Brian and his wife, Melissa, have a son, Tyler (9), and a daughter, Brianna (8)… They spend their summers in Rhode Island… Brian was involved with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia during his time there… He started playing hockey at 6, and tried goalie when his Mite team in Woonsocket, R.I., needed one… His first job was as a caddie… His favorite television show is Modern Family and favorite movie is Goodfellas… His biggest talent outside of hockey is “impersonations”… His favorite athlete is David Ortiz, and favorite former teammate is Jody Shelley… Brian’s most memorable moments were his five shutout streak in 2003-04, and his shootout victory against the Rangers on 4/11/10, clinching a playoff spot for the Flyers.
Completed his 12th NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Played just 10 games, the second-fewest of his NHL career… Made his Hurricanes debut, stopping 32 of 36 shots in overtime loss at WSH (10/8)… Stopped 29 of 34 shots faced in a 5-1 loss at PHI (10/29)… Made 19 saves on 20 shots in a 1-0 loss vs. BUF (11/18), his first home start as a Hurricane… Stopped 37 of 40 shots faced in a 3-2 loss vs. PIT (12/3)… Placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, 12/11… Activated from injured reserve, 3/2… Earned his first Hurricanes win with 23 saves in a 5-3 win at MIN (3/17)… Stopped 22 of 25 shots in a 4-1 loss at FLA (4/7)… Served as backup for 36 games… Missed 36 games due to injury (lower body: 12/6-3/1).
Is in his 13th NHL season and second with the Hurricanes… Signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes on July 1, 2011… 1994-95: Went 17-11-2 with a 3.29 goals-against average with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL)… Ranked sixth in the WHL in goals-against average… Was 6-5 with a 3.77 goals-against average in the playoffs, as the Americans topped Spokane before falling to Kamloops in the division finals… 1995-96: Ranked fifth in the WHL in goals-against average (3.41), earning 33 regular-season wins… Was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team… Was 6-5 with a 3.40 goals-against average in the playoffs as Tri-City beat Kelowna before falling to Kamloops for the second consecutive year.
1996-97: Was named WHL Goaltender of the Year after going 10-24-6 with a 3.64 goals-against average in his final season of junior hockey… Was also selected to the WHL West First All-Star Team.
1997-98: Played his first professional season with Philadelphia of the American Hockey League (AHL)… Was a member of the Planet USA Team for 1998 AHL All-Star Classic… Was 16-12-3 with a 3.19 goals-against average in the regular season… Played in two playoff games, earning a 1.95 goals-against average, as the Phantoms captured the Calder Cup championship.
1998-99: Was 20-8-5 with a 2.59 goals-against average in 36 AHL games with the Philadelphia Phantoms… Played in all 16 of the Phantoms’ Calder Cup Playoff games, going 9-7 with a 2.85 goals-against average as Philadelphia advanced to the conference final before falling to Rochester.
1999-00: Completed his first NHL season with the Flyers, earning NHL All-Rookie Team honors after going 20-10-3 with a 1.91 goals-against average… Led the NHL in goals-against average (1.91)… Became the first rookie goalie since 1950-51 to play at least 25 games and have a goals-against average of less than 2.00… Ranked fourth in NHL and led all rookies with .918 save percentage… Led the Flyers in shutouts (4)… Made his NHL debut vs. MTL (10/14)… Earned his first NHL win with a 5-3 victory vs. NJ (10/30)… Registered his first NHL shutout with a 4-0 win vs. TB (12/18)… Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, going 11-7 with a 2.03 goals-against average in 18 playoff games as the Flyers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final before falling to New Jersey in seven games… Won first career NHL playoff game with a 3-2 win vs. BUF (4/13)… Earned his first playoff shutout in 2-0 win at BUF (4/16)… Played 151:48 and did not allow a goal in 149:26, stopping 57 of 58 shots in a 2-1, 5 OT win at PIT (5/4).
2000-01: Split time in net with Roman Cechmanek, playing 27 regular-season games with a record of 8-12-5… Appeared in one playoff game, as the Flyers fell to Buffalo in the first round.
