Brian Skrudland (Peace River, AB) grew up playing his minor hockey in Saskatoon which lead him to play for the hometown Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. After competing in three seasons for the blue and yellow, Skrudland would finish his Junior career with 192 points and would later have his #10 jersey retired by the Saskatoon Blades franchise.
Skrudland was left undrafted out of Junior in 1983. The Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League took a chance at the left shooting, centre. He would play a full season in Nova Scotia before the team relocated to Sherbrooke to become the Canadiens. It was that season which led to Skrudland’s breakout, compiling 22 goals, 28 assists for 50 points in 70 games. Skrudland and the Sherbrooke Canadiens would ultimately win the Calder Cup as Playoff champions in 1985. Along the way, Skrudland picked up 17 points in 17 games on route to claiming the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as Playoff MVP.
Skrudland would make the jump to the National Hockey League, playing for the storied Montreal Canadiens franchise. In the 1985-86 season, Skrudland would look to find his role in the organization and it was in the playoffs where he did just that. Skrudland would be a force during their Stanley Cup run, tallying 76 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. Skrudland’s efforts helped win his first and the Montreal Canadiens’ 23rd Stanley Cup in franchise history. Skrudland would go on to play eight and a half seasons in La Belle Province, never missing the playoffs and being named Assistant Captain for the 1989 to 1992 seasons. Skrudland was later traded to the Calgary Flames during the 1992-93 season before moving to the expansion Florida Panthers the following season. Skrudland was named the first ever Captain in Florida Panthers history, a title which he held for four consecutive seasons. Skrudland would sign with the New York Rangers following the 1997 season. That season Skrudland was traded to the Dallas Stars. During the 1998-99 season, Skrudland would once again have his name etched on the Stanley Cup as Brett Hull was the overtime hero in the 1999 playoffs. Skrudland played in his final National Hockey League season in 1999-2000, before transitioning to a coaching position with the Calgary Flames.
Over the course of Skrudland’s career, he compiled 124 goals, 219 assists, for 343 points, along with 1,107 penalty minutes. Brian Skrudland was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.