Daniel Brière (b. October 6, 1977 in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada) is a French Canadian professional hockey centre who currently plays for the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres.
Brière went to Collège-Saint-Alexandre, a private college in Gatineau.
Danny's number 14 was retired by his hockey team in Gatineau. In his 3 seasons with Drummondville in the QMJHL he recorded 170 goals and 246 assists.
Brière was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft in the first round, twenty-fourth overall.
In 1998, Brière won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie of the American Hockey League while playing for the Springfield Falcons.
Brière's training regimen became newsworthy in 2001 when it became known that, in order to overcome his diminutive size, he had begun off-season strength training with Canadian World's Strongest Man competitor Hugo Girard, who shares Gatineau as a hometown.
Brière finished his 2005-06 season with 58 points in 48 games, fourth on the team. Brière missed 32 games of the 2005-06 season due to recovery from an abdominal injury; he was also suspended for two games. In the playoffs, he finished first on his team and tied for fourth in the entire NHL in playoff scoring with 19 points.
Brière was chosen as the first player of a set of nearly 69 players who collectively filed for salary arbitration. His hearing was on July 21, 2006, and he was given a one-year, $5 million contract. On August 5, the Sabres accepted this arbitration award.
Brière scored his first hat trick on December 5, 2006, against the Tampa Bay Lightning's goaltender Marc Denis. His second hat trick came shortly after, on January 30, 2007, in front of his home crowd at HSBC Arena.
Brière was selected to his first all-star game, and started in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas, Texas with Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, where he was awarded the game's Most Valuable Player Award after recording a game-high five points (one goal, four assists). Along with winning the MVP trophy Daniel also received a Dodge Nitro that he ended up giving to his sister.
Brière is currently a member of the Philadelphia Flyers..
- Draft: 1996 - 1st round (24th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes
- Traded to Buffalo by Phoenix with Phoenix's 3rd round choice (Andrej Sekera) in 2004 Entry Draft for Chris Gratton and Buffalo's 4th round choice (later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Liam Reddox) in 2004 Entry Draft (March 10, 2003)
- Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia (July 1, 2007)
Awards and Accomplishments
- Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (1998)
- NHL All-Star Game (2007)
- NHL All-Star Game MVP (2007)
- He also married me, anastasia on July 29:)