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Brad McCrimmon

Born:March 29, 1959Draft:1979 Bruins #15 Overall
Hometown:Dodsland, SKPosition:D
Known For:Stanley CupShoots:Left
National Team:Canada

Byron Brad McCrimmon (March 29, 1959 – September 7, 2011) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and coach. He played over 1,200 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, and Phoenix Coyotes between 1979 and 1997. He achieved his greatest success in Calgary, where he was named a second team All-Star in 1987–88, played in the 1988 NHL All-Star Game and won the Plus-Minus Award with a league-leading total of +48. In 1989, he helped the Flames win their only Stanley Cup championship. His career plus-minus of +444 is the 10th highest total in NHL history, and the highest among players not inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

McCrimmon turned to coaching following his playing career, serving as an assistant with the New York Islanders before taking over as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades for two seasons between 1998 and 2000. He then returned to the NHL as an assistant, first with the Flames then the Atlanta Thrashers and finally the Red Wings. He left the NHL to become the head coach of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2011. He never coached a regular season game, however, as he was killed, along with most of the team, after their plane crashed en route to their first game.

Years as an NHL player: 1979-1997

Years as an NHL coach: 1997-1998, 2000-2011

Brad McCrimmon Calgary Flames
Brad McCrimmon, Calgary Flames (Photo by Scott Levy/Getty Images)

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  • Captain of the Flames (1989-1990)
  • Stanley Cup Champion (Flames – 1989)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1988)
  • NHL All-Star Game (1988)
  • CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1979)
  • WHL Champion (1979)
  • 2x WHL First All-Star Team (1978, 1979)
  • U20 WJC Bronze Medal
  • WCHL Second All-Star Team (1977)
  • SJHL Best Defenseman (1976)
  • SJHL Champion (1976)
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