Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Curran
The Boston Bruins selected Brian Curran with their second pick, 22nd overall, in the 1982 Entry Draft, impressed by the hulking defenseman's ability to crunch opposing players while he was a member of the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks.

Curran played three years with Portland and was certainly never confused for being the second coming of Bobby Orr. He made it as far as he did through toughness and commitment to defensive play, as was evidenced by his five goals in 166 games. During his final year with the Winter Hawks in 1983, the club won the Memorial Cup championship. Others on that championship team included Cam Neely, Ray Ferraro, and Ken Yaremchuk with former Boston Bruins star Ken Hodge coaching the team.

In 1983-84, Curran played in 16 games with the Bruins, picking up a goal and an assist. The following year he played in 56 games, with the most notable stat being his 158 penalty minutes. He topped that the following season, collecting 192 minutes in just 43 games, a good portion of which came in games against the division rival Montreal Canadiens, and specifically fights with Habs' tough guy Chris Nilan.

In 1986-87, Curran moved on to the New York Islanders, where he continued to show an interest in the penalty box, amassing 356 minutes in 68 games. After 22 games into the 1987-88 season, Curran was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In two years with Toronto he had three goals and almost 500 minutes in penalties. Members of the Leafs called him "Colonel" for all his verbal on-ice orders. Opponents often used somewhat less complimentary words when describing him.

Curran also made brief NHL stops with the Buffalo Sabres and the Washington Capitals, where his NHL career came to an end in 1994. He continued to play professional hockey in the minors until 1998.

Although he fought on a regular basis, Curran also missed plenty of playing time due to injuries, most of which were sustained in fights, including two broken jaws and a broken nose. Following his playing career, Curran got into coaching and was the head man with Jacksonville of the ECHL in 1998-99 and the Monroe Moccasins of the WPHL in 1999-00.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Notre Dame Midget Hounds SMHL
1980-81 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 59 2 28 30 275 7 0 1 1 13
1980-81 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 4 0 2 2 6
1981-82 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 51 2 16 18 132 14 1 7 8 63
1981-82 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 4 0 2 2 6
1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 56 1 30 31 187 14 1 3 4 57
1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 4 0 2 2 26
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 16 1 1 2 57 0 3 0 0 0 7
1983-84 Hershey Bears AHL 23 0 2 2 94
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 56 0 1 1 158 -8
1984-85 Hershey Bears AHL 4 0 0 0 19
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 43 2 5 7 192 +6 2 0 0 0 4
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 68 0 10 10 356 +3 8 0 0 0 51
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 22 0 1 1 68 -9
1987-88 Springfield Indians AHL 8 1 0 1 43
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 0 1 1 19 +3 6 0 0 0 41
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 1 4 5 185 0
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 2 9 11 301 -2 5 0 1 1 19
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 0 0 0 7 -2
1990-91 Newmarket Saints AHL 6 0 1 1 32
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 17 0 1 1 43 -3
1990-91 Rochester Americans AHL 10 0 0 0 36
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 0 0 14 0
1991-92 Rochester Americans AHL 36 0 3 3 122
1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 61 2 24 26 223 12 0 3 3 12
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 26 1 0 1 61 -2
1993-94 Portland Pirates AHL 46 1 6 7 247 15 0 1 1 59
1994-95 Portland Pirates AHL 59 2 10 12 328 7 0 0 0 24
1995-96 Portland Pirates AHL 34 1 2 3 122
1995-96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 18 0 5 5 55 10 0 4 4 38
1996-97 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 3 0 0 0 8
1997-98 Monroe Moccasins WPHL 68 7 17 24 239 +1
1997-98 Utah Grizzlies IHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
1997-98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 9 0 2 2 49 +3 2 0 0 0 20
NHL Totals 381 7 33 40 1461 24 0 1 1 122


Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 29, 1986. Traded to Toronto by NY Islanders for Toronto's 6th round pick (Pavel Gross) in 1988 NHL Draft, March 8, 1988. Traded to Buffalo by Toronto with Lou Franceschetti for Mike Foligno and Buffalo's 8th round pick (Tomas Kucharcik) in 1991 NHL Draft, December 17, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, October 27, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Washington, October 21, 1993.
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