|Birth: ||Oct. 21, 1949|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1971|
Professional hockey player. During his junior career with the Shawnigan Falls Bruins, Briere scored 129 goals, 191 assists, and 320 points in only 100 games. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (#26 overall) of the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft. In his first--and, sadly, only--NHL season, he scored 12 goals and 44 points in 76 games, was named the Penguins' Rookie of the Year, and was compared to such hockey greats as Bobby Clarke and Tony Esposito.
On May 15, 1970, while in his hometown of Malartic, Quebec, to attend a wedding, Briere was involved in a car crash. He was thrown from the vehicle and suffered massive brain injuries. In a bitter twist of irony, the ambulance transporting him hit and killed a pedestrian en route to the hospital. Briere spent the next 11 months in a "twilight" state between consciousness and unconsciousness, enduring four operations before succumbing to his injuries in April 1971.
The Penguins named their Rookie of the Year trophy after Briere following his death, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League named its MVP award the Michel Briere Memorial Trophy in 1972. The Penguins retired Briere's number, 21, on January 5, 2001, Briere being the only Penguin other than Mario Lemieux to be granted this honor.
Created by: Teresa Rothaar
Record added: Oct 08, 2006
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