Brian Propp

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Brian Propp
Propp in 2010
Born (1959-02-15) February 15, 1959
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 team  Canada
NHL draft 14th overall, 1979
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1979–1994
Medal record
Representing  Canada
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Soviet Union
Canada Cup
Gold medal – first place 1987 Canada
Spengler Cup
Gold medal – first place 1992 Sweden

Brian Phillip Propp (born February 15, 1959) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), from 1979 to 1994. He featured in five Stanley Cup Finals with three different NHL teams and won the 1987 Canada Cup with Team Canada.

Playing career

Propp started his career with the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. With the Millionaires, he broke the scoring record with 76 goals and 92 assists for 168 points in 57 games, playing on a line with Kelly Dean and Dwaine Turberfield.

He then moved on to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, a team that featured future NHLers Brad McCrimmon, Bill Derlago, Laurie Boschman, Dave Semenko, Glen Hanlon, Ray Allison, and Walt Poddubny. Propp won two league scoring titles. At the end of his third season, he was drafted 14th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

Philadelphia Flyers

Propp made the Flyers the next season, debuting in 1979. Against the New York Islanders, in his first career game, Propp had an assist and scored the game-winning goal for a 2-point night. For his first 20 games, he played on a line with Reggie Leach and Bobby Clarke, before being put on a line with Ken Linseman and Paul Holmgren. It would not be the last time Propp played with two elite players, as he played with Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux for most of the 1987 Canada Cup-winning Canadian team.

In his rookie season, Propp would go on to beat Rick Martin's left-wing rookie scoring record with 75 points in the 1979–80 season. In the 1980 playoffs, he led all rookie left wingers in goals (5), assists (10), and points (15), which the Flyers lost in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

In 1987, Propp had scoring success when he finished runner-up to Wayne Gretzky in the 1987 Playoff scoring. He also led all left wingers that NHL post-season in games played (26), goals (12), assists (16), points (28), plus/minus (+11), power-play goals (5), short-handed goals (1), game-winning goals (3), and shots (104). The Flyers lost to the Oilers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

In Game 1 of the 1989 Stanley Cup playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, which the Flyers lost in Game 6, Propp sustained a concussion from an unpenalized hit by Montreal defenseman Chris Chelios. Chelios hit him with his elbow and Propp fell to the ice, 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. This incident, as well as other injuries, continued to plague Propp throughout his career. Before the concussion incident, Propp was having a career playoff performance with 14 goals in his team's first 15 games and more than 1.5 points per game.

It took him until his 11th season to score fewer than 65 points in a season, and that was the year when he was traded away by the Flyers.

In the 1980s, he led all left wingers in the NHL and was ranked first in 10 different categories: 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.

Boston Bruins

With the Flyers struggling and general manager Bob Clarke wanting to re-tool the club to get younger, Propp was traded at the 1990 trade deadline to the Boston Bruins where he joined long-time Flyer teammate Dave Poulin who had been dealt there six weeks before. With the Bruins, he joined the first-place team in the league and contributed 12 points in the final 14 games of the regular season. Propp, who was a pending free agent unlikely to return to Philadelphia the next season, appreciated former teammate Clarke sending him to a top team. "Clarkie did me a favor trading me to where we had a chance to win." The Bruins continued their success in the post-season and made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals where they ultimately fell to the Edmonton Oilers. Propp chipped in four goals and 12 points in 20 playoff games.

That summer, as a free agent, Propp decided to leave the Bruins and sign with the Minnesota North Stars.

Minnesota North Stars

After his former club, the Philadelphia Flyers, missed the playoffs for the first time eighteen years following his trade, general manager Bob Clarke was fired and soon became the general manager of the Minnesota North Stars. Just months after trading him away, Clarke acquired Brian Propp by signing him to a free-agent contract.

Propp enjoyed an excellent debut season in Minnesota, scoring 73 points and helping the team to an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Propp was a huge contributor in the playoffs with eihht goals and 23 points in 23 games. Propp 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 the North Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6–0 in Game 5 in the series, with Propp leading the charge by scoring first on Dominik Hasek. He was dogged by health issues the next two years and only played 68 games over those two campaigns, 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.

