Monday, January 31, 2011
After a successful junior career, during which he scored 116 points in his rookie season with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, Brian Bellows was drafted second overall by Minnesota in 1982 after the North Stars made a trade to move up with selecting Bellows in mind. He would play ten seasons in Minnesota, making it to the Stanley Cup Finals once in 1991 and appear in three All-Star Games, 1984, 1988 and 1992. His best offensive season was in 1989-90, when he scored a career high 55 goals and 44 assists for 99 points. Additionally, Bellows would serve as the North Stars captain in 1984.
In 1992 he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, where he would play three seasons and capture his only Stanley Cup in 1993.
The later years of his career would see him traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1995, where he played in his 1,oooth game on this date in 1996, scoring an assist in the Lightning's 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He was then traded to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim early in the 1996-97 season and would play 62 games during his only season in California.
He began the 1997-98 season with the Capitals, only they were the Berlin Capitals of the German DEL. After 31 games in Germany, he signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals back in the NHL, with whom he would return to the Stanley Cup Finals later that season.
During his second season in Washington, he would score his 1000th point, becoming the 54th player to reach that milestone.
Today's featured jersey is a 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens Brian Bellows jersey. Bellows won the only Stanley Cup of his career with Montreal after being traded by the North Stars.
This classic Canadiens jersey features the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals patch on the front as worn when the Canadiens defeated Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings. The Canadiens version of the cup finals patch was in French, the only such time that the patch has been made in other than English, and the only time there was a different version for both teams, as the Kings wore an English version on their jerseys.
Our video section today features Bellows, not known as a fighter, involved in a scrap with the Winnipeg Jets Laurie Boschman.
Here is Bellows fighting none other than ESPN's own Barry Melrose!
Here is the final minute of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, the only Stanley Cup of Bellows' career.