Daniel Brière, known among hockey fans for for his speed, versatility and legendary clutch playoff performances, today announced his retirement from professional hockey after 17 NHL seasons, along with stops in the German and Swiss pro leagues, and a flawless record suiting up for Team Canada.
Brière, the diminutive forward from Gatineau, Québec, was drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996, and made the starting roster the following season. After six seasons in Phoenix, Brière was traded to Buffalo, quickly becoming a fan favourite and team captain in 2004. Brière signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent in 2007, spending his formative years in Philly, finishing just two games shy of his first Stanley Cup in 2010. After one season each in Montréal and Colorado, Brière is calling it quits with a regular season record of 696 points in 973 career games, but more impressively with huge playoff numbers, averaging nearly a point per game (116 in 124 games).
And thanks to Brière’s playoff abilities, this lessened his opportunities to play for Canada internationally at the World Championships, but Brière retires with an equally impressive perfect record in the red and white, winning Gold at all tournaments played for. Starting with the Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 1994, Brière also triumphed at the 1997 World Junior Championships, and won consecutive Golds in 2003 and 2004 with the senior men’s team, again averaging nearly a point per game, with 17 points in 18 games over both tournaments.
Only playing in two World Championships, Brière captured the IHLC at both, first in the Semifinal of the 2003 Worlds against the Czechs, and twice in 2004, first in the preliminary round over Switzerland, and again in the Gold Medal Game victory over Sweden. We wish Daniel and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!