Hartford Whalers

Propp suited up for one last season in the NHL, inking a free agent contract with the Hartford Whalers for 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 which, fittingly, came on a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

During the NHL labour stoppage in 1994, Propp played as a player-coach for Anglet Hormadi Élite in France. After the lockout, however, Propp did not return to play in the National Hockey League, nor did he continue his career in Europe opting instead to retire from the game.

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.

Propp finished with 1,004 points over 1,016 NHL games in 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.

During an Atlantic City show in 1986, Mandel used the 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 in the 1986–87 season.

International play

Propp has represented Canada 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. 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 and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

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. As of 2015, Propp is the Director of Strategic Relationships for Wolf Commercial Real Estate in Marlton, New Jersey.

Personal life

Propp was born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Neudorf, Saskatchewan. Propp and his wife have two children. Propp is a second cousin of Dylan Wruck.

In popular culture

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.




NHL Franchise

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Melville Millionaires SJHL 57 76 92 168 36
1976–77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 72 55 80 135 47 16 14 12 26 5
1977–78 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 70 70 112 182 200 8 7 6 13 12
1978–79 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 71 94 100 194 127 22 15 23 38 40
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 34 41 75 54 19 5 10 15 29
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 26 40 66 110 12 6 6 12 32
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 44 47 91 117 4 2 2 4 4
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 40 42 82 72 3 1 2 3 8
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 39 53 92 37 3 0 1 1 6
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 43 54 97 43 19 8 10 18 6
1985–86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 40 57 97 47 5 0 2 2 4
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 53 31 36 67 45 26 12 16 28 10
1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 27 49 76 76 7 4 2 6 8
1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 32 46 78 37 18 14 9 23 14
1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 13 15 28 31
1989–90 Boston Bruins NHL 14 3 9 12 10 20 4 9 13 2
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 26 47 73 58 23 8 15 23 28
1991–92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 51 12 23 35 49 1 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 17 3 3 6 0
1992–93 HC Lugano NDA 24 21 6 27 32 9 5 1 6 28
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 65 12 17 29 44
1994–95 HC Anglet FFHG-D1 27 32 19 51 74
NHL totals 1,016 425 579 1,004 830 160 64 84 148 151


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1979 Canada WJC 5 2 1 3 2
1982 Canada WC 10 3 1 4 4
1983 Canada WC 10 4 4 8 6
1987 Canada CC 9 2 2 4 2
International totals 34 11 8 19 14


Award Year(s)
NHL All-Star Game 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990
SJHL All-Star Team 1976
SJHL Most Valuable Player 1976
SJHL Rookie of the Year 1976
WHL Brownridge Trophy (Top Scorer) 1978, 1979
WHL First-All Star Team 1978, 1979
WHL Rookie of the Year 1977
WHL Second All-Star Team 1977
WHL President's Championship Trophy 1979
Campbell/Western Conference Champions 1980, 1991
Prince of Wales/Eastern Conference Champions 1985, 1987, 1990

See also


  1. ^ "Brian Propp". Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
  2. ^ "Brian Propp". Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 15, 2024.
  3. ^ "N.H.L. Gives Hextall 12-Game Suspension for Attack on Chelios". The New York Times. May 23, 1989. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Brian Propp: Where Are They Now".
  5. ^ "Ep #50: Brian Propp (Philadelphia Flyers)". Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Backchecking With Brian Propp". January 21, 2006. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "PROPP, MCCRIMMON ENTER HALL". July 18, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Wheat Kings' Greats into Saskatchewan Hockey HOF". March 10, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "2014 Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced". The Morning Call. November 10, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  10. ^ 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."
  11. ^ "Brian Propp". Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Kimmelman, Adam (January 11, 2017). "Catching up with Brian Propp". Retrieved June 29, 2018. Propp works for Wolf Commercial Real Estate
  13. ^ "Oil Kings' Wruck on record-setting pace". Edmonton Journal. February 8, 2011.

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