Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bryan Maxwell
Bryan Maxwell was a hard-nosed defenceman who played over 300 NHL games in the 1970s and '80s. He also enjoyed success in the WHA, on the international stage, and in junior. His robust style caused him to miss a fair bit of time due to injuries.

Born in North Bay, Ontario, Maxwell moved to Western Canada in his youth and starred for the Drumheller Miners of the AJHL in 1972-73. He was drafted fourth overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1975 after two impressive seasons with the WCJHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. During his stellar junior career, Maxwell was a fine playmaker on offense and one of the league's toughest foes in his own zone. As one of the top amateur prospects in the country, he was also picked to represent Canada at the 1975 World Junior Championships.

The rugged defender spent his first two and a half seasons in the WHA with the Cleveland Crusaders, Cincinnati Stingers, and New England Whalers before joining the NHL. Beginning in 1977-78, Maxwell spent parts of two seasons with the North Stars but the club was left with too many bodies after the merger with the Cleveland Barons.

In June 1979, Maxwell was traded to the St. Louis Blues where he added a physical dimension to the club over two seasons. The next summer, he was involved in the multi-player deal with the Winnipeg Jets which involved the likes of Paul MacLean and Ed Staniowski. Maxwell played the best hockey of his career in the Manitoba capital as a veteran leader on a young and improving squad. The bruised and battered rearguard retired in 1985 after playing parts of two seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Drumheller Falcons AJHL
1972-73 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 37 1 11 12 25 16 0 1 1 29
1973-74 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 63 11 56 67 229 6 0 4 4 18
1974-75 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 63 14 50 64 288 5 3 4 7 19
1974-75 Canada WJC-A 5 0 0 0 10
1975-76 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 73 3 14 17 177 2 0 1 1 4
1976-77 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 34 1 8 9 29 4 0 0 0 29
1976-77 Springfield Indians AHL 13 2 3 5 67
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 17 2 1 3 11
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 24 2 8 10 69
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 18 2 5 7 41 +2
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 25 1 6 7 46 -13
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 15 1 4 5 35
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 1 11 12 112 -13 1 0 0 0 9
1979-80 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 3 0 1 1 10
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 40 3 10 13 137 +7 11 0 1 1 54
1980-81 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 5 0 1 1 7
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 45 1 9 10 110 -11
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 54 7 13 20 131 +6 3 1 0 1 23
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 3 0 3 3 27 +1
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 3 12 15 84 +2
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 0 8 8 57 -23
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 4 0 0 0 2 14 3 2 5 40
1985-86
1987-1988 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
1988-1989 Los Angeles Kings NHLMGNT
1989-1994 Spokane Chiefs WHL
1994-1996
1996-2000 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL
NHL Totals 331 18 77 95 745 15 1 1 2 86


Selected by Cleveland (WHA) in 1975 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1975. Transferred to Minnesota (WHA) after Cleveland (WHA) franchise relocated, June, 1976. Traded to Cincinnati (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA) for John McKenzie and the rights to Ivan Hlinka, September, 1976. Traded to New England (WHA) by Cincinnati (WHA) with Greg Carroll for the rights to Mike Liut, May, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota after securing release from New England (WHA), February, 1978. Traded to St. Louis by Minnesota with Richie Hansen for St. Louis' 2nd round pick (later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Dave Reierson) in 1982 NHL Draft, June 10, 1979. Traded to Winnipeg by St. Louis with Paul MacLean and Ed Staniowski for Scott Campbell and John Markell, July 3, 1981. Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Winnipeg, October 13, 1983.
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