Brian Propp

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Brian Propp, April, 2010
Born (1959-02-15) February 15, 1959 (age 60)
Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Minnesota North Stars
HC Lugano
Hartford Whalers
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 14th overall, 1979
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 19791994

Brian Phillip Propp (born February 15, 1959) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1979 until 1994.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Winger, in the game of ice hockey, is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They typically work by flanking the centre forward. Originally the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wingers in the game — out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents, and forwards who work along the boards and in the corners. They tend to be bigger than centreman and smaller than defenseman.

In an organized sports league, a typical season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session: for example, in Major League Baseball the season lasts approximately from April to October. In other team sports, like association football or basketball, it is generally from August or September to May although in some countries - such as Northern Europe or East Asia - the season starts in the spring and finishes in autumn, mainly due to weather conditions encountered during the winter.


Propp was born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Neudorf, Saskatchewan.

Lanigan, Saskatchewan Town in Saskatchewan, Canada

Lanigan is a town in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada, at the intersection of TransCanada Yellowhead Highway 16 and Highway 20, approximately 117 km east of Saskatoon and 170 km north of Regina.

Neudorf, Saskatchewan Village in Saskatchewan, Canada

Neudorf is a village located in the south east corner of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Situated on Highway 22 east of Lemberg, and Abernethy, and west of Killaly.

In Game 1 of the 1989 Stanley Cup playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, which his Flyers lost in six games, Propp sustained a concussion from a hard, but unpenalized hit by Montreal defenseman Chris Chelios, where Chelios hit him with his elbow. Propp fell to the ice hard, hitting his head against the ice. Though Propp missed only one game, his teammates maintained their anger at Chelios. Finally, with 1:37 left in regulation in Game 6, Flyer goaltender Ron Hextall took matters into his own hands, slamming Chelios into the boards and pummeling him with blows, apparently in retaliation for the hit on Propp. Eventually, Hextall was suspended for 12 games. [1] Propp was never the same after sustaining the concussion that would plague him for the rest of his career as well as other injuries. Propp was having a career playoff year when he scored 14 goals in his team's first 15 games and was scoring over 1.5 points per game until the Chris Chelios elbow to the head.

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Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League team in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Chris Chelios American ice hockey player

Christos Kostas "Chris" Chelios is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman. He was one of the longest tenured players in the National Hockey League, and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion - one with the Montreal Canadiens and two with the Detroit Red Wings.

It took him until his 11th season to fail to score at least 65 points in a season, and that was the year when he was traded away by the Flyers. However, in his 10-plus seasons with the club, he was more or less the catalyst of the team, performing in all situations and wherever the team needed him.

In the 1980s he led all left wingers in the NHL and was first in 10 different categories such as, games played (750), assists (465), plus/minus (+308), game winning goals (55), shots (2529), defensive point shares (16.0), playoff goals (52), playoff points (112), playoff power play goals (18), and playoff shots (267).

Propp was ranked 2nd in Goals (356), points (821), even strength goals (238), shorthanded goals (20), goals created (322), offensive point shares (54.4), point shares (70.4), playoff games played (116), playoff assists (60), playoff plus/minus (+17), playoff even strength goals (31), and playoff shorthanded goals (3). In all of the major categories in the regular season and playoffs he has made the top 3 among left wingers a remarkable 29 times in that decade.

The 1990–91 season was when Propp was a member of the Minnesota North Stars. Propp scored 73 points and helped the team to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brian moved past Bobby Hull on the all time playoff scoring list among left wingers to become the highest scoring left winger in nhl playoff history on April.12.1991 as Minnesota North Stars beat Chicago Blackhawks 6-0 in Game 5 in the series as he scored the game-winning goal on Dominik Hasek. He only played 68 games the next two seasons, and even took a sabbatical to play in Switzerland in 1993. During his time in Switzerland, he played for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup and helped them to win the tournament.

The 1990–91 NHL season was the 74th season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup winners were the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the best of seven series 4–2 against the Minnesota North Stars. This was the last NHL season to end in May.

Minnesota North Stars former hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 26 seasons, from 1967 to 1993. The North Stars played their home games at the Met Center in Bloomington, and the team's colors for most of its history were green, yellow, gold and white. The North Stars played 2,062 regular season games and made the NHL playoffs 17 times, including two Stanley Cup Finals appearances. In the fall of 1993, the franchise moved to Dallas, and is now known as the Dallas Stars.

Stanley Cup championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League

The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". The trophy was commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. The entire Stanley family supported the sport, the sons and daughters all playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal Hockey Club, and winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, professional ice hockey organizations National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other annually for the Stanley Cup. It was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.

Propp played for the Hartford Whalers during the 1993–94 NHL season. Although Propp only scored 29 points, it was a productive season for him as he played both his 1000th NHL game and scored his 1000th NHL point in his last NHL season.

Hartford Whalers American professional ice hockey team

The Hartford Whalers were an American professional ice hockey team based for most of its existence in Hartford, Connecticut. The club played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1972 until 1979, and in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1979 to 1997. Originally based in Boston, the team joined the WHA in the league's inaugural season, and was known as the New England Whalers throughout its time in the WHA. The Whalers moved to Hartford in 1974 and joined the NHL in the NHL–WHA merger of 1979.

The 1993–94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. The New York Rangers were the Stanley Cup champions. It was the Rangers' fourth championship overall, and their first in 54 seasons, since 1939–40.

