Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andy Brickley
A creative playmaker who could function at centre or left wing, Andy Brickley played nearly 400 NHL games in the 1980s and '90s. He generally recorded his share of assists and was an asset on the power play and penalty killing units.

Brickley excelled with the University of New Hampshire as an amateur. Following a solid freshman year, he was chosen 210th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 1980 Entry Draft. He also represented the United States when they finished sixth at the 1981 World Junior Championships. After scoring 53 points in 35 games as a senior in 1981-82, Brickley was named to the ECAC first all-star team and the NCAA East first all-American team.

During his first year as a pro, the talented forward played three games for the Flyers and scored 29 goals for the Maine Mariners of the AHL. His solid debut was noted with selection to the league's second all-star team. In October 1983 he was involved in a multi-player deal that saw him end up with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brickley scored 38 points in 50 games and was one of the few bright spots on the last place club. He split the 1984-85 season between the Pens and the minors then spent the entire 1985-86 season in Maine.

Brickley's career was rejuvenated when he was signed by the New Jersey Devils prior to the 1986-87 season. The versatile forward killed penalties and played solid two-way hockey for two years. In October 1988 he realized a lifelong dream when the Boston Bruins claimed him on waivers. Brickley scored 35 points and was used in a number of situations as he became a favorite of the Boston Garden faithful. In 1989-90, he scored 40 points in 43 games before injuries began to wreak havoc with his career.

Over the next four years Brickley's ailments forced him to play less each year. In 1992, he represented the U.S. at the World Championships. He later played a few games for the Winnipeg Jets then toiled in the IHL before retiring in 1997.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 U. of New Hampshire ECAC 27 15 17 32 8
1980-81 U. of New Hampshire ECAC 31 27 25 52 16
1980-81 United States WJC-A 5 1 1 2 4
1981-82 U. of New Hampshire ECAC 35 26 27 53 6
1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 1 1 2 0 -1
1982-83 Maine Mariners AHL 76 29 54 83 10 17 9 5 14 0
1983-84 Springfield Indians AHL 7 1 5 6 2
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 18 20 38 9 -7
1983-84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 4 0 5 5 2
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 7 15 22 10 -14
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 31 13 14 27 8 15 10 8 18 0
1985-86 Maine Mariners AHL 60 26 34 60 20 5 0 4 4 0
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 11 12 23 8 -15
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 45 8 14 22 14 +1 4 0 1 1 4
1987-88 Utica Devils AHL 9 5 8 13 4
1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL 71 13 22 35 20 +4 10 0 2 2 0
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 43 12 28 40 8 +11 2 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Boston Bruins NHL 40 2 9 11 8 -4
1990-91 Maine Mariners AHL 17 8 17 25 2 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 23 10 17 27 2 +6
1991-92 Maine Mariners AHL 14 5 15 20 2
1991-92 United States WC-A 6 1 1 2 0
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 12 0 2 2 2 0 1 1 1 2 0
1992-93 Moncton Hawks AHL 38 15 36 51 10 5 4 2 6 0
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1993-94 Moncton Hawks AHL 53 20 39 59 20 19 8 19 27 4
1994-95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 58 15 35 50 16 16 5 25 30 2
1995-96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 36 12 34 46 24 16 6 13 19 8
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 1 1 0 1 0 7 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 385 82 140 222 81 17 1 4 5 4


ECAC First All-Star Team (1982)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1982)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1983)
Traded to Pittsburgh by Philadelphia with Ron Flockhart, Mark Taylor and Philadelphia's 1st (Roger Belanger) and 3rd (later traded to Vancouver - Vancouver selected Mike Stevens) round picks in 1984 NHL Draft for Rich Sutter and Pittsburgh's 2nd (Greg Smyth) and 3rd (David McLay) round picks in 1984 NHL Draft, October 23, 1983. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 8, 1986. Claimed by Boston from New Jersey in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, November 11, 1992. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 27, 1994.
Retired following 1995-96 season to serve as colour commentater for Boston Bruins radio broadcasts. Signed as a free agent by Utah (IHL), March 20, 1996.
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