Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andy Branigan
Defenseman Andy Branigan played his first NHL game at the age of 18 as a member of the New York Americans in the 1940-41 season. He dressed for six games that year, scoring his first goal. In 1941-42, Branigan played 20 games with the team, renamed the Brooklyn Americans, before leaving the team for the duration of World War Two. As it turns out, he never again played in the NHL.

Branigan returned to professional hockey for the 1945-46 season, and played the next 13 years in the AHL, starting with one season in Indianapolis with the Capitals. In 62 games, Branigan scored four goals and 21 points. He then embarked on an eight-year stay with the Hershey Bears before spending four years with the Providence Reds.

In 1958-59, Branigan joined the EHL's Washington Presidents at the age of 36. He came back for one more season in the EHL with the New York Rovers and retired in the spring of 1960. Branigan played in just 26 career NHL games, scoring a goal and three points, but he had a pro career which spanned 20 years.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1938-39 East Kildonan Bisons MAHA
1939-40 Winnipeg Monarchs MJHL 23 0 1 1 38 7 5 0 5 14
1940-41 New York Americans NHL 6 1 0 1 5
1940-41 Springfield Indians AHL 50 2 6 8 21 3 0 0 0 4
1941-42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 21 0 2 2 26
1941-42 Springfield Indians AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1942-43 Winnipeg RCAF WNDHL 13 4 1 5 26 5 1 0 1 18
1942-43 Winnipeg RCAF Al-Cup 12 3 3 6 20
1943-44 Winnipeg RCAF WNDHL 1 0 1 1 6
1944-45 Winnipeg RCAF WNDHL 9 2 1 3 18
1944-45 Rockcliffe RCAF OCHL 4 0 2 2 8
1945-46 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 62 4 17 21 71 5 0 1 1 0
1946-47 Hershey Bears AHL 62 6 9 15 42 11 1 2 3 8
1947-48 Hershey Bears AHL 63 1 11 12 91 2 0 0 0 6
1948-49 Hershey Bears AHL 68 5 14 19 54 11 0 2 2 10
1949-50 Hershey Bears AHL 66 1 15 16 73
1950-51 Hershey Bears AHL 64 6 9 15 114 6 0 0 0 8
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 66 6 19 25 110 5 1 1 2 10
1952-53 Hershey Bears AHL 51 5 4 9 71
1953-54 Hershey Bears AHL 68 3 22 25 124 11 0 1 1 10
1954-55 Providence Reds AHL 61 2 12 14 114
1955-56 Providence Reds AHL 64 5 17 22 103 9 2 5 7 14
1956-57 Providence Reds AHL 46 2 10 12 46 5 0 0 0 6
1957-58 Providence Reds AHL 67 2 6 8 61 1 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Washington Presidents EHL 63 5 16 21 82
1959-60 New York Rovers EHL 48 2 10 12 73
NHL Totals 27 1 2 3 31


AHL Second All-Star Team (1956) Signed as a free agent by NY Americans, October 15, 1940. Replaced injured goaltender Charlie Rayner in game vs. Detroit, February 28, 1941 Team name changed to Brooklyn Americans prior to 1941-42 season. Rights transferred to Detroit from Brooklyn in Special Dispersal Draw, September 11, 1943.
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