Brian Bradley

Status: NHL center/right wing from 1985-1999 for Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Tampa Bay.

DOB: January 21, 1965 In: Kitchener, Ont.
First Hockey Memory:
“Growing up in Kitchener and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play on Hockey Night In Canada. That’s probably my first memory.”
Hockey Inspirations: “Wayne Gretzky. Growing up in the Toronto area, just to watch him play junior hockey, he was amazing. Watching Bobby Orr play with the Boston Bruins. I was always a fan of Bobby Orr.”

Last Book Read: “I like John Grisham, Navy Seals Team Six right now.”

Current Car: “I’ve had Mercedes and Lexus, now I have a new Nissan Maxima (black). So I love that car.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Probably playing in my first All-Star game in Montreal in ’92.”

Most Painful Moment: “I don’t know…losing the Stanley Cup final in ’86 with Calgary.”

Favorite Uniforms: “Chicago Blackhawks.”

Favorite Arena: “Chicago Blackhawks.”

Closest Hockey Friends: “Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, Dave Lowry – I played junior with him in London for like two, three years.”

Funniest Hockey Person Encountered: “Marc Bergevin. Joe Reekie. Great guys. Hilarious.”
Toughest Competitors Encountered: “Bob Probert, by far, no question. Bob Probert by far. Played against him in junior and pro, he was definitely one of the toughest guys.”
Most Memorable Goal: “Probably my first goal in the NHL, against Wendell Young. In Calgary against Vancouver. For sure. My first goal.”
Funny Hockey Memory: “Just the practical jokes Marc Bergevin used to do. He was a clown. Cutting guys’ laces, just doing little things like that. It was always something different everyday. It was funny to see. He was good at that stuff. He used to do stuff that was hilarious. He was the best I ever played with.”

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Strangest Game: “When we played in Pittsburgh after Christmas and we lost 12-0 to Mario Lemieux. That was weird. With Toronto. I was like minus-6 in the game. It was ugly. Everybody…yeah, trust me.”

Favorite Players To Watch: “Sidney Crosby, Toews and Kane in Chicago. Marty St-Louis is a pleasure to watch, he’s a true competitor. Great for young kids. I think for his age he’s outstanding.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey:
“I would have to say World Cup soccer. I love World Cup soccer, it only happens once every four years. I like Messi. Different players that play in Europe. I’m a big golf fan.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Just to be…to treat people the way you want to be treated. Friendly, happy, outgoing, stuff like that. Those are the kinds of people I connect with.”

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