Entry Draft that ever played a game in the League when he came along with the Flyers.
Coming out of New Hampshire, he was known as a creative passer, but his defensive game came along while a pro...
actually, while he was a Devil. It enabled him to largely remain in the bigs; he had split between the NHL and the
minors up until he became a Devil. I say largely because he had become injury prone near the end of the 86-87 season,
a trend that continued the following season with 3 separate injuries that caused him to miss nearly half the season.
Despite being with Utica at the time, Brickley would be claimed by the Bruins in the waiver draft. He was a popular
player with the Bruins, but his injury-prone trend continued as they caused him to play in fewer games in each
He did score his first career hat trick against the Devils in 1989. About it he said: "Whenever I can score against New
Jersey, it is that much sweeter. I wanted to show them they made a mistake." lol Cue up the Price Is Right loser horn
|Entry Draft: 1980 Tenth Round Pick (210th overall) by the
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
I usually apply a policy about saying anything negative about a Devil on here, but I couldn't resist. More on why later.
Anyway, he was expendable at the end of his contract, so he signed with the Winnipeg Jets for 2 seasons, most of that
time being with the Moncton Hawks of the AHL. He then signed with the Islanders, but never played with them, instead
playing with the Denver/Utah Grizzlies in the IHL up until his retirement in 1997, save a 3-game comeback with
Providence in 99-00.
It was there that he also took to broadcasting, joining the Grizzlies' broadcast team while he was out injured. He came
back to Boston in 1996 to do radio color for Bruins games, then to TV the following season as part of the UPN 38
team. He joined the NESN team in 2000 and has been there since (How he puts up with Jack Edwards, I'll never
know.), save the occasional assignment for Versus, and later NBCSN.
He doesn't seem too bright of one, though. If the above quote wasn't enough for you, during the 08-09 season when
the Devils were playing the Caps on Versus, Brickley was talking about how the Devils are a trap team (Which Brent
Sutter never used.) and how it won't work against the Caps. It made me ashamed that he's a Devils alumnus, fucking