Propp holds a dubious achievement in that he went to the Stanley Cup Finals five times, with Philadelphia in 1980, 1985, and 1987, with the Boston Bruins in 1990 and with Minnesota in 1991, without ever winning . He also played in the NHL All-Star game five times. During the NHL labour stoppage in 1994, Propp played as a player-coach for HC Anglet in France. After the lockout, however, Propp did not return as a player to the NHL.

Boston Bruins ice hockey team based in Boston, United States

The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team has been in existence since 1924, and is the league's third-oldest team overall and the oldest in the United States. It is also an Original Six franchise, along with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins have won six Stanley Cup championships, tied for fourth most of all-time with the Blackhawks and tied second-most of any American NHL team also with the Blackhawks.

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Propp finished with 1,004 points over 1,016 NHL games over 15 NHL seasons, and ranks second in Flyers history in goals (369, behind Bill Barber), third in assists (480, behind Bobby Clarke and Claude Giroux), and fourth overall in games played in a Flyers uniform (behind Barber, Clarke, and Giroux).

"The Guffaw"

Propp was known for his unique goal celebration dubbed "The Guffaw". After scoring a goal, Propp would skate towards center ice, place his right glove under his left arm and raise his right arm in a waving fashion. While making the gesture, Propp would say, "Guffaw!". Propp credits the celebration to comedian Howie Mandel. [2]

During an Atlantic City show in 1986, Mandel used Guffaw during his comedic routine. Mandel explained a Guffaw was when someone raised their arm and moved it back and forth. Propp adopted "The Guffaw" and it became his signature move first appearing the 1986-87 season. [3]

International play

Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Men's Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1982 Finland {{{3}}}
World Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1983 Soviet Union
Canada Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1987 Canada
Spengler Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1992 Sweden {{{3}}}

Brian Propp has represented his country five times in international play.

Post-playing career

In 1999, Propp was named to the MasterCard Canadian Junior All-Time team, which also included Mario Lemieux, Guy Lafleur, Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, and Bernie Parent. [4] The team was selected based on play in the Canadian Hockey League. Also in 1999, Propp was inducted into the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame. Propp was inducted into the Saskatchewan Rural Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002 and in 2003 he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Provincial Hall of Fame. In 2014, Propp was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame [5] and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. [6]

A resident of Cinnaminson Township, New Jersey, Propp unsuccessfully ran as a Republican in 2007 for a seat in New Jersey General Assembly in the 7th Legislative District in Burlington County. [7] As of 2015, Propp is the Director of Strategic Relationships for Wolf Commercial Real Estate in Marlton, New Jersey. [8] [9]

Personal life

Propp has two children with his wife, Kris. He has a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Paige. Propp is a second cousin of Dylan Wruck. [10]

In The Goldbergs 3rd season episode "12 Tapes For A Penny", the character Barry Goldberg (Troy Gentile) is wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey with Propp's name and number 26 on it.[ citation needed ]




NHL franchise

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1975–76 Melville Millionaires SJHL 57769216836
1976–77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 72558013547161412265
1977–78 Brandon Wheat KingsWCHL70701121822008761312
1978–79 Brandon Wheat KingsWHL71941001941272215233840
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8034417554195101529
1980–81 Philadelphia FlyersNHL7926406611012661232
1981–82 Philadelphia FlyersNHL8044479111742244
1982–83 Philadelphia FlyersNHL804042827231238
1983–84 Philadelphia FlyersNHL793953923730116
1984–85 Philadelphia FlyersNHL764354974319810186
1985–86 Philadelphia FlyersNHL724057974750224
1986–87 Philadelphia FlyersNHL53313667452612162810
1987–88 Philadelphia FlyersNHL742749767674268
1988–89 Philadelphia FlyersNHL7732467837181492314
1989–90 Philadelphia FlyersNHL4013152831
1989–90 Boston Bruins NHL143912102049132
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars NHL7926477358238152328
1991–92 Minnesota North StarsNHL511223354910000
1992–93 Minnesota North StarsNHL173360
1992–93 HC Lugano NLA 242162732951628
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL6512172944
1994–95HC Anglet FFHG-D1 2732195174
NHL totals101642557910048301606484148151
WHL totals2132192925113744636417757


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1979 Canada WJC 52132
1982 Canada WC 103144
1983 CanadaWC104486
1987 Canada CC 92242
1992Canada SC 33142
International totals371492316


NHL All-Star Game 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990
SJHL All-Star Team1976
SJHL Most Valuable Player1976
SJHL Rookie of the Year1976
WHL Brownridge Trophy 1978, 1979
WHL First-All Star Team1978, 1979
WHL Rookie of the Year 1977

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  2. "Ep #50: Brian Propp (Philadelphia Flyers)". Retrieved June 10, 2016.
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  7. Burton, Cynthia. "Ex-Flyer tosses puck into ring All-star left winger Brian Propp has a new goal: A seat in the state Assembly.", The Philadelphia Inquirer , March 6, 2007. Accessed June 18, 2012. "Brian Propp, a longtime Flyer and five-time NHL all-star, is entering a new arena: state politics.... Both assembly seats in this district, which includes Propp's home of Cinnaminson, Edgewater Park and Mount Holly, have been held by since the late 1990s."
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  10. "Oil Kings' Wruck on record-setting pace". Edmonton Journal. 2011-02-08.
Preceded by
Danny Lucas
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Mike Stothers