2001-02: Went 18-16-4 with a 2.41 goals-against average… Recorded consecutive shutouts for the first time in his career and became the first Flyers goalie to record shutouts on consecutive days at WSH (10/30) and vs. PIT (10/31)… Appeared in two of the Flyers’ five playoff games as they fell to Ottawa in the first round.
2002-03: Traded to Phoenix in June, and set career highs in games (45) and minutes (2544) during his first season with the Coyotes.
2003-04: Was 10-19-10 for the Coyotes with a 2.74 goals-against average and a career-high five shutouts… From 12/22-1/11, set two new modern-day NHL records with five consecutive shutouts and a shutout sequence of 332:01, breaking the 55-year-old records of Montreal’s Bill Durnan (four, 309:21 sequence in 1948-49)… The shutouts came at LA (12/31: 4-0, 21 saves), at DAL (1/2: 6-0, 35 saves), at CAR (1/4: 3-0, 26 saves), at WSH (1/7: 3-0, 27 saves) and at MIN (1/9: 2-0, 21 saves)… Played 332:01 without allowing a goal from 19:15 of the second period at NSH (12/22) through 6:16 of the first period vs. ATL (1/11)… Recorded the first shutout at the new Glendale Arena with a 4-0 win vs. LA (12/31).
2004-05: Played for HV 71 in Sweden during the NHL work stoppage.
2005-06: Split the season between Calgary and Phoenix in the NHL and San Antonio in the AHL, skating in 14 total NHL games with a record of 4-8-0.
2006-07: Split season with Columbus and Chicago, going 2-11-3 with one shutout.
2007-08: Spent the majority of the season in the AHL with the Philadelphia Phantoms before signing as a free agent with San Jose on 2/26… Went 3-1-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average for San Jose… With a shutout at STL (3/1), became the first goalie in San Jose franchise history to record a shutout win in his Sharks debut (Nabokov earned a shutout tie in his first appearance)… Appeared in 42 AHL games with Philadelphia, going 23-16-1 with a 2.47 goals-against average… Played just two minutes during the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Sharks.
2008-09: Went 12-6-3 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.18 goals against average for San Jose, his best save percentage and goals-against average since his rookie season in 1999-00… Started the season with back-to-back shutouts and became the only goaltender since 1989-90 to begin his tenure with a franchise with three shutouts in his first five starts… Posted shutout in his season-debut at LA (10/12), the second consecutive season in which he debuted without allowing a goal.
2009-10: Was 9-18-3 with a 2.76 goals-against average in 33 games with the Flyers… Stopped 24 of 25 shots and 2 of 3 players in a shootout to record a 2-1 win vs. NY Rangers in the final game of the regular season to clinch playoff berth… Recorded his 100th NHL victory on 4/6 at Toronto, a 2-0 shutout… Played 12 of Philadelphia’s 23 playoff games, as the Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final before falling to Chicago… Had a 1.59 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in the conference quarterfinals vs. NJ, leading all NHL goalies in the first round… Stopped all 28 shots to post a 3-0 win in Game 5 vs. NJ, marking his first playoff shutout since April 16, 2000 vs. Buffalo… It was the longest stretch between NHL playoff shutouts (10 years, 6 days) since Jim Henry (3/24/42 – 4/3/52: 10 years, 10 days).
2010-11: Posted an 18-10-4 record, a 2.42 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 34 games with the Flyers… Recipient of the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award as the Flyer who best illustrated character, dignity, and respect for the sport, both on and off the ice, as voted on by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association… Finished the season with team bests in save percentage (.916) and goals-against average (2.42)… Went unbeaten in six consecutive games (5-0-1) from 11/20-12/18 with a 1.83 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage… Played in his 300th game in the NHL vs. NJ (1/22)… Backstopped the Flyers in nine of the team’s 11 playoff games, earning a 4-4 record, 3.13 goals-against average and .904 save percentage… Recorded all four wins, a 2.10 GAA and a .917 save percentage in the Flyers’ series victory against Buffalo in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.