|Brian Skrudland enters his first year as assistant coach with the Panthers after GM Dale Tallon fired coach Kevin Dineen and assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay on Nov. 8, 2013.|
Prior to being named assistant, Skrudland was the team's Director of Player Development the past three-plus seasons. As a player, Skrudland served as the Panthers’ first team captain, appearing in 256 games with the club (1993-97) totaling 32 goals with 67 assists and 401 PIM. He guided the club to the 1996 Eastern Conference Championship and the Stanley Cup Final. Skrudland was also a finalist for the Selke Trophy in 1994.
|Throughout his 15-year NHL playing career, Skrudland played in 881 career NHL contests for Montreal (1985-93), Calgary (1992-93), Florida (1993-97), NY Rangers (1997-98) and Dallas (1997-2000), registering 343 points (124-219-343) and 1,107 PIM. He earned Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens (1986) and Dallas Stars (1999).|
After his retirement from playing at the age of 36, the Peace River, Alta native returned to the Flames organization as an assistant coach for three seasons (2000-03).
Skrudland and his wife, Lana, have one son, Simon, and two daughters, Rudi and Carly.