Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian McCutcheon
Brian "Boom Boom" McCutcheon came up through the junior ranks in Toronto but was not drafted by an NHL team. Following high school he enrolled at Cornell University where he played in the NCAA. In his rookie year the team's goaltender was Ken Dryden, who was then a senior. In 1970 he was a member of Cornell's NCAA championship team and was inducted into the Cornell Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

In September, 1971 McCutcheon signed a pro contract with the Detroit Red Wings. He played for three teams called the Wings that year, unfortunately none was Detroit. He played with the Fort Worth Wings of the CHL, the Tidewater Red Wings of the AHL and the Port Huron Wings of the IHL and then in 1972-73 it was the Virginia Wings.

In 1973-74 McCutcheon made the decision to play for a season in Britain. He appeared in 71 games with the London Lions, scoring 47 goals and 75 points. Although it was clear the overall talent level was lower than in North America, the strong offensive output did a lot for McCutcheon's lagging confidence in his game.

McCutcheon returned to North America and got his first chance to play in the NHL in 1974-75 with Detroit. He contributed three goals and four points in 17 games. The following year he was called up for another eight games, but saw very little ice time and remained off the scoresheet. He played his final year in the NHL in 1976-77, getting the call for another 12 games as an injury replacement, but again was held pointless.

After his playing days ended, McCutcheon got involved with coaching first in Austria and then with Elmira College, an NCAA Division Three school. From 1987 to 1995 he was back coaching at his alma mater, Cornell before accepting a coaching position with the Los Angeles Ice Dogs. McCutcheon then took the coaching post with the AHL's Rochester Americans from 1997 to 2000, leading the team to the Calder Cup finals in the last two years before being promoted by the Buffalo Sabres where he now serves as the team's assistant coach to head coach Lindy Ruff and associate coach Don Lever.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Cornell Big Red ECAC 29 17 22 39 28
1969-70 Cornell Big Red ECAC 29 25 21 46 44
1970-71 Cornell Big Red ECAC 27 17 24 41 50
1971-72 Fort Worth Wings CHL 13 0 1 1 9
1971-72 Tidewater Red Wings AHL 18 1 1 2 2
1971-72 Port Huron Wings IHL 14 2 2 4 0
1972-73 Virginia Wings AHL 68 23 19 42 64 13 3 1 4 7
1973-74 London Lions Britain 71 47 28 75 75
1974-75 Virginia Wings AHL 30 12 9 21 24
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 3 1 4 2 -3
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 0 0 0 5 -2
1975-76 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 58 27 19 46 22
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 0 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 27 11 8 19 12
1977-78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 60 17 16 33 27
1978-1980 EC Graz Austria
NHL Totals 37 3 1 4 7


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1971) Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 29, 1971.
Named Assistant Coach of Buffalo, July 6, 2000.
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